The CTHS Social Justice Team is a diverse group of students from years 7-12, whose aims are to raise awareness and/or funds to support the work of a number of humanitarian organisations and projects.
Chief among these is the long-term commitment to fund-raising for students at the Smiling Hearts Association for Children (SHAC) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Other projects include International Women’s Day, NAIDOC, Salvation Army (Red Shield Appeal), World Vision (48 Hour Famine) and annual Christmas gift-giving for a nominated charity.
Students contribute their initiative, artistic, literary, public speaking and organisational skills to at least several of the Team’s projects throughout the year, and, in the process, gain or extend their confidence, management and leadership skills, while personal attributes of perseverance and integrity are also fostered.
A number of teachers also facilitate the Team’s activities. Ms Tager and Mr Brennan manage the Team overall, while Ms Tager also coordinates projects, among them tutoring refugee students in English and fund-raising for SHAC through a CTHS busking competition and Mrs Minogue manages the SHAC sub-committee.
In the past two years, the core Social Justice Team has developed into a strong and active group, whose numbers continue to increase. Meetings are usually held once a week and are announced in the Daily News. To find out more, either check the CTHS Social Justice Facebook page or ask Mr Brennan or Ms Tager, or one of the students involved.