Pupils from Portsmouth Schools Speak Up about Climate Change

The winners

The winners

Congratulations to the pupils from Corpus Christi Primary school in Portsmouth for winning the Speak Up for CAFOD speaking competition.  Four primary schools took part:- Corpus Christi, St Swithuns, St Paul’s and St Peter’s .Each school selected two pupils for the competition. The children had to prepare and deliver a 2 minute talk about climate change using CAFOD resources.

Many thanks to the judges Nigel Miller, Michael and Joy Hastelow, and to the teachers for supporting the children. Also a huge thank you to Trish Bailey and Rosemary Peacock, our CAFOD school volunteers who organised the competition and visited each school to help the children to prepare their talk. .

It is fantastic to see young people speaking passionately about our beautiful world and how we should look after it. Well done to everyone who took part!

Staff at St Bede’s Primary School explore the plight of refugees.

St Bede's Staff

St Bede’s Staff

Many thanks to Linda Heneghan our school volunteer for the Reading area for exploring the plight of refugees with staff from St Bede’s Primary in Basingstoke . They took part in a CAFOD workshop called “On the Move” which simulates the situation of refugees who have to leave their homes at short notice because of war or violence. Part of the workshop explores discussing which items you would take with you if you only had 10 minutes to pack a bag, and then reflecting on whether these would be the best items to take afterwards. The workshop gives a real insight into the difficulties refugees face when they are forced to leave their homes and travel to safety.

Staff at St Bede's

Staff at St Bede’s

Our school volunteers work in Primary and Secondary schools across the diocese delivering assemblies and workshops about CAFOD’s work. We are always looking for more school volunteers so if you are interested please contact portsmouth@cafod.org.uk  or call 01252 329385

Linda shares Rabiul’s story with Primary Schools in Reading.

Rabiul and his family

Rabiul and his family

Many thanks to Linda Heneghan our CAFOD school volunteer in the Reading Area for visiting the schools in Reading to tell them about Lent family fast day and share with them the Rabiul’s story.

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Rabiul and his family live in Bangladesh next to a river but their village is on the other side of the river. He has to cross the river by boat to get to school each day. His family relies on the fish in the river for food but last year there was a drought and the river dried up and all the fish died. So Rabiul’s mum has to do odd jobs for neighbours in return for rice but it is not enough and sometimes the family only have water for dinner.

We want to help Rabiul and his family and other families around the world who are struggling to get enough to eat. Did you know just £1 buys a young tree that can provide fruit like guava and coconut? £8 buys rice seeds that Rabiul’s family can use. £26 buys 10 ducks. £167 can build a pond for the family to breed fish. You can support the Lent family fast day appeal by giving on online here.