The CatholicCare Team is delighted to announce that 90 schools and parishes across the Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Diocese of Sale participated in Family Week this year.
Students participated in a range of family-themed activities and made impressive fundraising efforts to support CatholicCare’s family services.
These events took a great deal of creativity, planning and organisation, and CatholicCare is proud to share some snippets from some of the schools involved.
Avila College, Mount Waverley
At Avila College, the Faith and Mission captains and members of their team organised fundraising stalls at each class level. Together they raised almost $3,000!
Certificate of appreciation, presented by CatholicCare Community Engagement Coordinator Jeff Wild to the Faith and Mission Captains at Avila College.
Thomas Carr College, Tarneit
Thomas Carr College celebrated their patronal feast on the third Friday of May, coinciding with Family Week. Their Year Sevens formed groups to run eight different fundraising stalls and collected just over $1,100.
Certificate of appreciation presented to Year Seven student leaders at Thomas Carr College.
St Agatha’s Primary School, Cranbourne
The Dove of Hope was an inspiration for those at St Agatha’s Primary School.
Students created a large version of the Dove of Hope and filled it with coins, raising $237. The students also enjoyed a tabloid sports day, with the help of the local Catholic Secondary College, and donated the coins collected as part of their participation in Family Week.
Posters and photos from St Agatha’s Primary School, Cranbourne.
Feedback from Family Week
One school used Family Week activities to ignite their students’ imaginations:
‘I worked with our Social Justice Leaders to organise our whole school involvement. We began with a launch using part of the prayer from the Liturgy resource. We then prepared and sent out a flyer for Family Week outlining our activities and fundraisers.’
‘One of the activities was a “guess the number of ping pong balls in the tub”, where the students could have a guess for 50 cents or three guesses for $1. We also took on the “inspiration” idea and the students came dressed as someone who inspires them. They completed a poster about this person to be displayed, and donated a gold coin for the privilege of dressing up!’
Another teacher commented: ‘It was fun to work with, and the students have thought of ways to improve what we did this year with next year in mind – thank you.’
The CatholicCare Team extends our sincere thanks to all schools and parishes who participated, and to CatholicCare in the Diocese of Wollongong for allowing us to adapt some of their resources for Family Week activities.
Learn more about Family Week here.