In the spirit of Dominic, the College recognises the unity of the human family and encourages
the deepest respect for the essential dignity, freedom and equality of every person.
Social Justice is about restoring equality : The equal worth of individual, equal distribution of wealth, equal voice, equal opportunity and liberty.....(Felicisimo Martinez OP)
Social Justice is a core value in the life of St Mary's College.
As a Catholic School in the Dominican tradition we seek to engage every student in initiatives of awareness, advocacy and action with a view that this will become a life-long commitment to the values of charity, service and outreach to those who are disadvantaged and marginalised in our world.Unfortunately we do not live in a world where everyone has equal opportunities, and we have not yet achieved global justice. In a just society the needs of everyone would be met and all people's rights, regardless of their status, wealth, race, belief or upbringing would be respected. This is our mission.
The search for social justice is the continuing struggle to attain a world where everyone is given the same chances, feels safe and is not discriminated against in any way.
At St Mary's we join the struggle to reach a just and perfect world.
There are numerous activities initiated throughout the year to promote an awareness of Social Justice within the College community.
Some of these activities include:
In addition to the whole of school focus Social justice also operates with a year level focus on a particular issue.
The Year Level focus allows students to ga in an awareness and understanding of one particular issue and to raise funds where appropriate. For example in 2015:
|Junior School:||Moore St Centre/Vietnam Pilgrimage|
|Year 7:||Moore St Centre|
|Year 8:||Providence Centre, Battambang, Cambodia|
|Year 9:||St Vincent de Paul Microcredit Partnership Programs|
|Year 10:||Indigenous Prospectives|
|Year 11:||Service Learning|
|Year 12:||Helping those in need|
The Social Justice Program at St Mary's College encourages students to embrace the principles of Social Justice in all aspects of their life whilst at school and beyond. Students are presented with opportunities to learn about and connect with people and organisations in the wider community that are involved with socially just activities.
The Social Justice program has been designed to contribute to the growth of each student as a Christian person. The program calls all students to examine their beliefs and contribution to the community and encourages participation at many levels. This is achieved through: