Volunteers from around the South West region which, in CAFOD terms, includes the Archdiocese of Cardiff and the diocese of Menevia, travelled to St Bonaventure’s parish in Bristol to meet country representatives who are working in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ethiopia.
Our team of education volunteers across Cardiff and Menevia had a joint day of working on Monday 15 May when they met together in the Cardiff volunteer centre.
The purpose of the refresher training was to bring together all our wonderful volunteers – experienced and newly-recruited, to explore the resources which we are using in schools during the Summer term and beyond.
Mr David Lewis, Head teacher at St Illtyd’s Catholic Primary School in Bonymaen, Swansea welcomed CAFOD in to the whole school assembly on Thursday 6 April where the children were given a “Rough Guide to CAFOD”
What does the D in CAFOD stand for?
Well it’s development. And this was a great opportunity to explain what a development agency is and that development is about supporting people in poor communities to receive basic rights such as food, water, health care and education as well as a way to earn money to support themselves.
Ysgol Gatholig Sant Ffransis, Aberdaugleddau – St Francis Catholic School in Milford Haven played their part in turning little fish into Big Fish for CAFOD’s Lent appeal in March.
There was a wonderful display in the hall with many colourful Mr Fish and thoughtful prayers that the children had shared.
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.
During the last week of the spring term, pupils at Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School, Bridgend, joined together to organise a host of Lent events; not only did they have a lot of fun, they raised lots of funds for the Lent appeal.
Throughout the week, many events took place including a bush tucker trial, a sponsored run, bake sales, a movie screening and fishing game. The total for the week is well over £1,700, with the winning form class raising over £450.
St Joseph’s Cathedral School in Swansea organised a day of fundraising fun for the whole school on Friday 3 March and the staff chipped in too!
A parent of one of the children was delighted to support the school’s initiatives and volunteered to help out too – by providing a wonderfully generous Fish and Chip lunch for the staff, which was delivered to the school by two brothers – Ouday and Emir Hiks, from the local chippy.
What a delicious treat and fantastic way to raise funds too!
It’s been a busy time for our Schools volunteers team as they have been out and about visiting schools across the Archdiocese.
In Menevia, on Valentine’s Day St Mary’s Primary School in Pembroke Dock welcomed us into school to learn all about how a fish farming project in Zambia is transforming lives – the children loved the video of Bob, the fish that’s he size of your thumb!
We also talked about Green Hearts for Valentine’s Day. We were making and sharing a green heart to show our love for our world and how much we need to take care of it to reduce the impact of climate change. #ShowTheLove
The whole school assembly was followed up by a Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage with Years 4, 5 and 6.
Many of our neighbours around the world struggle to make ends meet. They don’t even have enough money to buy the basics in life that we take for granted – like food, a home and clothes.
On Monday 27 February, just before Lent started, St Teilo’s Primary school in Tenby learned how we can help to change this by joining with other schools across England and Wales to Turn little fish into Big fish in the whole school assembly.
Morning assembly was followed by a workshop for Year 5 and 6 exploring Laudato Si’ The Pope’s encyclical discusses the damage being inflicted on the Earth by humans and calls on ‘every person living on this planet’ to make urgent changes to our lifestyles and how we consume energy in order to protect the planet.
The day after Lent began, we travelled to St Joseph’s Junior School in Port Talbot to share the story of Florence’s transformation through fish farming with the help of CAFOD’s partners in Zambia.
The following day we were delighted to meet pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Neath. One of our newest school volunteers, Jane, delivered the Lent Fast Day assembly and was delighted with interest in CAFOD at the school. She was particularly delighted to learn that St Joseph’s is an “eco friendly” school which strives to recycle as much waste as possible and encourages healthy snacks for children such as fruit, which is not packaged which helping us all to care for our common home.
We are always on the look out for more people to join our growing team of Education volunteers in Menevia.
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We all feel that it is such a rewarding role and a real privilege to work with the young people and dedicated staff in our Catholic schools in the diocese.
St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Ross-on-Wye has a new head teacher, Mrs Hayley Francis. Mrs Francis kindly welcomed CAFOD into school during Advent to talk about refugees and migrants and to make their own “pilgrimage” in school. Continue reading