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Campuses Rally for Vinnies Can Drive

Students at Flinders Park and Kidman Park campuses have demonstrated their commitment to social justice through the Vinnies Can Drives held this term. Collecting cans for donation to the St Vincent de Paul Society, this annual initiative aims to provide much-needed assistance to South Australians facing financial hardship.

With the skyrocketing cost of living, more South Aussies than ever are struggling to make ends meet. The donations from our students will go a long way in supporting families in need, making a real difference in the local community.

The culmination of the can drives featured an exciting Can Sculpture competition at each campus. Awards were given to the houses that collected the most cans and those that designed the most creative, social justice-inspired sculptures, drawing on our College Theme, “Your Story, Our Story, The Story”, and the life of their House Patron.

In total, an impressive 4,762 cans were collected across both campuses and will be donated to Vinnies.

Congratulations to Romeo House for collecting the most cans at Flinders Park and to Dominic House for their efforts at Kidman Park. Congratulations to McAuley House for winning the Flinders Park sculpture competition and Catherine House for their creative victory at Kidman Park.

See the sculpture images and excerpts of the descriptions (written by our Student Leaders) below, as well as the results of the House collection.

Catherine House

Flinders Park Campus: 296 cans

The Catherine House motto is to live in: Love, Virtue, Ambition, and Unity. Our can sculpture for Catherine House centres on the value of Virtue, inspired by Catherine of Siena’s image of the spiritual life as a bridge composed of virtues.

In her book, The Dialogue, Catherine of Siena explains that virtues are good habits, enabling us to choose what is good and right, bringing peace and love into our lives and those around us as we cross the bridge of life.

Our sculpture depicts this bridge of virtue, represented by the cross of Jesus for three reasons. Firstly, it reminds us that living with love, patience, honesty, courtesy, humility, gratitude, compassion, and kindness helps build the virtues exemplified by Jesus Christ. Secondly, the foundation of the bridge is Jesus, with virtues as the stones held together by His sacrifice, symbolizing the bridge between God and humanity. Thirdly, the cross’s four sides symbolize the Catholic tradition’s key virtues: Wisdom, Justice, Courage, and Self-Control.

This can sculpture aligns with Nazareth Catholic College’s 2024 theme, “Your Story, My Story, The Story,” reflecting our life’s bridges, whether celebrating successes or overcoming challenges. With Jesus at our centre, we cross these bridges, drawing closer to God through our virtues

Kidman Park Campus: 329 cans

Our sculpture captures our shared journey, highlighting the unique contributions and interconnectedness of every individual within our community. At its heart, it embodies the essence of unity, diversity, and faith. Central to our sculpture are the hand tracings of each Senior Catherine House student, each handprint carrying a name, a unique identity, and a personal story, emphasizing that every individual is a crucial part of “THE STORY.

Incorporating Nazareth’s colours and house colours into the sculpture adds another layer of significance. Green, representing growth and renewal, symbolises the personal and academic development fostered within our walls. This colour palette visually unites us, reminding us that despite our differences, we all belong to the same community, nurtured by the same values and aspirations.

At the core of our structure lies a pathway inscribed with the words “the story,” representing the continuous journey we all undertake—individually and collectively. This pathway serves as a metaphor for the paths we walk daily, the challenges we face, and the milestones we achieve, reminding us that our stories are intertwined, creating a rich, multifaceted narrative that defines who we are as a community.

Significantly, the sculpture features a hill with three crosses, a poignant reference to our Catholic faith and the story of Jesus Christ. This element grounds our sculpture in our religious heritage, reminding us of the ultimate sacrifice and the enduring message of love, hope, and redemption. It is a powerful symbol of the spiritual journey that parallels our personal and academic journeys, reinforcing the importance of faith in our lives.

Dominic House

Flinders Park Campus: 663 cans

This work of art celebrates the profound impact of books as the foundation for education, community, and social justice, all underpinned by the power of prayer and the spirit of Jesus Christ, which guides us at Nazareth Catholic College.

Our can sculpture resembles a book, with each can symbolising a volume of knowledge, representing the essential role of education in shaping our stories. Just as St. Dominic cherished learning and the pursuit of truth, this sculpture honours the transformative power of books to enlighten minds and open hearts.

The spine of the book represents the strength of our community. This section of the sculpture incorporates layers of liturgical colours: white for purity and joy, green for the growth of faith, purple for preparation and patience, red for the Holy Spirit’s energy, and yellow for the Dominican values of glory and innocence.

At the centre is a cross, symbolising Jesus Christ, our guide and inspiration. This sculpture, themed “Your Story, My Story, The Story,” embodies education, community, and social justice, grounded in the strength of prayer and Christ’s presence. We invite you to reflect on your story, its connection to others, and our shared Nazareth community.

Kidman Park Campus: 537 cans

Three unique books titled, ‘Your Story’, ‘Our Story’ and ‘The Story’ embody the 2024 collage theme with the spirit of Saint Dominic. One of the smaller books, ‘Your Story’, means exactly what it’s titled. It is your book to write in and your life before, throughout, and after Nazareth. The second book ‘Our Story’, is Dominic House, representing our spirit, passion, and strong community, a part of life that Saint Dominic cherished. Finally, the largest of the books, ‘The Story’, is about the family of Nazareth. The book represents the largeness of our collage, the length of the Nazareth legacy, and the many chapters it holds. The latest chapter, “The Kidman Park Campus”,  has certainly changed the dynamic of our collage, but the path of white cans connecting the three books shows that we, as a community, are always connected. The star of Saint Dominic, made with tealight candles, illuminates the centre of the design as a guiding light in whatever story we follow

MacKillop House

Flinders Park Campus: 420 cans

MacKillop House has created a unique can sculpture that clearly relates to this year’s school theme, your story, our story, the story. We have created an open bible that is filled with quotes from Mary MacKillop and other important quotes which mean something to us here at Nazareth.

We have also put images of the students in the MacKillop house. This fits in perfectly with this years theme as it shows that together we are creating one story that is accepting of all. We are all there for each other and writing our own stories together in MacKillop house.

Kidman Park Campus: 483 cans

Our can drive presents an open storybook featuring the faces of each MacKillop Year 12 student on one page and butterflies on the other page, which beautifully represents the Nazareth theme of “Your story, our story, the story.” The students’ faces symbolize each individual’s unique journey and personal growth, while the butterflies embody collective transformation and the experiences we share as a year 12 cohort. 

Our design highlights how personal stories contribute to a richer, interconnected narrative. The page of butterflies symbolises hope and new beginnings, reflecting the promising future awaiting the students. This page of butterflies symbolizes the potential for transformation, growth, and new beginnings that await the year 12’s. The empty space around them leaves room for new stories to be written about up coming students. 

As our chapter is ending, with the next one starting, we begin to enter a new phase in our life. Our schooling chapter has guided us to a clearer future and the house of Mackillop has taught us to “never see a need without doing something about it.” 

McAuley House

Flinders Park Campus: 515 cans

This year, for the St Vincent De Paul can drive, we McAuley leaders have created a sculpture featuring an open book with three hearts, a cross, and two people walking across a path from one to another. The open book represents our unfolding narratives at Nazareth College, while the three hearts symbolise the unity of our three campuses. Despite the challenges of staying connected this year, the hearts remind us that we are all part of Nazareth, bound by shared faith and values. The cross signifies our collective spiritual journey, and the two people walking towards it represents each of us moving toward deeper faith and understanding, inspired by Catherine McAuley’s legacy of compassion and support for others. 

At Nazareth College, we pride ourselves on being a community where every individual’s story is valued and contributes to our collective narrative. The sculpture reflects this sense of community, emphasising our commitment to staying connected and supporting one another. Through this artwork, we aim to embody the spirit of Nazareth Catholic College, where shared faith guides us on our path. Together, we walk towards faith, compassion, and community, inspired by the values Catherine McAuley lived by. 

Kidman Park Campus: 369 cans

For our can sculpture this year, we decided to create a replica of the House of Mercy. To tie in with this year’s theme, we decided to layer the house of mercy with three colours. At the base, we represent our story with the colour _. We put our story at the base as our own stories are the foundations of the overall story. This base layer also represents the individual contributions and experiences to the Sisters of Mercy and their community, which collectively form the foundations of the overall story of Catherine McAuley’s mission and legacy. The middle section, which is coloured _ represents the idea of your story as we invite others into our house to build on our foundations. This layer showcases how the foundational efforts of our story have made a difference in the lives of people today. It emphasises the ongoing relevance and effectiveness of the mission. Your story brings a personal touch to the sculpture, highlighting individual stories, successes and transformations that have occurred because of the foundational work. The top layer, shown in _, symbolizes the broader mission and enduring legacy of the Sisters of Mercy. Reflecting the result of individual efforts and stories into a unified lasting impact. This layer represents the ongoing mission and goals that Catherine McAuley set for her long-term vision that guides and inspires ongoing efforts for mercy. This top layer embodies the unified mission and purpose of the Sisters of Mercy. Representing the enduring impact of their work with the long-term legacy of Catherine McAuley. 

Romero House

Flinders Park Campus: 917 cans

For this year’s Can Drive, Romero House has drawn inspiration from the school’s theme, the connection between campuses, and a symbol associated with Romero House. Our can sculpture features three books—small, big, small. The small books represent the Kidman and Flinders Park campuses, while the larger book in the centre represents the values that unite us and the concept that we are one tribe.

Nazareth’s theme for 2024, “Your Story, Our Story, The Story,” has been applied by Romero’s student leaders to the separate campuses. While we have expanded to Kidman Park, the two campuses remain interconnected. The success of Flinders Park is shared with Kidman Park, and vice versa.

Our sculpture illustrates this theme through the books, symbolising how each individual campus, class, year, and student has their own story. United through Nazareth, the success of one is the success of all. The final symbol, the lion, appears on the larger book between the two smaller ones, representing how Romero House and the values instilled by Oscar Romero serve as a uniting beacon.

Oscar Romero, our patron saint, stood up for those who could not speak. His values of compassion, faith, and solidarity resonate with Romero House and the entire school. Lions, which are part of tribes, share their successes and protect and support each other. Similarly, Nazareth functions as a tribe, where success is celebrated collectively and mistakes are accepted.

Kidman Park Campus: 233 cans

Our can sculpture represents how Oscar Romero lived a life fighting against the injustice and violence escalating in his home country of El Salvador, the clashing swords taken from the ‘Romero Crest’ represent the violence that he condemned and his bravery in confronting it. Romero’s life story is an admirable one that the Romero house students, represented by the blue circle, aspire to achieve in their own life stories with everything they conquer, not only in school, but continued into life beyond school. Romero called us to live out our own stories with love, justice and solidarity where loving comes from the heart and soul of each and every one of us, these common values connect our diverse Nazareth community to make up ‘our story,’ hence the Nazareth colours on the heart. Finally, the multi-coloured Crosses depicting the 5 houses of Nazareth on either side of the sculpture, represent the Catholic faith including Oscar Romero’s faith and how that is a part of all of our stories. While everyone has their own unique story, Romero’s honourable story and the values that he calls everyone to live out inspires us all to live a story encompassed in faith, love, justice and solidarity, making up ‘The Story.’


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