Christmas Gifts for Vinnies

Hannah and Fintan
For a Christmas Action at our school we thought that we wanted to help the less fortunate. We want them to have a Christmas as good as ours. We all brought in presents for children and placed them under the Christmas Tree. We invited Margaret, the leader of Vinnies in Blackburn South, to come over and we presented the gifts to her and her group.
Her group will come back tomorrow and collect the gifts to deliver them to families in our area. It makes us feel more grateful for what we have and good inside because we are doing a good deed for other people. It makes we want to help more people in need in the future also. Happy Christmas Everyone!


The Change Makers Challenge-Social Justice Mini Fair

All the Fun of the Fair!
We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our school community. Our Social Justice Mini Fair raised $1500. This will be donated to Bahay Tuluyan in the Philippines, to help build a playground for the children of Laguna.
Congratulations to our Social Justice Leaders and Team!

Social Justice Mini Fair on PhotoPeach

Term 2 Adventures, Experiences and Learning

This term we have been immersed in many life changing experiences. The incredible learning and knowledge will impact on us for the rest of our lives.

Overall I have found this term to be really inspiring and exciting. It has been filled with enjoyable activities like the excursion to meet Paul Spence. We have done a huge variety of Art and a mixture of different sports. I enjoyed our Inquiry learning because it gave us the chance to explore the Poverty around the world and to appreciate what we have. Learning this has really changed my life because now I know how lucky we are and what we can do to help others across the world. Our small contributions and actions can make a big difference to others in need.


I have enjoyed meeting all the amazing people this term, like Paul Spence. It was a great experience to meet him and learn all about his life in Africa. He shared many inspiring photos and stories with us.


I learnt more about Confirmation this term. I enjoyed the ceremony especially when we all processed in with our candles. It made me feel closer to God and I am now a full member of the Church.


I liked doing the inquiry and learning about poverty. I now know that I can help others and do so much more to make a difference in other people’s lives.


I loved going on the Social Justice day to the Kidsview conference, because I liked learning about what other people do around the world to help and now I will try to follow in their footsteps and make the world more socially just.


I enjoyed giving a grammar lesson to my class. I learnt a whole lot more about different types of grammar and I enjoyed being the teacher.


I really enjoyed learning about Confirmation because it was a great experience. It will prepare me for later in life. Receiving the gifts of the Spirit like Right Judgement, Knowledge, Reverence, Courage and Understanding will prepare me for later in life.


I loved teaching the Maths lesson about adding and subtracting fractions. It was a great experience because I got to share my knowledge about Fractions with the rest of the class. I felt happy and was very proud of my lesson.


One of the highlights of this term was making my Confirmation and becoming a full member of the Church. I now understand what it means. One of my favourite things was doing an action for Social Justice. I ran a competition for others to guess “How many lollies were in the jar?” I am raising money for the Homeless people. I am sad for those who are sleeping out in the cold so I hope that I can make a difference to their lives.


I loved this term and all the art that we did. I especially liked the Protractor Art which was inspired by Frank Stella. I love using all the different colours and shapes. It is great to be inspired by all the different artists. We also created 3D artworks using straight and curved lines to make a hand.



Villers-Bretonneux, Don’t Forget Australia

do not forget
After sharing the book “Do not Forget Australia” by authors Sally Murphy and Sonia Kretschmar, I was able to share my story of a recent visit to Villers-Bretonneux. It is a beautiful village in the North of France, that has rebuilt since the World War 1. There are signs all around the village, that show the friendship and gratitude of the French towards the Australians, who helped defend and then rebuild this town.
The story book is about two boys in 1918 and how their lives were affected by the war.
france australia school

With our recent learning around Social Justice issues it shows our students what can be achieved when someone helps, even in a small way. We can all make a difference. It may begin with raising awareness about issues or fundraising for a cause, which can lead to building schools, hope and successful futures for others.

Global Poverty Project

Last week we were involved in A Global Citizen and Fair Trade Event. We worked with students from schools in the City of Whitehorse. This is a reflection from
Today at the Fair Tade Event was a very important time because it had a huge impact on our understanding of the global issues around Poverty. Alicia from The Global Poverty Project taught us about all of the issues that are happening right now and how lucky we are to have all of the resources that we need to live a happy life. This experience showed us that Poverty is a huge issue in our world and that we are the next generation who have the power to make sure that poverty is history.
How would you feel if you were sleeping on sandbags everyday, had no fresh water, had to walk miles to see a doctor and had no parents to support you through this tough time?
It is up to us to make a difference. How will you help to be make the change?

We are now all working on a Social Justice issue of our Choice to research more and to take some Action to help make a difference.

Visitors from the Philippines

Catherine from Bahay Tuluyan in the Philippines, which means ‘House of Welcome’ came to visit our school. She showed us how unfairly the worlds resources are shared and that all people are not treated equally. Gary and Aisa are two teenagers from the Philippines who lived on the streets. I could not imagine what that would be like. They wrote and performed a play called ‘The magic in us.’ It was about life on the streets and how they had to earn money selling rubbish just to buy food.

Yesterday a boy named Gary and a girl named Aisa came to our school and told us about life in the Philippines. They talked about the hardships of their childhood. Their life experiences made me feel so sad and greedy because of all the things that I have. Gary and Aisa did a play called “The Magic in us.” It made me feel emotional in many ways because they did such lovely actions. Gary and Aisa were very inspiring and I hope that they have a great life now that they are with Bahay Tuluyan.

The Sharing of the Chocolate game, struck me because it was a good way of representing the Truth about the inequality of how the world’s resources are shared. The part that struck me the most was the play that Gary and Aisa did to tell their story. It was incredible the experiences they had and the things they endured and yet both of them have come so far. It was sad that both of them missed out on having a proper education and how little money and food they could get. Living on the streets sounded very tough. Their few jobs around so both of them sold rubbish from the tip just to get money to buy food. They taught us to appreciate what we have.

This story really touched me from the bottom of my heart. It certainly opened my eyes and makes me realize how fortunate we really are. Imagine being in Gary and Aisa’s shoes for one day. Do you think that you would be able to survive?
From this experience I have learnt to never give up, appreciate what you have and remember that there is magic in all of us!

Teenage Affluenza

We are currently inquiring into Social Justice issues. We have exposed the students to a variety of resources, organizations and media to deepen their understanding of the injustices that are in our world.
The video about Teenage Affluenza really struck a cord with many of the students. We really need to appreciate what we have and try to support those who do not have freedom, education, food, water or resources that we all take for granted.
Please watch the film and tell us how it makes you feel…???

Thank you to World Vision

“Kidsview” Social Justice Conference

The conference was great. It was all about poverty and children’s rights. I thought the title “Kidsview” really meant it beacause the kids got to share their points of view about world poverty.
I find it hard to believe that we are richer than 75% of the world with just clothing, beds, food and shelter, plus we have more. Only 12% of the world population has computers and 8% has internet access, which shows that we all have more than we need. A lot of us don’t even want to share.
After seeing the play about Gary’s and Aisa’s lives in the Philippines, I now think how ucky I am that I have the right to go to school, which is in a safe environment. I also thought about how lucky I am to live so close to my school.
The workshops really helped me to have a better understanding of what it is like to live with not much money and then what it is like to live the way I do with everything I need plus more.
I thought that the stories about children around the world who have helped to make a change, just proves that anyone small can make a bIG difference.

Reflection of Kidsview Conference by Amber

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Our Social Justice Team organised a magnificent day for us to celebrate St Patrick’s Day whilst raising awareness for those less fortunate. We dressed in green and danced into school to some Irish Music as we prepared to celebrate the Day. The team also made cakes, biscuits and green jelly for us to buy, to raise money for Caritas, a wonderful organisation who provide support for those in need, both in Australia and around the world. It was a fantastic day. Special thanks to our awesome Social Justice Leaders, Hannah, Simon and Fintan.

St Patrick’s Day from vgridley on Vimeo.

Teacher Study Tour of the Philippines

I was lucky enough to join eight other teachers, over the last school holidays and work with the beautiful children of the Philippines. We Worked with the organization Bahay Tuluyan, who run Social Justice conferences for school students, called Kidsview. After attending these with my students over the past two years, I felt that I needed to do more. There is great poverty and abuse. Many families live on the streets. It was both a wonderful yet very confronting experience. There were many sad stories from the children but also great joy from those who have worked hard to get an education and follow their dreams.

Teacher Study Tour in the Philippines on PhotoPeach

Along with the other teachers who attended, we hope to continue supporting the great work of Bahay Taluyan. We hope to raise awareness and funds, to support their work and help to make the lives of these kids a little bit brighter.