Skelmersdale school wins environmental sustainability award

By Simon Hart

St Richard’s Catholic Primary School in Skelmersdale has received a CAFOD ‘LiveSimply’ award for its efforts to reduce waste, recycle and improve the environment, both close to home and further afield.

Despite the lockdown restrictions, St Richard’s implemented successfully a number of projects which highlighted the importance of caring for creation and community – including making strong links with residents of the local neighbourhood, providing food hampers and delivering cards.

Staff and pupils collated photographs of activities expressing their appreciation of nature and the joy of caring for each other, using them to create a ‘LiveSimply’ display which included the following quote from Pope Francis: ‘To live simply is not a lesser life or one lived with less intensity. On the contrary, it is a way of living life to the full.’

The award from the overseas development charity was presented to the school community on 3 February. Reflecting on why they had been inspired to aim for the award, Mrs Carr, St Richard’s RE co-ordinator, said: ‘Our children are dedicated to serving the local and wider communities and working towards this award was a way of demonstrating just what a difference they make to others.

‘We’re also privileged to have such supportive families whose generosity and care enables us all to live out this call by living simply, living sustainably and living in solidarity with people who are in need in many different ways.’ In the case of one family, they planted flowers and seeds in their garden to attract bees and turned milk containers into bird houses and bird-feeding stations.

Siobhan Farnell, CAFOD’s community participation co-ordinator, said: ‘It’s wonderful to see St Richard’s Catholic Primary School achieve the ‘LiveSimply’ award. They’ve really embraced caring for nature and supporting communities both locally and in our wider global family too. What is also inspiring is to hear how some of the pupils' families have embraced the ‘LiveSimply’ ethos at home too. We all have a part to play in developing a better world and St Richard’s are leading by example, so well done to them all.’