A group of pupils took part in a recent Mini DASH meeting which is organised by the Diocese of Shrewsbury. The aim is to get together with pupils from other schools to share ideas and work on ideas for future collaboration.
The event took place at Loreto Grammar school in Altrincham where the Year 10 pupils joined together with pupils from other Diocesan high schools for activities, workshops and a liturgy.
The Mini DASH (Diocesan Association of Secondary Head teachers) meeting for the pupils takes place at the same time as the secondary head teachers of the Diocese of Shrewsbury meet together. The pupils share and discuss a wide variety of ideas and suggestions and are encouraged to take the ideas back to their own schools, passing them on and developing them.
The theme of the meeting was based on the latest encyclical from Pope Francis, 'Laudato si'. This is the second encyclical of Pope Francis and in it the Pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take "swift and unified” global action.
Pupils were asked to reflect on issues concerning environmental protection and what action is needed to protect our beautiful world. Pupils were also able to look at Bible passages that were on this topic. At the end of the meeting, pupils made a presentation to the Head Teachers of their schools about the work that they had been doing.
Mrs Lisa Baillie, Assistant Headteacher at Saint Paul’s, explained: “It was an excellent opportunity for the pupils to mix with pupils from different schools to get together and share their thoughts. The pupils found it particularly inspiring when they were split into groups to complete activities based on the words of Pope Francis concerning environmental protection.”
“The Mini DASH event not only gave pupils the chance to meet other young people from the different schools, but it also gave them the time and opportunity to reflect on the moving and inspiring words spoken by Pope Francis,” added Miss Tina Wilkinson, Deputy Headteacher at Saint Paul’s. It’s important to meet as a Diocese, because all the people who met together are very different, but we all have one thing in common: our faith. The Mini-DASH is also a good chance to build up leadership skills and make new friends.”