Nottingham Pupils Become YouTube Stars

Nottingham school children have become YouTube stars after using eight different languages to make their own prayer video.

There are eight different nationalities at Holy Trinity Catholic Academy and all feature in the video, where the ‘Our Father’ prayer is spoken in English, Spanish, Irish, Dutch, Romanian, Slovak, Polish and Italian.

The YouTube clip has now been viewed more than 400 times since it was put online under two weeks ago.

The footage is based on CAFOD’s ‘Our Father’ video and was put together in a matter of hours. The children were left feeling honoured to have taken part.

Year 5 pupil George said: “When I was told I would be speaking a line in Italian I felt a sudden rush of excitement!

“It was a coincidence because the day before my Dad taught me how to say the Our Father in Italian!”

There are eight different nationalities at Holy Trinity Catholic Academy and all feature in the video, where the ‘Our Father’ prayer is spoken in English, Spanish, Irish, Dutch, Romanian, Slovak, Polish and Italian.

Deputy Head Teacher Jody Murfin came up with the idea for the video and shot it alongside fellow teacher Sean Westerman.

He said: “I thought it would be a good idea to help the pupils understand the power of prayer and remember people less fortunate than ourselves as Pope Francis calls the Our Father the ‘prayer of the poor.’

“The children were all really enthusiastic and there were a huge number wanting to take part. The children who did were brilliant and got their parts done in minutes!

“The feedback we have got has been overwhelmingly positive and we can use the video to promote anti-bullying too.

“Because of the impact and the positive response I would do another one in a heartbeat, the next one will possibly be for advent.”

CAFOD first produced the ‘Our Father’ video in October.

CAFOD representative in Nottingham, Maggie Mairura, said: “This is a really powerful video and the staff and pupils at Holy Trinity should be proud of their efforts.

“I am looking forward to seeing the next video they come up with!”

Nottingham Pupils Spend Afternoon Without Any Power

Nottingham children spent an afternoon experiencing how ‘sad’ life would be like if their school had no electricity in support of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign. 

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The school was left in darkness

Pupils from Nursery right through to Year 6 at Our Lady and St Edward’s Primary Catholic Academy had no access to power, meaning lessons were carried out in natural light without laptops or projectors.

There were no hot meals at lunchtime as children learned what it would be like without any energy in school to raise awareness about our reliance on electricity.

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Evening of Eastwood Entertainment For CAFOD

There was a fun evening in Eastwood featuring musical entertainment and a jam-packed quiz to raise funds for communities overseas. 

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Parishioners enjoyed music and a tricky quiz

Our Lady of Good Counsel parishioners gathered together on Saturday October 28 for a relaxed gathering which included sing-along hits from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Elaine Oliver helped organise the evening, which raised an impressive £174.98.
She said: “The music came from parishioner Simon Brentnall and he had some vocal help from a knowledgeable audience. Some brave participants danced as they sang along to the lyrics!

“The quiz questions ranged from general knowledge to the art of worldwide cookery and there was a special section for children, which was also compulsory for the adults.

“Many scored better on this round than in the others!”

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Proceeds went to the CAFOD Harvest appeal

Proceeds from the event went to CAFOD’s Harvest appeal, which this year is focusing on helping communities like those in El Salvador, where farming is the dominant profession but the land is often difficult to grow food on.

Many farmers in the South American country use substandard seeds that only last one harvest and cannot cope with pests.
CAFOD representative in Nottingham, Maggie Mairura, said: “Our Lady of Good Counsel have always been great supporters of CAFOD and they continue to come up with fun ways to raise lots of money.

“I am looking forward to their next event, which will be a floral art demonstration.”

To find out more about the CAFOD Harvest appeal, visit our website.