STUARTHOLME School Year 11 students celebrated Catholic Education Week by participating in Prophets of Hope, a social justice formation program.
The students were inspired to make a difference on July 22, through the stories of a panel of speakers including Milpera State High School former principal Adele Rice, Good Samaritan Sister and human rights activist Sr Pauline Coll, Australia’s first deaf lawyer to work in an Australian court Kathryn O’Brien and Mu’ooz Eritrean restaurant founder Saba Abraham.
The school also welcomed 100 students from Milpera State High School and Yeronga State High School for Harmony Day on July 26, a day of hospitality and social inclusion.
Guests and Stuartholme students had a day participating in art, sport, music, IT and drama workshops.
Stuartholme School director of mission Andrée Rice said the day offered opportunities for the students to explore different cultures and to better understand the experiences of others, particularly those from refugee backgrounds.
“It was a unique and fun day for the students and staff from (all three) schools,” she said.
“Inter-cultural communication is very important in today’s Australia and I was really encouraged to see new friendships being formed and partnerships between the schools being forged.”
The Prophets of Hope program gave Stuartholme students the opportunity to make a difference in their local community and encouraged them to develop critical thinking that will enable them to ask why social injustices and inequity exist.