Throughout the duration of Horizon, one of the focus areas has been working to support the local community from a social justice perspective, during Altruism Hour.
During the course of Altruism Hour, the Horizon students collaborated with the Social Justice team and worked hard to plan activities for the Ïã¸ÛÁùºÏ²Ê¹ÙÍøÍøÖ· Eco Justice Day Fair, which encourages school involvement and awareness in environmental matters. Students were asked to bring in a Nude Food lunchbox on the day, in exchange for tokens, granting them access to the activities at lunchtime. The activities allowed students to decorate their own eco-cookie, repurpose an old jar, make an alfalfa seed pet, plant their own succulent, decorate a terracotta pot, and swap their pre-loved clothes and books. In the lead up to this day, the Horizon class brainstormed and created activities for the Fair, along with making a budget and calculating the costs of implementing their ideas. Additionally, we worked on marketing the day to the remainder of the school, by speaking at a range of year level assemblies, creating posters to be put up around the school and creating SIMON announcements to inform students.
It was wonderful to see the day being such a success as a stampede of Year 7s were seen sprinting from the Centenary Building at 1.15pm sharp to line up for eco-cookies. Subsequently, 98 out of 100 terracotta plants were painted, filled with soil and succulents. Many students also went home with alfalfa sock pets, pre-loved t-shirts and books and painted jars.
Overall, Horizonâ€™s Altruism Hour has been a rewarding and positive experience that has allowed us to have some fun whilst learning about social justice issues and giving back to our community.