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act to make
JUNIOR School students at Mercedes College are
encouraged to use their learning and knowledge to
make a positive difference regarding topics they are
Taking action is student initiated; the teacher’s role is
to support students to take action and to understand that
they have a voice as a local and global citizen.
As part of an inquiry into Sharing the Planet, Year 3
students studied the changes that are occurring in
the ocean focussing on the health of the ocean, the
interdependence of organisms within that ecosystem,
and society’s responsibility towards preserving the
Mercedes College Year 3 teacher Natasha Berri said
the students had displayed a passion for making a
difference in the community and learned there was a
way to be heard.
“Students learned that they had a voice and their age
was no barrier to speaking up,” she said.
Letters to PM
Consequently, a number of students felt the need to
advocate for a sustainable ocean and wrote letters to
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Minister
Barnaby Joyce and SA Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell
outlining the negative impact of super trawlers in the
“This kind of action shows the students do have a voice
and they can try to make a difference in issues they are
passionate about,” Ms Berri said.
Students engaged in a range of learning opportunities
around the health of the ocean and an excursion to the
Port Noarlunga Reef was a highlight.
They actively engaged in their learning by asking
diverse questions and sharing their knowledge with the
Junior School students at Mercedes College undertake
the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.
The program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable
and caring young people who help to create a better
and more peaceful world while recognising that their
actions can impact others and their world.
For further information about Mercedes Collage or to
join us on an Orientation Walk, visit www.mercedes.
catholic.edu.au or phone Rita Micale on 8372 3252.
Summit Community Centre
THE Summit Community Centre is celebrating the return of the Body, Mind and Spirit
talks in 2016. These talks and a range of workshops will bring a mix of inspiration
and insight together with practical information to support your journey to emotional,
spiritual and physical wellbeing.
We also have a number of other exciting activities planned for 2016 including a
focus on the arts with exhibitions by various artists, a SALA exhibition and further
development of our Community Garden and Welcome Garden.
Remedy Bliss, pictured, of Raw Foods demonstrated her unique techniques at the
centre last year.
Visit the Summit Community Centre at 1 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit, find us on
Facebook or contact staff on 8390 0457.
Wellbeing a focus at Summit
New community garden
Torrens Valley Community Centre
TORRENS Valley Community Centre staff and volunteers have been busy creating the
new Community Garden. Why not attend one of their new gardening workshops, such
as succulent wall art creation, crockery flowers and lots more.
Term one will see garden guru Sophie Thomson visit the Gumeracha garden for an
informative talk, sharing her top summer and autumn gardening tips with visitors.
The Community Garden hopes to host a number of other guest speakers to also share
their wisdom with the community throughout 2016.
The garden is maintained by about eight volunteers, however, more hands are needed.
For more information visit the centre at 45 Albert Street, Gumeracha, or phone
8389 1711 or 8408 0400.
Mercedes College is a co-educational,
Reception to Year 12 Catholic school
in the Mercy tradition
Mercedes College is committed to the education
of the whole person. We nurture and inspire each
student to discover their potential, plan for their
future and embrace the opportunities life presents.
Take an Orientation Walk and discover how our
environment can help realise your child’s potential.
To register your interest please phone or visit
Ph 08 8372 3200
540 Fullarton Rd, Springfield SA
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