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Making the REAL Difference

With the up’s and down’s of everyday circumstances, it is easy to be caught up in life’s busyness. It is tempting to always look for praise instead of tapping into the genuine well-being that comes from helping others. Our Compassion as a College to make a ‘real’ difference stems from the ethos of Patrick Ambrose Treacy and the legacy he left.

At ATC we believe that we can make a difference in the world by ‘doing’. Teaching our boys to find altruism through our Service program contributes to creating compassionate and empathetic boys. They often question, “why is this happening or why aren’t people helping?” Tasking themselves to answer these questions, our year 6 boys have chosen to support ‘Share the Dignity’.

Share the Dignity is an Australian charity, committed to improving the lives of women and girls experiencing homelessness, poverty and violence. Providing these victims with much needed basic necessities. Challenging themselves in their questioning; ‘what can we do?’, at this year’s Sleep-Out, Monday August 12, the afternoon program involves different activities for the boys focusing on Service. Boys will be making and decorating earrings and putting together specialised packs for these women. Being purposeful and personal in their mission of ‘doing’, authentically connecting heart and hand.

Edmund Rice believed that when teachers and students recognized and honored the equality of all, the personal reformation and transformation of society was possible. Our Junior school is vital to establishing these foundations for our young men. Our community is proud of our boys in finding the C.O.U.R.A.G.E to ‘be’ authentic in this manner.
The Junior school will be able to support this initiative through a planned sausage sizzle on Wednesday August 7.

Our call to action includes boys collecting the following items:

Sanitary pads, tampons, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, nail polish, lip balm, deodorant or a comb/brush. Please drop theses at Student Reception and mark your parcel ‘Year 6 Share the Dignity Charity” by Friday 9 August.

We are so optimistic for the future and grateful to our young men and their show of solidarity.

Michael Stewart
Head of Junior School