Super CAFOD Speakers!

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O thank you to all the pupils at St Thomas More Catholic Primary in Havant and St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School in Fareham for holding a special Speaking Up for CAFOD competition and giving such amazing talks on the crucial issue of water and sanitation back in February.

Seven finalists from the two schools spoke out passionately about water poverty and the ripple effects a lack of clean water and basic sanitation can have on people’s livelihoods, education and health.

As one of the finalists said,

“A lack of clean water threatens people’s health and dignity…. Having to walk a long distance to fetch water stops women and girls from being able to earn a living or from going to school.”

It was evident from their talks that all the pupils had thought long and hard about the fact that water was something we often take for granted but globally far too many people have to spend every day travelling miles and queuing for this basic life-giving necessity.  Watch our special film of Guti’s story and the difference clean water has made to her life below:

The judging panel included Mrs Ashworth (Head of St Anthony’s), Mrs Sioban James, (School Governor at St Anthony’s), Mr Colin Flanagan (Head of St Thomas More Primary) and Mr Tony Dove, (School Governor at St Thomas More).  They had the unenviable task of trying to choose a winning school and it was incredibly hard as all the pupils were all very good indeed.

Headteacher Mrs Ashworth said:

“All the speeches were brilliant. They all took a different angle on the same topic and we were very impressed by the range. There were only 2.75 points between the two schools in the end.  No matter who has won, we’re all very proud of you indeed.”

Although it was incredibly difficult to choose, the winning school was St Thomas More! Well done everyone!  St Thomas More has also sent us this fantastic film too!

This competition is all about developing all pupils’ confidence and enabling them to speak out in their local communities about global justice issues so we were delighted to hear that some of the children will be speaking at their local parishes too in the coming weeks.  Thank you!

Thank you to all the teachers and pupils who spent so much time in preparing these talks.  Thank you too to all their families for encouraging them and all the judges on the panel as well as our fab Education Volunteer, Rosemary Peacock, for visiting the schools to talk about this important issue.  Fantastic!

Find out more about our work on water in our primary school resources.

Read more about our special Lenten appeal.  And remember, this Lent every pound raised will be doubled by the UK Government so it will have double the impact!


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