Our Chaplain trip!
On Friday 19th January our Gift Team went to St Anthony’s Chapel for a retreat with the other BOSCEP teams. There were lots of different catholic schools from around our area including the Thornleigh chaplains and the Mount Saint Josephs chaplains. First, we played a game of human bingo to get to know everyone and Charlotte came in the top five!
Next, we learned about an inspiring story of a girl called Veronica and about how she couldn’t afford proper lamps and had to use paraffin lamps which affected her health.They were poisoning her and her family was running out of money. She wasn’t able to do the extra studying she needed to get the job she wanted.
Then CAFOD came and changed Veronica’s life by putting solar panels on the school’s roof so they could take energy from the sun and get light and giving her a solar lamp so she could study safely at home. We made a sun shape which said Power to be in it and we wrote messages to the World Bank to ask them for more solar panels for schools like Veronica’s. We also wrote prayers to Veronica.
After this, we had lunch and when came back inside we practiced some singing with Mr Antonio from Thornleigh for the mass later on.
Finally, all of the schools sat down together as Father Micheal said a beautiful mass. At the end we were all given a handmade angel to keep. We were the last ones to leave so we had another game of Splat! We had a great day and learned a lot about renewable energy.