“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” - Barack Obama
The Rite Journey program at St Stephen’s School enables Year 9 students to engage in a project that challenges, empowers and brings out the best in them.
Duncraig student Lorali Graesslin grasped this opportunity with both hands, choosing to collect stationary for Warriapendi Primary School, an independent public school in Balga, in an effort to ease the stress of the new school year and lend a helping hand in the wider community.
“A lot of people were doing charity [work] and I really wanted to do something to… help other people,” Lorali said, adding that she chose Warriapendi Primary after hearing some students needed help providing stationary for the school year.
The 15-year-old said, as well as wanting to help those in the local community, she chose the project to reignite her passion for art.
“We decided to do stationary because when I was younger I really enjoyed stationary and drawing,” Lorali said.
Emphasising the Rite Journey’s mission to develop self-aware, respectful and resilient young adults, each student must choose a mentor to guide them through the project of their choosing. Lorali recognised her Aunty as a perfect person for the job.
“She’s a genuinely nice person, so I just really look up to her. She just knew a whole lot of people who could help with this project so she was perfect,” Lorali said.
“We collected stationary from the Primary School of St Stephen’s and the High School. An office stationary company called Complete Office Supplies actually donated quite a bit – so many whiteboard markers and so many little packs which were perfect.”
“[We collected] about 10 – 11 boxes… they were quite big boxes too!” she said.
Lorali’s contribution was met with sincere thanks from Warriapendi Primary School Principal Ms Natasha Doyle who was grateful for the thought behind the project.
“The generous donation of stationary by Lorali and the St Stephen's Community supports our whole school priority of Developing the Whole Child," she said.
"Providing this stationary to our students means that they are prepared and organised to complete their daily work to a high standard. Thank you for making a difference for the students at Warriapendi!”
St Stephen’s School principal Donella Beare commended Lorali’s giving nature.
“Lorali is the perfect example of a student truly believing in the School’s motto of Serve God, Serve One Another,” Mrs Beare said.
“I am so proud of students like Lorali who immerse themselves in the real meaning behind programs like The Rite Journey in creating compassionate and well-rounded young people.”
Reflecting on her experience, Lorali said she would encourage future Year 9 students to approach the Rite Journey with their hobbies and passions in mind.
“My Mum and my Aunty kept on telling me, just do something you would enjoy,” Lorali said.
“It feels good to do it because when we donated the stationary they were all so thankful – all the staff – and I’m sure the students would be,” she said.
“I feel like it really did bring me closer to my Aunty as well.”