A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville for holding a fantastic CAFOD day on the last day of term!
Every year group in every subject looked at CAFOD related topics and issues, organised by RE Teacher Mr Sumba and the fantastic young people in the CAFOD Action Group in the Sixth Form.
Each young person in the group was on hand to help teachers prepare for this special day of awareness raising, campaigning and fundraising.
As I walked around the school there was a real buzz in the air! Teachers and pupils were busy raising money, dressed in all sorts of fancy dress, holding competitions, painting nails, laying coins… you name it.. they had thought of it!
The day started off with a fab assembly for Year 7 and 8 given by two Sixth Form students who, as many of you know, visited CAFOD partners in Kenya back in the summer. Both students gave the entire assembly dressed in their pyjamas as part of a fundraising initiative organised by the Sixth Form – but none of the pupils even seemed to notice that!
My sessions with Year 10 and 11 looked at why CAFOD campaigns and how effective campaigning can be in creating real social change. We also looked at the fact that young people have been at the forefront in every great social justice movement and talked about their huge potential to be agents of change in our world.
Thank you to all the staff who organised special lessons and activities and all the pupils who took part with such enthusiasm! What a great day and what an inspirational school!