Students are encouraged at all year levels to provide support to those less fortunate on a local, national and international level.
The Edmund Rice Foundation has established a global network of assisting those at the margins. St Joseph’s has a strong connection with the Edmund Rice ministries in East Africa. All students are encouraged to live their faith by supporting a broad range of community service activities. In doing so they develop an appreciation of their own lives and see the importance of compassion.
Our Care Group was formed to assist families during times of crisis. Each year this group has done wonderful work supporting those in our community by providing meals and supplies when they are most in need. For families in crisis, there is often little time to prepare meals for those at home and the Care Group aims to ease the burden in difficult times. Anyone who is willing to assist is most welcome to contact Adele Wilson, Principal’s Personal Assistant via email [email protected] or direct line 5226 8119.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and the needy.” – Proverbs 31:8-9
We aim to equip students to be globally connected citizens committed to personal excellence, enriching the wider community, and standing in solidarity with the marginalised. - St Joseph’s College Strategic Plan 2018-2022
Providing service to marginalised members of our local community is an important element of Edmund Rice Schools. We believe that serving others is fundamental to living out of the value of compassion – one of the College’s three key values, and we strive to make Jesus’ message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality within our community.
Community service is an essential way for students to explore their interests, show what they believe in, and define a possible career path. By engaging in volunteer work, students have an opportunity to learn experientially. They discover where their passions lie while undertaking projects that truly make a difference. These experiences allow them to make more informed choices about their future pathways, while instilling a lifelong passion for contributing to society.
We are proud to be able to offer service opportunities to all our staff and students and importantly, on occasion family members can volunteer with their sons. Volunteering as a family allows us to connect with our teens and allows everyone to see a side of each other you may have never seen before. Advocacy is an important element to service learning. Your teen may surprise you with the knowledge he has about the people you are helping.
Engaging in advocacy is a way of acting on behalf of justice and of participating in the transformation of the world. Espousing the cause of the most vulnerable in society, being a prophetic voice speaking out against injustice and promoting more just social structures lies at the heart of the Christian moral and ethical tradition.
Advocacy actions in relation to social issues seek to address the causes of injustice, oppression and abuse – by challenging the underlying issues. It can be defined as, ‘speaking out about issues of public policy that cause injustice, oppression and abuse’.
Respectful Relationship education is embedded in the College curriculum across all year levels. A focal point of this education is addressing gender stereotypes in an effort to end gendered violence. By providing service opportunities that support people affected by family violence students are able to learn about the issue experientially, advocate for those in need and classroom based learning is supported by “real life” experience.
The Edmund Rice Foundation has established a global network of assisting those at the margins. St Joseph’s has a strong connection with the Edmund Rice ministries in East Africa.
The biggest event on the school calendar is Edmund Rice Day, in which over $20,000 is raised by the students to support the Christian Brothers with several educational and medical initiatives in East Africa.
We are always seeking new opportunities and organisations with which to partner. Please email [email protected] if you wish to propose a service activity.