|Schools Gather at LHC to Tackle Domestic Violence - 29 August 2017|
Over 100 students from 11 local schools gathered with LHC students In Polding Theatre on the afternoon before the Ekka holiday to share their concerns about domestic violence. Working in mixed table groups, they listened to inspiring speakers, watched video clips and discussed strategies that they could employ at their schools to show their willingness to “Stand Up against Domestic Violence.”
Ms Kathleen Noonan, journalist and social commentator, Mr Jason Demetriou, a high profile sportsman and coach, Detective Sergeant Warren Gibbs from the Morningside Child Protection and Investigation Unit and Magistrate Deborah Vasta, based at Cleveland Magistrates Court, all captivated the crowd and helped to broaden the students’ understanding of the issue. They each brought a different perspective but the message was consistent – each of us must be prepared to stand up and be counted whenever we see the first signs of aggression.
Students came from St Mary’s in Ipswich, Mary Mackillop, Loreto, Iona, Carmel, San Sisto, St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace, St Rita’s, All Hallows’, Churchie and Villanova to join LHC students. It was particularly pleasing to host 45 boys and to know that they were equally committed to addressing this scourge on modern life.
The night ended with the sharing of pizza and drinks on Soubirous Place and a commitment to bring the issue to the fore in their communities. They pledged to be instruments of change in their families, work places, schools and peer groups.
Thank you to the Mission Team for the organisation of this event and particularly to Mrs Roseanne Macintyre whose drive and attention to detail ensured its success. Thanks also to Madie Hampson who was a skilled MC, Ms Annette Butterworth, who looked after much of the behind the scenes organisation, and the maintenance and AV teams for their great work in setting things up.
Deputy Principal - Mission