The Assumption School
Assumption students fundraise to help the disadvantaged
When Year 5 Assumption School students heard the plight of Janaki, a young Nepalese woman who grew up in a world of poverty, they wanted to do something to help.
Teacher, Mrs Deborah Cusick, said as part of the students’ Religious Education unit they are addressing the theme of social justice. As a component of this unit, they are exploring the work of Project Compassion and how their outreach programs assist communities in need.
Each week students look at a new case study and how Project Compassion has helped. Janaki married at a young age and was left destitute after her husband died. Project Compassion helped her undertake training and she now has her own business, employing 18 people.
The students have formed their own ‘Working for Justice Group’ to help raise money and have come up with one project per week during Lent. Mrs Cusick said they are the driving force behind the fundraising effort. “We just helped facilitate it,” she said.
So, with the support of their teachers and fellow students, Year 5 is busy fundraising for Project Compassion, Caritas Australia's annual Lenten fundraising event. With the help of parents, they recently made and sold Roti, a type of flatbread, raising $400 for the charity. This was followed by a ‘crazy hair’ the following week.
Information courtesy Jacinta Carroll
Colour Run in the name of fun
On 27th October, The Assumption School was awash with colour! The school community enjoyed its first ever Colour Fun Run, as the major fundraiser for the year. Each child was invited to seek personal sponsors for the five laps of the ovals that they would complete. In addition to this, we were lucky enough to receive business sponsorship which supported the purchase of the coloured powder. In return for their generosity, business owners were given the opportunity to throw some powder at our eager runners. Some parents couldn't resist the invitation to join in and complete a colour lap themselves. It was a wonderful day, full of fun, excitement and laughter.
Opening School Mass
Our opening school Mass was held on Friday 19th February 2016. The focus of our Mass was to ask for God’s blessings and grace upon our 2016 school year. One highlight of our Mass was welcoming our 55 beautiful new Kindergarten students, nine new students in Y1-6 and each of our new families. The Gospel reading of the day called us ‘to bring the good news to the poor…to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.’ In this year of Mercy we will take this as our guide, opening the door to others through action, words and deeds.
At the conclusion of our Mass, our school captains received their badges and a special blessing from our celebrant, Fr Paul Devitt. We joined as one community in giving thanks for the leadership that will be shared by School Captains, Annie Tolliday and Tom Lynch and Vice Captains, Caitlin Lovett and Kodi Cuzner. All Y6 school leaders also took a leadership pledge to do their best and to encourage others.
Mass concluded with each class receiving a candle printed with our school crest, for their class prayer table. These candles were blessed by Fr Paul and lit by Mrs Guilfoyle and Mr Maher from our school candle. We were thrilled to have Mrs Jenny Allen, Executive Director of Schools, share this special day with us.
Together in 2016, all students of The Assumption School will follow the light of Christ, showing God’s mercy to all.
Cleo and Annie’s Purple Day raises awareness about domestic violence
Two young ladies from The Assumption Primary School, Bathurst have taken their leadership roles to the next level.
Y6 students, Cleo Cheney and Annie Tolliday, recently attended several leadership conferences and wanted to put what they had learnt to use to make a difference in their community. On their own initiative, Cleo and Annie planned a special day to raise awareness about people who don’t feel safe in their own homes and who may be victims of domestic violence.To help people in this situation, the girls decided to create care packs, which will contain essential items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, soap, tissues, a comb etc. And so ‘Purple Day’ was held at the School on Friday 5th August.
“Sometimes, due to no fault of their own, some people may have to leave their homes very quickly with nothing at all and are not able to return home for safety reasons. Some people leave with only the clothes that they are wearing” Cleo said.
Annie said “We spoke to the local Salvation Army and Wattle Tree House and will make the care packs available at hostels run by these groups, where many people go when they need help. We asked our friends to help by bringing in items to make the care packs on Purple Day”.
“We asked everyone at our school to wear casual clothes. The catch? They had to wear something purple! And the fine for wearing casual clothes was either a gold coin donation or an item to include in the packs. We also had purple ribbon tattoos for sale for $1.00” said Cleo.
“We had been to all the local supermarkets and found where we can get the best products at the best price, so we can create good quality packs for the lowest cost. We hoped to put together at least 25 packs from our day” said Annie.
The girls were completely overwhelmed by the support of everyone who brought in boxes of everything they needed, as well as donated money. “We were able to create 70 men’s packs 72 women’s packs! We had some money left over, so we bought some items to donate to Veritas House as well” said Cleo.
Principal, Sue Guilfoyle, said “I think the genuine concern for others shown by our students is a lovely connection to our founder, St Mary MacKillop, who was well known for her motto ‘Never see a need without doing something about it.’ We are very proud of Cleo and Annie and will always support initiatives such as this”.