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Social Justice & Outreach

In addition to the Religious Education curriculum taught at Emmaus, students across all year groups participate in learning opportunities beyond the classroom. In Years 7 - 10, this takes the form of a Spirituality Day while in Years 11 and 12, students participate in relevant excursions and incursions aimed at enriching students’ understanding of religious traditions, the world and our Catholic imperative to reach out to those in need.

Some of the special initiatives that are run through the Religious Education team include:

  • Aboriginal Christmas Gifts: this involves facilitating opportunities for interested staff members to donate Christmas gifts to children from a local Aboriginal Mission group
  • Project Compassion (CARITAS): Term 1 Lenten whole school fundraiser to support the work of CARITAS.
  • Winter Appeal: Term 2 whole school blanket and warm clothing drive to support the homeless and raise awareness of homelessness.
  • Winter Sleep Out: Held late in Term 2, the Winter Sleep Out provides an opportunity for students to sleep overnight at Emmaus and get a taste of homelessness. 
  • Christmas Hampers: Held in Term 4, students are invited to bring non-consumable items and toys to contribute to the Christmas Hampers that St Vincent de Paul distributes to local families in need.
  • Vinnies Van: two staff members take out a group of 5 students on the Vinnies Van. The van goes to Mount Druitt and Parramatta, providing food and company to the homeless in the community. Training is provided to students who wish to participate in this ministry. 
  • Vinnies Doorknock: Staff and students meet at Holy Spirit Parish, St Clair. Small groups head out into the streets around the Church and knock on doors asking people to donate to the work of the St Vincent de Paul society.
  • Emmaus Village: Staff and students walk down to Emmaus Village one school afternoon a week where they spend time with the residents of the village, providing friendship, enjoying conversation and playing games.
  • BASIC GIFT youth group (sport): This youth group runs during sport and is linked to BASIC GIFT youth at Holy Spirit Parish, St Clair.
  • Creative Justice: This ministry runs during sport. The students involved participate in activities as determined by the supervising teacher and as needed depending on the particular activities going on at school e.g. assisting with wrapping Christmas hampers, folder Project Compassion boxes, making Christmas decorations for Emmaus village.
Our program of social justice and outreach helps our Emmaus community to journey with Christ as we try to reach out to those most in need.
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