The Winter Sleepout was held on Saturday, 11 June. Over 80 senior students took part in the event in solidarity with the homeless. They spent the night sleeping outdoors in the school grounds with only sheets of cardboard for a bed. For a meal a cup of soup and a slice of bread were served from the Red Cross Soup Patrol Van half way through the evening.

A highlight of the activities which took place in Gibney Hall during the evening, was a talk from a St Bartholomew’s House volunteer. His life story which included spending time on the streets himself, after a series of crises in his life, was very eye opening. It was a moving account of the plight of homeless people, but also of the hope and joy that the compassionate actions of individuals can bring to people in these circumstances. Over $2,400 was raised by the students who took part in the Sleepout and this will be donated to St Bartholomew’s House for crisis care.