Mount St Benedict Social Justice Forum
On Tuesday, May 28, ten Year 11 girls attended the annual Mount St Benedict Social Justice Forum. The theme this year was ‘Building Peace’. This was a wonderful opportunity as it opened my eyes to the many possibilities available to us when we leave school.
My first workshop, International Settlement Services for refugees, was very inspiring as the speaker, Jessica was Sri Lankan like myself. Jessica was a lawyer and wanted to work for the UN. She talked about the dreams she had when she was the same age as me. As Jessica was speaking the quote, “Seeing people smile after I help them was the best reward I could ever ask for” pulled at my heartstrings as I have experienced countless members of my family feeling extremely grateful for people, like Jessica, to guide them in tough situations when entering a new country.
I have renewed my determination that I must continue to provide a voice for the voiceless as it can have an immense impact on others. I also feel reassured that there are countless jobs for me in the future that involve fighting for justice for refugees.
So many people in my generation want to make a change in our world and although there are countless problems around the world, many can be solved if people know how to tackle them efficiently. This Forum is something people must go to if you really want to make a positive change to this world.
Renuga Inpakumar (Year 11)
Mercy Works Bilum Magazine
On 29 May, several Year 9 girls worked with the staff at Mercy Works to prepare their biannual Bilum magazines for posting. The girls packaged up almost 2000 bilums which are distributed around Australia and overseas. These magazines showcase the wonderful work that Mercy Works do in the community. The Bilum for June 2019 can be viewed via this link: https://www.mercyworks.org.au/who-we-are/bilum-magazine/
We have continued to hand out the 130 year commemorative badges. Last week, it was Clare House who received their badges in a moving ceremony led by the House leaders, Isabella Boutros and Antonia Moussa.
Mercy Futures: Kindness Series
On 5 June, Year 11 students were given the opportunity to engage and deepen their understanding of love, one of the many attributes within the College, from CEO and Pastor of Wayside Chapel, Mr Jon Owen. Jon is a migrant to Australia from Sri Lanka and also has Indian heritage. As a life motto, he believes in and strives to provide a community of no “us and them”. His dedication to living and serving the poor is one admirable trait. During the event, I was pleased to meet with the Sisters of Mercy and share in conversation over a nice cup of tea with my Year 11 peers, Anya and Swetha. At the conclusion of the talk, I was deeply inspired, and I thank Jon for deepening my understanding and meaning of love and kindness.
One thing that I will continue to take with me after school and into my life was his message to ‘care for the most vulnerable members of our community by spreading our message of love over hate’. I encourage and implore all Mercy students to take the initiative to be a part of this great experience.
Gabriella Nimmo (Year 11)
Refugee Week – 17-21 June
The theme of Refugee Week this year is ‘A World of Stories’. We will be celebrating this week and the multicultural face of our College at Assembly and during the Pastoral Care lesson. If you would like to be involved in a planned activity in your local area, have a look at the link below and see what is happening in your own backyards!
Mrs Gabby Scanlon
Director of Mission (Acting)