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ϲʹַ Awarded Second Place at the Rerum Novarum Awards

The Melbourne Archdiocese of Catholic Schools posed the following challenge to Catholic Schools for 2022.
‘In the midst of a global pandemic, as we adapt to our “new normal”, Pope Francis calls on us to respond to the “Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor”. How will you answer the call?’

ϲʹַ’s Social Justice representatives across all year levels worked to create a program to connect further with St Pius X Primary School. The two schools have had a strong collaborative relationship for many years. A large group of Year 10 students visit the school every Tuesday afternoon for the Reading Club through Saint Vincent de Paul’s. This project set up a range of initiatives to connect with students whose education and community connections were severely impacted over the two years of the pandemic.

Through our Year 9 Horizon Program, students wrote letters, sent stationary kits, made videos of themselves reading their favourite children’s books, made interactive maths games with video tutorials and the Year 7s made Orientation Videos to help the Grade 6s feel confident about their transition to Secondary School.

ϲʹַ received a $1000 participation grant, and a further $2000 for our Silver Award. These grants will help us to further develop our work with St Pius X Primary School in the years ahead.

Thank you to all the students and staff who were involved.

Lauren Marquet
Social Justice Coordinator