During Enrichment Week Figures pupils enjoyed a 'Men and Women for Others Day'. The children began the day with a visit from Jesuit Missions (JM) considering how they can be Christian leaders in service, specifically in relation to Caring for our Common Home. The “marshmallow challenge” helped them to identify leadership qualities and the pupils reflected on their current efforts to reduce the impact of climate change and how they can improve. Lynn McWilliams (JM) stressed the importance of feeling encouraged and empowered rather than overwhelmed. The children wrote postcards to Nigel Evans MP in advance of the “Time is Now” climate change lobby in Westminster later this month.
We welcomed ten children from Acorns Special School (for children with profound learning and physical disabilities) for their summer term visit for games on the lawns and lunch. Accompanied by our Figures pupils, they enjoyed exploring their surroundings, including the chickens in the Mission Garden. There was great excitement with the parachute and soft balls and Acorns staff and pupils shared a delicious lunch with us in the refectory.
In the afternoon, many of the pupils participated in an environmental task, considering the implications of “fast fashion” on our environment. They focused on how the poorest people in developing countries are paying the price for our constant desire to purchase cheap clothing and what happens to the vast amounts of waste clothing. The students then created items of clothing out of waste products and did a “trashion show” to raise awareness of the issue.
A smaller group of pupils engaged in some community outreach, visiting the Hurst Green Lawn Bowls Club, chatting to members there and being guided in the art of crown green bowls.
The day reflected our Jesuit school mission to form young people whose relationship with God is expressed through loving and just actions towards others, especially the poor, the sick, the lonely or marginalised.