This year, we are invited, as part of the Catholic Mission World Mission Appeal, to reach out to support crucial work in helping people turn away from violence and crime to seek a new future through the power of education and the spirit of Jesus.
Together we can help children throughout the world, grow up to be fully alive, and achieve their dreams of a positive and hope-filled future.
Socktober is an initiative of Catholic Mission and one way which Good Counsel College engages in advocacy for Catholic Mission projects.
On the 31st of October we will celebrate Socktober along with Day for Daniel, a National Day of Action to raise the awareness of child safety, protection and harm prevention. Day For Daniel is also a chance to fight for Child Safety.
We ask you with the spirit of true Marist hearts, to support this fundraising day.
We are asking students to wear a pair of colourful socks on this day, along with a red ribbon either in their hair, or pinned to their shirt. Students are asked to donate a $1.00 to each of these charities. That is $1.00 for socks (not black), and $1.00 for a red ribbon.
The Sock-it-to-Something concept is an Australian expression that means to fight, punch or strike out at. For example, each year Socktober will sock it to social issues such as poverty, child labour, child trafficking and homelessness. We want you to help us fight, punch or strike out at social issues, but we also need your practical support.
Students can donate any loose change, by placing this in the sock collection boxes in home rooms.Parents can support this initiative by donating new socks. These can be left at the college office.Together we can make a difference! Every small action from each one of us makes a difference in the lives of others.
INDIGENOUS STUDENT NEWS
On Wednesday 15th October the Year 11 and 12 Indigenous students attended the QATSIF Scholarship graduation at St Augustine's in Cairns.
This event has always been held in Brisbane and it was fantastic that we could attend it in Cairns. This scholarship is now going into the 6th year in 2015 and is generated with funds from wages of the stolen generation, where Indigenous people did not receive all their wages. It is very powerful to know that these students who are recipients of the QATSIF scholarship are doing their schooling with money that their ancestors sacrificed.
This year we have two graduates James and Travis and we trust our Year 11's were inspired to hear the changes this funding makes towards the pathways for Indigenous students. Our students enjoyed receiving their certificates with other recipients from schools in the Cairns and Tablelands districts. Congratulations to our current recipients and all the best to our Year 10 students with their applications!