Embracing the idea, 'You are never too small to make a difference', over 100 students representing Catholic primary schools from across the Diocese of Wollongong attended the inaugural Primary Student WEN Day which was held at St Paul’s Catholic Parish Primary School in Albion Park.
The purpose of the day was to gather student leaders with their teachers for inspiration, sharing, planning and collaboration around environmental issues and explore ways that we can all contribute to care for our common home.
An important part of the day was commissioning the students to become 'Eco Ambassadors' adding a student voice to the Wollongong Environment Network (WEN) and to encourage the students to lead ecological conversion and environmental actions back at their schools.
The day included prayer and reflection on Pope Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato Si', eco-activities such as making an eco-friendly t-shirt bag and writing a school Creation Prayer as well as meeting with other students from other schools.
There were group presentations from Albion Park, Warrawong, Picton, Unanderra, Thirroul and Eagle Vale sharing experiences about some of the steps their school has taken to become more environmentally aware and ecologically active.
A highlight of the day was the keynote presentation from student Jack Berne (Fiver for a Farmer) who inspired everyone with the story of what he has done to make the world a better place. His passion and enthusiasm were infectious!
The new Eco Ambassadors were presented with special badges to wear back at their schools reminding them of the important role they play in helping to solve the environmental puzzle of the 21st Century.
Click on the links for some of the media coverage for further information about this day.
Find more information on the Wollongong Environment Network (WEN) here.