Catholic education has a long tradition of social teaching, at the centre of which is the dignity of each person and the common good.
Catholic education supports students becoming more informed about the world and their role in its future. These matters are important to all young people and many Catholic schools have discussions with their students about global issues in a supervised school setting.
Social justice initiatives give schools the chance to take action and empower young people to be part of a solution.
There’s no better way for students to express the principles of Catholic social teaching than to stand together with their peers and teachers at school in support of those most in need.
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13 Mar 2023
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The good of society through learning
In the Diocese of Parramatta all schools regularly engage in activities to support Catholic Mission with fundraising and awareness-raising initiatives.
Students are encouraged to work closely with their local parish, community groups, support local charities and participate in outreach or immersion experiences for the benefit of the whole community and the student’s personal development.
Social justice and outreach opportunities typically include:
Clean Up Australia Day
Visits to aged care facilities
St Vincent de Paul
Many secondary schools also conduct immersion experiences for their students to locations such as India, East Timor and the Phillipines.Many secondary schools also conduct immersion experiences for their students to locations such as India, East Timor and the Phillipines.