Human Society and It's Environment
"We may trace a journey which has led humanity down the centuries to meet and engage truth more and more deeply. It is a journey which has unfolded - as it must - within the horizons of personal self consciousness: the more human beings know reality and the world, the more they know themselves in their uniqueness."
Fides et Ratio
Pope John Paul II
Year 7 and 8
Year 9 and 10
Year 11 and 12
Our Commitment is:
* to promote the purposes of the College
* to encourage in students a world view based on the sacramentality of creation
* to provide quality academic instruction
* to develop the skills of students and staff
* to broaden the perspectives of students and staff
Our Goals are:
* to improve the students' understanding and acceptance of Catholic teaching, values and practices
* to develop a sense of justice and equity in our practices
* to recognise and cater for different styles and rates of learning so that each student may develop his own gifts and talents
* to encourage students to develop personal responsibilities
* to seek opportunities for regular exchanges of opinion on all matters concerning our mission as a faculty
Our Beliefs are Reflected by:
* a caring environment within the faculty and the classroom
* a sensitivity to justice and equity issues in our teaching
* non discriminatory practices
* a commitment to encouraging independent learning in our students
* our modeling of action on social justice issues
* our respect for the environment
* our commitment to regular exchange of opinion through meetings and other personal interaction
* acknowledging success and striving for excellence
* our commitment to individualised assessment where students are given specific information about their progress
Global Endeavour is part of our HSIE curriculum.
A Vision of Hope and Peace and Justice
At Marist College Eastwood, Global Endeavour is a program integrated into the attitude component of the Year 8 Geography curriculum. Through Global Endeavour the students write to boys in their partner school, Tumilia Boys High School which serves a number of local communities about 40 km north of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh.
This program is not about raising money. Its primary purpose is the formation of positive and informed attitudes toward people who live in very different circumstances from ours here in Australia. Although Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, the program is directed toward helping us to see that the Bangladesh students are people with very similar hopes and dreams to ours although their everyday interests can be very different. The majority of the students at Tumilia Boys High are Muslim with a proportion of Hindu and Christian students.
Through the development of positive attitudes, Global Endeavour is ultimately fostering attitudes of justice. Experience forms attitudes. The experience here is one of positive relationships. The attitudes to be formed are directed toward seeing people from very poor and unsettled countries in a positive and constructive way. Hopefully this will bring about a positive change in these Australian students which will be reflected in their approach to other people later in life. This is broader and more fundamental than charity and compassion.
Marist College Eastwood values the need in its educational program to develop a sense of understanding and respect toward people who live in very different circumstances and with far fewer opportunities.
The encyclical Deus Caritas Est expands on its own admission: “It must be admitted that the Church’s leadership was slow to realise that the issue of the just structuring of society needed to be approached in a new way.” Marist College Eastwood acknowledges that the development of a Just Society in Australia must start with educating children for justice at all levels of human interaction.
To build a just society, there must be hope. Unless there is hope it is very difficult to have a vision in which we can invest our energy and bring to fruition our beliefs and dreams of a better world. On the contrary, fear is one of the most frequently generated forces in global politics in this new century. Fear dominates our politics, our media, our international relations, and the legislation of many new laws.
To establish positive relations with other peoples around the world, to have a vision of hope and peace and justice, and to act with dignity, respect and honesty, is to declare war on fear and injustice and the root causes of terrorism. Marist College Eastwood is making its contribution to this war effort.
Enquiries about Global Endeavour can be made through Marist College Eastwood. The International support for Global Endeavour is managed by 2020 Visions, PO Box 1048 Epping NSW 1710.