Fantastic Fishing at St Monica’s Primary – MK

Hello to everyone at St Monica’s Primary school Milton Keynes and thank you so much for welcoming our education volunteer Cathy Stormonth to your school.

Cathy Stormonth - CAFOD Education Volunteer

Cathy Stormonth – CAFOD Education Volunteer

We hope you enjoyed the assembly about turning “Little fish into Big fish” and we look forward to hearing what you get up to for the Lent fast day on Friday 10 March.

An assembly for Key Stage 2 pupils at St Monica’s School has helped pupils focus on how CAFOD is helping to alleviate poverty this Lent. The theme around the ‘Big Fish Project’ brought about an enthusiastic response from the school. Head teacher Mr Rob O’Malley thought it was a good idea to make children aware of the good work of CAFOD and the links to parish fundraising activities.

See our A-Z of fishy fundraising activities .

Bob the fish

Bob the fish

Cathy introduced Florence and her little fish pal “Bob”. Florence is a Fish Farmer in Zambia and CAFOD has helped her and her family by training her how to farm fish.  CAFOD supplied her with the tools she needed to dig a pond and the little fish that were put into the pond.

When she had finished her training, Florence returned to her community and told her neighbours how they could all help with the farm and “Turn Little Fish into Big Fish”. These little fish have changed Florence’s life because she now has enough to feed her family and some left over which she can sell at the market to earn some money that enables her to send her children to school.

Meet Florence from Zambia

Meet Florence from Zambia

Cathy found that pupils were keen to learn about the CAFOD sponsored fish farming communities in Zambia.  Cathy observed, “There was a sea of hands-up to the questions asked and pupils were eager to volunteer to go fishing and catch fish that represented the impact of fish farming in those communities.  They were amazed how fish farming can lift families out of poverty, give them a healthier diet and provide funds to educate children and bring about a much better quality of life in villages.

bob-new-homeThe Assembly was drawn to a close with a prayer and by referring to Pope Francis’ call for us to “Care for Our Common Home” with an assurance that we will be caring for our common home if we help families like Florence’s as we and CAFOD “Feed the Hungry” this Lent”.


Many thanks to Cathy for delivering such a “fantastically fishy” assembly and to all the children, staff and parents at St Monica’s for your support of CAFOD.  Here is our Lent film for you to enjoy

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