Each term our student leaders who form our Junior School Council hold a fundraiser to support a cause that is important to them as children. They have decided to hold a casual dress day this Friday the 29th March with a gold coin donation to support AWARE, the peak body for people on the autism spectrum and their supporters in Victoria. The aim is to raise awareness of children and young people with autism. As part of the casual dress day we are encouraging children to wear non-school uniform (not fancy dress) that includes a hoodie top. Our Junior School Council casual dress fundraisers are typically held on the last day of each term. We have brought this forward one week to accommodate the Obstacool event. Read more for information about AWARE and the Hoodie Up for Autism Day.
Our Junior School Council have decided to support World Autism Awareness Day by inviting our students to dress in casual clothes this Friday (29 March). Elsie and Tom spoke at Assembly this week about why we are encouraging students to wear a hoodie with their casual clothes and bring a donation to raise funds and show their support for autistic people.
Why hoodies? Some autistic people experience sensory sensitivities and can become overloaded by stimuli in their environment; wearing their hoodie up means they can block out bright lights and busy environments which helps calm them. During the day, we will gather together with our hoodies up to show a little more understanding of how we can support and embrace autistic people and celebrate the diversity autism brings to our world.