Loving God, you made this beautiful world that we all share.
Help us to live simply,
and be thankful for all that you have given us
Help us to look after our earth,
So that everyone may enjoy it.
Help us to share with others,
so that everyone has what they need.
This year we have signed up, as a school, to take part in the CAFOD LiveSimply Award.
The LiveSimply award is an opportunity for Catholic communities - parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies - to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.
The LiveSimply award is earned by communities and schools who can show how they have been living:
- in solidarity with people in poverty
- sustainably with creation.
During the course of the year, we will be taking part in a number of events, activities and projects to help us achieve the LiveSimply Award including supporting local charities, fundraising for CAFOD World Gifts, starting an Eco Stewards Group and celebrating events such as World Food Day.
Families, parents and carers can also take part in our LiveSimply Award by creating their own Family LiveSimply Pledge and sharing it at St Gabriel's Family Pledges
As the year progresses we will keep updating our LiveSimply page with news and pictures of the exciting work we have been doing so make sure you visit this page again!
You can find out more about the LiveSimply Award at Live Simply for Schools
CAFOD World Gifts
As part of our Live Simply work, we have been finding out about and fundraising for the CAFOD World Gifts project.
In November 2022 were welcomed some special visitors in our assemblies. Peter and Barbara from CAFOD visited us to tell the children all about the work CAFOD do through their World Gifts project. World Gifts are a great chance to learn about our global neighbours, and also how we can help them by working together to build a brighter world.
Following our CAFOD World Gifts assemblies, the children decided in their classes which World Gift they would like to raise money for.
The children then produced posters, cards and letters to share with family at home about the World Gift they have chosen.
Following our fundraising we managed to raise over £350 for CAFOD World Gifts!
This has enabled us to buy a Marvellous Moo Cow, TWO Terrific Toilets, a School Starter Pack and a Teach Some to Read pack!
A Marvellous Moo Cow!
TWO Terrific Toilets
A School Starter Pack
Thank you to all our very generous children, parents, family members and staff members for supporting us with our fundraising!
A Live Simply Advent and Christmas
This Advent and Christmas we are looking for different ways we can ‘Live Simply’ and help Care for Our Common Home.
One way we can live more simply is by looking at Christmas Card alternatives.
Did you know that if every child in a class of 30 wrote a card for all their classmates, there would be 870 cards written in just one class! For our school that could be more than 12,000 cards in total!
Nationally ONE BILLION CHRISTMAS CARDS are thrown in the bin each year – very often ending up in Landfill.
This year we are encouraging all members of our school community to – rather than sending individual Christmas Cards - look for a Christmas Card alternative.
You could write one class card instead of individual cards.
Donate to a charity or food bank instead of buying cards.
Draw a Christmas picture for friends on some scrap paper instead.
More suggestions for Christmas Card alternatives are attached to the newsletter email.
Live Simply Family Pledges
As part of our LiveSimply work this year, we asked children and their families to create their own 'LiveSimply Family Pledge!'
Over 30 families took part and made their own Pledge!
Our Family Pledges included:
We promise to keep our garden full of plants and flowers so creatures can enjoy it as much as we do.
To walk to school every day rather than driving in the car.
I pledge to help the environment, starting with growing my first apple tree, which I did with my grandad.
To help save water and turn the tap off when not using it. To recycle and donate my old clothes.
Living Sustainably and Living Simply - Live Simply Leaders
As part of our LiveSimply Award Action Plan we have a weekly LiveSimply Leader in each class.
Each week teachers choose a child to be the LiveSimply Leader for that week.
The LiveSimply Leader promote the idea of living simply, for other and creation and with others and creation.
The Leaders check that lights are switched off when the classroom is left empty, paper is put in the recycling bin, lead a prayer for creation during the week, encourage the class not to leave litter on the playground – anything that helps promote the ethos and drive of the LiveSimply Award!
Living Sustainably and Living Simply - Live Simply Eco Walk
On Tuesday 8th November our Live Simply Leaders took part in an Eco Walk around school. We looked for ways we are doing a good a good job looking after God’s Creation and how we could further.
You can find out more about our Eco Walk by looking at the power point we made!
Living Sustainably and Living Simply - Laudato Si Code
Following their School Eco Walk, the Live Simply Ambassadors created a Laudato Si Code to help us all Care for Our Common Home.
The Live Simply Leaders shared the Code with their class mates and we now have copies displayed all around school!
Living in Solidarity - CAFOD World Gifts
We were joined by some special visitors in our assembly this week. Peter and Barbara from CAFOD visited us to tell the children all about the work CAFOD do through their World Gifts project. World Gifts are a great chance to learn about our global neighbours, and also how we can help them by working together to build a brighter world. If you would like to learn more about CAFOD World Gifts please visit https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/World-Gifts
Living in Solidarity - Red Wednesday
On Wednesday 23rd November we marked Red Wednesday.
Red Wednesday is an annual event organised by Aid to the Church in Need. Red Wednesday aims to promote awareness of the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.
We marked Red Wednesday in school by wearing red and praying together for people around the world who are being persecuted or discriminated against because of their beliefs.
Thank you to everyone for taking part and, especially, wearing lots of very eye – catching red clothing! If you would like to find out more about Red Wednesday and the work of Aid to the Church in Need, please visit - https://acnuk.org/
October 2022 Update
We have started work on our LiveSimply Wild Area!
Our Wild Area will be an area where wildflowers, pollinators and other insects can grow and flourish.
One Million Children Praying the Rosary
This week (week beginning 17th October) our children took part in a special event called ‘One Million Children Praying the Rosary.’ This is an annual event, organised by Aid to the Church in Need, which encourages children across the world to pray the Rosary for world peace and unity. When we prayed the Rosary, during our Key Stage Assemblies, we thought particularly about all those children and families around the world who are affected by war at the moment. If you would like to find out more about ‘One Million Children Praying the Rosary’ please visit https://acnuk.org/resource/onemillionchildrenprayingtherosary/
September 2022 Update
We are very excited to have received our LiveSimply Registration Certificate! This means that we are now ‘working towards becoming a LiveSimply School’