Students at a Braybrook school are spreading the word about the plight of Melbourne’s homeless.

Caroline Chisholm Catholic College students and staff recently spent the night sleeping ‘rough’ on cardboard boxes and in sleeping bags as part of the Vinnies School Sleepout at the school.

Year 10 student Alexandra said the evening included a talk from a Vinnies representative, and another from a woman who had experienced homelessness.

“It made us really question what people are going through; it really helped us open our eyes,” she said.

Alexandra said it was an uncomfortable night, but it had made the students think twice before judging others.

She said is was important to move past the stereotypes about homelessness and realise a stroke of bad luck could put anybody in the same situation.

The school collected donations and toiletries for the appeal.