During this Season of Creation which Pope Francis has called from the 1st September (World day of prayer for Creation) to the 4th October, some of our Jesuit schools across the UK have been looking at different ways in which they can Care for Creation as expressed in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.

On Friday 14th September, St Mary’s Hall welcomed Mr. Robert Turner who has worked with the Global Catholic Climate Movement who spoke in assembly about a Waste Recycling Awareness Project for schools.

With Elements pupils from Years 5 and 6, Mr. Turner showed the children how they can get involved in turning the problem of non-recyclable plastics into “Eco Bricks”. This reduces the amount of plastics in landfill and oceans whilst putting existing plastics to good use. In a slide show, the children saw how waste is converted into these bricks in Cambodia, to erect buildings for schools and health centres.

Below you can see the children making Eco bricks which can then be used in the UK to make raised flower beds and vegetable plots, and benches and tables for outdoor classrooms. Plastic bottles are filled and packed tightly with clean, dry non-recyclable plastic wrappers and blister packs used for tablets.

Meanwhile at Barlborough Hall, primary school pupils have been looking at the story of creation and wondering, “What God thinks when he sees us (humans) spoiling his creation?”

Jesuit Missions have been using the ecological examen to pray for Care of Creation during this Season of Creation and supports all our Jesuit schools across the UK with their continued prayers and actions.

On International Day of Peace (21st September 2018) which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the right to peace, Fr Paul Martin SJ, a British Jesuit in Guyana spoke to over eight hundred students at Marian Academy in Georgetown, Guyana. He said, “As we look to the future of peace in our world, and if we want our nursey school children to be able to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our right to peace we must not just listen to the cries of the poor but to the cries of the earth.”