On Friday 2 February, the Oratory Prep School in Reading had a visit for the first time from our Education volunteer Cathy Carr. Cathy gave an assembly to Year 3 and 4 and students heard how at CAFOD we believe in a better world, where no one lives in poverty and each of us can become the best person we can be. To be in a world without poverty, where people have clean, safe water to drink and enough food to eat. Where everyone has a safe home, children can go to school and anyone who is sick can visit a doctor or nurse.
Cathy introduced them to 7 yr old Svondo from Zimbabwe and explained how around the world malnutrition stops some children from being able to play. Malnutrition is when you don’t have the right nutrients to be healthy (for younger children, you could replace the word nutrients with “vitamins and goodness in food”). This can happen when people do not have enough food to eat. It stops children from having enough energy to play.
The students learnt where some of the money raised went to and were given ideas on how they could help through prayer, fasting and giving.
Year 3 also spent an hour with Cathy afterwards taking part in a workshop based around the Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’– written to every person on the planet. It linked beautifully with the work the children have been doing on environmental issues in PSHE and provided great food for thought for all involved.
Mrs Emily Reed (Head of RE) was wonderful in welcoming CAFOD into the school and said, “This was a great session. We would love to have CAFOD back in the Autumn Term to deliver the Harvest assembly and we would fundraise for CAFOD then.”
Thank you to Oratory Prep School for inviting CAFOD in and to Cathy Carr for delivering such a great assembly and workshop.