Step in to the Gap student visits schools in the Archdiocese

At very beginning of July and heading towards the end of the Summer term, Step in to the Gap volunteer, Charlotte Bray enjoyed a very busy week as she visited several schools in the Archdiocese of Cardiff.

Her first trip on Monday 10 July was to her alma mater, St Mary’s RC High School, Lugwardine in Hereford where she was invited to speak to the Year 9 and Year 10 RE classes.

Charlotte spoke with passion about her experiences of working with CAFOD’s partners in Cambodia, specifically on water and gender empowerment projects.

St Mary’s High School has been an outstanding supporter of CAFOD for many years, and this year was no exception as their new Lay Chaplain, Ben Aldridge, continued the tradition.

Ben has been inspirational in leading the school in Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage sessions in school, raising awareness of the refugee crisis as well as supporting the pupils in their fundraising efforts.  The school has raised many thousands of pounds, once again, to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities.  Thank you to everyone at St Mary’s, Lugwardine for your magnificent support.

Presenting to Year 10 pupils at Mary Immaculate High School

On Tuesday 11 July, Charlotte visited Mary Immaculate High School in Cardiff where she spoke to two Year 10 classes at the invitation of their RE department and Lay Chaplain, Tony Mills.

Once again all the pupils responded very well to the thought-provoking presentation and were extremely attentive throughout.

Mary Immaculate High school is hoping to get involved in the Power to Be campaign in the Autumn term.  We look forward to working with the pupils again in September, exploring issues of social justice and Pope Francis’ call to action in Laudato Si’.

Charlotte rounded off her busy week with a visit to St John’s College, Cardiff on Wednesday 12 July.   St John’s is the Choir school to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Cardiff. Mr John Morgan, Head of RE, introduced Charlotte to two separate classes of Year 8 pupils.

Charlotte with Year 8 pupils at St John’s College

The children responded brilliantly to the presentation and understanding the challenges that people face in many communities around the world in terms of health care, education, gender equality, sanitation, food insecurity and resilience.

St John’s College is exploring links with CAFOD’s Connect2 Scheme in Cambodia next term and we look forward developing a long and fruitful partnership with the school.

Sadly a planned visit to St Joseph’s RC Comprehensive School in Port Talbot was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Thank you to all our wonderful Catholic schools around the Archdiocese for their continuing support for CAFOD.

Read more from Charlotte’s Step in to the Gap year with CAFOD at Newman University and her trip to Cambodia.

There is currently an opportunity for a placement at St Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury which is open to applications until Sunday 20 August.  If you are between 18 and 30 years old, why not find out more. The experience could transform your life too.

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