From the Justice & Mercy Team

From the Justice & Mercy Team

We are heading into a very busy (and exciting) term for the Justice and Mercy group! We appreciate the support from students of all ages and our SAC families with each JAM initiative.  

Firstly, I would like to warmly welcome Mia Konopka back to SAC! Mia graduated last year and has joined us as JAM Support Coordinator and already is demonstrating wonderful care and leadership. We are very lucky to have her on board.  

SolarBuddy Lights – Laudato Si’ Week

In Week 4, we recognise Laudato Si’ Week, for which the theme this year is ‘Hope for the earth. Hope for humanity.’  Eight years ago, Pope Francis wrote a letter named Laudato Si’,  calling on all people to take, “swift and unified global action,’ to address issues of consumerism, land degradation and global warming. In recognition of Laudato Si’ Week and to heed this important call, some Year 11 and Year 9 students will be assembling solar lights from an organisation named SolarBuddy. These lights will be returned to SolarBuddy once they are assembled, and then distributed to people in developing nations who experience energy poverty – in other words, people who do not have access to reliable electricity. 

National Reconciliation Week – Week 5 

During Week 5, we will celebrate National Reconciliation Week, which is a very important event for our school community. As a school with a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a dedicated RAP committee with parent, student, staff and leadership ambassadors, and a community that promotes inclusivity and justice, we will recognise this week in a range of ways. Students are encouraged to regularly check the notices to see how they can get involved.  

Clothing Drive for Pipalyatjara 

It is getting cold in the APY Lands! Since 2010, SAC students and staff have been visiting Pipalyatjara, a remote community in the far north-west corner of South Australia, more than 1,800 kilometres from Adelaide. It is usually very dry and hot in the summer months, but winter is often freezing, with daily temperatures averaging 10-12 degrees Celsius. It can be difficult for people to source weather-appropriate clothing due to the community’s remote location.  

Each year, SAC runs a clothing drive to collect warm clothing and blankets for the people in Pipalyatjara.   

If you have any items to donate, please place them in the plastic tubs next to the Vinnies’ bins in the front foyer. We specifically need: 

Adelaide Day Centre volunteering 

We are extremely grateful to all students who have put their hand up to volunteer at the Adelaide Day Centre! We have been overwhelmed with the number of students wishing to volunteer, versus the number of students the Adelaide Day Centre can accommodate. Please be patient as we work out a fair roster, and students are asked to pay attention to the morning notices to find out which week they are rostered on to volunteer. If you would still like to register, please email [email protected].