Safety in the Spotlight during Child Safety Week

Child Safety Week Poster Competition - Bishop applauds young people

Catholic schools and parishes across the Diocese of Sale will unite to celebrate Child Safety Week (4-11 September) with the voices of young people taking centre stage.

Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sale, Most Reverend Greg Bennet and Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale, Ms Maria Kirkwood applauded the hundreds of children and young people who created posters and video messages to promote child safety in their communities.

In a video message posted on line, Bishop Bennet said the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people was the highest pastoral and moral priority in the Diocese of Sale.

“All children have the right to grow and develop in a safe community and reach their God-given potential. This year’s Child Safety Week theme is, ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go.’

Bishop Bennet said he was delighted to see the art work created by young people who responded to the Diocese’s Child Safety Competition asking them, ‘What makes them feel safe and supported in their community?’

“I hope the posters and videos will inspire discussion in schools, church groups, within families and the wider community and build on the great work being done to keep young people safe,” Bishop Bennet said.

Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale, Ms Maria Kirkwood, said extensive work had taken place to build and implement systems that keep children safe in schools, and church communities guided by Victorian Child Safe Standards, and this work continues.

“Listening to the voices of young people, and truly hearing them, is so important in guiding the work we do to keep children safe. "

“Everyone has a role in keeping children safe. I encourage parents, grandparents and carers to have conversations with the young people in their lives about child safety. Being aware of the type of websites and apps that young people may access is also important to your child’s safety.”

Catholic schools and parishes will be sharing art work, lessons, and resources with young people and families during Child Safety Week.

The winning entries to the Child Safety Week Art competition can be viewed at:

Best entry posters were awarded to:

Julia Lindsay, Sam Carmichael and Maya Garlick - Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Leongatha

Janine Robinson - Lumen Christi Primary School, Churchill

Mia Varsaci, Morwell Catholic Parish - Sacred Heart Church

Ava Carew - St Laurence O’Toole Primary School, Leongatha

Natalie Kokab and Summer Magee - Mary MacKillop Primary School, Narre Warren North

Best video entries were awarded to:

St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School - Video entry click here

Mary MacKillop Catholic Primary School, Narre Warren North - Video entry click here

Best Poster Entries Child safety Competition 2022

Best Entry Poster by Ava - St Laurence O'Toole Catholic Primary School, Leongatha

Best Entry Poster by Janine - Lumen Christi Primary School, Churchill

Best Entry Poster by Julie, Sam and Maya - Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College

Best Entry Poster by Mia - Morwell Catholic Parish, Scared Heart Church

Best Entry Poster by Natalie and Summer - Mary MacKillop Catholic Primary School Naree Warren North

Poster Finalists

Finalist: Meryl Jean - St Joseph's Warragul Parish

Finalist: Vanessa Di Rienzo - St Theresa's Catholic PS

Finalist: Zariana and Sophia - Mary MacKillop PS Narre Warren Nth

Finalist: Clara Western - St Laurence O'Toole PS Leongatha

Finalist: Gurbani Kaur - St Agatha's PS

Finalist: Clancy Boyd - St Laurence O'Toole PS Leongatha

Finalist: Zoe Cleveland - Korumburra

Finalist: Liam Maskell and Nicholas Ferrone - Korumburra