St Mary Star of The Sea Catholic Primary School Hurstville teachers have volunteered with St Vincent De Paul Night Patrol, living a social justice lesson the school community identifies with. Night Patrol provides food and drink to the less fortunate around Sydney and is one of many charity initiatives the school supports.
This year, staff also packed hampers at St Vincent De Paul’s Auburn warehouse. Mini Vinnies Year 4 students led fundraising to support Gethsemane House for homeless men and women with mental illness or intellectual disability.
Principal Steve Darcy said the initiative was part of the school’s staff spirituality plan. “We have learned about the wonderful work that the Sisters of Charity do around Australia to be the face of Christ to those in need,” he said. “This has enabled us as teachers to be able to share this story with our students and their parents so that they see that social justice is not a duty, but a privilege to help make a difference in our world.”