John Paul College encourages awareness of Social Justice among Staff and Students
John Paul College has a rich and proud tradition of student led social justice initiatives.
The College’s focus on ‘social justice’ is the embodiment of our Catholic faith. It is the John Paul College community’s lived expression of the teaching of Jesus to care for the poor and marginalised in our society. The core of this philosophy is to be Christ to those in need and see Christ in those we serve.
Students at John Paul College are provided with a range of avenues with which to express their commitment to social inequalities. The college has a student led and driven social justice group for interested students from Year 7 to 12. Further to this, the College facilitates a number of volunteer opportunities including: Ozanam House meal preparation for the homeless and marginalised; St. Vincent De Paul Soup Van; Frankston Community Breakfast; lunch preparation for the homeless and marginalized in Frankston; classroom exchange / assistance at Nepean School; and the blood donation program with Red Cross Blood Service.
Throughout the year, the College student leaders of each of the four houses select causes and manage fundraising efforts for those causes. Each year the student body raises well over $10,000 for charitable causes. The annual Social Justice Assembly and Make Poverty History concert highlight the work of the college community for those less fortunate than ourselves.
The JPC Community Companion
In 2014, the JPC Community Companion was launched. Students raised money to buy and fit out a food trailer. Staffed by both student and staff volunteers, the JPC Community Companion goes into the Frankston community to provide those in need with food, drink, conversation and support.
In 2015 the JPC Community Companion received the prestigious Order of Australia Association Schools' Project Award (Mornington Peninsula Branch). The association seeks to foster love and pride in active citizenship. This perfectly describes the work done by the wonderful student volunteers on the Companion. John Paul College received a $500 grant for the Companion as part of this award.
Also in 2015 the JPC Community Companion won the Frankston Leader Community Grant. This award is voted on by members of the local community. The $1000 grant was used to purchase a power source for the Companion, meaning that more hot food and beverages will be able to be served.
Order of Australia Award
Demonstrating qualities of character, leadership and community service…
Congratulations to Mackenzie Sweetnam who was awarded the Roy Ward Prize for 2015 by the Order of Australia Association, Mornington Peninsula Regional Group. This is a prestigious award which comes with a certificate and a cheque for $500. This prize is granted to a student in Years 11 or 12 who has shown, in both his or her school, qualities of character, leadership, and community service, which exemplify Australian citizenship, over an extended period of time.