Our World Leaders have committed to working on 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 major things in the next 15 years. They hope to:
1. End extreme poverty
2. Fight inequality & injustice
3. Fix climate change
The Global Goals will support sustainable development and work towards achieving these things.
It is up to all of us to take action if the Goals are going to work.
We need to let everyone know about the goals and inspire everyone to make a difference to BE THE CHANGE!
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I am all alone, sleeping on the street all night. I could not afford to pay the rent for my house, that’s why I’m here. People have been walking past, ignoring me. I feel very depressed not having any food or water. Sometimes, people tease me by eating right in front of me and throwing the crumbs from their food. As my writing is very messy, I haven’t written a sign to tell people that I need help because I think they won’t understand it. I am also feeling very sick because of this cold weather, and can’t afford any medicine. Yesterday, three kids came up to me and gave me what they called a “Homeless Swag” which was a bed that folded up into a backpack. They said that they had been saving up $85 to buy it. I couldn’t thank them enough, they had made such a big impact on my life!
from Peter V
Happy New Year!
This is my second year of being homeless. I’ve been homeless for two years and nobody has helped me. It’s terrible. I am living on a couch under a tree in the park. Two years ago I was happily running a flower shop until I went broke and was kicked out by my landlord. My shop used to be called Charlotte and Bridie’s Flowers and now it is called Woolworths. My friend Charlotte at least had a husband and a family to go home to but I had nowhere. At the time I was living in a flat above the shop but now I can’t afford it. It’s so sad that people all around the country are becoming homeless. There are now 105,237 people all around the country who are homeless and nearly half of them are under 25. It is a hard life for a 35 year old like me but even harder for families with children. I really wish somebody would do something about it.
This term we will be finding out about Justice in our World. Today we created a Poster to share our ideas of what we think Justice is. Later in the term we will revisit this linoit and see what we could add or change.
What would you add to our ideas on Justice?
St Patrick’s Day is an important event on our school calendar for more reasons than one. It is a day to wear green and celebrate the Irish Patron Saint but it is also the day that our Social Justice Team make green cups, green cookies, pancakes and jellies to share. We sell the treats at recess to help raise funds for Caritas.
Caritas support people in need all around the world.
Caritas has worked towards the creation of a just world for over 100 years. In 1964, Caritas began in Australia. They are an Agency who work for International Aid and Development.
Caritas is Latin for love + compassion – two qualities which are central to their work and something that we help to promote through our Social Justice Team. Thank-you to everyone who sent along food to share and for helping to make it such a fabulous day!
What does your school do to celebrate St Patrick’s Day?
Earlier this year our Social Justice Team organised a dress-up day and cake stall, to raise money and awareness, for student education in poorer countries. Today at assembly we were joined by the Victorian President of Vinnies for the Assist a Student program. Paul McCarthy thanked all the families and students for raising enough money to sponsor 9 children in developing countries, to make it possible for them to be attend school. It was wonderful to hear about what a difference our hard work and generosity can make.
Pyjama Day is a great way to raise awareness about the Homeless and help raise funds for the Charities that support them. Today everyone left their school uniforms at home and dressed in pyjamas and onesies. We are very grateful for our warm beds and comfortable homes but realise that not everyone is as fortunate.
We hope that through our actions today we are helping to make life more comfortable for those who live on the streets. http://www.melbournecitymission.org.au/get-involved/our-current-appeals/campaign/ella’s-story-winter-appeal
Today we were excited to hand over a cheque for $580 to Margaret who is the President of the Vinnies association in Blackburn South. Our school will be able to sponsor 9 children to be educated for 12 months. The money will help to buy a uniform, school books and stationery. The Social Justice Leaders did a great job in organising Crazy Day which helped to raise awareness about the lack of educational opportunities for children in third world countries. We are certainly grateful for the privilege of learn at school in Australia. http://juniorsblackburn.edublogs.org/2014/05/28/crazy-day-at-school/
CRAZINESS was everywhere to be seen today; everyone dressed crazily, wore their hair crazy and helped raise a crazy amount of money. We are raising awareness about the lack of education opportunities in other countries. We believe that it is is crazy that not all children have the opportunity to attend school and receive an edcuation like we do.
Vinnies is running a program called ‘Assit a Student’ so each class was aiming to raise $70 so that we could sponsor a child to be educated for a year.
We raised $630 so that’s sponsorship for 8 students!
Crazy Day on PhotoPeach
Raquel – What a great way to Celebrate St Patrick’s day, with everyone dressed in green and helping to support the victims of the cyclone in Tonga.
Rylee – The Social Justice Team organised a Fundraising event to help the people of Tonga. The team made green cupcakes, biscuits, green jelly and cordial.It was good to donate money for the cause while also celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Luke – It was wonderful that everyone got into the Spirit of the day by wearing green. There were lots of leprechaun hats, green capes, t-shirts and more.
Adam- We raised plenty of money selling raffle tickets, cakes and some of the team did face painting also.
Ben – St. Patrick’s Day was fun and the Social Justice Team organised a cake shop, food and face painting. I loved selling the food and helping raise money for the people of Tonga.
Tully- St Patrick’s Day was good because we got to eat lots of yummy food and have free dress. Everyone enjoyed the day.
Patrick – As my name is Patrick I love St. Patrick’s Day. I enjoy wearing green and eating lots of green food. My highlight of the day was helping to sell the green food to the rest of the school.
Chloe – I really enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day and donating for the people of Tonga who lost their homes in the cyclone. I also liked wearing green and seeing all the people’s happy faces.
Today we went to St Tim’s for a leadership day run by Megan from Caritas.
The day was very informative and taught us how to be leaders but including social justice. There was a series of different activities as well as cooperating with students who we didn’t know. Overall I am glad that our school decided to participate in the leadership day and I had a lot of fun and learnt many new things.