Catholic Schools Week took place recently in the CBS and the theme for 2019 was ‘Celebrating the work of our own Catholic School.’ The CBS celebrated the week with a number of activities which reflected the important role that Catholic schools play within the community. Some of these activities included daily reflections, colourful displays throughout the school and speeches written and delivered by senior students on the importance of faith in our daily lives. The week provided the whole school with an opportunity to celebrate its identity, its diversity and the positive role it plays in serving, leading and inspiring others within the community. It also celebrated the relationship that exists between home, school and parish.
Each day focused on a different aspect of the theme. On Monday, it was ‘The Living Tradition of Our Catholic School’, highlighting the schools roots within the Edmund Rice tradition, and how these values are manifested in the school’s everyday activities. Tuesday saw the celebration of ‘Welcoming Diversity in Our Catholic School’ and looked at how we have many cultures and faiths represented within the school, but all work towards building a school based on respect and equality. Wednesday focused on celebrating the value of all generations, especially grandparents who have play such a pivotal and positive role in the lives of young people; Thursday looked at Catholic schools in Service of Our Community, and the emphasis on the CBS to use all of our talents and gifts to help the lives of those around us. The week culminated on Friday with the theme ‘Celebrating Faith In Our Catholic School’ and students reflected on the benefits of faith within an educational setting – values such as kindness, mercy, inclusion, diversity and humility.
Many thanks to the Religious Education Department for the work they put into the week. Thanks also to the students who put together and read the daily reflections over the intercom. Thanks also to the Fifth and Sixth Year students who prepared and delivered speeches on the importance of faith within today’s society and how it can be used as a force for good. Overall, it was a really positive experience for the entire school community and everyone felt as if they gained something invaluable from it.