Thirst for change: One day to go, we spread the campaign to Spain

Malaga school thirsts for changeTomorrow, we hand in your Thirst for change campaign cards into Number 10. Sarah Harman and the students at St Monica’s Catholic primary school, Warrington, spread the campaign to Spain. How far can you spread the campaign message, with just one day to go?

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This year we really wanted to do something for Lent. CAFOD’s campaign fitted in so well with our progress towards an international schools award. It helped make national politics relevant to the children. They loved the idea of David Cameron opening the door of No.10 and being bombarded with a flood of water droplets.

Year six students devised and led Lent activities every break time. These included a quiz, a fashion show where everyone wore or made something blue, and selling biscuits made in the shape of raindrops. Activities, like Lent lunches, were going on the parish too, so the whole community was involved, parents too.

We weren’t content with just our, relatively small, school giving our support to the campaign…so we enlisted the help of a few friends. When we visited our link school St John Fisher and St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Wythenshawe, Manchester and told them about the campaign, they were delighted to get on board. Their whole school also completed droplets.

Next, we contacted our second link school, Maria Zambrano CP School in Malaga, Spain and explained the campaign and the important message to them. It’s visual, it’s simple, and it works cross-culturally. It helped build a bridge between us and our link schools. Their whole school enjoyed the activities and learning which took place and enthusiastically completed droplets of their own in Spanish to form a display.

In our school, we completed over 350 droplets, but there were many more from the other two schools. Each pupil did two, each with a snazzy slogan, message or – for the younger ones – simply a picture. They formed a huge display.

Getting involved in this campaign was part of our ethos as a Catholic school. It was all in the context of helping others in need. The governing body of the school told us how much they enjoyed and were proud of the activities we did.

We contacted the local media, because we were so jolly proud of the children and so keen to get the message out there. When the story was printed in Warrington Guardian and online, the children were thrilled, everyone crowded round to look at the picture, saying “I can see my droplet!” We were delighted to tell the whole town about our incredible, international work for a fantastic cause.

How have you taken action for Thirst for change? Tell us your story by adding a comment below.

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