A week all about books, nature and what’s going on in the world
Out and about
ARE you a secret wombat?
Can you speak the language of these amazing creatures?
Do you know just how important their poo is to our harsh Australian environment – especially after a bushfire?
You would if you were a Year 3 or 4 student at St Joseph’s, who spent September 6 travelling to the Brisbane Writers’ Festival to hear the wonderful Australian author, Jackie French speak about reading, writing and respecting the nature around us.
Jackie’s talk was inspiring and made all who heard it keen to find a book to love. Some lucky Year 3 and 4 students were even able to have her sign newly purchased books.
To round out the creative day, students made the most of their excursion by spending time at GOMA, admiring and discussing the amazing indigenous artworks, designing some masterpieces of their own and taking in the street art that decorates the blank walls of South Brisbane.
Thank you to teachers Amanda Thompson,
Johanna Campbell and Phil Irvin for coordinating such a wonderful experience for the young students, as well as the parent helpers.
Social Justice Day
World poverty, the effects of climate change and the challenge of making a difference were the hot topics at the Mini Vinnies Social Justice Day held at Mary McKillop State School on September 7.
The St Joseph’s Mini Vinnies executive committee travelled to Toowoomba, joining seven other dioceses schools to exchange ideas, share goals and values, as well as take part in three workshops run by Youth Engagement and Development officer for St Vincent De Paul Queensland Julie Inskip.
Workshops included topics such as organisations that support the work St Vincent De Paul – Caritas and Catholic Mission; how students can spruik the importance of helping those less fortunate; and discuss how relevant the message of Christ is today.
“We had long discussions about how climate change is having a devastating effect on the world’s poverty levels, that 11% of children in Uganda are now orphans and 30 % have no access to clean water,” Mini Vinnies member Taylah Organ said.
“We learnt valuable lessons on how to encourage other students to act and fundraise to help the organisations,” student Hannah Widderick said.
“We are planning to talk to the committee about taking part in Soctober and also ways to fight climate change.”
GREAT EXPERIENCE: Years 3 and 4 students at St Joseph’s travelled to the Brisbane Writers’ Festival to hear Australian author Jackie French speak about reading, writing and respecting nature.
St Joseph's students engage in talks about climate change and world poverty.