“Be lovers of truth and doers of justice” Mary Ward
The values of justice, peace and the integrity of creation are promoted in Loreto Grammar School. Social justice is a core element of the Loreto Mission as students are encouraged to be ‘active citizens for change.’
The aim of JPIC, as part of development education, is to increase awareness about the root causes of local and global poverty and injustice and to find meaningful ways to take action for change.
The JPIC group was set up in 2007 and to date has raised awareness of many local and global issues such as the Millennium Development Goals, Fair Trade, the Trocaire Global Gift Campaign, Child Labour, Animal Rights, Human Trafficking, Homelessness, Climate Change, Environmental issues, Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.
A key focus of our justice work in 2020 is to continue with our fundraising endeavours for our sister school, Loreto Primary and Secondary School, Rumbek, South Sudan, under the leadership of Sister Orla Treacy. We are proud supporters of Sr. Orla and the Loreto sisters as they courageously empower their students in an area characterised by conflict and chaos.
The JPIC group is run in connection with the Loreto Education Network. Each year a seminar is held, where the JPIC coordinators meet representatives from all the Loreto schools in Ireland. These seminars raise the social consciousness of the participants, empowering students and teachers in their role as agents of social change.
A vibrant and energetic JPIC group, made up of Years 8 to 14 students, meet weekly at lunchtime with the aim of raising awareness in our school community about relevant topical issues throughout the world and what we can do as a student body to help.
The Senior JPIC Prefect, Naimh Mc Caul alongside the team of JPIC Prefects that include Catherine Mallon, Emer Duddy and Zara Mc Grath, lead the JPIC group. They support students from Years 8-12 and collaborate in whole school initiatives.
Niamh has highlighted her experiences to date (below) as the appointed senior prefect.
“Being appointed as the JPIC Senior Prefect for the year of 2019-2020 has been an enriching experience. The team meets every Monday to discuss various social issues, including global poverty and climate change. I look forward to these meetings as it is refreshing to meet with like-minded students who wish to abide by JPIC’s core values and ‘be active citizens for change.’ Since joining the Justice and Peace group in Loreto, I have acquired an astute knowledge of how the current injustices in today’s society affect everyone. We work to combat this through awareness-raising and fundraising within school, most notably through presentations at assemblies, The Voice LGS and The Formal Fashion Show. I would encourage membership of JPIC as the knowledge I have gained will facilitate me in my chosen career path and throughout my life, where I will encourage others to strive for global justice”.
“We must build a new culture of life that confronts today’s problems affecting life. The purpose of the Gospel is, in fact to transform humanity from within and to make it new. We need to begin within our Christian communities themselves.”
Evangelium Vitae, John Paul II, 1995, (#95)