Schools show their support for our farmers

As Australia experienced one of the driest winters on record, staff and students across the Diocese held fundraisers to raise money for our farmers doing it tough.

St Therese’s Primary School, New Lambton, spent the day dressed as farmers and brought along a $2 donation to help raise money for the Buy a Bale campaign.
Throughout the day the students watched newsfeeds about the drought and also read stories about life on the farm.

In total, the school community of St Therese’s raised $1715.55 which will be directly donated to the Buy a Bale campaign which helps farmers affected by drought feed their livestock in times of need.

Rosary Park Catholic School, Branxton, paired its annual Book Fair parade with a fundraiser for drought-affected farmers with students dressing as farmers. Families made donations during the parade and the school’s Mini Vinnies sold milkshakes throughout the day. The school raised over $1300 for Buy a Bale.

St Patrick’s Primary School, Lochinvar, celebrated Grandparents’ Day while also incorporating Book Week celebrations showing support for local farmers.

Staff and students dressed up as pirates, explorers, treasure hunters and genies and brought in donations to go towards Buy a Bale.

The day began with a morning tea for guests followed by a liturgy in the school hall before students were divided up into their sporting houses and participated in a variety of in-classroom activities around the Book Week theme, ‘Find Your Treasure’.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our school community to come together to celebrate the wonderful happenings at St Patrick’s,” said Jacqueline Wilkinson, Principal at St Patrick’s, Lochinvar.

“We raised in excess of $1,500 for the Buy a Bale campaign - and we also had a very successful flash mob performance,” she added.

The school community of St Clare’s High School, Taree, combined their Feast Day celebrations with their farmer fundraising.

After a Mass, students from the Student Representative Council organised a day of fun activities to raise money to support struggling farmers in need. All students dressed as farmers and participated in student-led activities such as decorating cupcakes, ice-cream sundaes, egg and spoon races, a lolly guessing competition and entertained their guests with live music.

“Students and staff put a huge effort into making the day enjoyable and successful. I was particularly proud of the way our young students and staff collaborated to produce a great number of stalls and events that gave both the stall holders and their peers a great opportunity to learn and have fun together,” said Principal Peter Nicholls.
The community of St Clare’s raised an impressive $4,000 for our farmers.

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