Mazzarello Campus News

Challenge: Global Perspective Twilight Showcase Wednesday 18th November

Mazzarello Campus been working on their Global Perspectives Projects. The program focuses around ideals, of offering students with a range of opportunities aimed to foster a sense of place and value in the world as a Global Community. The project is driven by the ideas as presented in “Global Perspectives: A framework for global education in Australian schools” by Education Services Australia. It is hoped that the program will promote open-mindedness leading to new thinking about the world. Furthermore the program will aim to have students learning to take responsibility for their actions, respect and value diversity and see themselves as global citizens who can contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Groups of students have actively engaged in developing ideas and learnings in regards to their Projects. Some of the learning that has been occurring are:

“We have chosen Child Obesity as our topic. To lessen the severity of this growing problem, we are targeting children from the ages of 7-11 as our audience. Our goal is to inform children of the health risks that obesity can cause. We hope to raise awareness of child obesity and improve this problem.”

“For our Global Issues project we are focusing on 'domestic violence', with our key learning area being 'social justice and human rights'. We would present terms like 'we will love the members of our family' and 'we will love not hurt'.”

“Our aim is to help people feel more comfortable about talking to others. We will do this by doing some mindfulness breathing exercises to relax, have a 'circle talk' where we could do small activities that make each person talk a little bit. Hopefully if we do this more than once, each time they will open up more and become much more comfortable.”

“I want to present my project on bullying because I feel like everyone needs to understand how serious bullying is. I want the people to really stop and think about what they're doing is right or wrong and how they could help out. I love standing up for what I think is right and I think bullying is not at all appropriate. I think if we all work together we can make a big difference.”

The culmination of these Projects is a Twilight Showcase, Wednesday 18th November 4.30-6.30pm, where each group will be able to demonstrate their learning and application of their learning in a meaningful, applied showcase. Many groups will be asking participants to actively engage in awareness raising activities.

The Twilight Showcase will also provide an opportunity for students to “show off” their Discovery Ag talents with a produce stall. Students will be providing guests opportunities to sample much of the produce grown. We look forward to hosting the event to all members of the college community.

The Rupertswood Harvest Picnic

What a wonderful day was had by all; visitors, staff past and present and students on Sunday 25th of October with the celebration of the inaugural Rupertswood Harvest Picnic. An estimated 1500 people attended the day of celebration and harvest reaping. Every single Year 9 student that attended the day is to be congratulated for their conduct and efforts. Together the Mazzarello Campus Produce stall sold in excess of one thousand, four hundred dollars’ worth of produce. To witness seeing the students reap the rewards of all their hard work in the Patch, Sustainable Backyard and alfresco Garden was nothing short of inspiring and further acknowledgement to the success of the Mazzarello Program. The ‘can do’ and ‘give it a go’ attitude of the students and staff is testament to the variety and quality of the produce sold.

 

The efforts and gratitude of the students towards their teachers whom aided and assisted to the success of the day was acknowledged and did not go unnoticed by many. It must be mentioned that the whole staffing community of the Mazzarello Campus saw to the wonderful learning and social outcomes achieved.

Brendon Fogarty

Mazzarello Campus Director