As we head to the conclusion of what has been a very busy year, it is easy to become focused on the finish line and get distracted from the last few steps of the journey.
In a year that has marked a significant milestone in the University’s journey we have not only been focused on celebrating our achievements but also looking forward toward the challenges we face in the future of the University.
The year has also seen outside challenges that we as a society must face. The Nepalese Earthquake, the Syrian Refugee Crisis, children in detention and the questioning of the morality of the death penalty are all events that have demanded our attention away from our day-to-day problems.
Early in 2015, Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs lamented that she could not understand why more Australians were not "jumping up and down" about the policy of keeping children locked up in immigration detention. She believed that if Australians really knew the impact on children of being in these places, they would not accept it happening.
Jump Up & Down 4 Kidsis project spearheaded by the Catholic Education Office (CEO) and made up of everyday Australians who do not accept that children should be kept in conditions that cause them serious harm. It began with an invitation to anyone to take a photo or video of themselves jumping and post it on the campaign Facebook page.
The project built momentum and recently a song and music video by X Factor finalist Jacinta Gulisano has been released. The song is a rallying cry for action for everyone who believes that every child has the right to live in an environment that is safe and where they can grow and thrive.
ACU Staff and students on the Strathfield Campus responded to the request from Mark Rix, Sydney CEO to participate in making the video footage to support the campaign.
Strathfield Campus was again the venue for another successful project with the Inaugural ACU Strathfield Medieval Fayre taking place on Saturday October 24. The day included educational activities and events such as a living medieval history museum, Battle re-enactments, Morris dancing, medieval inspired costumes and the performance of a traditional medieval pageant play.
While the flavour of the fayre was to provide educational enrichment, it also was a great family fun day with a medieval jumping castle, farmyard animals, face painting and a crafts market. The crowd was consistent with a good turn over and included not only ACU staff, students and their families but many visitors and local residents who showed up to enjoy the festivities. A brilliant rendition of the York Cycle by PERF319 Theatre Performance students capped off a great day.
Please enjoy the photos of the day at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vs8uesexnrovu6v/AAB2kBt4k503tfwNOTvX1BASa?dl=0