Social Justice and Outreach

At St Michael's we recognise our responsibility in shaping the future by fostering in its students an awareness of the world around them.


St Michael's Primary School's motto is Knowledge, Faith and Love. We believe these are represented in our mission which states that 'the mission of our Catholic school is to provide quality education for our students in a caring and supportive environment’.

We are, therefore, committed to educating children in the Catholic faith. At St Michael’s Primary we believe that Social Justice is about respecting human dignity and promoting the common good. As Catholics we are called to respond to those in need and work for justice and peace.

The main priorities are to raise awareness of social justice needs and to advocate ways in which the school community can respond actively to the needs of others.



Whole school initiatives

The school as a whole works together to support a number of charities including:

Caritas

Caritas Australia

MercyHouse

Mercy Family Centre

CatholicMission

Catholic Mission


Canteen

CanTeen

RUOK

RUOK Day

JeansForGenes

Jeans for Genes



In the classroom

Classroom learning programs include an action response in which the children put their knowledge and faith into action. All classes supported three main initiatives across the year.

Caritas

Caritas Australia

JRS

Jesuit Refugee Service

Vinnies

St Vincent de Paul

Throughout the year, the students have opportunities to participate in social action that are practical, hands on and educational. The children are given the opportunity to take on actions of service in order to raise awareness and to obtain the necessary support in the form of food and hygiene packs, as well as obtaining small business and corporate donations.



Social Justice Committee

Each year a social justice committee is elected from the Year 6 student body and these young people actively participate in activities such as:

  • attending Young Leaders day and the diocesan social justice day
  • assisting at community functions
  • organising hampers for St Vincent de Paul.