St Thomas More and St John Payne Schools are Getting down to Business

St Thomas More

Year 13 students from St Thomas More School, Westcliff, and Year 10 students from St John Payne School, Chelmsford, had visits from CAFOD volunteers to talk about Lent Fast Day and the campaign action “Getting down to Business”.

St Thomas More letter to Andrew Mitchell

St Thomas More students were asked to come up with business ventures to raise money for CAFOD during Lent – there were some interesting ideas ranging from STM Candy Man (selling sweets) “mixing candy with love to make the world a sweeter place”, a culture wall, sponsored wax on/wax off, no make-up/shave during Lent and lots more ideas.

After listening to music from Cesar Lopez, a peace activist in Colombia, students were invited to write a short poem, rap or song about an issue they felt strongly about.

Issues ranged from bullying, poverty, domestic abuse and racism in football to women’s rights. Having only 15 minutes to do this we were really impressed with the creativity.

At the end of the session, students were invited to sign a letter to Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development asking the government to ensure the aid budget includes support for small businesses overseas. You can also take email action here >>

St John Payne "pro bingo"

After Lent Fast Day assemblies to all year groups at St John Payne School, Chelmsford, Year 10’s also took part in the Getting down to Business action. They were asked to think about their Christian response – where does their faith fit into this – we are all part of a global community. Our actions have a global effect and we all have a responsibility to seek the common good.

Thank you to schools volunteers Peter Jones (St Thomas More), Sean O’Leary, Pauline Spratt and Kate Cook (St John Payne).

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