Egg-citing fundraising ideas from St Edward’s Primary

Our catholic schools are great when it comes to fundraise for CAFOD and St Edward’s Primary in Aylesbury is no exception.  With the support of the school, the students came up with brilliant ideas to help raise funds.  Shayne and Annabel (Year 6) explain what they did :

“We started our fundraising by doing Mufti- Fridays. This gave us the opportunity to come to school in our own clothes and donate £1.00 to CAFOD.

St Edward Pri Aylesbury –  Mufti day

Then the teachers gave us a chance to buy Easter egg raffle tickets which were 20p per ticket. The staff donated all the eggs. It was an egg-stravanza!  This egg-cited us as we might get a free Easter egg.

Starting the playground pennies

Getting on with the playground pennies

Next we did Playground Pennies. We brought in many pennies to cover all the lines of the big playground. We successfully covered all the lines and we wrote the short date, a smiley face and St Edward’s with pennies and 2p coins.  Overall we raised £1648.63 !”

Thank you so much to St Edward’s.  What brilliant ideas and such a fantastic amount raised!  Well done to you all.

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Reception class at Our Lady’s Chesham Bois goes “fishy”

CAFOD’s Margaret Wellington has been visiting Our Lady’s RC Primary in Chesham Bois.

Florence & her pal Bob the fish

Wendy King, the Reception Class teacher, invited Margaret to help the children learnt how CAFOD is helping people like Florence from Zambia make  living from fish farming.  CAFOD supplied her with the tools she needed to dig a pond and the little fish, like bob, that were put into the pond.  The class was very keen to find out how Florence used the money from the sale of the fish to make a living.

Margaret explained how Florence’s life was changed because she now had enough to feed her family and some left over which she could sell at the market to earn some money to enable her to go to school.

But it did not stop there.  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”.

Our Lady (Chesham Bois)’s display

Everyone, children and staff alike, were engaged in making a display by colouring the tiny fish and writing words such as “love” and “care” on paper scales, before colouring and sticking them onto the big fish you see in the picture.

Thanks to Margaret our fab Education volunteer and to Our Lady’s for inviting CAFOD into the school.

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A special Ash Wednesday assembly at St Thomas More School Bedford



Ash Wednesday was marked in a special way at St Thomas More Catholic Teaching School in Bedford. The  Sixth Form Faith Ambassadors together with Mrs Burgess, the Chaplaincy Coordinator  led the school’s weekly assembly using CAFOD’s Ash Wednesday liturgy. The service, which is based on CAFOD’s work in Zambia, uses a range of resources, including the fish template that symbolises the small opportunities that can make a big difference to people’s lives.

The students brought to the Assembly a fish cut-out  prepared in advance during prayer time at the school, where they had written a personal prayer or Lenten promise. As they approached to receive the blessed Ash, they presented their fish. Later, these were displayed around the school in a large CAFOD poster.


CAFOD not only inspired the Ash Wednesday assembly, but on the 24 March the school is holding a fundraising event to support the work of CAFOD, among other charities.

Well done to St Thomas More for your great support!

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