Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Rerum-Novarum web-A

A social justice question to students in Years 9 to 12:

Is there a social justice issue in your community that needs your school’s attention?

The Rerum Novarum Awards are an opportunity for schools to complete social justice projects that work for change within their community. In recognition that some schools will require funds to develop their projects, grants of $1,000 are available. Application for funding grants is not required for participation in the awards. Gold, silver and bronze awards will be decided by a judging panel once all projects have been submitted.

What to do

You will need to work as a group with a supervising staff member and use the ‘See, Judge, Act’ method to apply the principles of Catholic Social Teaching to a social justice issue in your community. Consider what you can do to change your own part of the world. Entries should refer to relevant Catholic references such as: Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) Social Justice Statements, encyclicals and inspirational individuals, where relevant to your project.

Entries must include:

  1. research paper
  2. project impact report
  3. video presentation.


20 x $1,000 grants are available.


Gold: $3,000

Silver: $2,000

Bronze: $1,000

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