In 1802, Blessed Edmund Rice established his first school to teach to poor boys of Waterford, Ireland. Their poverty and that of their families was intense. The legal and social system of the time worked very well at keeping them very poor. Blessed Edmund could have helped the poor by just providing their families with food, but he did more than that, he saw that education would empower those boys to change their circumstances while respecting the dignity given them by God. The result was to make an enormous change to society in Waterford and, through the Christian Brothers, Ireland and other parts of the world. Blessed Edmund recognised a need and with God’s grace, acted upon it.
We, as an Edmund Rice school, are also called to action. In the Spirit of Edmund Rice we are called to give generously to those around us who are in need. This is a fundamental characteristic of being a Christian.
Social Justice is an integral part of life at St Patrick's. The values and ideals of social justice at the College are based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, reflected in the work of Blessed Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers, who worked with the marginalised of Waterford, Ireland.
The goals of the Social Justice programme at St Patrick's are to challenge the College community through education and action, and to empower the students to interact with the poor, the disadvantaged and the marginalised in the wider community. Students work with the marginalised through weekly participation in community service and with the homeless of Sydney at St Vincent de Paul’s Night Patrol. After school and lunchtime meetings focus on the issues confronting our society such as reconciliation, the environment, religious and racial tolerance and war. Our curriculum incorporates justice and Gospel values in the outcomes of all teaching programmes. Social Justice is doing your share for the community, which is what the staff and students do every day. This is the core of our community, which is highly valued by the entire College Community.
All School Activities
The College participates in St Vincent de Paul's Winter and Christmas Appeals. The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal.
Social Justice Co-Curricular
The Social Advocate