Posted 20 September 2019 by Catholic Education in 'Environment Matters' Blog
Throughout September our Catholic Schools have joined with the Global Catholic community and other Faith traditions to pray, reflect on our lifestyles, and undertake prophetic actions to mark the Season of Creation.
The following stories are just a taste of some of the ways our schools have celebrated...
On Monday 2nd September our school celebrated World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. We gathered together for a whole school liturgy and reflected on the wonder and beauty of God’s beautifully complex ‘Web of Life’. As we began the Season of Creation we offered our thanks to God for God's marvellous works that have been entrusted into our care and ask for help as we take action to protect our planet and all its creatures.
The students participated in rotational Creation activities throughout the day such as, nature scavenger hunts, looking at our ecological footprint, creating sea creatures, making windmills, creation art and recycling activities.
We asked the students about what they learnt. This is what they said:
“The activities have been fun learning about the environment” — Ellie
“I learnt about how many different Aboriginal stories and different plants and animals there are” — Chloe
“I liked making a happy earth by picking up rubbish and by planting more plants and turning off the lights if we don’t need them on” — Sofia
“It’s not good to kill plants on purpose” — Jax
“I enjoyed drawing God’s creation, it made me feel really calm” — Ashton
“We wouldn’t be alive without God’s creation” — Breanna
St Columbkille’s celebrated World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation with a liturgy and launch of the school soft plastic recycling system. The highlights of the celebration were an inspiring talk from Susie Crick, Director of the Board at Surfrider Australia. Susie reminded us all that no matter our age, we have a voice and should not be afraid to use it to do good for our environment. Susie reminded us that if we all did one good turn a day that would be 400 good turns and would make a significant positive impact on our Earth.
The St Columbkille’s Enviro Ninja’s then presented a song that they wrote to the tune of “Old Town Road” to assist us in remembering what rubbish goes into our soft plastic bins.
The school community celebrated the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation at the morning assembly with the Season of Creation Prayer, read by our (War On Waste) WoW Club.
It was then the launch of Science Week, with the Head of Science (Bryan), taking the lead with this year's theme - From Little Things, Big Things Grow. He launched it with a video mash up of 'What A Wonderful World' juxtaposed with environmental problems.
We have always played Bin It To Win It to promote the waste management activities of our school and Sam M a WoW member created a video to encourage school participation and awareness.