Service, Solidarity and Advocacy Programs

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"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.
- Matthew 25:40

Being just and promoting justice, we are called to carry out Jesus commission to us, “Love one another as I have loved you”. We answer this call, we are doing our faith.

The service, solidarity and advocacy programs of Nudgee College are integral to the College’s identity as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice Tradition. The College grounds its calling in the gospel and challenges all to answer the call and be a disciple of Jesus.

Jesus identified himself with the justice prophets of the Old Testament in bringing good news to the poor, release to the captives and freedom for the oppressed. He challenged those who abused people and treated people poorly; the rich who gained at the expense of others. He was a charismatic figure that challenged and confronted. (Luke 4:18-19)

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

Nudgee College is challenged by the EREA Touchstone of Justice and Solidarity and the Justice and Peace charter where all members of the community are called to promote justice and peace for all grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection. Members of the Nudgee College community are challenged to stand in solidarity with the poor and the marginalised and the Earth itself. Nudgee College has a responsibility to contribute to the local and global community. Our programs aim to be more than charitable good words, they are directed towards building relationships where all people involved benefit and grow. The school community works closely with Community Agencies and often responds to specific needs that arise in the wider community. Students are also involved in a range of events throughout the year such as Homeless Connect and social justice forums. 

Students in Year 11 have the opportunity to participate in Big Brekky and prepare a meal for homeless people in Fortitude Valley.

Nudgee College also has a partnership with Street Swags. Nudgee College collects the swags manufactured at prisons at Woodford (Qld) and Grafton (NSW). These swags (shells) are then stored at Nudgee College in a shed supplied by the College. Students from Years 5-12 volunteer through house groups and boarders at night assemble the swags by inserting a foam mattress, then rolling the swags which are then placed in cartons ready for distribution to all states. Once orders are received by Street Swags that information is sent to Nudgee College where the orders are labelled and shipped out to all parts of Australia.

Year 10 Students have the opportunity to be involved with the Big BBQ program where students prepare a meal for marginalised people. 

All Year 10 students engage in the Immersion Program. In this program, all students engage in a week of service and solidarity programs. These programs allow the students an opportunity to focus on justice issues and advocacy work with refugees, indigenous reconciliation and ecological awareness. Students may choose to do a community assistance program which involves a placement at nursing homes, learning support or disability services.

Students in Years 10-12 are given the opportunity to be involved with Homework Help. This afternoon program allows Nudgee College students to assist children from refugee backgrounds with their homework. 

Students in our Junior school are given the opportunity to visit a variety of nursing homes where they are able to spend time with the elderly playing scrabble, singing songs, reading and participating in recreational activities.