Students from Uniting Church schools Billanook College, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar and Kingswood College came together on 3 March to enjoy an interactive day on the theme of ‘sustainability’. The day was led by the synod’s Justice and International Mission (JIM) unit with the assistance of Drew Hanna, youth ministry co-ordinator, and the synod’s schools liaison worker, Laura Cregan.
Throughout the day, students participated in a range of activities that required them to evaluate their wants and needs and how their views on the world impact on the way they live. A game where students played different countries each trying to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions taught them about the difficulties in reaching a global agreement on climate change.
Ms Cregan said days such as this enabled students from different schools to interact while focussing on issues important to the Church.
“The inter-school social justice days occur three times per year and are very well supported by a number of Uniting Church Schools through their chaplains and staff,” Ms Cregan said. “The days are integral in strengthening the partnerships between the Church and the schools and also a wonderful way of practically demonstrating this fundamental part of the UCA ethos.”
The Justice and International Mission unit is a department of Commission for Mission.