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Mission and Identity

Year 10

To support their learning in VCE Religion and Society Unit 1, our students participated in a number of activities including individual and group reflection. A highlight of the day was interacting with the panel of representatives from the Jewish Christian Muslim Association (JCMA) about their traditions – a particular focus was the ways in which these communities of faith are represented in the media. We concluded our time together with a Eucharist celebrated by our College Chaplain Fr Kevin Toomey.

Year 9

Students gathered to reflect on Connecting Our Stories, linked closely to workshops earlier this year facilitated by Humankind Enterprises and also to the current Religious Education unit of study Women of Faith. Wailwan man Blayne Welsh led a workshop concentrating on connecting story to land, emphasising the significance of journey and students’ cultural heritage. Jesuit Social Services speaker Agum shared her refugee story of fleeing South Sudan to seek a new life in Australia and acclaimed hip-hop artist Adrian Eagle relayed his story of perseverance through song.

Year 12 Catholic Studies
Student Reflection

Last week Siena College was privileged to welcome student activist Nyah Sahab to talk to the Year 12s about the importance of youth activism. Nyah delivered a detailed and compelling presentation about the community of youth activists in Australia, and in particular Melbourne. Like all of us who were listening in the audience, Nyah is currently completing Year 12. Hearing about the truly dedicated way in which Nyah made time for her passion of activism was incredibly inspiring, as we all knew too well how difficult it can be to juggle the logistics of Year 12 alone. This, combined with the confronting information Nyah delivered about the current status and treatment of refugees in Australia, sparked an emotional and outraged response from our cohort. It was clear that raising awareness is a crucial component to taking action with issues such as the asylum seeker crisis in Australia, and moving towards some sort of solution. Personally, I found the most compelling part of the presentation to be Nyah's own story and her commitment to activism - this alone demonstrated how absolutely possible it is to make a difference if we all take the leap. 
Eliza Belleville (Year 12)

 

 

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Year 10

To support their learning in VCE Religion and Society Unit 1, our students participated in a number of activities including individual and group reflection. A highlight of the day was interacting with the panel of representatives from the Jewish Christian Muslim Association (JCMA) about their traditions – a particular focus was the ways in which these communities of faith are represented in the media. We concluded our time together with a Eucharist celebrated by our College Chaplain Fr Kevin Toomey.

Year 9

Students gathered to reflect on Connecting Our Stories, linked closely to workshops earlier this year facilitated by Humankind Enterprises and also to the current Religious Education unit of study Women of Faith. Wailwan man Blayne Welsh led a workshop concentrating on connecting story to land, emphasising the significance of journey and students’ cultural heritage. Jesuit Social Services speaker Agum shared her refugee story of fleeing South Sudan to seek a new life in Australia and acclaimed hip-hop artist Adrian Eagle relayed his story of perseverance through song.

Year 12 Catholic Studies
Student Reflection

Last week Siena College was privileged to welcome student activist Nyah Sahab to talk to the Year 12s about the importance of youth activism. Nyah delivered a detailed and compelling presentation about the community of youth activists in Australia, and in particular Melbourne. Like all of us who were listening in the audience, Nyah is currently completing Year 12. Hearing about the truly dedicated way in which Nyah made time for her passion of activism was incredibly inspiring, as we all knew too well how difficult it can be to juggle the logistics of Year 12 alone. This, combined with the confronting information Nyah delivered about the current status and treatment of refugees in Australia, sparked an emotional and outraged response from our cohort. It was clear that raising awareness is a crucial component to taking action with issues such as the asylum seeker crisis in Australia, and moving towards some sort of solution. Personally, I found the most compelling part of the presentation to be Nyah's own story and her commitment to activism - this alone demonstrated how absolutely possible it is to make a difference if we all take the leap. 
Eliza Belleville (Year 12)