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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

CAFOD Assembly

Paula from Catholic Aid for Overseas Development (CAFOD) led an assembly at the School today.  She told us about their campaign to ‘Dig Deep’ - not just in our pockets but into our hearts and faith to help our brothers and sisters throughout the world, as 1 in 8 children in the world go to bed hungry (not as we understand hunger - but starving).
 
Sierra Leone, in West Africa, has emerged from a decade of civil war which ended in 2002.  Paula explained what a beautiful and mineral-rich (gold and diamonds) country it is - but 70% of the population live in poverty.
 
One of the ways CAFOD helps is by showing families how to become self-sufficient and feed their families.  Morlai, an 8 yr old from Sierra Leone, is being helped because his family are shown how to grow rice - as the swamp land where they live provides perfect conditions for this crop.  This will sustain and feed the family throughout the year - more valuable to them than diamonds!  Finding diamonds is difficult and takes a long time also, money gained from selling it might pay for uniform and cover small expenses - but it will not feed Morlai's family for a year.
 
Paula ended the assembly with a prayer - Lord we ask you to help us dig deep into our hearts.  Help us to find our treasures of generosity, kindness and love.  Show us how to use these treasures to help children like Morlai.  Amen.
 
Thank you to Paula for coming to our School and teaching us about the valuable and essential work that CAFOD does around the world to help families and children less fortunate than ourselves.

Nilgun Bekir