Together towards tomorrow
The Year 10 Student Leaders at Mount Carmel College have provided outstanding leadership and vision throughout 2014. With their chosen theme, Together Towards Tomorrow, they have urged the College community to consider how their actions impact on the wider and global community, and how combined efforts can be a force for positive change.
Their final project for the year was a focus on raising money for the not-for-profit organisation Days for Girls, which supports girls in their access to education, safety and dignity. The organisation helps ensure that girls have quality sustainable feminine hygiene and awareness. The provision of this basic need is proving instrumental in creating social change for women all over the world.
Early in November, the student leaders planned a pink day where Years 6-10 students wore coloured hair ribbons and painted nails to school and held a fashion parade of recycled pink retro clothing. Families were invited to attend a parade the same evening, were treated to a pink themed supper and supported a silent auction of staff and student works of art. Total funds raised from the day totalled around $1,500.
It is hoped that through their support of Days for Girls, a legacy will be created and built upon in years to come by students younger than them also wanting to make a real difference to social justice.
The following day students enjoyed a lunch with a difference. On entry, students randomly received a card allocating them to different groups. 20 students represented 6% of the global village with wealth and experienced fine dining. 46 students represented 14% of the global village who are well nourished and have adequate housing, and these students enjoyed a healthy, balanced meal. The remaining 290 students represented the 80% living in substandard conditions and received a bowl of rice which in the global village would possibly be their only meal for the day.
Mount Carmel College was founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1947, who were the first group of Women Religious to come to Australia in 1838. The founders’ commitment, from the beginning, was to improve educational opportunities, especially for young women, equipping them with the skills to make a positive contribution to society. It is hoped that through their support of Days for Girls, a legacy will be created and built upon in years to come by students younger than them also wanting to make a real difference to social justice.
Mount Carmel College students enjoying their lunches