Catholic Schools Week 2020
Catholic Schools Week
Monday 27th – Friday 31st January 2020
The theme of CSW this year was “Living in Harmony with God’s Creation” and it provided an opportunity for us to highlight the many good things that happen here and promote, among the staff and students, our ethos.
Our events included a Treasure Hunt as the students led by their religion teachers walked the grounds identifying elements of creation and biodiversity in our campus and to embrace its beauty. Mr C. Copeland provided the maps and treasure hunt clues.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was held in the College Chapel on Friday. It was an opportunity for the staff, students [past and present] together with parents and grandparents to take time out of the busyness of their lives, to be silent and peaceful in the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
The beach clean-up led by the Development Education Committees from Willow Park Junior and 1st Year, and the College collected the rubbish and debris that was washed up by the tides beside Booterstown Dart Station. The group uncovered many interesting pieces of rubbish littered across the beach. This is Living in Harmony with the Earth. “We must change our ways in order to ensure the survival of the earth” (Pope Francis).
The 5th years looked at the idea of R.O.C.K , (Random acts Of Caring and Kindness) within their Year group. This highlighted the theme of Living in Harmony with our Neighbours. These random acts of kindness set the theme for their Family Mass on Sunday 2nd of February, the Feast day of Venerable Francis Liebermann, one of the founders of the Spiritan Order.
During the week, Fr. Paddy Dundon, C.S.Sp., celebrated mass every morning for the intentions of the whole school community.
A display on St Patrick’s Corridor highlighted the themes of CSW and how they are lived out daily at Blackrock.
The staff also joined in the celebration with a table quiz.
Finally, on Sunday 2nd February, Fr Myles Healy C.S.Sp. celebrated the 5th Year Family Mass. Fr Myles spoke about Venerable Libermann and his lifelong work of serving others.
Thanks to our organisers of the week Mr Madden, Ms McGlynn, Mr Copeland, Mr O’Reilly, the RE Teachers and all in our school community who contributed to its success.