Putting justice into action in our schools
Riding on a wave of some amazing achievements last year, Jesuit Missions is looking forward to another full year of producing thought-provoking resources for schools.
Beginning this Lent (which starts on 10 February 2016), Jesuit Missions has prepared Our Common Home - a set of four weekly PowerPoints, designed for school assemblies. It follows a similar format to last year's Great Hope but with an even stronger emphasis on the environment.
- Week One: Finding God in all things
- Week Two: The life of Jesus/Where do you stand? – Called to Care
- Week Three: The passion and death of Jesus/ Encountering injustice
- Week Four: Resurrection and hope
Our Common Home invites teachers and pupils to think, discuss, pray and create with a diverse range of activities, all designed to stimulate an individual and prayerful Lenten experience.
As a member of the Climate Coalition, Jesuit Missions has incorporated a number of their Valentine’s Day activities into Our Common Home. A particular highlight will be an activity where students can read and respond to a letter written by award winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo (War Horse). The letter has been made into a film starring Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake and will inspire children to write their own letters and imagine the future that they wish to see. The film will be available from tomorrow (22 January), and will be incorporated into the resource accordingly.
Through the eyes of St Ignatius
The United Nations has chosen 20 February to be the World Day of Social Justice – a reflection on tackling poverty, social and economic exclusion and unemployment. To mark the day, Jesuit Missions has created a PowerPoint and activities for Primary and Secondary Schools that look at ways of doing social justice in practical ways. The resource challenges pupils to go a little bit beyond the norm; to do one justice action which could put meaning into the phrase ‘being men and women for others’.
Looking further ahead in 2016, Jesuit Missions is preparing a resource for primary school assemblies to mark Mother Earth Day on 22 April; and, in celebration of all that is African, a resource for Africa Day on 25 May will include a PowerPoint and a set of African playground games for primary schools.
To celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius on 31 July, a new resource for all Jesuit schools in Britain will be available for 2016: pupils will be transported back in time to view faith and justice through the eyes of the founder of the Jesuits himself. They will look at ways of simplifying their daily lives through truly engaging in the spirit and the heart. The resource will conclude with an activity which gets pupils applying Ignatius’ principles to our modern world.
Details of these and more resources for schools and parishes are available from Jesuit Missions.