At All Saints Grammar we endeavour to educate our students that charity begins with the inward recognition of a need to show compassion to others whether consciously or unconsciously.  All Saints Grammar’s approach of creating not only a better learner, but just as importantly, a better person is evident within the Wellbeing for Learning framework.

During Term 4 there is an emphasis on establishing Cultural, Social and Spiritual Connections. Some of our students have undertaken the initiative of supporting Pink Ribbon Day as part of the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This day was the highlight of the campaign which aimed to raise awareness about breast and gynaecological cancers, as well as raise funds for prevention programs, support services and vital cancer research.

The students created murals, made pink ribbons as well as selling raffle tickets with some great prizes. We would like to thank the following families and businesses for their generous donations and thoughtful prizes:

  • The Gamesmen at Penshurst
  • Mr and Mrs Gerassis
  • Mr and Mrs Kassabalis
  • Ms Panagopoulou
  • Mr and Mrs Marras.

A total of $1392.15 has been raised and will be donated to the Cancer Council.

The next few weeks will see the students show their support for men’s mental health and Movember.

Movember looks at mental health through a male lens, focusing on prevention, early intervention and health promotion.

Students have had the opportunity to make their own ‘Mo’ during our Pastoral lessons and will conclude the campaign by participating in 60 second challenges that will allow them to work in collaboration to overcome various obstacles in their way. Our aim is to demonstrate that small challenges like this are all around us and we need to persevere in order to learn and move forward. Why are the activities timed at 60 seconds? Statistics show that globally one man commits suicide every minute of every day. The goal is to reduce this rate by 25% by the year 2030.

A big thank you to the teachers who are making an effort to grow a ‘mo for a bro’.

Students at All Saints Grammar will also finish the year with what has now become a regular event – The All Saints Grammar Christmas Appeal. Our students will run two separate initiatives this year.

The first is a Toy Drive where every student will bring in a toy to donate to kids that are less fortunate. 2020 has been a difficult year for communities across Australia, and as Christmas approaches – it is becoming increasingly clear that many Australians are going to struggle to have even a modest celebration.We all know Christmas is a time for joy. But for those doing it tough – it is often challenging, heartbreaking and isolating. For this reason, we have taken on the task of providing a small gift to a child that may not experience the joy of a gift.

The second initiative as part of the ASG Christmas Appeal will be the collection of non-perishable food items and/or essential items to be distributed to those in need by the All Saints Belmore Parish.

Students from each homeroom will contribute by donating a variety of items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorants, hand lotion, cotton balls, wipes, bandaids and tissues to package and present as a hygiene pack in order to support this worthy initiative.

John Theodoropoulus
Leader of Wellbeing (7-12)