TOUGH JUDGES: Jessica Munson, Joshua Mahoney and Natasha Petroccitto   in Toowoomba.
TOUGH JUDGES: Jessica Munson, Joshua Mahoney and Natasha Petroccitto in Toowoomba. Contributed

Students take law into their own hands

Faith in Action

ST Joseph's School prides itself on teaching students how to live out the mercy values of compassion, options for the poor, mercy and justice, service and dignity.

The student leaders, during their year of leadership, ensure they are examples of these mercy values and depict ways for their peers to follow their lead.

The school immerses itself in various community initiatives to allow students to witness the goodness that can be done.

Meals on Wheels, Carramar visits and StVincent de Paul appeals are just some of the ways StJoseph's students can do their bit to show mercy to those in need.

Students in Year 5 and 6 are participating in a Faith in Action program.

This is an extension of the work our students already do in living out the mercy values.

For the past two weeks, an excited group of students have enjoyed visits to the Whistlestop Community Garden.

Whistlestop volunteer Carol Parkinson has guided the students through the short history of the garden and given them a tour of the different areas.

Students were able to visit the worm farm and help with the clean-up. They successfully weeded the paved drain and assisted with leaf mulching in the heritage garden.

The next proposed Faith in Action visit is to C&K Kindergarten, Country Kids and Kids Korner.

Students attend Mooting Competition

On Monday, May 14, Year 12 Legal Studies students Joshua Mahoney, Natasha Petroccitto and Jessica Munson travelled to Toowoomba to take part in the first round of the USQ Legal Studies Mooting Competition. A moot is a mock judicial proceedings set up to examine a hypothetical case as an academic exercise.

The students were required to argue an appeal in a hypothetical murder case. In order to prepare their legal arguments for the appeal they were required to research a number of real cases, such as the Gerard Baden-Clay trial.

Joshua Mahoney acted as senior barrister, Natasha Petroccitto as junior barrister and Jessica Munson as solicitor.

In this first round, the students argued well in the USQ Moot Court against Toowoomba's Centenary Heights State High School. The next round is in two weeks' time against Fairholme College.

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