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.”
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.