Australian history and equality in Year 6 Wattle

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in News, Newsletter

The following has been written by Year 6 Wattle:

In Year 6, we have been looking at The Stolen Generation, Aboriginal Rights and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We have learned about the awful treatment Aboriginal people have been through in Australian History. While the way Indigenous people are treated has improved since the terrible events of the past, it is still far from equal to white Australians. As the young people in Australia, it is our responsibility to help educate people on the importance of tolerance and kindness, and to stand up against racism. We have compiled these answers together to help educate people about the importance of equity and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Please drop by the Year 6 area if you would like to see our display!


What is the #BlackLivesMatter movement?

The #BlackLivesMatter movement is an organised political and social movement seeking to protest and educate in a non-violent manner about basic human rights and equality for black lives. They aim to bring justice, healing and freedom to black people across the globe.

But don’t all lives matter?

Yes, of course, all lives matter! It is because all lives matter that this movement is so important! At the moment, many black lives are not receiving equal rights, so if we really believe that all lives matter, we need to focus on black lives right now. If we look at an example scenario where if there were twelve houses in a street and one of them was on fire. We would not hose down all the houses, we would attend to the one burning before we went to the other ones. This is called equity. Equity is about giving each person what they need to be successful, rather than equality, which is about giving everyone equal amounts. Equity is very important here, as we need to make sure we are giving all people what they need to survive, meaning black lives need our attention now.

As Catholics, why is the #BlackLivesMatter movement important to us?

As Catholics, we believe that everyone is important and that we are all God’s children. The Catholic Social Justice Principle of ‘solidarity’ is important to us. Solidarity means that everyone is equal, we are all one big human family and that we stand together to help anyone in our family who is in need. Solidarity tells us that we have a responsibility to stand up against oppression and speak out when someone is being hurt. This shows us the importance of the #BlackLivesMatter movement as our brothers and sisters with darker skin are being treated badly, so as Catholics we need to stand up and help.

Why is the #BlackLivesMatter movement just as important here in Australia as it is in America?

Although we don’t see much of this in the media, our Indigenous people are not treated with the same respect that white Australians are. Aboriginal people make up 3% of Australia’s population, however, they make up 29% of the prison population. As an Aboriginal adult, you would be 16 times more likely to go to prison than a white Australian. These numbers are very upsetting and drawing attention to these by using the #BlackLivesMatter movement may help to bring about positive change for our Indigenous people.



References:
https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/law/aboriginal-prison-rates
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-02/us-riots-indigenous-deaths-in-custody/12309010
https://theconversation.com/despite-432-indigenous-deaths-in-custody-since-1991-no-one-has-ever-been-convicted-racist-silence-and-complicity-are-to-blame-139873
https://www.caritas.org.au/learn/cst/solidarity

Setup for Success

Written by Shelley Medhurst. Posted in News, Timeline

Get Setup for Success with the St Mary’s College milangkani program!

The College offers an encouraging and nurturing environment for parents and carers to actively participate with their children in learning opportunities. A variety of play-based educational activities will engage your child’s learning and curiosity in all areas of development.

All families in the greater community with children aged between birth and five years old are warmly welcome to attend.

Setup for Success is a free program.

Sessions are run by early-childhood teacher, Meg Kitchen, and are focused on empowering parents and carers to support their children’s development. Meg has over 13 years of teaching experience and is Class Teacher of Kinder Koalas. She is looking forward to meeting you!

Launching Monday 17 August

Held every Monday during term-time, milangkani is from 9.00am-10.30am.

Registration

A registration form is required to be completed on your first visit. You can also preregister here

Location

St Mary’s College is at 164 Harrington Street, Hobart.

The program is run in the Outside School Hours Care Room (also known as the Year 10 Common Room) adjacent to the College Green and canteen. Please follow the signage from the Brisbane Street or Harrington Street entrances.

If you require pram and/or level access, please use the entrance at the top of the College on Brisbane Street, near the Nagle Centre and Sr Majella Kelly Women in Science Centre.

Conditions of entry

Due to current COVID-19 requirements, we have put in place a number of measures to ensure the care of our entire community.

Please note the below conditions of entry.

  • We ask that only one adult per family group attends.
  • If anyone in your family is unwell or have cold like symptoms on the day you all will be unable to attend that week.
  • Use hand sanitiser (provided) upon entry.
  • Sign yourself and your child/ren in as you enter the room.
  • Adults may be asked to help with wiping down a surface as your child moves from an activity.
  • We ask that adults are to be mindful of the 1.5 meters physical distancing when close to other adults. Please note that children interacting and playing together is encouraged.

All advice will be subject to further consideration in the case of new restrictions or health advice.

   

Entries open for Tasmanian Science Talent Search

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in News, Timeline

The 2020 Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS) is up and running for Term 2 and beyond!

This year’s theme is ‘Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans’.

To give learners and their families access to opportunities for science investigations and scientific literacy, the TSTS is available to families supporting learning at home or blended learning.

The competition is open to all students from Kindergarten to Year 12. Entry is free, with projects to be submitted online in two categories, Themed – which relates to the annual Science Week topic (including a new ‘Picture Story Books’ section), and Open – which allows students to choose any topic of interest (including a new ‘Natural Sciences Project’). 

To register and download a TSTS information pack, log on to http://stat.org.au/tsts/tsts-2020-deep-blue/ 

Parent and Carer COVID-19 email communication

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Latest Notices/Forms, News

Please find below a record of all recent communications sent to parents and carers via email regarding COVID-19.

Some communication has also been provided in The Fountain newsletter and on Facebook.

Please use these as a reference guide.

17 June 2020: From the Principal: Update #12

25 May 2020: From the Principal: Letter from Minister to Year 11 and 12 students

22 May 2020: From the Principal: Parent Update #11

20 May 2020: From the Director of Junior School: Return to school

14 May 2020: From the Director of Junior School: Week 4 Student Attendance 

13 May 2020: From the Principal: Parent Update #10

12 May 2020: From the Principal: Parent Update #9

8 May 2020: From the Principal: Parent Update #8

6 May 2020: From the Director of Junior School: Week 3 Student Attendance 

30 April 2020 From the Principal: Parent Update #7

27 April 2020 ACARA content for Principal Peaks

24 April 2020 From the Director of Junior School: Commencing Term 2

22 April 2020 From the Principal: Parent Update #6

9 April 2020 From the Principal: Parent Update #5

3 April 2020 From the Principal: thanks from the staff at SMC

3 April 2020 From the Communications Officer: online learning survey for parents

31 March 2020 From the Principal: online learning and fee support

31 March 2020 From the Director of Junior School: learning update and attendance survey

27 March 2020 From the Director of Pedagogy: learning from home

27 March 2020 From the Director of Junior School: learning from home

27 March 2020 From Catholic Education Tasmania: Premier’s announcement

25 March 2020 From the Department of Education: Term 1 ending early, upcoming student-free days

24 March 2020 From the Testing Coordinator: cancellation of NAPLAN

23 March 2020 From the HPE Sport Area Coordinator: HPE TCE excursions

20 March 2020 From Midford: social distancing and hygiene practices

20 March 2020 From the Archbishop: cancellation of Masses

20 March 2020 From Angela Mitchelmore: Year 10 work experience postponed

20 March 2020 From the Deputy Principal: continuing the week with resilience

19 March 2020 From the Principal: precautionary medical quarantine

18 March 2020 From the Department of Education: how to talk to your child about COVID-19

17 March 2020 From the Principal: COVID-19 update #3

17 March 2020 From Catholic Education Tasmania: health advice including social distancing

17 March 2020 From the Department of Education: social distancing

16 March 2020 From the Principal: COVID-19 update #2

13 March 2020 From the Principal: student absences, events cancelled

10 March 2020 From the Principal: COVID-19 update

10 March 2020 From the Risk and Compliance Manager: advice from the Australian Health Department

6 March 2020 From the Risk and Compliance Manager: advice from the Australian Health Deptartment

 

Supporting children during the COVID-19 outbreak

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in News, Timeline

Adapting to a new reality with your children

Parents and carers may find the following resources helpful in supporting their children who may be feeling anxious and/or stressed due to the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. 

The above information has been extracted from our Counsellors’ latest article, which you can read on full in our website here

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