Diakonos is an umbrella organisation responsible for Social Justice activities, and provides young people with an opportunity to work together at CHAC in support of a range of service activities.
The purpose of Diakonos is to co-ordinate the response of our College Community to social justice issues.
Each year the College celebrates its achievements in this area of ministry. These activities will be celebrated each year in the week prior to St Clare’s Day (11 August). Social Justice Week includes the launch of a service activity or appeal, a Social Justice Celebration Service and concludes with the Social Justice Breakfast.
Other activities include:
- 40 Hour Famine
- Shave for a Cure
- Rosies Street Outreach Program
- Global Leaders Convention
- Amnesty International: Activate Conference
- Youth off the Streets Convention, ACU
- Sponsor a Child (World Vision)
- UN Women.
Student members of Diakonos will take leadership roles in these activities.
The Wetlands Rehabilitation Project and clear commitment to protection of the environment stems from the unique privilege of the College being situated in such a unique natural environment, not only for teaching and learning, but to make a significant difference in energising and motivating people to implement positive environmental change.
The College is committed to ensuring the protection, conservation and future sustainability of its environment. In particular, the rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance of the wetlands precinct.
CHAC's Environment Committee is made up of committed students and staff who act as a vital link to encourage participation from all members of the College and wider community.
The Committee aims to promote environmental understanding and sustainability amongst all members of the College community; and to develop strategies to continue the rehabilitation and maintenance of the wetlands.
In addition to committee members, many other CHAC students regularly offer assistance at our various tree planting days, clean up days, recycling program and more.
Boys' Education Committee
The Boys’ Project took its current format in 2008. It aims to encourage success amongst our boys by improving learning and literacy standards, developing positive self-esteem and providing opportunities for showing leadership. The project encourages boys to lead the way for boys by taking ownership of initiatives and allowing their voice to be heard.
The Boys’ Education Committee comprises students from Years 7 to 12 and a team of dedicated teachers. This Committee is chaired by a male member of staff and is directly responsible to the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team for providing information about the education and development of the boys at the College.
Projects instigated by the Boys’ Education Committee include:
- Boys for Success Breakfast - The focus of this event is to hear the stories of men who have recognised personal challenge and have been successful in achieving their personal goals. The breakfast is hosted and presented by a team of students from the Boys’ Education Committee.
- Table Tennis, Touch Football games (against staff; between year levels) and Cross-country training and participation in the Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run
- Student Forums
- Student-directed panels and visiting guest speakers deal with such issues as relationships, self-esteem, and stress.
- Reading for Pleasure
- Workshops for encouraging reading incorporate reading opportunities between the senior and junior boys and committed staff.
- Annual survey of boys’ interests, issues and concerns. These surveys are also undertaken with community groups – including the police and universities – and address issues such as binge drinking amongst males and cyber bullying.
Girls' Education Committee
The Girls' Education Committee aims to identify and address girls’ educational and lifestyle issues and to provide girls an opportunity to be heard within the College.
The Girls’ Education Committee, comprising both staff and students, was formed in 2006. The Committee aims to identify and address girls’ educational and lifestyle issues and to provide girls an opportunity to be heard within the College. By facilitating regular girls’ forums, and exploring current educational research and trends, the Committee provides informed feedback and recommendations to the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team to promote and enhance girls’ education within the College.
Some of the Committee’s initiatives have included:
- Celebrating International Women’s Day
The Committee organises a breakfast to celebrate the achievements of women within the College, in Australia and internationally. This is a regular event at the College and each year the Committee organises a guest speaker in line with the nominated theme.
- Launching a Sub-Committee dedicated to the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UN Women)
UN Women provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies that promote women’s human rights, political and economic security in more than 100 countries. The rationale behind the introduction of UN Women was to highlight the daily injustices suffered by women around the world and to do something to help overcome these.
- Mentoring Afternoon
The Committee facilitates mentoring afternoons (usually one per term). These afternoons provide students with the opportunity to hear and meet with successful and inspiring women within our community. This program is particularly suited to young women as they embark on their life and career journey, and it aims to empower, build self-confidence and self-esteem amongst our students.
- Student Forums
Student forums are another initiative developed by the GAC. Each Semester, the Girls' Education Committee runs one student-directed and one staff-directed forum. These forums allow students the chance to raise concerns and to discuss these issues with the female student body. It also allows staff to address and discuss relevant girls’ educational and emotional issues.
- Fundraising for Breast Cancer Research
The committee has also applied for, and received a grant for, the Pink Ribbon Breakfast, to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. A breakfast in October, along with the sale of merchandise, helps raise funds for breast cancer research.