John Paul College celebrates Founders' Day and Unfair Day in Term 2. This is a fantastic day and one of the highlights on the John Paul College calendar. It is a day of respect, commemoration, and awareness. We take the time to reflect and admire our College Founders, their contribution to Catholic Education in Kalgoorlie / Boulder and Western Australia and we take action to follow them by living more selflessly and helping others.
On Founders' Day we also incorporate 'Unfair Day' in that we raise money through fair type stalls to provide support to those not as fortunate as ourselves and raise awareness of others in our world who do not have the same opportunities as we do. It is unfair that of the 2.2 billion children in the world, half of these children live in poverty. According to the international agencies who work in various ways to establish equality around the world, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty and without the attention of the media. That is an astonishing 8 million children a year.
Of children and adults over a billion cannot read and write.
These important and tragic inequalities often go unnoticed by people living in developed nations. We do not realise the difficulties many face in surviving each day, and it affects so many children and adults in their daily survival. Around a third of the world lives on wages of less than $5 a day.
Think of what you spend $5 on each day. Think of what it would cost your family to live each day.
On Founders Day and our Unfair Day, we have the chance to raise funds to help those less fortunate. We do this by acknowledging the spirit of our Founders; Bridget Clancy, Redmond Prendiville, Catherine McAuley, Edmund Rice and Mary MacKillop in helping those in need.
The day begins with a whole school Mass followed by an assembly. In the afternoon we have a number of games, competitions, and feasting. Each individual homeroom organises and runs a stall that provides creative and enjoyable ways to spend our time and money.
While we are having fun we are raising valuable funds for the Archbishop’s Life Link Program that helps homeless and underprivileged people in Western Australia..
In 2013 and 2014 we donated $2000 to the Archbishops Life Link program that helps homeless and underprivileged people in Western Australia.
Production by Heddwyn Brahma
All year groups participate in the annual Dancing lessons conducted by Humphreys Dance Studio. Each year group for one week has daily lessons which culminate in a Social when students can show off the dances learned with prizes awarded for best renditions. The Year 7 and 8 Social and the Year 9 and 10 Social’s are held at the Palace Theatre, Boulder. The Year 11 and 12 Social is held at the Kalgoorlie Town Hall.
The Dancing lessons are conducted over the two weeks in Term 1 and the lessons are something really special at John Paul College.