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Creative celebrations for Catholic Education Week

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Acts of kindness, online choir performances and letters of thanks to frontline workers in the community were just some of the ways schools around the State celebrated Catholic Education Week last month.

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Due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19 some planned events such as Masses and regional gatherings had to be cancelled, however schools became creative when organising alternative activities.

Held from May 4 to 10, the week also coincided with the launch of Catholic Education SA’s (CESA) new tagline ‘Raising Hearts and Minds’, with many events reflecting this theme.

Shannon Short, CESA’s Communications and Public Relations manager, said while the restrictions meant the week had to look a “little different” to past years, it was wonderful that schools found new ways of showcasing “what it means to be part of a Catholic school in South Australia”.

“We encouraged our schools to celebrate Catholic education in their own ways and reflect on the learning, wellbeing and achievement of our students and staff and we were delighted to see how our schools embraced the theme and celebrated how they are Raising Hearts And Minds in their own communities,” she said.

Some of the activities during the week included Year 2-6 students at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish School, Pennington creating a beautiful display in the front office. The display featured the words ‘Strong Apart’, referring to students staying home recently, and ‘Stronger Together’, reflecting the return of students this term and how as a community they are stronger for the experience.

Students at Dominican School, Semaphore created ‘hearts of hope’ with special messages on them, while at Galilee Catholic School, Aldinga money raised from jam made with the fruit in their secret garden was donated to a charity.

Year 6 students at Our Lady Of Grace School, Glengowrie created posters to illustrate what their school’s purpose of ‘Ignite, Wonder, Grow’ means to them and at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Millicent children showed off some very impressive dance moves while sharing the message to ‘never give up’.

Students, old scholars, instrumental tutors and staff at Nazareth Catholic Community recorded a message of solidarity, with its online choir singing You’ve Got a Friend.

In the Diocese of Port Pirie, students and staff members at various schools performed acts of kindness and recorded them in some way.

At Samaritan College, Whyalla a ‘carpark concert’ was performed to bring some joy to residents at the local Yeltana Nursing and at St Mary MacKillop School, Wallaroo students made thank you posters for the health workers at the local hospital and wrote letters to elderly residents.

In Loxton, St Albert’s students presented care packages to the local ambulance service, police station and hospital and Year 5-7 students washed the cars of teachers and staff during their lunchtime.

St Barbara’s students at Roxby Downs painted ‘kindness rocks’ and wrote special messages on them, while at Peterborough, St Joseph’s children penned thank you letters to members of the local community, including supermarket staff and hospital workers.

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