Taking action to help the homeless

On the last day of Term 2 2020 Year 5 students created snack packs for homeless people in Sydney. 

Santa Sabina College’s usual roster on the Night Patrol van has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The sandwiches usually made by our families are now provided by the caterers at the Matthew Talbot Hostel, and homeless people are also given a small bag of assorted extras, such a popper drink, can of tuna, cheese and biscuits, or a cup of diced peaches. 

The students had earlier learnt about the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society and then eagerly agreed to bring in some of the goodies that go in the snack packs. From a list of possible components, students chose any five to make a surprise pack. Our snack packs will be delivered to Vinnies for distribution to people in need.  

Year 5 teacher Elise Kent explained how this service activity also harmonised with the Year 5 classroom curriculum.

This term the Year 5 students have been exploring the Central Idea – ‘Equality relies on the balance of power’. After hearing from our Outreach Coordinator Jane Sulis, who works with the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Night Patrol, the girls were inspired to take action to help those in need. Over the past two weeks, with help from the Year 3 students, they have been collecting food items and last Friday were able to put together an amazing 165 snack packs!