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News in brief from schools across the Diocese of East Anglia includes the Women’s World Day of Payer in Norwich, a Frugal Meal in Swaffham and a Congo School for Peace assembly in Beccles.

Children from St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, along with parents and members of staff, joined the congregation at St Anne’s Church, Colman Road, Norwich for their afternoon service and their first ever experience of Women’s World Day of Prayer on Friday March 3 – and what an experience it was.

This year, the Women’s World Day of Prayer was prepared by the women of the Philippines and the 13 children saw and recognised photos of the Philippines and they learned more about the lives of people there.

Deputy Headteacher, Fran Ludden, said: “The children saw how the people of the Philippines had been affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which was something some of them had experienced with family members caught up in the disaster and which our school had fundraised in aid of. They helped us all pronounce some of the words in Tagalog and had even brought along refreshments to share with everyone.

“The children were fantastic ambassadors for the school and made new friends across the generations. We’re hoping that this will become a regular event in the school’s calendar. The children are now planning how they can invite their new friends to visit us back in school over the next few months.”


The whole of Sacred Heart School, Swaffham took part in a Frugal Meal on March 2, in recognition of the divide between the rich and poor of the world. Three students from Year 11 represented the rich, eating a substantial meal of their choice, whereas the rest of the school ate a minimal meal of bread, cheese and an apple. We tried to emulate the proportions of rich and poor in the world by having three rich people.

Before the meal, Charlotte Reid, the Charities Prefect, outlined some key facts about poverty and how the rich are a minority in society. This emphasised to students of all ages, the importance of collecting money for the poor, especially during Lent.

St Benet’s Catholic Primary, Beccles held a Congo School for Peace assembly on March 7 with the head of the charity, Mary Ellwood.

The School for Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo was set up by Anne Bauers, a former governor of St Benet’s CP School and is twinned with St Benet’s School. Much of the fund-raising takes place in the Beccles area.

It now educates over 700 children from 3-18 years, many of whom would otherwise never be able to afford to go to school. Mary, who heads up the Congo School For Peace is a teacher at Langley School in Loddon.

Pictured top is the Frugal Meal at Swaffham and, above, the Women’s World Day of Prayer service in Norwich and, right, St Benet’s pupils with Mary Ellwood.