Year 7 Reflection Day
Last week all Year 7 students participated in their annual Reflection Day, held at Edmund Rice Centre Amberley in Lower Plenty; this day was facilitated by Year 7 Religious Education teachers and members of the Mission and Identity Team.
The focus was our role as contemporary Dominicans; what is important for us is to see and hear truth and to speak for those who have been silenced…such as Indigenous Australians, the asylum seekers who come for refuge and the poor who nobody remembers by name.
Sessions included a practical workshop reflecting on the 2020 College Theme ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ and an exploration of what it means to be a Dominican Doer. Activities took place in House Groups where students also articulated a pledge based on principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
The Sweet and often Bitter truth about Easter
One indisputable truth - chocolate is delicious. We know this because at Easter Australians spend millions of dollars buying hundreds of kilograms of chocolate to eat and give away.
Another indisputable truth is that the cost of some chocolate is a child’s education, and sometimes his or her freedom. That’s because much of our chocolate is made using cocoa beans harvested by children, often in the West African region.
So, as we move toward Easter here’s a snapshot of chocolate…
Slavery-free chocolate is chocolate that is certified. Look for chocolate with one of these three logos on it – Fairtrade, UTZ or Rainforest Alliance.
How we as Dominicans can change things:
Where to buy your chocolates
There are some slavery-free chocolates available in most large supermarkets. Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand has a comprehensive list of slavery-free certified chocolates. Find it at: http://fairtrade.com.au/Fairtrade-Products/Chocolate-cocoa