Lenten Pledges from Holy Cross Primary

Hearts from Holy Cross primaryWhat fantastic hearts all the pupils at Holy Cross Catholic First School, East Cowes have created this Lent!  A wonderful variety of prayers, Lenten promises to ‘cut things out’ and to live more sustainably in support of our One Climate, One World campaign.  Thank you for sending us this!

The giant hearts were created in response to a very special visit by our Education Volunteer, Liz Burden.

Liz began her day by sharing a story in assembly about how the changing climate has affected two families, one in England and one in Myanmar in Asia.

Firstly the children heard about 11 year old Lucy from Reading whose house was flooded last year as a result of continuous rainfall.  Lucy and her family are now thinking about how they can keep themselves and their belongings safe if another flood happens. They’re also campaigning to clear the brook of trees and other items that may cause it to flood again and the council are strengthening the banks of the river. Lucy is very interested in looking after the environment and has even campaigned to stop developers from building on the local water meadows and to protect the wildlife.

Liz then told the children about 8 year old Zin Thu Thu and her family who live in Myanmar in Asia. Storms regularly hit Myanmar. When Zin Thu Thu was only two years old, a very powerful storm called Nargis hit the country. Even though the storm was 6 years ago the people are still being affected by it. For example trees were knocked down so there wasn’t any natural shade from the heat. This made it more difficult for people to work and affected the crops they grew and their animals. CAFOD is still working with the community to plant trees and repair roads that were destroyed.

In school Zin Thu Thu is now learning what to do when there is a storm. Amongst other things, the children learn what different disasters there are and how to pack an emergency bag. Zin Thu Thu and the whole of her community are learning how to keep safe if a storm comes.

Both Lucy and Zin Thu Thu are keen to look after themselves and their environment. The more frequent cyclones and floods are thought to have been caused by the climate changing. This is explained in a short film below.

Liz then asked the children what they thought they could do to stop the climate changing so rapidly and help prevent disasters such as these happening.  Ideas included cutting out trips in the car and riding a bike instead or walking, cutting out fizzy drinks and drinking tap water or even cutting out using so much electricity and switching off TVs or computers on standby, or playing games instead of video games.

Afterwards, Liz held a special workshop with Year 6.   Firstly the children thought about something, like a holiday or a school production they had to prepare for in the past.  They then thought about what Zin Thu Thu might put into her emergency bag. The children then packed their own bags with some special emergency supplies, each one having to decide what was essential and what was not.

Liz asked pupils to imagine they had to walk a long way with their packs so they had to make them lighter. Which items would they take out?

At the end of the session the children were asked how they thought people would feel having to leave the safety of their homes and all their belongings behind. They looked at the remaining objects in their packs and each group explained why they kept those particular items. In the end as Liz pointed out, everything they had in their bags were basic needs that everyone in the world has a right to and this is what CAFOD does in helping to ensure people everywhere have access to food, water, shelter, education and heathcare.

The children have now made their own pledges to live more sustainably on small hearts and made larger ones as you can see from the photo, in support of CAFOD’s One Climate, One World campaign.

Thank you so much to Cathy Ody for sending us this photo and to all the teachers who helped their classes create their large hearts this Lent.  Thank you too to Liz for visiting the school.   We really appreciate all your support.

For more information on how your school can take part in One Climate, One World, download the action guide here.  All our resources for schools can be found here.

For more information on One Climate, One World, please click here.


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