Loreto Toorak is a school community focused on justice as a core value of the spirituality and tradition of the Loreto sisters. Mary Ward understood justice to be a sense of personal integrity, based on a harmonious relationship with God, with other people and with the whole of creation.
At Loreto Toorak, we teach our students to critically analyse the structures of our society that perpetuate injustice. We nurture their hearts and minds to become aware of issues of social justice in the world around them, and provide them with opportunities to take action themselves. As a School Community, we consider these ‘Works of Justice’ as an integral part of our education of young women.
Our ‘Works of Justice’ activities include:
•Advocacy and fundraising for Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA).
•Friday Night School, where students assist each week in the tutoring of refugee families in Richmond.
•A range of local volunteer opportunities and experiences including support for Very Special Kids’ Annual Fair, Pied Piper fundraising for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Sacred Heart Mission and other local organisations.
•Attendance at regular Social Justice Club meetings where justice issues are reviewed.