Bishop John presents Todmorden pupils with CAFOD’s Livesimply award

Bishop John Arnold presents the Livesimply award to St Joseph pupils

Congratulations St Joseph’s! On 1 July, the pupils of Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Todmorden, were presented with CAFOD’s Livesimply award. Our own Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, presented the award and commended the pupils, staff and parents for their efforts to live more simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor.

For the past twelve months, the whole school, including teachers and parents, have committed to reduce, reuse and recycle, while also thinking of ways to care for communities, both close to home and around the world. 

This has included everything from selling bird or bat (BOB) boxes – which help to develop local biodiversity – to holding collections for the local food bank and speaking to members of the public at Todmorden market about sustainable living.

Assistant Headteacher, Mr Carr, said: “We were visited in May to be assessed for the award. The assessors were particularly impressed with the energy and enthusiasm shown by the pupils, as well as their commitment to live out the positive change they want to see, and how they have encouraged and inspired others.

“The school were delighted that Bishop John Arnold was able to visit the school, speak to the pupils and present the award.

“We would like to say thank you to both the parish priest, Father Peter McGiveron, and governor, Briege Sivills, for their support and guidance in the school’s desire to live simply.”

Pupils and staff at St Joseph’s celebrate on receiving their Livesimply award

For many at St Joseph’s, the Livesimply award is only the beginning of their journey to live more sustainable lifestyles.

The school is now looking forward to planning more activities and are committed to responding positively to the challenges – such as avoiding single-use plastic and thinking of alternative ways to travel, such as using public transport – that come with living simply.

CAFOD in Salford representative for West Yorkshire, Simon Holleron, said:

“What an amazing achievement – St Joseph’s are one of the few Livesimply schools in the country. The work of both the pupils, teachers and parents over the past twelve months has really made a difference both here at home and around the world.”

If you want to follow St Joseph’s lead and become a Livesimply school or parish then just visit the CAFOD website for more details.

St Joseph’s “Share the Journey” as part of their Refugee Day

IMG-20181012-WA0003As part of their Hope in the Future programme, launched by the Diocese of Salford, and Child Wellbeing Week, St Joseph’s RC Primary in Ramsbottom held a Refugee Day before the October half-term break.

The aim of their day was to bring hope to the families who have been displaced from their homes and jobs, forced to leave their countries and live in refugee camps. During the day they raised money for CAFOD who provide support and resources to improve the lives of refugees around the world.

Children were asked to wear their own clothes for a donation of £1.00 as part of a non-uniform day. During the morning break there was also a cake sale, where pupils and staff were able to purchase delicious cakes for only 20p each. As a result of these great fundraising efforts the school will be purchasing some CAFOD World Gifts which will help improve the lives of refugees. Continue reading

Salford pupils add miles to around the world charity challenge

More exciting and encouraging news this week! Students from St Ambrose Barlow and All Hallows RC High Schools marked the launch of their year-long support of the Share the Journey campaign by walking 3 miles each to address the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold.

The schools’ support of the campaign is being led by the parish of St. Charles Borromeo, Swinton, under the Parish Priest Fr. Paul Smith, and the whole school will be getting involved: the art department creating an exhibition on loving your neighbours, and P.E. logging the miles they clock up during classes.

When addressing the Bishop, Martin, a student from St Ambrose Barlow, said: “We have come here to Wardley Hall in an act of solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world who are refugees or migrants; currently displaced.

“We have walked here because Pope Francis has invited us to Share the Journey so that we would feel compassion for those who have had to flee oppression and war.

“We are here to make a difference. We believe that by walking through the streets of Salford people will see our witness and be inspired to be change-makers; being a voice for refugees.”

From CAFOD in Salford we want to say a massive thank you!! These young people are amazing on how they are showing their support for this campaign. Over the next year, the schools will come together and show local leaders that protecting refugees and migrants is an important issue to their communities.

Share the Journey keeps delivering a powerful message to world leaders that we want new global agreements that ensure refugees and migrants can live fairly and with dignity.