Homelessness can affect anyone—from single young people to families with children. A
staggering 20,000 people in Queensland are experiencing homelessness—this is 1 in every
200 Queenslanders (source, Australian Bureau of Statistics). It can mean people who are
sleeping rough, as well as people who are staying in temporary, unstable or substandard
accommodation. The reasons for homelessness are varied and complex—including mental
illness, domestic violence, relationship breakdowns, debt, substance abuse, housing
As part of Religious Education, students in Year 6 are bringing awareness to the local
school community about this issue. Last week, our Yr 6 students received a visit from
Mini Vinnies. Mini Vinnies empowers primary school students to become advocates within
their school and local community by putting their values into action. They discuss
regularly to learn about social justice issues, develop leadership skills and engage with the
wider St Vincent de Paul Society.
The Mini Vinnies model of “See, Think, Do” has been a great way to get our students
thinking and talking about their spirituality and to connect their faith with issues
affecting their community through volunteering, advocacy and fundraising. This week, our
Yr 6 students provided a thought provoking demonstration of homelessness during the
lunch break. This really got the school community talking! The school leaders then
presented their learning about the issue of homelessness to each class. They are also
fundraising for, Street Swags, an organisation that supports homeless youths.
Congratulations Yr 6 for bringing awareness to such an issue within our local and broader
“Charity is the cement that binds communities to God and persons to one another”.
St Vincent de Paul