Our Lady & St. Werburgh's Catholic Primary School

Fiat Voluntas Dei - May God's will be done

Seabridge Lane, Clayton, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 4AG

(01782) 973 888

Our Live Simply Award Journey


We have signed up to the CAFOD Live Simply award, where we will be responding to Pope Francis' invitation to

 “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.

The Live Simply award is earned by schools who can show how they have been living simply, in solidarity with people in poverty, and sustainably with creation. This also provides opportunities for links to Catholic Social Teaching. 

Throughout the year, we shall be taking part in a number of fund raising events for both global and national charities, investigating how we can support our local community and contribute to making our local community a better place to live and looking at how we can help God's Creation throughout our school. 

We began our Live Simply Award journey by working with local charity 'Better Together' to grow produce in our school garden. Our Year 6 children have been learning about how to prepare the soil for seeds, looking at bee's nests and how to sow a variety of seeds. They will continue to nurture their seeds as we move into spring and summer. 

On 29th March, the whole school participated in The Big Lent Walk, raising money for CAFOD. The children walked around the school grounds, each class completing a number of laps. To raise awareness of people in our world have carry water into their homes and the water shortage in some countries, the children carried buckets of recycled water gathered from our school garden water butts and the rain from earlier in the day. This water was then poured back into the our school flower beds and garden. No water was wasted!

Our Mini Vinnies helped to organise this fundraiser and  supported the younger children in their walk.

We raised an unbelievable amount of money for CAFOD: £2191.66! We are truly thankful to all our families who helped to make this fundraiser so successful. 

To learn more about global hunger and to collaborate with World Food Day, the whole school were asked to bring in one non-perishable food item to be donated to our local food bank. We linked 'World Food Day' to our Big Questions where we explored the impact of climate change, why there are food shortages across the world and where our food comes from. 

Some of our Mini Vinnies took the food we had collected to the local Trussell Food Bank. As a school, we collected 120kg of food! A huge thank you to all our generous families.