A “fishy ” Themed Assembly at St Swithun’s School, Southsea

St Swithun's School Southsea

St Swithun’s School Southsea

Many thanks to everyone at St Swithun’s School, Southsea for welcoming our CAFOD school volunteers Patrick and Isobel to your school. We hoped that you enjoyed our “fishy” themed assembly and good luck with your fundraising activities for Lent fast day on Friday 10th March.

Patrick and Isobel had a great time at St Swithun’s school and they told us all about it.

Florence and her fish pond

Florence and her fish pond

” During the assembly we introduced the children to Florence from Zambia and a little fish named Bob and told them how he helped to change the lives of Florence, her family and her community when he and hundreds of his friends grew up into big fish. We explained to the children the amazing difference that the fish made to Florence and her family as she created a fish-farm with help and training from CAFOD’s partner.

The big, mature fish provided nourishing food for the family and more of the fish were sold at market. The money that Florence earned enabled her to send her children to school so that they could achieve their potential. Another benefit from the fish-farm was that the enriched sediment from the pond was spread on their vegetable plot to fertilise and enrich the soil, producing better vegetables.

Bob the fish

Bob the fish


We reminded the children that Lent started on Ash Wednesday and that Jesus asks us all to do three things during Lent. We should pray, fast and give alms in order to change our lives for our own benefit and for that of others, in the name of Jesus.


We went on to consider how the children and staff at St Swithun’s might be able to raise funds on Lent Fast Day, 10 March. Things such as having water instead of a fizzy drink in a lunch box, giving up crisps or snacks or, perhaps having a cake sale.

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To continue “giving” during Lent, we suggested that the children and School Council could consider having on-going projects such as buying scales to clothe a cut-out fish that could grow week by week. Another option could be to purchase little fish every week to stock their own “pond” and all the money raised could be donated to CAFOD for communities like that of Florence. We asked the children to make sure that they pray for the work of CAFOD and for all the families and communities that CAFOD supports. Prayer is an essential part of our Lenten devotion so we should make sure that we take time each day to pray for our own family, friends and relatives as well as those of our brothers and sisters around the world. We encouraged the children to share the news about Florence with their family and friends and encouraged them to visit our CAFOD Website to see some more work that CAFOD does to change the lives of those in need”.

A HUGE thanks to Patrick and Isobel for delivering the assembly and also to the pupils, staff and parents of St Swithun’s School for all your support of CAFOD.

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