Caring for our Common Home in Lockdown
Since lockdown began at the end of March, we have all been looking for new ways of doing things. As young people and teachers respond to the challenge of learning online, innovative opportunities are emerging. Under the guidance of Clare McCullough, Lay Chaplain, the pupils of St Mary’s Hall, Stonyhurst have been exploring ways of caring for our common home in lockdown. Working together Clare and Jesuit Missions Outreach Coordinator, Lynn McWilliams, have developed a package of activities. These range from seed bombs to wildlife spotting, planting window boxes to building eco-bricks.
The pupils of St Mary’s Hall have responded with their usual enthusiasm. They are producing veg patches, amazing wildlife photography and inspiring drawings.
Elliot, a pupil at St Mary’s Hall, said “As the news on Covid 19 consumes the world, we must look for the light of God’s beauty amongst the darkness and inspire others by capturing God’s creations. When I take photographs, it helps me reflect on knowing that there is still nature thriving and that there is still good in the world.”
As we look to life after lockdown and COVID19, we are faced with many challenges, one of which is, do we want to go back to the world the way it was, or are we being presented with new opportunities? Increasingly, commentators are using the term ‘green recovery’. Pupils at St Mary’s Hall are embracing positive change in the midst of the crisis and looking to new horizons.
Photo credit: Photos taken by St Mary’s Hall pupil Elliot, year 8, during lockdown. Mountain sketch by Bergie, year 4.
Learn more about how you can care for our common home in lockdown here.