Last Friday members of the Justice and Peace group led a series of workshops to raise students’ awareness of the work Cafod does. It was a very busy day and the students joined in all the activities with great enthusiasm.
The workshops included a Fairtrade session where the students were split up into different countries; some were highly developed economies and others developing ones. They then had to make paper bags, the richer countries having plenty of paper, glue and string etc. with the poorer countries having few resources. It was interesting to see how soon the students realised the inequality involved especially when they tried to trade for materials. The workshop in the Gym involved activities which helped the students understand how to save water and the difficulties people have in accessing clean water in many countries. Another workshop was a board game which raised their awareness about the problems people face in emergencies such as flooding. Hand painting and drawing gave the students the opportunity to think about what they could do to support the work that Cafod does. This session also involved a quiz about Cafod’s work. Finally the dance workshop in the morning was based on the students, working in pairs, learning a routine whereby one was a charity worker and was involved with helping a person in need. There were some very thoughtful and expressive performances by the students. The afternoon dance workshop was a very energetic Zumba session led by Lorraine Powell, one of our parents who very kindly gave up her afternoon to help us.
I would like to thank the wonderful girls in the Justice and Peace group who worked so hard to make the day a success and for their work throughout the year, so thank you:
Elizabeth, Ella, Amy, Kathryn, Georgia C and Georgia R, Megan, Meghan, Francesca, Lucy, Lizzie, Molly, Lorley and our Year 11’s, Merrin, Milla, Sarah and Jess. Well done all of you!
I would also like to thank Miss Bailey and Mrs. Hartharn and the Fairtrade group for all their help on the day.
The day was about Cafod but it was also about educating our young people about the needs of others and I think this was, to a great extent, a success. Hopefully as a result of the day some of our Year 8 students will join us on Wednesday lunchtimes in Room 27.