Marymount College has a strong commitment to social justice and a deep concern for solidarity issues within our world.
We seek to empower the students to actively participate in social justice activities by offering a number of programs that address the needs of the local community and communities around the world. By collaborating with different charity organizations in the community as well as running a number of school-based projects we seek to install a belief in the students that they can make a difference in the world and reach out to those in need. The Social Justice Group is a strong presence within the school and these activities are central to our mission as a Catholic community enabling us to put our “faith into action” and make a difference in the world.
East Timor Immersion
An immersion of 10 days with a small team visiting local Church communities in East Timor, including orphanages and villages.
Experience life, faith and justice from a new perspective and return home inspired to live your own sense of Catholic ‘mission’ in Australia.
Limited places available! See Mrs Kylie Mathers for information firstname.lastname@example.org or 55861000
EAST TIMOR IMMERSION BROCHURE.pdf
Caritas Australia is the Catholic agency of international aid and development. The Latin word Caritas means love and compassion - qualities that are central to the work that this organization undertakes. They help people to help themselves, regardless of race, political beliefs, gender or religion.
Marymount College is committed to helping Caritas each year. During Lent the school community holds a massive fund-raising campaign for Caritas called Project Compassion. During this time the school community raises money through their Pastoral Care groups. The Social Justice Group also assists with raising these funds by organizing activities such as Pancake Day, free dress days and socials. As a community we aim to join in solidarity with the people in need. Each week during Lent we share a story of someone whom Caritas has helped. The students are invited to give up a luxury during this time of Lent and donate the money that would be spent on this luxury to Project Compassion.
St Vincent de Paul
The Mission of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia is to shape a more just and compassionate Australian community and to share our resources with other countries in need.They inspire their members to achieve this by encouraging them to share of themselves – who they are and what they have - with the poor on a person-to-person basis. Marymount College Social Justice Group has a sub-group called ASAP (After School Action Program). As the name suggests, the group meets after school to focus on projects under the mission of the St Vincent de Paul Society. Activities that the group is involved in include visiting the local nursing home to offer friendship to the elderly in our community, collecting hampers for needy families around Christmas time and on our Feast Day “Marymount Day”.
Rosies - Friends on the Street
Rosies - Friends on the Street is a not-for-profit organisation that provides outreach services, friendship and hope to marginalised, homeless, houseless and abandoned people living within the community. Marymount has a strong affiliation with Rosies. Each year we offer Year 12 students a chance to be involved in the Rosies Street Retreat Program. The students are able to volunteer with Rosies and “go out on the street” to offer a hot drink, something to eat and most importantly friendship and support to those who are lonely on our streets. Marymount contributes to the organisation by running special days such as Rosies' Have a Heart Day, and donating money to keep up the supplies needed to undertake this activity.
Marymount College also has an interest in helping other organisations such as Amnesty International, Catholic Mission and various other charities such as The Cancer Council and Children’s Medical Research Institute.
Marymount’s Rotary Interact Club was established in 2011. A dedicated student-led Board of Directors has seen increased membership grow to over 50, with consistent, passionate participation.
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of
- Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
- Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
- Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
- Advancing international understanding and goodwill