The spirit of St John Fisher College is the courage to seek
justice, the gift of peace and the grace to forgive. More than just words, this
philosophy is represented in the way the young women of the College are
encouraged to stand up, make their mark and let their light shine on issues
that are important to them and the wider community.
Many of our girls independently advocate a range of causes
that are important to them, and these efforts are strongly encouraged and
supported by the College. The College’s Interact Social Justice Club is very
active and central to College life throughout the year. Each year students support
a range of local and international projects, involving both fundraising and
action for local and international causes. These include support for the
disadvantaged and those who have suffered domestic violence, collections for St
Vinnie’s Winter and Christmas Appeals, and the well-patronised Kolega Café
which together with fundraising for Mercy Works allows us to support our
international neighbours in Timor Leste. Environmental awareness has also seen
the establishment of Containers for Change bins for bottles and cans. Last year, a Year 8 student received a Diabetes
Ambassador award, with another Year 10 student sitting on Lord Mayor’s Youth
Advisory Council (LMYAC), with some strong and viable ideas for how to improve
This is the very essence of SJFC thinking, we encourage
girls to think outside the square, to challenge theories and to dare to dream.
We have had the pleasure of seeing many innovative student-led ideas come to
fruition at the College. Last year the
College launched its Fun, Food & Fellowship program, led by a group of
senior students who believed in building a communal space where everyone
belonged. In 2019, a group of
students who believe that everyone has the right to a quality education, are in
the process of setting up a Bursary Fund for disadvantaged students.
The College has
a richly diverse and exceptionally talented student body and it is always our
pleasure to showcase their many gifts and talents through our various cultural
performance groups. Although Harmony Day is always a colourful display at the
College, we celebrate intercultural diversity all year around and this is
something which remains important to the girls and the College community.