What a great way to commemorate World Water Day today! Pupils at St Thomas More Catholic Primary in Havant have worked very hard indeed this Lent to raise awareness around the issue of water in their local community. They have written and delivered special talks, created beautiful displays in their local parishes, held assemblies, organised sponsored water activities and created this fantastic art exhibition at St Michael and All Angels church in Leigh Park! There’s no doubt, they have certainly pulled out the stops to ‘Make a Splash’ this Lent and support our partners across the world. Thank you so much!
Assistant Headteacher, Mr Sendall told us,
“Water is so vital for life and growth but it’s often taken for granted except by our brothers and sisters across the world who are without it. We wanted to celebrate the preciousness of water by copying its beauty in art work.
“We were inspired by images of the surface of water, oceans, rivers, water droplets and raindrops. We considered how images of water formed reflections and the beauty of God’s creation and we tried to re-create these affects using many different techniques including water colours, printing, pointillist and tissue paper collage.“Because water is so vital, CAFOD is asking us to Make a Splash this Lent. Worldwide it is estimated that women and girls spend 140 million hours a day collecting water. That can mean walking for several hours to and from a water point when they could be going to school or playing with friends. Lack of access to home and at school, prevents girls from the education that can change their lives and the lives of their families.
“Every child in the Infants and Juniors took part in the exhibition and we hope it will draw attention to the issue and CAFOD’s Lenten appeal so that more communities gain access to clean water and so that girls can attend school to build a better future for themselves.”
Watch our special film on our appeal below, featuring 15 year old Guti from Uganda. Guti nearly dropped out of school because there was no clean, safe water and had to walk to the river for water to drink or to wash.
CAFOD partners were able to repair the water pump near Guti’s school, provide a portable sink and soap for handwashing, and train teachers to help pupils learn good hygiene routines. This has meant fewer pupils miss school due to illness and some girls are taking high-school exams that only boys took before.
Thank you so much to all the staff, parents and pupils at St Thomas More Primary for helping to raise awareness of the issue of water and our Lenten appeal. Our special thanks too to Mr Sendell for sending us these great photos! What a great school!