We JAMmed a lot into Term 1

We JAMmed a lot into Term 1

Justice and Mercy, known informally as JAM, is a student-led group that focuses on education and awareness of social justice in our community and on a global scale. We meet on Thursday at lunchtimes to discuss topics, global events and causes, and plan ways that we can raise awareness with the wider SAC community! All students between Years 6-12 are welcome to join us and share their ideas.  

Our JAM group has been extremely busy over the last few weeks, acknowledging and celebrating key dates in our social justice calendar! In March alone, we held activities for International Women’s Day, Harmony Day, National Close the Gap Day and Earth Hour Day, getting the whole school to come together for lots of learning and fun about diverse issues. 

On March 21st, we recognised both Harmony Day and National Close the Gap Day with many colourful activities. Harmony Day encourages us to celebrate cultural diversity and National Close the Gap Day raises awareness of First Nations health equity. To ‘Close the Gap’, students created and walked through the school with a colourful paper Chain of Harmony, representing how we at SAC, a multicultural community, can be links of peace and hope in the world.

On Earth Hour Day the following week, students and staff were encouraged to work with the lights turned off when possible and use screens minimally. At lunch, Ms Sandra Eustace guided eager Year 9 students in building SolarBuddy lights which will be distributed to people in developing countries who do not have reliable access to electricity. 

Each week, JAM students have also been busy volunteering at Sister Janet Mead’s Adelaide Day Centre each Wednesday, helping the Day Centre to provide support for some of Adelaide’s 7,000 people experiencing homelessness. We ended Term 1 on a high, planting herbs and vegetables in the planter boxes in Michell Courtyard. Next term, we hope to donate the harvest to the Day Centre.  

A special thanks goes to our Senior JAM Leaders (Grace C and Caitlin S) and Primary JAM Leaders (Harper M, Grace H, Lucy B, Rosanna A, Daniela M and Mariana M) who have done an exceptional job in their roles this term!  

Ms Maddie Kelly   
JAM Coordinator 

Ms Angie Alfaro 
JAM Support Coordinator

St Jude’s News – Meet Angel

Since 2019, Year 12 students have sponsored a scholarship for a student attending The School of St Jude in Tanzania. St Jude’s is a pioneering leader in charitable education within Africa, providing free, quality education to 1,800 bright, poor primary and secondary students. Its Australian Founder, Gemma Sisia, opened the school in 2002 with a big dream to bring educational opportunities children living in poverty. Several SAC Old Scholars have dedicated years of their lives to working at the school in Tanzania. 

Junion, a young woman whose secondary school scholarship was sponsored by the Classes of 2019-2023, recently graduated. Now, our Class of 2024 is giving the gift of a free, quality education to six-year-old Angel, who is just starting her academic journey. On International Women’s Day, all SAC students were invited to write a letter or draw a picture for Angel, which will be sent to St Jude’s in Tanzania for her to enjoy. Angel, whose first language is Kiswahili, has just started learning to read, write and speak in English. Angel sent a letter to our SAC community, which you can see below. We look forward to strengthening our connection with Angel and St Jude’s as we follow her schooling. The Year 12s will be fundraising for Angel’s scholarship throughout the year, so stay tuned for updates!