The Southern Cross : July 2012
Page 8 February 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross Page 16 July 2012 | schools Mercedes College is a co-educational, Reception to Year 12 Catholic school in the Mercy tradition, providing a caring and supportive learning environment. Mercedes College is committed to the education of the whole person. We nurture and inspire each student to discover their potential, plan for their future and embrace the many opportunities life presents. Join us on an Orientation Walk and discover how our environment can help realise your child’s potential. To register your interest please telephone or visit www.mercedes.catholic.edu.au Life potential 540 Fullarton Road, Springfield SA Telephone 08 8372 3200 TOUGH NIGHT: Year 6 and 7 students from St Joseph’s School spent one of autumns’ coldest nights in the Hindmarsh school’s hall to experience first-hand the struggles of Adelaide’s homeless. About 60 students and staff slept in cardboard huts (with sleeping bags) and shared a bowl of soup for dinner on May 25, which recorded a minimum temperature of 5.8°C – 3 .6°C below the monthly minimum average. The school’s inaugural sleep-out was part of the Religious Education curriculum, which involved students writing about their experiences and fundraising based on the hours slept rough. They have donated money raised to the Hutt Street Centre – a city-based frontline service for Adelaide’s homeless and vulnerable people. Last month the students visited the Hutt St Centre. For many people, knitting is seen as an art crafted by those who have lived for many years. But this is far from the truth as dedicated students at Mercedes College commit themselves to learning the skill of knitting to make scarves and blankets for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal and the Mercy Sisters. With two needles and a ball of wool in their hands the leaders of the Knifty Knitters are eager to spread the warmth by offering knitting classes to the younger students of Mercedes College to knit scarves and blankets for those less fortunate. Every Friday at lunch time, students gather to knit over a warm cup of hot chocolate. Volunteers from the school community, Nana Joan, Mrs Michelle Coats and Mrs Loredana Saracini-Polombo help the Knifty Knitter leaders to teach children the craft in a warm and inviting environment. Originally formed for students from Year 8 onwards, the Knifty Knitters have been so popular that a group of Year 3 students have sent a letter requesting the opportunity to join the club. Knifty Knitters founders Madeline Coats and Julia Saracini-Palombo would like Knifty Knitters to run through to the end of the year. “Our aim is to knit as much as we can for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal and the Mercy Sisters,” said Madeline and Julia. Due to the small amount of funding, the Knifty Knitters is seeking donations from the community of both wool and needles. All donations can be directed to the Catherine McAuley Office at Mercedes College. ‘Knifty’ knitters STITCH IN TIME: Madeline Coats and Julie Saracini-Palombo, Year 10 Mercedes College SRC Representatives and founders of Knifty Knitters. GATHERING: Year 8 students from Christian Brothers College, Rostrevor College and St Paul’s College came together last month to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers teaching order. They participated in sporting activities, a liturgy and shared morning tea. Edmund Rice believed that education was the key to combating poverty and so he turned his back on a successful career as a merchant to open schools for poor Irish boys. There are three Edmund Rice schools in South Australia and 40 throughout Australia.