Bennies in the Community

Mount St Benedict College has many community avenues.

Mount St Benedict College has many community avenues. Besides the Parents and Friends, the Ex-students Association and the partners with the Good Samaritan causes (Mater Dei School in Camden, Kiribati, Bacalod Kinder School in the Philippines, and Railaco High School in Timor Leste), students are involved in many community activities.

During Lent for Caritas girls have marched through the streets of Pennant Hills in their House groups behind banners. Students have walked from the College to Lane Cove River to fetch water in solidarity with teenage girls in African countries who perform this chore daily. They have raised thousands of dollars for Caritas doing this trek.

During the Social Justice and Reconciliation week students conduct a Social Justice Forum. They invite students from not only Good Samaritan schools but neighbouring schools as well. The Forums which are in their 13th year have had keynote speakers such as Roger O'Halloran, director of PALMS Australia, Graeme Innes, Human Rights Commissioner, Father Chris Riley, YOTS Youth Off The Streets, Jackie Everett, Human Rights lawyer, Jacqui Phillips lawyer from ANTaR, just to name a few. The forum has workshops conducted by many agencies.

During Refugee and Asylum Seekers week representatives from five different organisations have visited Mount St Benedict College: Bridge for Asylum Seekers (BASF), St Vincent de Paul, Young Christian Workers (YCW), Together for Humanity Foundation and the Refugee and Asylum seeker support group from St Paul's Anglican Church in Carlingford.

Good Samaritan schools in NSW, St Mary's Star of the Sea Wollongong, St Scholastica's Glebe, Rosebank College Five Dock join for outreach activities in a Good Sam Immersion Program. They spend a week in activities such as visiting Wayside Chapel, doing street retreats, working in sheltered workshops or nursing homes. Girls have visited aboriginal communities in Goodooga in the far west of NSW learning their art, history and traditions.

However, some of the most heartfelt community activities are when the girls invite the important people in their lives to have a glimpse of their school. Grandparents come on Grandparents Day, Mums share breakfast on Mother's Day and Dads have a late start for work on Father's Day after sharing breakfast with their beautiful daughters.