St Joseph’s has a very active social justice program with a dual focus on awareness and action. The student leaders lead the student body in a variety of initiatives including the Lenten CARITAS Appeal, St Vincent De Paul Appeals (winter and Christmas) and Catholic Mission.
Our fundraising focuses for each term throughout the year are:
Term 1 - Caritas Global support – In the form of Project Compassion Money boxes. Stage 3 leaders actively collect money as well as each family receiving a box to place in their own homes.
Term 2 - Vinnies Winter Appeal- Supporting locals – Dressing up in second hand clothing, competing in a talent quest and donating a gold coin. All monies collected are given to the local St Vincent de Paul organisation. This day is organised by Stage 2.
Term 3 - Catholic Mission- Global support – A Mission day organised by Stage 3 students concludes the term and is supported by a presentation from Richard Cootes from Catholic Mission. The activities include a jaffa basher, yabbies’ races, face painting, treasure hunts plus much more.
Term 4 - Vinnies Christmas Appeal- Supporting Locals- Students and families are asked to support the local appeal through donating non-perishable goods, money or presents, which are then distributed to needy locals at the festive time.
The school encourages the students to propose other areas for social justice work at a local level. From year to year this is in response to the needs of the local community. 2017 saw the enormous effort to support those affected by the Sir Ivan bushfire- cards for firefighters, biscuits for Blazeaid volunteers and groceries for victims, were among our efforts. Each Christmas the students visit the local hospital and aged care facility to sing carols, chat and spread some Christmas cheer. These are examples of social justice at the local level.