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Textiles touch hearts


Textiles and Technology course students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) College put their sewing skills to good use recently as part of a project to prevent eye disease in remote Aboriginal communities.

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Trachoma is the leading cause of infectious blindness in the world and remains endemic in a small number of remote Aboriginal communities in South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia. Improved hygiene and washing are key elements in preventing the disease.

Last term, OLSH students learnt about Trachoma and decided to participate in a project being run by the Salisbury City Rotaract Club to provide toiletry kits to primary school students in remote communities.

Using their sewing knowledge and skills, the Year 9 students planned, prepared and created drawstring bags that were filled with essential hygiene and toiletry products donated by the Rotaract club. The kits were then delivered to the Ampilatwatja School in Alice Springs.

OLSH College principal, Maria Urbano said the initiative reflected the lived aspect of one of the OLSH Pillars of Education, ‘touch the hearts of others’.

“Through their actions the students have made a valuable contribution to a project that is helping to prevent the disease,” she said.

“This social justice aligns completely with OLSH College’s mission to champion for the disadvantaged and marginalised, just as Jesus would have.”

This year OLSH College is celebrating its 70th anniversary and its continuing commitment to providing ‘excellence in all-girls’ education’.

“Our approach to teaching and learning helps girls to see their potential and inspires them to pursue excellence in every aspect of their education,” Ms Urbano said.

“Research shows that girls learn best in an all-girls school, where they have a range of opportunities and experiences that allow them to grow in confidence and responsibility, collaborate and become leaders for themselves and others.

“At OLSH College, students are empowered to have a voice and to navigate a learning journey that suits their strengths and interests.”



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