Year 9 have launched National Recycling Week (Week 5: 9th-15th November) and are busy thinking of ways to help the school community embrace recycling and helping the environment. This is connected to our Catholic Social Teaching of Stewardship. Year 9 students were asked what Stewardship means to them and here are some of the responses they came up with: 'Stewardship is the job and responsibility of caring for something or someone' - Annabella Mejalli'
Looking after and taking care of the earth as best as we can' - Holly Stone
'The ability to responsibility use and protect something or someone, that is given from God' - Adrian Pangan
Stewardship to me is that we should look after the world of God' - Steven Talampas
This week in Pastoral Care, Year 9 learnt about what happens to plastic bottles when they are thrown away, and the different journeys between plastic bottles in landfill, the ocean or recycling bin. They were also asked to brainstorm problems or issues they see around the school community relating to the environment: 'There is rubbish in the courtyards and basketball courts, and excess plastic packaging instead of paper. Maybe we need to be promote sustainability and being stewards of creation to all students.' - Sara Maree Wakim
In the next few weeks, Year 9 will learn more about the importance of recycling and sustainability, in order to promote stewardship. They will then come up with practical ways that the school community can embrace this to build better recycling habits here at St Pat's! To kick start National Recycling Week, students were asked to create a launch poster to be shared with the school community (online of course!!) to promote National Recycling Week in Week 5. Some examples are included here: (attached images) Watch this space to see the initiatives of Year 9 in the next few weeks!
Ms C. Basha
Pastoral Leader of Learning - Year 9