Catholic Social Justice teaching, based firmly in the Scriptures,
requires that we look after those in need in our societies and all of creation and
that we undertake social action where justice demands change in social
structures. At San Sisto, the Christian
call to service and justice is explicitly taught in the Religious Education
curriculum at the high school. Opportunities to respond to that call are provided by co-curricular
service and justice activities. These activities may vary from year to year as
situations change and opportunities arise. The following activities are
currently undertaken and form a significant component of the co-curricular
program of the college.
Students in Years 7-12 are invited to join
the San Sisto Greenies. The Greenies aim to raise awareness in the college
community of environmental issues and to ‘make a difference’ to our college and
local environment. This group gets involved in projects like Clean Up Australia
Day and the College herb garden, and regularly presents environmental messages to the College.
San Sisto hosts an annual Justice Afternoon to which students and staff from other high schools are invited. A guest
speaker is invited to address a particular social justice issue. Students in
Years 11 and 12 organise and host this breakfast.
Students in Years 7-12 can belong to the Social Justice
Group. The focus of this group is on raising awareness in the college community
of social justice issues e.g. the disparity in wealth between the developing
and developed nations, the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous
Australia, people trafficking, child slavery. This group also supports the work
of St Vincent de Paul, raising money for needy people in the local community, Caritas, Catholic Mission and Dominican Communities.
A different service activity is provided for
girls at each year level from Years 7-12. Years 7-8 support the Rosies streen van. Years 9-10 work with the local Meals on Wheels. Year 12 students visit the Rosies street van.