On Monday 13 March one of our schools volunteers, Therese Warwick, visited St Francis Xavier’s RC Primary School in Hereford to share the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ at assembly.
Watch the animation here.
This was followed up with a workshop with Year 4 and their class teacher, Mrs George who is also the school’s eco-co-ordinator.
The Laudato Si’ workshop asks pupils to look at their the eco-actions they take in their current lifestyles, at home, in school and in the wider community and to think what else they could do to “Live more wisely” in the future to “Care for Our Common Home.”
The children were enthusiastic, informed, engaged and keen to play their part in caring for the environment.
Last year St Francis Xavier’s installed an eco-garden which has been a great success with the children. Parents and local businesses pitched in with materials and manual labour and the result is a beautiful, peaceful and environmentally-friendly space for all to enjoy.
During Lent, the focus has been on Zambia and how fish farming has transformed the life of Florence and her family. Her children can attend school and Florence is able to feed her family, sell any surplus fish at market to earn money which she has used to help others in her community to build their own fish pond.
To raise funds for the Lenten appeal, pupils were invited to wear a red accessory to school on Friday 24 March and make a £1 donation to CAFOD, another traditional idea was inviting the children to bring in a decorated egg for Easter. Lots of creative ideas to get involved in.
Mrs Pearce and her staff are leading a wonderful school and we look forward to hearing their feedback, ideas and presentation as they work towards the Laudato Si’ award.