Catholic Education South Australia

Our Yearly Theme

Each year, our Catholic schools have a diocesan theme that is intertwined in a variety of ways throughout the year. This year our theme is, ‘Who is our Neighbour?’

We will be exploring the key messages of being inclusive, hospitable and in relationship through finding common ground whilst accepting differences in others. We have divided components of our theme across the four terms:

Term 1- Being a good neighbour to ourselves and others. Staff and students will be unpacking the lesson Jesus taught us through the story of The Good Samaritan. The moral of this story is to put aside differences and help those who are in need of help. This also leads well into our Lenten Easter season where we often make extra commitments out of our ordinary daily routines to help others in need.

Term 2- Being a good neighbour to creation. We believe that the earth and all living things is a beautiful gift from God. Pope Frances says, ‘we are obligated to care for the planet, just like care for the sick.’

Term 3- Being a good neighbour to our school community. We will celebrating the feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop during this term. This is a great opportunity to understand how she demonstrated being a good neighbour and welcoming others.

Term 4- Being a good neighbour to our local town and beyond. Many connections will be made through our social justice initiatives leading into Christmas and collecting items for St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers. It is also a good opportunity to explore other areas in our community such as Aged Care that might also need our assistance.

The overall main message of our theme this year will be to focus on how we can be more kind to those we meet around our school, at home, and in the community.

We hope you enjoy the short clip below from our students explaining how to be a good neighbour.