How can we work together for a better world?

St John Houghton, Ilkeston recently hosted students and teachers from their feeder primary schools for a Transition Day. Year 6 students from English Martyrs Primary, Long Eaton, St Thomas Primary, Ilkeston and The Priory Primary, Eastwood, joined year 7 students from St John Houghton for a very successful day of working together.

The focus question for the day was “How can we work together for a fairer and more just world?”.

Gemma Salter from CAFOD’s School Team and local CAFOD volunteer Anna Bourke opened the day with a thought provoking presentation, which encouraged the students to consider ways in which they can challenge injustice in the world

The participants took part in four workshops during the day, each of which had a different theme. The CAFOD workshop explored the question “How can we help make the world a better and just place?” using scripture from Micah 6:8 – act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God. After discussing the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and matching them to photographs, the students were introduced to Romero’s statement ‘Aspire not to have more but to be more.’ They thought about what CAFOD aspires to and what they could aspire to for their new school and for the wider world.

The day culminated in a liturgy powerful and moving liturgy with all the students contributing different elements. All those present pledged to “make the change” and act accordingly in the future.

The moving and powerful final liturgy

The moving and powerful final liturgy


Anna Bourke, CAFOD volunteer, said: “There was a lovely sense of excitement and real sense of engagement with justice and peace issues. The liturgy was beautiful, thought provoking and flowed so well. The whole day was so affirming for the children making the transition from Year 6 and also the students in Year 7 growing in confidence and skill.”

Anna and Gemma would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff from the various schools for the superb planning and organisation on the day and to all the students involved for their positivity and willingness to engage

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