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BEARING FRUIT: Students at St Brigid’s Catholic School, Evanston,
are eagerly awaiting 17 trees to bear their first summer fruits in the
school’s recently established orchard. The school is trying to live out
the eco-vision of Pope Francis in his environmental encyclical Laudato
Si’. The student environmental action group has relocated raised
vegetable beds to a central part of the school to highlight the school’s
green commitment and raise awareness. Waiting to be harvested are
capsicum, tomatoes, lettuce, beans and spinach. Composting and
worm farms are also used to help reduce landfill waste.
Australian and Adelaide United soccer star Awer
Mabil has enlisted the support of students at his
old school, St Columba College, to help with an
initiative called Barefoot to Boots which provides
football boots, shirts and balls to refugees in
With his older brother Awer Bul, former diplomat
Rachael West and businessman Ian Smith,
Awer has established Barefoot to Boots with
the backing of Qantas, FFA, UNHCR, UNICEF
Australia and the Australian Government.
Awer and his brother lived for many years in
Kakuma, the second largest refugee camp in
Kenya with around 180,000 refugees. They
returned there in 2014 with a few football shirts
and were overwhelmed by the response but also
the challenge of distributing a few items to so
They have been back to the camp with more
items and are planning to repeat the effort early
The Barefoot to Boots presentation to St
Columba middle school and year five students
provided an insight into the refugees’ living
conditions and how they are aiming to improve
their health, provide a greater sense of safety
particularly for girls and women, and bring
happiness to people.
Awer Mabil’s video message of thanks and
reflection about his days at St Columba, from
Denmark where he is currently playing for FC
Midtjylland, was “heartfelt and heart-warming”,
said head of middle school Christopher Spry.
“A big thank you must go to the students who
have already ‘kick-started’ our donations for
donating their used football/soccer boots on the
day,” he said.
Anyone who has football/soccer boots or shirts
they no longer need can bring them into the
student services desk at the Andrews Farm
TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY: Blackfriars Priory School Early
Learning Centre students (L-R) Diesel and Tate took part in a
nativity play last month to remind students, parents and staff that
the Christmas story is alive and well among the school’s smallest
community members. Dozens of angels and Christmas elves narrated
the story of Joseph and Mary travelling to Bethlehem and finding no
room in the inn before the couple took shelter in a stable and gave
birth to baby Jesus. The school spread Christmas cheer across
Prospect with a community Mass and Carols Night on November 23.
GEARING UP: Rachel West, Ian Smith and Awer Bul visited St Columba College to promote the
need for second-hand sporting gear for the Barefoot to Boots project. They are pictured with
students Bor Mabil and Abiel Mabil.
Old boots kicking goals
YUM YUM: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College students (L-R) Cuc Huynh and Han Nguyen
were among 65 students to compete in the College’s annual International Masterchef cooking
competition, which has run for the past four years. The cooking competition aims to showcase
the culinary delights of some of the 50 different cultures represented in the school community.
Twelve teams competed this year – each with a $25 budget to cook a meal within two hours.
Secret family recipes and authentic cultural dishes were put to the taste test in a shared buffet
dinner of Indian curries, Afghan vegetarian samosas, Vietnamese noodles, aromatic kebabs
and Korean dumplings. In the end, the Masterchef Wok trophy was claimed by the Spice Girls
for their curry, handmade roti, and caramel panna cotta with hand-spun toffee.
Teaching the Old Testament to five
and six year olds can be a tough
But a traditional Advent custom
has been embraced this year at St
Michael’s College Primary Campus,
bringing scripture to life for one
Teacher Cathie Gaffney last month
introduced the concept of the
Jesse Tree to her class. The class
took part in a special service at
St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on
November 29 to mark the start of
Ms Gaffney said students had
spent most of November learning
about the crucial moments that led
to Jesus’ birth and then drawing
symbols about that scripture to
hang on the classroom Jesse tree.
“Many children know well the
Christmas story but few know
what came before the birth of baby
Jesus,” said Ms Gaffney.
The special service at the Cathedral
also included the blessing of
Christmas cribs made by children or
brought by families from home.
Families of recently baptised
children were invited this year to join
in the special blessing.
Among them were Kris and Maria
Paglia with five-month-old daughter
Alessia, who was baptised at the
Cathedral in November.
Mrs Paglia said the blessing
ceremony was a very special
occasion for the family.
“Alessia was a long time in the
making and for us she is a gift and
to be part of this service is a real
honour,” she said.
The annual blessing was introduced
by Adelaide Archbishop Philip
Wilson more than 10 years ago to
refocus Christmas festivities on the
birth of Christ.
It replicates a similar event held in
St Peter’s Square in Rome by the
Pope for Italian children.
Bible prepares children
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