Term 3, Issue 01: Justice Education | Siena College
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Donation and Recycling Efforts at Siena

This term, the Siena community is encouraged to support Vinnies' work. As many of you already know, Vinnies is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live out the gospel message by serving the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working towards a just and compassionate society. The Catholic social teaching principle, 'Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable' reminds us that we are required to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. So how will we respond to those in need?

Siena families have been supporting Vinnies' work through the following practical measures:

  • Vinnies Winter Warm Up Cube
    In the first two weeks of Term 3, Siena staff, students and families have been donating clothes and shoes. These donations will help Vinnies generate their income through sales at Vinnies Op Shops
  • Donating Groceries
    All students will be asked to donate the following non-perishable grocery items during House Group. All items will be due by Monday, 29 August:
    - Year 7: Tea and coffee
    - Year 8: Hot chocolate, Milo and muesli bars
    - Year 9: Tinned soup and instant noodles
    - Year 10: Rice and pasta
    - Year 11: Vegemite and honey
    - Year 12: Jam, instant oats and cereal
  • Donate to the Siena College Winter Appeal
    Siena families are also invited to make a personal contribution to the Siena College Winter Appeal

The Student Representative Council (SRC) is currently developing a range of school based initiatives which will run throughout Term 3. Students are encouraged to look for opportunities to show their support for Vinnies' work.

Eco Warriors Update

This term, the Eco Warriors are spotlighting Fast Fashion, a trend known to exploit workers and have devastating impacts on the environment. Through a lunchtime meeting series, we hope to educate students about the Fast Fashion issue by screening short documentaries. To help promote a behavioural change, we will also be holding another Clothes Swap in Week 8. Students are encouraged to bring in items they no longer wear but are still in good condition, to swap with other students. We are hoping this will promote a 'Swap, Don’t Shop' culture to our community.

Reminder: Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program

This Recycling Program accepts any brand of used/empty toothpaste tubes and caps, manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads, toothbrush/toothpaste tube plastic packaging, floss containers and interdental brushes.

Reminder: Bic Writing Implements Recycling Program

This program enables you to recycle any kind of writing instrument.

Items can be placed in boxes outside the Justice Education Office.

"May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom and peace."

Extract from Franciscan Blessing

Bronwyn Ilott

Head of Justice Education
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