St Teresa primary school warmly welcomed CAFOD in to give an assembly. Ged Nolan, CAFOD’s education volunteer, started off by asking the students if they knew what CAFOD stood for and explained what CAFOD did to fight injustices and help those living in poverty overseas.
Ged then focused on Pope Francis’ letter Laudato Si’ – Care for our Common Home – which was written not just for Catholics but to each person on the planet. He mentioned some ways in which within the school and at home pupils could reduce their carbon footprint, save water, recycle and reduce plastic use.
Watch this very informative and fun video on the Pope’s letter to all:
Head Teacher, Mrs Roberts, then shared how the school was already recycling paper and replacing plastic straws with paper ones. All very good ways of caring for the environment. Mrs Roberts also encouraged the children to find more ways in which the school could be environmentally-friendly.
It was wonderful to see how the students, when asked if they would take this further were so keen to do so and some were already coming up with good ideas. Ged reminded them that it was not only in school but at home also where they could adopt good practices like turning the tap off when brushing teeth. They children were keen to share what they had learnt with their parents.
Before leaving, Ged challenged school to undertake a LiveSimple promise and perhaps work towards attaining the LiveSimply award. Head Teacher, Mrs Roberts was very keen for the school to be involved in this as well as carry out some fundraising later in the year. She said, “we will be delighted to have CAFOD back for further workshops.”
Thank you so much St Teresa’s for inviting CAFOD into your lovely school. Thanks Ged for delivering the assembly. We look forward to hearing how you get on with the LiveSimply challenge.