We believe that compassion and empathy can change lives
The recent lockdown impacted everything we know about daily life and our students have been amazingly quick to respond to new challenges.
The Year 12 Community Service class, unable to physically serve in the wider community responded by making soup for those who have been most impacted by the lockdown. They have taken to heart the words of Blessed Edmund Rice, 'give to the poor in handfuls'.
The Community Service class is based on Catholic Social Teachings (CST). CST offers a way of thinking, being and seeing the world. It provides a vision for a just society in which the dignity of all people is recognised, and those who are on the margins are cared for.
The soup, prepared in the Presentation Food Technology rooms, once onsite learning had resumed, has been delivered to the group, Reaching out to the Inner West of Melbourne. Since 2005 this organization has been providing home cooked vegetarian meals along with non perishable food items, toiletries, sleeping bags etc. to those most in need. The group 'believe in selfless service to anyone in need and treating all with respect, love compassion and non judgement' which aligns beautifully with our own College Mission Statement.
Our amazing staff members Sandie Saundry and Avril Martinelli, our kitchen angels, along with groups of students have been cooking to support this charity all year. Charities have been inundated with requests during this most recent lockdown and the conclusion of JobKeeper payments. The St Mary's College community also continues to generously support the Father Bob Maguire Foundation and Christian Brother communities in COVID ravaged India through our walkathon donations.
Director of Identity | Kate Johnston