Catholic Schools Week 2017
The theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week was Catholic Schools: Learning with Pope Francis to Care for Our Common Home.
In Religion class students were introduced to the Papal Encyclical: Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home. In it, the Pope criticises consumerism and irresponsible development, warns about climate change and environmental destruction, and calls all people of the world to take ‘swift and unified global action’. Students became aware of the Pope’s challenge to us to ‘let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life’.
Students watched and discussed video clips covering issues such as the message of Laudato Si, climate change, water usage in the developing world and interdependence. They also spent time doing a meditation based on the theme of Catholic Schools Week. Pupils took time to examine their lifestyles and resolved to take action on simple changes they could make for the common good.
Treat the earth well – it is not inherited from your parents: it is borrowed from your children.