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AUGUST 2015 ISSUE

13 On 12 June, St. Patrick’s College students participated in ‘Detention for Detention’ to raise awareness about the 222 children detained in Australian immigration detention facilities

Inside this issue:

Reconciliation Week

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Year 9 Rite Journey

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Year 10 Retreats

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Green Heart School

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Project1600

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Hon. Peter Dutton’s response

20-21


If you were to walk into St. Patrick’s College in the last week of May, you would have almost certainly noticed something different. Near the College’s main office, a ‘sea of hands’ greeted visitors, to acknowledge National Sorry Day held on Tuesday, 26 May. In addition, the College flag was replaced for the week with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags to recognise Reconciliation Week. St. Patrick’s College students and staff participated in a variety of activities throughout the week, recognising three key events: National Sorry Day in recognition of the wrongs done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in what has become known as ‘the Stolen Generation’; and the anniversaries of the successful 1967 Referendum and 1992 High Court Mabo decision.

The first symbolism of solidarity for the week was the College’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students handing over their respective flags to Mr Chris Mayes, College Principal at a student assembly. These flags were later raised in the place of the College flag at a small ceremony. In addition, students also created a ‘sea of hands’ to say ‘sorry’ for the treatment of our first nations people both directly and indirectly impacted by Government policies that led to ‘The Stolen Generation’. Throughout the rest of the week, many students took up the opportunity to view the film Rabbit Proof Fence, during their lunch times. Later in the week, many students went head-to-head in an Indigenous themed trivia, and students and staff also had the opportunity to sample a ‘Kanga’ sausage sizzle, alongside some younger students getting to try their hand at boomerang throwing.


Our teachers are encouraged to provide a justice and peace context for assessment and class activities. The following are sections of the Semester 1 Year 11 Mathematics A assignment, in which students were asked to consider living costs for a student from a remote Indigenous community who moved to Brisbane to study.

Jordan is a 19 year old Indigenous man from Noonkanbah in northern Western Australia. He is a proud member of the Yungngora people. Jordan completed high school at St. Patrick’s College Shorncliffe and had no source of income whilst he was at school. This year he commenced a combined Degree in Paramedicine and Nursing at the Australian Catholic University at Banyo. This is a four year course and course fees are supported by the Commonwealth Government. He may also qualify for other Commonwealth Government funding as a full time student living away from home and also as an Indigenous tertiary student.

Whilst Jordan is studying at ACU he has also obtained employment as an Assistant in Nursing at a Queensland Health nursing home in Toombul. As a first year Assistant Nurse (permanently employed) Jordan usually works 16 hours a week. When required Jordan may work an extra 8 hours a week at overtime wages of 150% of his normal hourly rate. As a Queensland Health employee Jordan must pay tax (PAYG), the Medicare levy and also contribute to compulsory superannuation. Jordan is sharing a house in Banyo with three other students and they each pay an equal share of housing costs and food expenses. Jordan has a push bike but also lives close enough to catch the train or bus if needed.

Task One - Accommodation Expenses: Using the internet, find a suitable house or unit for Jordan and his three house mates. Provide evidence of this rental property. Calculate the cost of weekly accommodation for Jordan and other accommodation expenses such as electricity and water. Assuming that all house mates pay an equal share of house expenses, calculate the weekly cost of these services for Jordan. Task Three - Employment: 3.1 Jordan is employed as a first year assistant in nursing (assistant nurse) to work in the local retirement village. His employer is Queensland Health. Calculate his fortnightly income from this job assuming that he usually works a 16 hour week. 3.2 Investigate the compulsory deductions that Jordan must pay from his fortnightly wage. Calculate the amount of PAYG tax and Medicare levy Jordan pays per fortnight when he works a 16 hour week. 3.6 Calculate Jordan’s annual gross wage (before tax and other deductions) and net wage (after tax and other deductions) assuming that he usually works a 16 hour week and every fourth week he works an extra 8 hours at overtime rates. Task Five - Other Commonwealth Government Funding Assistance: 5.1 Jordan is a 19 year old, full-time tertiary student who must live away from home and family in Noonkanbah. He is also an Indigenous student. Investigate what other funding / grants / payments Jordan is entitled to receive whilst he is studying in Brisbane. 5.2 Calculate the fortnightly income Jordan could expect to receive in Government funding whilst he is studying in Brisbane.

Task Six - Prepare a Savings Budget for Jordan: 6.1 Using all of the information gathered above, prepare a budget for Jordan and show how much he could possibly save whilst he is studying in Brisbane. 6.2 Based upon these savings, can Jordan afford to fly home to Noonkanbah twice a year to catch up with family and friends? Justify your answer. Jordan is still expected to pay rent and utility charges whilst he returns to Noonkanbah.


Although NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week was held during the end of Semester Two school holidays, the St. Patrick’s College community had an opportunity to reflect on the 2015 theme ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate’ at the end of Semester 1 Liturgy. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students celebrated their sacred ground, carrying in simple signs to acknowledge and identify their communities across Australia. A series of special readings and prayers reflecting the theme were also chosen especially for this Liturgy.

Harry Lawrence, a Year 9 student and ERA For Change member also used this liturgy as an opportunity to educate the community about the Recognise This campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution and ensure there’s no place for racial discrimination.


Social justice is a term so often utilised in the developing world. This notion has the potential to bring us together in world unity, however its counterpart is forcefully dividing the human nature. Today, we live in an unjust society; and in terms of global poverty, the term ‘80:20 world’ is often used. It is known that 20% of the world consumes 80% of the world’s resources; leaving only 20% for the latter 80% of the Earth’s population. Such inequalities do not happen by chance – they have been created and maintained by a wholly unjust and unstable model of international development.

passionate in the area of poverty and wealth inequality, primarily as a result of my Immersion in India last year. I was presented with the confronting opportunity of visiting people who are known to be living in the bottom 5% of the world’s wealthiest people. However, these children, men and women, were not lacking in two particular areas: love and generosity. I find it incredibly unjust, that people such as those whom I had the pleasure of meeting, are simply born into a caste society, and have no opportunity for success should they lie in the lower castes.

The real challenge for me is to see what I can do after school. I am fortunate enough to have contacts of over 60 young leaders from all over Australia and New Zealand, each of which I am very close with. In conjunction with these influential young people – and my contacts in ERA For Change in Brisbane - we could found an organisation whose sole purpose is to raise awareness of the extreme wealth disparity of the world we live in, and the profound effect it has on a nation’s economy. We could accept regular (monthly, quarterly, etc.) donations from some of those in Australia’s top 5% in terms of wealth, and donate this money to trusted community groups and organisations, that work in ‘lifting up the bottom’. The first two years of this non-for-profit organisation would revolve around publicity through social media, mailing lists, a website and both print and technological advertisements. From Poverty in general, is an issue that is whole- here, we could request to be shown on a television heatedly recognised by the Catholic Church and program such as ‘The Project’, and further promote the associated Catholic ministries and organisations. More severe issues that our world is being faced. specifically, wealth distribution is an issue that is most certainly covered through passages in the Bible. For This concept of the 80:20 world is one that has example, John 3:17 reads, “But if anyone has the provoked great interest among world leaders over the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes past decade; but not enough. Not enough so that they his heart against him, how does God's love abide in can commit to their promises and having a positive him?” The underlying message embedded in this influence on the world in which we live. It is quote, is that to expect God’s love and respect, you imperative that we, the youth of society, understand must be willing to forfeit a portion of your own our incredible leverage that we have on the everpossessions, to another who is severely in need. Pope developing living conditions. It is not until social Benedict XVI is also an avid supporter of decreasing the justice is restored, that we can be satisfied as a human wealth gap. “The dignity of the individual and the demands of justice require, particularly today, that race. India is a sub-continental nation situated in South Asia, and is the second most populous country in the world, being home to over 1.26 billion people. 1.2 billion people living in what is considered to be a developing country, is a disaster waiting to happen. According to an article written in ‘The Hindu’, it is estimated that India’s top 10% in terms of wealth, holds over 75% of the country’s total wealth. This leaves the latter 90% of people – approximately 1.14 billion people – to live on less than 25% of India’s economy. Furthermore, the top 1% holds almost half of the country’s total wealth, only adding to this extreme imbalance. All in all, 421 million people live in ‘multidimensional poverty’ in India, ultimately due to this imbalance.

economic choices do not cause disparities in wealth to increase in an excessive and morally unacceptable By Jacob Lawrence, Year 12 manner (32)… Economic activity . . . needs to be directed towards the pursuit of the common good, for which the political community in particular must also take responsibility. (36)” Caritas in Veritate. (Pope Benedict XVI, 2009). Hence, it is clear that the Catholic perspective is in full support of the movement to close this evidently widening wealth gap. Children, interestingly, have a profound influence on the adults around them; especially when they desire something immensely. I am particularly


Why animals should not be caged By Ethan Bartley, Year 6 Why on earth did we humans dare think about caging animals? This piece will include facts and opinions on why animals should have the right to live with their own and other species, live in their natural environment and that caging animals is cruel. The most important part of an animal’s life is being able to live with their own and other species, so why do we take it away from them? Firstly I would just like to ask you one question, how would you like it if you were taken away from your friends and family? So how do you think animals feel? If animals are not raised among their own species, how will they learn to survive? For example, how are they going to know how to hunt and what to hunt for? Imagine what an animal would do if it was kept in captivity for the start of its life then was released into the wild. Without being taught how to hunt and what to hunt for, how will it survive? These are all reasons why we humans must allow animals to be raised with their species. It is extremely important that animals deserve to live in their natural habitat. Therefore, why do we remove them from it? Animals that live in the wild are able to wander and explore a variety of environments and foods. For instance, if animals in captivity wanted to roam around, it would be impossible because they can only move within their enclosure. Whereas, when they are in their natural environment they can travel as far as they want. Animals that do not grow up in their natural habitat will not know what there is to eat, what they can eat and how to eat it. In their own environment there are no limits unlike in a manmade enclosure. This allows animals to do what they want when they want. It is crucially important that people understand that caging animals is cruelty. We all know how it is, so why do we continue to do it? By caging an animal, it will affect it mentally and physically. Some mental and physical issues consist of not knowing how to hunt, therefore it may starve, becoming unfit and overweight from being fed incorrect foods and feeling like a slave since being forced to do stuff without wanting. In conclusion, it is very clear to see that animals should not be caged. With all these insightful ideas I have provided you with, you must agree that animals should have the right to live among their species and in their natural habitat and that caging animals is cruel. I strongly encourage everybody to stop caging animals and release the ones that are already caged. Finally, how would you like it if you were caged?


By Jack McDonald Year 8

The poem is powerful in altering the reader’s feelings, attitudes and values through the emphasis placed on striving to achieve whilst maintaining modesty. The poem says, “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two impostors just the Throughout the poem a father same” which means maturity instructs his son on what is requires level headedness and the necessary in life to become a capacity to realise the value that mature man. The poet conveys can be derived from both good messages of powerful knowledge. and bad situations. This is The lines of the poem have the thought provoking as often ability to change the feelings, people want success at all costs yet attitudes and values of the reader. a life spent being humble in The poet uses shifts in emotion success will invoke feelings of and word groups to capture the happiness, positivity and solid positive and negative worth of values which will allow resilience things. in difficult times. These feelings, attitudes and values are impacted The poem is significant in the by life experiences and thus the powerful message of life balance poem has the capacity to alter or conveyed by a father, imparting re-direct the reader on a valuable knowledge gained through life path to maturity. experiences, in guiding his son towards manhood. The message A characteristic of the poem is the of life balance is supported by shifts in emotion from security to contrasts like, “If you can wait and insecurity. The text reads, “If you not be tired by waiting” or, “If can keep your head when all you can dream—and not make about you are losing theirs and dreams your master” then “Yours blaming it on you” demonstrates is the Earth and everything that’s the desire to remain strong and in it” inferring maturity positive despite unavoidable attributable to a man. The poet reactions by others. The poem is cleverly uses these contrasts to particularly effective in opposing highlight how maturity reflects positive attributes with negative the ability to recognise that whilst highlighting the despite your success you should importance of maintaining a will remain down to earth. The to, ‘Hold on!’ in adversity, a features of this poem provide quality of a secure individual. direction toward life success Holding on means not crushing derived from humility. The under pressure inferred by others essence of the text clearly which you cannot control demonstrates the significance of because in doing so you will life balance in developing ultimately gain the respect of maturity, an interpretation others and be well placed to gathered through life experiences. handle similar situations in the future. Clearly the constant shifts

in emotion are designed to reiterate feelings of security and insecurity which will be encountered in life and to create a preparedness to meet these challenges. The poet effectively embraces the positive and negative worth of things through descriptive phrases about life’s encounters. The poem suggests if you can, “walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch” meaning the ability to relate to people of all walks of life. Such descriptors educate the reader on the importance of being humble, that despite having a negative implication everything has value and provides a lesson in maturity towards a fulfilling and happy life. Thus, the use of negative and positive inferences is most successfully captured throughout the poem’s entirety in supporting a central message of maturity requiring the ability to best manage both good and bad situations. On the whole, this poem aids in providing guidance to the reader on how to best apply lessons learnt through life’s experiences on the path to becoming a successful mature man. I trust this analysis has guided you with a profound and beneficial understanding of the poem IF by Rudyard Kipling.


Throughout 2015, our Year 9 students are participating in The Rite Journey program, which is designed to challenge students aged 13-14 to seek out responsibility and develop into Men of Action. This term, they have been learning about the small differences they can make in the community. In conjunction with our Paddies Van, the young men started cooking healthy meal options for patrons at a local community centre called SANDBAG. The team at SANDBAG praised this initiative with an email (below) of thanks to the students.


I start to fear what might happen next. My hands linger down the side of my coat, towards the gun pressed to my side. The cold metal of the gun sends shivers up my spine. I slowly caress the handle as if I had a choice but to grasp it. The weight of it gave me power like a warrior with a sword. A few of the refugees murmur while others watch in anticipation. My eyelids shut. The gun is now firmly The White Mouse embedded in my palm and my fingers linger over the trigger. Should I kill him? I thought to myself. I exhale a It is getting late. The streets of Maginot are warm white mist and stare into the crevices of the wall in humming with German militants. No other civilian can be front of me. Yes I must. I take three quick strides into the seen, as the remainder of the Jews now live in permanent centre of the road, I adjust my stance and raise the gun up hiding. to my face. Then I wait. The lean man looks directly into my eyes, almost pleading for mercy. He truly believes he I continue to lurk unseen in the shadows of will die tonight. Maginot Lane. The vehicle to Luxemburg appears in front of me. My husband Fiocca is perched solemnly on the edge We stand there for what seems like an eternity. I of the tray, straw and blankets sit in a stirring mess take a sharp breath, squeeze the trigger of my gun, and behind him. the soldier goes pale. His decorated weapon plummets through the air and impacts the harsh stone tile. He drops "Where are they?" I demand impatiently. to a knee and blood pours out the gaping hole in his uniform. A sickening look fills his face. The soldier’s "Patience madam, these streets are a dangerous lifeless body collapses into a young corpse. place for Jewish Refugees, they must move with caution," Fiocca replies. "Go," I hiss, "Get to the truck, now!" The refugees depart the scene in a solemn shuffle, while acknowledging "I must retrieve them for I fear they won't arrive at the burden they had just placed upon my soul. all," I say. The streets grow dark as the surrounding buildings sheltered me from the wind. I feel an awkward In memory of an Australian hero. A renounced French spy tightness in my chest. Surely they would have arrived by who helped save the lives of 1000's and killed 100's of now, I think. I know something is wrong. German soldiers. "Freedom is the only thing worth living for. While I was doing that work, I felt as though it didn't Suddenly they appear in the distance, a brown matter if I died, because without freedom there was no woollen mess of people. They huddle on the corner of the point in living." - Nancy Wake 1912-2011 alley, and streetlights stream past their faces. I impatiently gesture for them to join me. A feeble, bushy haired man points down the main road between us. I embrace the chilled brick wall beside me, and peek around the corner. A lean man in a pressed brown uniform, paces the width of the road. He dangles a decorated assault rifle by the knuckles of his fingertips, playfully swinging it in front of him. I look back at the people across from me. Tears fill their eyes. They truly believe that they will die tonight. Image source The Herald Sun. ‘Our Nancy Wake: Scourge of the Nazis’. 9 August 2011.


The following is a sample from a Year 12 Health Education assignment, written by Nick Proberts

On Thursday 28 May Treacy House was treated to a morning breakfast, however, this time we were given a McDonald’s treat at a discounted price of a gold coin donation thanks to Rod Chiapello from Bracken Ridge McDonald’s. We were given a choice of a Sausage and Egg McMuffin or a Bacon and Egg McMuffin, a box of McDonald’s cookies and a small apple juice to wash it all down. We all gathered as a house across from St. Pat’s on the Shorncliffe beachfront, where we were all able to interact as a house and soak in the amazing views Shorncliffe has to offer. We raised over $230 and with Rod’s generous donation all of the funds raised will be donated to our House charity, Ubuntu Through Health. Thanks to Mr Lawrence who organised this event and a special thanks to Rod and his staff for making this breakfast not only a success but an enjoyable time for all. By Daniel Bruce, Year 7


By Connor Clark, Year 10


St. Patrick’s College was officially recognised as a Green Heart School during Term Two, with the nomination of Year 10 student, Sam Essex, into the Brisbane City Council’s Student Environmental Leadership Network. Sam reflected on his first meeting as a part of this network in a short interview. What is SELN? SELN (Student Environmental Leadership Network) is a group of students within the Brisbane area – combining ideas, asking for help and feedback, and to get advice on how to become advocates for sustainability in our schools. What was your first meeting like? What did they talk about? This term’s meeting looked at how different communities are subtly, but powerfully introducing sustainability concepts into their communities. For example, one of the things we heard about was a paper towel dispenser, with an image that represented logging, so that as you took more paper, you saw a visual representation of the impacts that something we use everyday, can actually have. What goals did you come up with for our College? I was partnered with a mentor from the business community who helped me identify some projects we can start to look into here at St. Patrick’s College. Some of those ideas included successful ways that people have put forward different sustainability strategies – such as looking at how we manage and minimise our waste – implementation of small things that can have a big impact. Other ideas we discussed – worm farm, bees produce honey, wildlife boxes around schools, using recycled water. What drives you to help lead our College in sustainability? St. Patrick’s College is in such a lovely area, across the road from Moreton Bay. I also live in the area, and I’ve had an opportunity to visit places like The Great Barrier Reef. I just want to make sure these pristine areas stick around for future generations, and I feel a sense of obligation (as everybody should) to play a part in doing this.


This year, all Year 9 Science classes are taking part in The GCS Project 1600. As a Year 9 cohort, we have decided that urbanisation is the largest threat to the marine ecosystems across the world. In the pursuit of raising awareness of this issue, St. Patrick's College has partnered with two schools from India, Nand Vidya Niketan Essar School – Jamnagar and Adani DAV Public School – Mundra. Together we will communicate ideas, to fulfil the goal of healthier and more sustainable ecosystems across the world. In co-operation with schools across Queensland and India, we are studying, surveying and analysing 3200km of coastline; 1600km in Queensland, and 1600km India. The classes in Year 9 are set up so that every classmate has a role to play. A class leader was elected to help all groups and looks over final work; a media representative is in charge of a group which runs a class blog; an India consultant talks to the two Indian schools we are paired with. A community promotions manager is in charge of groups which survey and research information for out project and a mapping group maps the Moreton By Area.

Finally, the school promotions manager is in charge of groups that manage the Just Us articles along with assembly presentations that inform the school community of our progress. Educational posters will be created to inform the school further of our research. Together, we as a cohort will study how urbanisation has an impact in the Moreton Bay Area. Urbanisation is defined as the increase in the proportion of people living in urban locations (cities, towns, etc.). The Moreton Bay Region has increased in urbanisation over the last 10-15 years. Urbanisation has impacted the health of local rivers, streams and marine occupants. This is well documented in this environment. As urbanisation in the Moreton Bay Region is expected to continue to increase, urgent strategic planning is required to identify opportunities to mitigate potential impacts on the biodiversity of Moreton Bay.


Moreton Bay is a major home of multiple species of plants and animals. Sand flats provide roosting sites for migratory birds and seagrass beds nurture fish, shellfish, dugong and turtles. Biodiversity is important everywhere, species in your area or all over the world play a role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Moreton Bay is classified as a biodiversity hotspot. There are many waterways and catchments that lead out to Moreton Bay including Bramble Bay Catchment, Pine Rivers Catchment and Cabbage Tree Creek Catchment. The Pine Rivers Catchment has C+ rating for its water quality. All waterways are important for many reasons, for example if we don’t take care of the waterways we put native plants and animal life at risk. Waterways play a very important role in our local community. They provide essential water for agricultural production, human consumption, industry and energy production (Swanbank Power Station), and essential habitat for native flora and fauna. In order to maintain these values and uses, we need to protect our streams and to maintain or enhance them to the best possible condition. Waterways are important, not only because of the intrinsic values of their diverse aquatic ecosystems, but also for their role in providing water as a means for shifting commodities. Waterways are critically important to the transportation of people and goods throughout the world. The complex network of connections between coastal ports, inland ports, rail, air, and truck routes forms a foundation of economy worldwide. Waterways are faced with many challenges including: land clearing, loss of riparian (creek side) vegetation, erosion, sedimentation, loss of permanent waterholes, runoff from land based activities carrying nutrients, pollutants and sediments, overuse of water

(irrigation / dams) and urban development. There are many ways we can help sustain healthy waterways around Moreton Bay, many of which you might already be doing. Some good places to start are:  Using eco-friendly, particularly low-phosphorous cleaning products  Making sure chemicals such as oils and paints are never poured down drains or into gutters  Reusing and recycling products and packaging wherever possible  Minimising use of fertiliser or pesticide if rain is expected, as these can wash down drains (this also makes your fertiliser and pesticide more effective as less is wasted)  Washing your car on the lawn, so the water does not run off into drains  Remove litter wherever it is present in your environment By making these simple changes and slight adjustments to your everyday activities, we can sustain our waterways and marine ecosystems for generations to come. If Project 1600 truly succeeds in what it is trying to do, the learning will go past the classes of grade 9 and past the walls of this school, and the other schools who are also taking part in Project 1600. We alone can’t keep out beloved waterways clean. We alone can’t keep the ecosystems of Moreton Bay and beyond healthy. It’s everyone’s job. Written by students in 9B and 9C Science classes


By Zane Warnecke

By Bastian Brady


An interview about Islam

The Quran is the Islamic Sacred Text. I interviewed my friend Saarim about the Quran and about the Islamic faith. Saarim said that the Quran is a book from God that lays down the laws and these kinds of laws show what is permitted to eat and drink and shows the punishments for certain crimes. The Quran is also an instruction on prayers and is read daily as it is a part of Muslims daily lives. Saarim also said that the Quran can be linked to the pressing issue of asylum seekers. He explained that Prophet Mohammad said “Let the believer in God and the Day of Judgement honour his guest,” and that this ties with two of the core beliefs in Islam. The belief in God and belief in the Day of Judgement. This is basically starting, honour your guest with respect as asylum seekers are people who have gone through many hardships and have left their homes, families and have sacrificed all they have in search of a new life. It could be assumed that this adds to the world becoming a better place as asylum seekers are treated with respect and are welcomed instead of pushed aside.

Like Christianity, Muslims have many prayers that range from prayers of peace to prayers of forgiveness. An example of a prayer for peace in the world is, “O You, the almighty Sun, whose light clears away all clouds, We take refuge in You, king of all men, God of all deities, Lord of all angles. We pray You, dispel the mist of illusion from the hearts of the nations and lift their lives by your all-sufficient power. Pour upon them Your limitless love, Your ever-shining light, Your everlasting life, Your heavenly joy and Your perfect peace”. I asked Saarim what this prayer means to him and how he can use it in the world today. He explained that the prayer helps him understand the power of God and what he should be thankful for. He said God has created everything that has existed, is existing, and will exist. God knows everything that will and has happened and to not appreciate his power is like not saying thank you to your mother. He also said that this prayer could be used to reduce violence in the world and spread calmness and love into people’s hearts. This is important as it could reduce the amount of wars in the world and help make people more caring to one another.

Finally, Islam’s core beliefs are the five Pillars of Islam are the core beliefs in the Islamic Faith. The first pillar is, Shahadah Just like Christians, Muslims celebrate many (Profession of faith), this is "There is no God but God and religious festivals. One of these is Prophet Muhammad is the Messenger of God. This statement expresses a Muhammad’s Birthday. This festival occurs on the Muslim's complete acceptance of and total commitment to Islam. 12th day of the mount Rabi and is an extremely The second pillar is Salat (Prayer), this is when the world's special time for all Muslims as it is the time when their beloved Prophet was born. They celebrate this Muslims turn individually and collectively to Mekkah, to offer five daily prayers at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and evening. occasion with food, drinks, and gifts are exchanged The third pillar is Zakat (almsgiving), this is a social between households. Just like Christmas for responsibility and is considered part of one's service to God; the Christians. The month of Rabi is also a month of obligatory act of zakat enshrines this duty. Give 2.5% of your blessing and is a very sacred time of year. This celebration creates a sense of hope for Muslims as it income to the poor and needy. The fourth pillar is Sawm (fasting during the holy month of Ramadan), this is ordained in the Holy was the time when Prophet Muhammad was born Qur'an and the fast is an act of deep personal worship in which and this could be seen as a way of creating a better Muslims seek a richer perception of God. The fifth and last pillar world through hope and peace. is Hajj (the pilgrimage to Makkah), this is the most significant Muslims have many rituals that they perform as part pillar of Islamic Faith. In performing the Hajj, a pilgrim follows the order of ritual that the Prophet Muhammad performed of their faith. One of these is called Salat and this during his last pilgrimage. Saarim explains that the five pillars ritual is performed five times a day and is used by help him follow a certain way of life and how he should act in the Muslims to honour or show respect for Allah. This demonstrates the value Muslims place on Allah and world and they also help him become a better person. He also could be a way for them to improve their happiness said that they help show him his limits. An example of how this towards others as they know that they are respecting makes the world a better place is by giving some of your income to the poor and needy, you are helping the marginalised in the and pleasing Allah. Saarim explains that you must community. This ultimately means that you are improving the stop whatever you are doing turn to Mekkah which lives or people and making the world a better place. is Islam’s holiest city, to offer five daily prayers at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and evening. In conclusion, religion is a very significant part of the world Salat is also one of the five Pillars of Islam. Saarim then explains that as he has been doing this ritual for around us and it also is a way of life for the some 5.8 billion many years it has become a people in the world that follow a religion. My interview with routine for him and he will Saarim has shown that religion does contribute to making the plan his work around it. I world a better place as it helps to then asked him if people are accepting of this ritual provide a solution for peace and and he replied that people gives many people hope in an are generally fine with this otherwise bleak and grim life. ritual as it is not affecting them, however some By James Cardwell people do get uncomfortable if they see a Year 10 Muslim praying in public.


Year 10 Religious Education students explored culture and art as aspects in representing ’The Mystery of God’ in religions today. William Welch, and Conor Nguyen, Year 10 students created artwork to reflect a comparison of three religions and their respective beliefs: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Spirituality, Hinduism and Christianity.

William Welch—’What is God?’ Miss Batten’s class

Conor Nguyen—’The Descent upon Earth’ Mr Haughey’s class


Asylum Seekers. Boat people. Queue jumpers. Whatever you refer to them as, there is no denying that they have left

of mental-illness and self-harm, whilst denying them access to adequate

Australia with a significant humanitarian problem to solve. As a country, we strive to exemplify the qualities of mateship and supporting the battler. However, when a boatload of exhausted, frightened and ultimately innocent humans arrive on our

education and recreational facilities. This is nothing short of a national disgrace and our government should hang its head in utter shame for such

doorstep, we shove them behind bars indefinitely. Our leaders despicable treatment of society’s portray these men, women and children as a threat to our way weakest members. One fundamental of life as an excuse to treat them like prisoners. I wholeheartedly law of the world we live in, is that every child is born innocent. believe that we must improve our treatment of these desperate people by embodying the fundamental human trait of compassion. Asylum seekers are defined as “a person who has

left their home country as a political refugee and is seeking asylum in another.” There are many misconceptions about the

To subject innocent, often parentless, children to conditions such as this defies every compassionate instinct instilled in us. The Catholic Church teaches us these fundamental human values, as seen in Mathew’s Gospel “For I was hungry and you

status of an asylum seeker. It must be noted that Asylum Seekers are seeking to be refugees. Often confused, a refugee is someone who has been granted access to a country. In

gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’37 “Then the

Australia, this request for a refugee visa is the lengthy process that keeps Asylum Seekers in detention centres. These centres are dilapidated and in appalling condition, just last year an

righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or

Asylum Seeker died after a cut on his foot became infected. It is needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or clear that this is a social justice issue when people are being in prison and go to visit you?’40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell subjected to such inhumane conditions. you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ This is an example of Jesus Australia receives just 0.31% of the world’s refugees, the 48th Christ’s value and respect for people at the margins of society. highest percentage. This percentage still amounts to around In a contemporary society, Asylum Seekers are those who exist 35,000 refugees, however, this is still a stark contrast to the rest at the margins of our society. It is telling that a 2000 year old of the developed world. As of 31 March 2015 there are 1,509 children in detention, with 227 in immigration detention facilities (on the Australian mainland and on Nauru), and 1,282 in community detention. The Nauru centre’s conditions are

scripture passage teaches us more about compassion than our Government. Interestingly, our Prime Minister aligns with Catholicism, a denomination which expresses support and justice for Asylum Seekers.

especially harmful to children, as the Australian Human Rights Commission found in their 2014 inquiry into children in detention. The Commission states that “children detained indefinitely on Nauru are suffering from extreme levels of

Our government must resort to the human qualities of compassion and empathy to have any hope of achieving social justice on this issue. They must listen to the cries of the

physical, emotional, psychological and developmental distress.” As a nation, we are clearly violating several articles of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child. Our

marginalised and to the messages that are woven through Gospel scripture to end this humanitarian disgrace. By Isaac Wilkinson, Year 12

government is willingly exposing innocent children to high risks

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An overwhelming number of St. Patrick’s College young men turned out for our third annual ‘Detention for Detention’. Nearly 300 students took a voluntary detention to stand in solidarity with the 222 children still detained in Australia’s immigration detention centres. Some students chose to cover their mouths to symbolise the voicelessness and powerlessness experienced by children in immigration detention. Across Australia, approximately 15 EREA schools participated in the same event in the same week of Term 2.

Quest Newspaper’s Northside Chronicle covered St. Patrick’s College participation in Detention For Detention in its 17th June, 2015 edition.


On Friday 5th June, three ERA for Change members walked in the Multicultural Development Association’s Lantern Parade to create welcome for recently arrived refugees and migrants. Jacob Lawrence, Zekiel Sinclair and Harry McLaughlin proudly represented St Patrick’s College at this event. The boys got to carry lanterns and signs to welcome people to Brisbane. The event followed the third annual ERA for Change planning day, where students listened to range of speakers about human rights and the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. During the day, students developed an ERA for Change manifesto, outlining our priorities, goals and purpose for the coming years.


Be the first person to correctly answer all the questions in this edition of Just Us to win a $50 voucher for the Etiko online shop. The first person to email all correct answers to sfisk@stpatricks.qld.edu.au will win the prize.

Question 1: What is ‘protest poetry’? Question 2: What role does Hon. Peter Dutton MP hold and why is this particularly significant for St. Patrick’s?

Question 3: Identify two similarities between Islam and Christianity? Question 4: What are some of the issues associated with a binge drinking culture? Question 5: Who have the Year 9 boys been cooking meals for? Question 6: How does Project1600 offer an international connection for our students? Question 7: Why did the football fiesta team wear a strange combination of uniforms? Question 8: What does SELN do in the Brisbane area? Question 9: Why have the Year 9 Rite Journey have begun cooking for the Paddies Van? Question 10: (This might be a hard one!) What are teachers encouraged to do at St. Patrick’s with justice and peace themes?

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