Catholic Social Justice teaching, based firmly in the Scriptures, requires that we look after those in need in our societies and seek to address those needs by charitable service and, where necessary, social justice action. At San Sisto, the Christian call to service and justice is explicitly taught in the Religious Education curriculum. Opportunities to respond to that call are provided by extra-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.
We are a member of the Queensland Debating Union. Participants from all year levels are welcome to join our debating teams. Teams debate in this interschool competition on a Wednesday evening at 7.00 pm or 8.15 pm in Semester 1. Coaching usually occurs during lunch break and occasionally after school.
Debating Coordinator is Mrs Trish Winter, Teacher Librarian.
Lunch times and after school as advised
Students in Years 8-12 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, is exploring links with a local landcare group, and regularly presents environmental messages on college assembly.
Fridays at lunch time.
San Sisto hosts an annual Justice event 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 8-12 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, and the Benenson Society, working on behalf of prisoners of conscience.
Wednesdays at lunch time.
A different service activity is provided for girls at each year level. These activities may change, depending on circumstances. Currently, our Years 9 and 10s help Meals on Wheels Carina prepare food for people in our community who are unable to prepare it for themselves. Year 12s join the Rosies team, which involves them in an evening visit to central Brisbane and Wynnum/Manly in order to provide companionship to people who are homeless.
All other service activities take place outside of school time.