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The Southern Cross : December 2011
Page 16 December 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | schools Aid to the Church in Need .... a Catholic charity dependent on the Holy See, providing pastoral relief to needy and oppressed Churches Southern Cross Adelaide's Catholic book centre Serving the community since 1962 The Sisters and staff would like to thank all of our valued customers for their support and extend our wishes for a happy and holy Christmas Season. We advise that the book store will be closed from 5pm Friday 23rd December 2011 We will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2012 27 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide SA 5000 T: (08) 8223 2735 F:(08) 8232 2850 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Akuol Alaak -- the first known female African student to lead a South Australian Catholic school -- is determined to throw a spotlight on the good work of Sudanese youth. "The negative stereotype of Sudanese teenagers that is often presented in the media saddens me and I want to help promote a more positive image of commitment, faith and service," says the 17-year-old Year 11 Kildare College student from Sudan. Akuol and Tayla Stabile were last month voted in as College Captains for 2012. Akuol wants to encourage more African students to become involved in school and community activities and to believe in themselves. "I want younger students from countries outside Australia to know that if they believe in themselves and contribute actively to the community then they can achieve great things," she said. Akuol was born in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, in north-west Kenya, after her family fled years of war in Sudan. Her family moved to Nairobi before embarking for Australia in 1999. Akuol remembers the first months in Australia as a young child were difficult. She spoke no English and it took some time for her to feel accepted. In Year 8, at Kildare College, Akuol was voted in as Brigid House Captain and in Year 9 she entered "K Factor" -- an annual celebration of talent and diversity on Brigidine Day at the College. She won, singing 'Amazing Grace'. Since then, Akuol has been an ambassador on Principal's Tours and a Peer Support Leader in Year 11, meeting weekly in the first semester with Year 8 students to help ease their transition into secondary school. Akuol has also been an active member of the Justice and Democracy group at Kildare College and has been awarded the Long Tan Defence Force Award for 2012. She was a recent joint winner of the "Inspiration Award" at the Youth and School Industry Awards for her achievements in the face of adversity. African student leader a first BRIGHT STARS: Kildare College student Akuol Alaak (pictured right) will next year help lead the all-girl's school in an historic partnership with fellow School Captain Tayla Stabile. FUN FOR A CAUSE: Antonio and Emmaus Catholic Schools (Morphett Vale and Woodcroft) united to have fun for a cause as part of their goal 'To Work Together More Closely as One Catholic Community'. Students from both schools worked collaboratively to plan and prepare a joint Mass and a 'Mini Carnival' to celebrate `Living Catholic' while raising funds for Catholic Charities and St Vincent De Paul. The Mass was held in Mary Help of Christians Church. It was packed to the brim, upstairs and down. Nearly 700 students from reception to year seven, along with parents, teachers, parishioners and special guests packed the church and afterwards made their way to the Antonio school grounds to continue to have fun for a cause. Each member of this special gathering were fed with a BBQ cooked by many keen volunteers. Having fun for a cause raised more than $2000 for Catholic Charities and St Vincent de Paul Society.