Founders' Time

Founders' Time began last week with the celebration of the Feast of St Ignatius. Following the liturgy, three of the Year 12 Student Representative Council spoke to the Secondary School about how they lead in an Ignatian way. Christabel Cole (Captain of Drama) and Lauren Nish (Captain of Music) spoke of the importance Jesuits have always placed in an education that is rich and active in the performing arts. To perform is to give glory to God and to find Him in that creative process. Christabel and Lauren outlined the breadth and depth of our College's passion for this fine area. Sascha Seabourne, our Sustainability Captain spoke of his passion for the gift of creation and his words are presented below.

Ignatius emphasized the active expression of God's love in life and the need to be self-forgetful in humility. St Ignatius and the Society of Jesus stress the importance of service. Sustainability is very dear to the Jesuits and is a value that should be dear to everyone. In our day and age as humanity continues to progress we often forget the toll this development is having on the natural world. As we live an extremely privileged part of the world we do not see the effects of environmental abuse. We don't see clouds of smog above our cities or plastic in our oceans, but this is a global issue where every single one of us is responsible. As the sustainability captain I myself, my portfolio team and a number of teachers who share our passion have worked to in our own small way to make John XXIII a more sustainable school. We have installed a community sustainability notice board and kept it up to date on contemporary issues and events. We have installed a green waste bin to limit food waste in the college. We have organised tree planting days in which students volunteered their lunchtime to replant the whole tree line along the front of the main car park. We have promoted important events, made posters and attempted to raise awareness around the school on sustainable ways of living as this is something we feel strongly enough. I don't believe anyone in this room can say they live in a way that our planet can sustain without running out of our major resources, probably in our lifetimes, and even if there is, it will take more than a few of us to live sustainably. Consider the catholic social teaching of Care for God's Creation:

We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan; it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God's creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.

I urge every one of you to at the very least be aware. Acknowledge that over 40% of the world's forests have already been cleared, that most of the Great Barrier Reef could be destroyed by dredging and waste dumping before you ever get to see it, that 10 animals have become extinct in the last decade. Weather you chose to take anything from this talk or not, remember this is your planet. And when you leave this earth, you and the people around you will be completely responsible for what state it is in. And I ask you, what are you doing with your life, to save this planet?

Congratulations to all three leaders for their presentations to the Secondary.

Andrew Watson
College Deputy Principal K-12.