Habitat for Humanity
Ten year 13 pupils along with ten pupils from Carrickfergus Grammar School took part in the Habitat for Humanity Schools Programme.
The students had an opportunity to get their hands dirty - painting, plastering and knocking down walls at the Welcome Organisation, not far from our school. The Welcome Organisation adopts a non-judgemental approach to addressing homelessness issues. People become and stay homeless for a whole range of complex and coinciding reasons. Tackling homelessness is about much more than putting a roof over people's heads. Many homeless people face a number of issues in addition to, but often compounded by, their homelessness. Isolation compounded with the destructive nature of homelessness means that homeless people find it difficult to access the help they need.
As well as this, the St. Dominic’s pupils aim to raise £1250 which will be used to provide shelter to some of the most vulnerable people on the planet, including those in Malawi where 1.4 million children are orphaned or vulnerable, largely as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Year 10s visit Clonard Monastery
The Year 10 RE classes each attended a day long retreat at Clonard. The Clonard youth team led the classes in a range of faith activities involving ice breakers. drama, art, circle time and liturgy. Clonard also offers its lovely garden for pupils to play and relax in over lunchtime. We would like to thank Ms Conlon for organising the retreat days and Clonard’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry team for preparing and leading classes in such fun actitivities.
Mrs Wilson and Miss Connolly completed the leader training for the Youth Alpha programme. The programme is designed to encourage senior students to reflect on their faith journey, to explore truths, promote conversation and friendship. St Dominic's students who competed the Youth Alpha programme, working with the Living Youth diocesan team were strong in their praise for this programme. The RE team hopes to offer a modified version of this programme to some our Faith in Action students over the coming year.
The Welcome Organisation visits St Dominic's
Year 13 Faith in Action (RE) groups were introduced to the work of the Welcome organisation. They heard of the great services that the Falls Road Welcome centre provides, for example they serve 40,000 hot meals each year. The Welcome Organisation also offers services off site for example crisis accommodation for vulnerable homeless women and a floating support service to support those who have moved out of hostels into permanent accommodation.
Kieran described new initiatives such as 'Street Gems' an up cycling social enterprise used to help fund their services. Pupils were shown ways to help the Welcome Organisation. We would like to thank the Welcome Organisation's speaker Mr Kieran Hughes for coming in to talk to the year group.
Want to learn more? Do visit their website at www.homelessbelfast.org
Congratulations to Aoife Marley, Year 10 who won an Inspirational Young Sports Volunteer award. She volunteers every Saturday at the Colin Glen parkrun and assumes different roles including Run Director. She recruits and organises all volunteers to ensure a safe event and delivers a pre-run briefing before the run which involves approximately 80 people.
This is an amazing achievement for Aoife who is certainly displaying great leadership and enthusiasm for promoting sport.