faith and identity

Social Justice Initiatives

Every year the College community – students, staff and families – supports and stands in solidarity with the marginalised in our local community, across Australia and overseas.

Social Justice

Social Justice at St Pius X College Chatswood is embedded in ongoing and mutually rewarding service, partnerships and reconciliation programs as well as fundraising and appeals that give practical help and hope to those in need.

Edmund Rice Society

Edmund Rice Society

Partnerships

Bowraville Immersion 2016
Bowraville Immersion 2016

Ongoing mutually rewarding partnerships
The College has a number of ongoing mutually rewarding partnerships with schools in Australia, overseas and is a lead school for Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders.
Partner Schools in Australia

  • St Edmund’s Wahroonga, The Haven Terrigal and St Joseph’s Geelong (fellow EREA schools)
  • St Mary’s Primary School Bowraville
  • St Joseph’s Primary School Walgett

International partnerships:

  • St Mary’s Grammar, Belfast
  • St Anselm’s College, Birkenhead
  • Cardinal Newman College, Buenos Aires
  • Fe y Alegria 26, Lima
  • Stella Maris College, Montevideo
  • Callan Services, PNG
  • CBC Mt Edmund, Pretoria
  • St Kevin’s College, Redcastle NZ

Service

Serving our communities

Winter Appeal 2017
 Year 9 Charity Drive

Through the College’s Edmund Rice Society (Years 5 – 12) and Community Involvement Program (CIP) (Years 10 and 11) students are involved in a range of service, fundraising and and awareness initiatives including:

  • Willowood Aged Care facility, Chatswood
  • Chatswood Blood Service
  • Matthew Talbot Hostel for Homeless Men
  • Chatswood Meals on Wheels Mothers’ Day Lunch
  • Annual Appeals: Project Compassion (Caritas), Vinnie’s Winter Appeal, 40 Hour Famine, Refugee Week, Vinnies Winter Appeal, Market Days, Christmas appeals, exercise books to overseas agencies, Daffodil Day, Red Shield Appeal.
  • Edmund Rice Camps
  • White Ribbon Day
  • RUOK? Day
  • National Day Against Violence and Bullying

Founder's Day Festival

The annual Founder’s Day Festival in November is a student led day of celebration, raising awareness of social justice issues and an important fundraiser.

Reconciliation

Respect for Indigenous People

The College acknowledges the Cammeraygal and the Guringai people, their spirits and ancestors, traditional inhabitants of the land on which we stand.
The College believes in Indigenous Reconciliation and works for unity and solidarity with Indigenous people though a number of initiatives:

  • Indigenous Reconciliation Artwork hangs in Student reception which depicts the College’s identity with our Indigenous culture
  • National Reconciliation Week (NRW) ceremonies
  • touring rugby jerseys, basketball singlets, football shirts and cultural tour shirts feature totems from the College’s Reconciliation artwork
  • educational incursions with Indigenous cultural performers
  • immersions

National Reconciliation Week Ceremony 2017