HORSHAM’S St Brigid’s College and Ss Michael and John’s Primary School students, along with Murtoa’s Our Lady Help of Christians School students joined together to celebrate Catholic Education Week.
St Brigid’s College religious education co-ordinator Les Butler said this year’s event focused on the theme ‘I have come that you may have life to the full’.
He said the schools joined in a mass at Ss Michael and John’s Catholic Church in Horsham yesterday.
The 550 students, along with teachers and parents, then enjoyed a barbecue together.
Mr Butler said the event gave the schools a chance to celebrate Catholic schools, social justice and ministry.
He said the schools focused on developing a holistic approach to education.
“It’s not just about academic learning, but spiritual, physical and emotional,’’ he said.
Mr Butler said St Brigid’s students would continue their journey next week.
The school’s year 11 students will head to Adelaide as part of a social justice retreat.
Mr Butler said the retreat would include visits to detention centres, meeting with members of parliament and working with The Big Issue, Amnesty International and marginalised people.
He said the students would also learn how they could continue to help in the future.