Higaonon Tree Growing Programme: Seeds of Change

The Eco Council, and Mrs Barker, have signed up to take part in this exciting collaborative project, partnering with the Higaonon indigenous people on the island of Mindanao, Southern Philippines and the Columba Missionaries. We are one of twenty Catholic schools who have committed to donating £150 a year, for 5 years, to support the planting and nurturing of Philippine indigenous trees. 
The programme links directly to all of the seven Catholic Social Teaching Principles, focussing mainly on ‘Solidarity’, ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ and ‘Stewardship’. As part of the programme the children will encounter people in other communities who are experiencing first hand some of the climate issues that effect their home…our common home. 

As a first step Mrs Barker and three of our Year 6 pupils visited St Columban’s, in Solihull just before half term, to join with other schools in tree planting and liturgy. It was a wet day, but that didn’t stop the children from getting stuck in and doing their bit to make a difference in the world, fulfilling the School mission statement. Neither next step will be to carry out some fundraising activities to raise then£150 for this year.  

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