The annual celebration of World Environment Day on 5th June is always an opportunity for the world to collectively pause and reflect on how we can all better care for our planet. As usual, schools across the Wollongong diocese joined in and celebrated this day with prayer and action, challenged to make a difference for the planet through this year's theme of "Reimagine. Recreate. Restore."
The community at St John's Campbelltown used the day to launch their new bins program to recycle soft plastics and students wore green and/or blue clothes. Students also brought in gold coin donations going towards funding some of the school’s environmental projects.
The Year 6 students at Nazareth Shellharbour City helped the school celebrate World Environment Day by leading a beautiful prayer celebration, which included a living prayer space.
At Holy Cross Helensburgh the Director of Schools, Mr Peter Hill, joined with the school community in their World Environment Day liturgy and opened their new Bush Tucker garden.
As part of their mission to care for our common home, students at St Pius X Unanderra planted some new plants into their gardens with the kindergarten teachers showing their expert green thumbs.
The students at St John's Dapto held a special liturgy declaring that, "This is our moment. We cannot turn back time. We are the generation that can make peace with nature. Let’s get active, not anxious. Let’s be bold, not timid."
To celebrate World Environment Day, students at St Clare's Narellan Vale were encouraged to wear a splash of green to raise awareness about the issues facing our world. The K-2 classes held a prayer celebration where they heard Year 1 sing a beautiful song about the wonders of God's creation. Classes were encouraged to bring no waste lunch options and a Spark Award was given to Kindergarten White who had the least amount of single-use plastic in their lunch boxes.