Social Justice

In keeping with our College motto – Deeds Not Words – and the Mission Statement empower young women to engage in critical reflection leading to positive action for our world – Star of the Sea College is recognised as a leading Catholic school in relation to all aspects of education for justice.

The commitment to Social Justice is underpinned and animated by:
• our Judeo-Christian heritage;
• our focus on Jesus’ life and mission;
• the Catholic Church’s body of Catholic Social Teaching;
• the extraordinary story of Nano Nagle;
• the contemporary ministries and mission of the Presentation Sisters in Australia and overseas: eg. their current commitment to advocacy about human trafficking and environmental justice;
• a commitment to agencies mandated by the Archdiocese of Melbourne: Caritas Australia, St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) and Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne;
• a desire to balance our focus and outreach to local as well as global causes/issues;
• an ongoing commitment to the national reconciliation process between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians;
• a belief that all outreach and fund-raising is to be complemented by appropriate prayer, reflection and examination of the structural issues inherent in the intended action/outreach effort;
• an understanding that our outreach and justice efforts are to be grounded in critical awareness about justice issues: classroom practicecomplements outreach and justice actions.

Outstanding opportunities for education in the areas of justice, service and outreach opportunities:
• twice-weekly commitment to Sacred Heart Mission by Year 10 students and staff who assist in the preparation of lunch for 400 local homeless people;
• immersion experiences in India, Timor L’Este, Vietnam and Lake Mungo;
• Year 12 commitment to the North Melbourne Vinnies’ Soup Van on Friday evenings;
• weekly commitment by students and staff to Jesuit Social Services’ Friday Night Tutoring Program in Richmond;
• engagement in a wide range of environmental justice activites: Clean Up Australia Day, Earth Hour, tree planting, beach clean-ups, an annual Environment Week, dialogue with local Islamic students about faith and environmental justice, creative assemblies, the maintenance of an Edible Garden, recycling facilities, installation of solar panels and water tanks;
• creative commemoration of International Women’s Day;
• raising awareness about the issue of human slavery and trafficking in conjunction with the Australian Council for Religious Against the Trafficking of Humans;
• video conferences with students in Pakistan and Jordan around issues of wealth distribution, the environment, women and justice;
• student participation in a multitude of justice-related conferences: eg. Caritas Australia’s Just Leadership Day, St Vincent de Paul Student Conference;
• justice issues studied across the curriculum in all subject areas: eg. the Millennium Development Goals in Health and Human Development, Human Rights Law in Legal Studies;
• annual fundraising and goods collection for Caritas’ Project Compassion campaign, Sacred Heart Mission food collection, Christmas hamper compilation for a local St Vincent de Paul Conference and various Presentation Sisters’ projects.