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At Sacred Heart Girls’ College we aim to ensure that Christian values such as justice, compassion and service are inherent in all that we do at our College. Inspired by the social teachings of the Catholic Church, our College community has an ongoing program to raise awareness of disadvantage and inequity at the global, national and community level. This is underpinned by our commitment to social action through volunteering work with disadvantaged people and participation in a number of social justice based groups including Saint Vincent de Paul, the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and Caritas Australia.  Some ways in which we raise awareness of social justice at our College include:

  • Integrating understanding and knowledge of social justice perspectives on global issues such as justice, peace and ecology into our daily lives
  • Incorporating social justice themes into liturgies and retreats
  • Promoting and developing social justice awareness among staff and students through guest speakers, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives

Student Social Justice Programs

We believe that putting faith into action is key to developing our students into young women with courageous voices who value compassion and justice.

We have a range of programs that reflect this ideal.

SHGC has its own St Vincent de Paul Society College Conference. School conferences increase student awareness about issues that exist in local communities and beyond. They introduce students to the St Vincent de Paul Society and to living their faith through action. By way of these fund raising and collection opportunities, the students deepen their understanding of poverty and homelessness and seeing the needs of vulnerable people in our own community.

Here are a few Vinnies initiatives at SHGC:

Winter Appeal – through fund raising, collections of blankets, socks and non-perishable food, and awareness raising events.

Christmas Appeal – through the popular toy appeal, donating food items and making Christmas hampers for families in need.

Vinnies School Sleepout – Every year we have our Year 11 School Sleepout, as a fund raiser and to engage students with the issue of Homelessness.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Stall: A fund raising event where students cook and sell pancakes for the College community.

Outreach Programs

Our students engage fortnightly with residents at a local Aged Care Residence fortnightly for conversation and activities and with a local community support Centre, where they assist in organising food donations for vulnerable people living in our community.

FIRE Carriers Program

The FIRE (Friends Igniting Reconciliation in Education) Carriers is led each year by four Year 9 students who volunteer to learn more about indigenous disadvantage and promote reconciliation. This build on teh College's program of promote awareness of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples including our indigenous garden program, Sorry Day activities and the inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives into our teaching program.