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Cleo’s Reflection

Meeting our Local MP – Richard Marles Written By Cleo Bailey On Wednesday the 7th of September 2016 students from four Catholic schools in Geelong – Clonard, Sacred Heart, St Ignatius and St Joseph’s College met with Richard Marles, local MP for Corio and the former Shadow Minister…

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Detention For Detention at Parade

FRIDAY 9th SEPTEMBER Dealing with controversial political issues is always a challenge for a school. If we take a strong stance on an issue, we can easily be accused of bias, and of attempting to exert undue influence on students to adopt a particular ideological standpoint. Such indoctrination…

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Faith in Action – Fran’s reflection

By Fran Sheahan   Many years ago in a justice workshop I came to a critical realisation: no matter how firmly some of us believe a situation is unjust and should be changed, not everyone is going to have that view. That is simply the reality and I…

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Students wins Vinnies Art Prize

The Inaugural Vinnies Just Art Competition Congratulations to Shereen D’Costa of 11Purple, winner of the Visual Arts Award (Secondary School Age) for her work, A Big Message in a Little Bottle. A Big Message in a Little Bottle This is my rationale of the painting, just in case…

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Hundreds of Catholic school students gather to call on the government to #BringThemHere

By Andy Hamilton SJ About 200 students from 20 Victorian schools attended a Circle of Silence in solidarity with people seeking protection in Australia, particularly with those detained on Manus Island and Nauru. The event, held at Birrarung Marr, near Federation Square in Melbourne, was one of many…

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Alanah’s Reflection

Issues of Justice:  Meeting our Local Politicians   On the 17th of June, a group of senior students, supported by Santa staff and Sam Dariol of Jesuit Social Services, organised and ran a meeting with Greens candidate Ms Alex Bhathal, who was contesting the seat of Batman in the…

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Learning English at the Park

On Monday 11th July, a group from Jesuit Social Services’ English Language Support Program went to the Bundoora farm and Parklands.  Xavier College Staff picked us up from Broadmeadows and Thornbury in the school buses and took us to the farm.  We saw many farm animals cows, sheep,…

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Ian’s Story

It was a friend in my Rotary club who mentioned volunteering to teach English to people seeking asylum. Having read a lot about their plight and having a background in language teaching, I was interested. It meant travelling from home for an hour each Monday morning to reach…

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