Social Justice

The College aims to develop a deep expression of concern and compassion for the need and to assist students develop a personal commitment to respond to the challenge of the Gospel through active involvement in outreach and social justice programs 

 

“Today, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others.” (Pope Francis)

Our Social Justice group is called the TCC Young Vinnies and is made up of our Social Justice Captains and a group of dedicated, passionate students. Captains are elected annually and all students of the College are welcome to attend meetings and assist with organising events. We work on a range of activities throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for a variety of issues.

Lenten Term
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and the start of Project Compassion; an annual fundraising campaign for Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development. Supporting Project Compassion allows students at Thomas Carr to give expression to the Gospel imperative to help those suffering from poverty and disadvantage. Throughout Lent, each Homeroom has a donation box and students and teachers are asked to give generously. Over the term there are also opportunities to learn about the aid and development work of Caritas Australia in more than 30 countries worldwide. The TCC Young Vinnies team organise extra fundraising activities, including a pancake stall on Shrove Tuesday, a BBQ at the Swimming Carnival and a merchandise stall at Harmony Day.
Caritas Australia: http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion

Pentecost Term
Thomas Carr Day allows the College community to reflect upon the life of Thomas Carr and gain an understanding of why our College was named in his honour. Throughout the day, Homerooms facilitate fundraising stalls for our Catholic charitable organisations, including CatholicCare, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne, The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, Knights of the Southern Cross and St Vincent de Paul Society. By placing an emphasis on donating generously to those in need, we will be giving students an opportunity to truly engage with the values of our name sake Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr.
CatholicCare: http://www.ccam.org.au/
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne: http://www.cam.org.au/acmv
Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office: http://www.acmro.catholic.org.au/
Knights of the Southern Cross: http://www.ksca.org.au/
St Vincent de Paul Society: http://www.vinnies.org.au/home-vic

Assumption Term
The major focus of our Social Justice efforts in the Assumption Term is on the Winter Sleepout, an event organised and run in conjunction with the St Vincent de Paul Society. Staff and students spend a night sleeping out in the gym to raise awareness of Youth Homelessness. The sleepout is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop empathy, by experiencing a night sleeping out in the cold July weather on the hard gym floor. Early in the evening, many activities are provided, including trivia, games and movies, which educate students about the causes and prevalence of homelessness in Australia. Students are encouraged to bring along a donation for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal, including blankets, pillows and warm clothing.
St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal: http://www.vinnies.org.au/appeals-national

Advent Term
Thomas Carr College has a long and proud association with the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal. In recent years this has extended to three appeals; St Vincent de Paul Society, Hoppers Crossing, Ozanam House and St Vincent de Paul Society, North Melbourne. As school draws to a conclusion for the year, Homerooms receive an empty hamper basket and ‘A Wish List’ of suggested items to donate. All Christmas Hampers are presented to St Vincent de Paul at the end of year Middle School Mass and Senior School Mass. This gesture of goodwill ensures that many disadvantaged men, women and families in our local community can come together at Christmas to share gifts and celebrate life.
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal: http://www.vinnies.org.au/appeals-national

Yearly Programs
Year 11 Students are involved in a program throughout the year that involves spending a day volunteering at Ozanam House. This is a crisis accommodation facility operated by St Vincent de Paul, primarily for homeless men over the age of 18. Students contribute to Kitchen duties at Ozanam House, including preparation of meals, serving meals and kitchen cleaning duties. At Ozanam House, volunteers make a real and lasting difference to the people being support and assisted.
Ozanam House: http://www.vinnies.org.au/ozanam-house-vic