Mercy and Justice
Justice Action Group (JAG)
Students of the Justice Action Group are encouraged to be active in the development of the College’s social conscience by supporting causes at local, national and global levels. The regular meetings of the Justice Action Group coordinate the College based support for Caritas Australia (Project Compassion), St. Vincent de Paul (Winter and Christmas Appeals) and Catholic Mission (Mission Month).
Making A Difference (MAD)
An additional group known as MAD (Making a Difference) is a justice action group for younger students lead by JAG.
Seeds of Justice
Seeds of Justice offers senior students the opportunity to enrich their passion for social justice and meet like-minded students from other schools. Seeds of Justice is a Mercy Schools Project, which allows staff and students to deepen their awareness of justice in our times. There are programs run in urban and rural settings.
Edmund Rice Camps
Edmund Rice Camps is a Melbourne based charity providing camps for children and families who are disadvantaged, supported by a 1:1 ratio of primarily young volunteers in an atmosphere of acceptance, care and fun. Senior students are introduced to these camps and offered free training to become a camp leader.
Mercy Works supports the local and overseas relief and development activities that are part of the vision and mission of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The programs engage in partnerships with communities to promote justice, self-reliance and to support displaced people and communities who are denied access to basic resources such as education, health care and social welfare. Each house at the College is linked with a Mercy Works project at the commencement of each year.
House Council Justice Process
Supported by the Teacher Advisor structure and the SRC, House Council raises issues and responses to justice concerns from the entire student body. Students are asked to think at a school level, locally in the Ballarat region, nationally and globally. Students learn that social justice is about working towards a fairer society and taking action to prevent injustice and social exclusion. Issues raised and possible solutions are forwarded to relevant stakeholders following the House Council. We are all teachers of Social Justice.
All major College events commence with an acknowledgment of country:
We would like to acknowledge the Wathaurong people who are the traditional custodians of this land. We would also like to pay respect to the elders past and present of the Kulin nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people present.