As a Pax Christi school, Trinity has been involved in a number of social justice initiatives over the past five years. Students drew on these experiences to deliver a conference to fellow Key Stage Three pupils from Cardinal Wiseman (Coventry), Bishop Milner (Dudley), St Thomas More (Nuneaton) and St Benedict’s (Alcester). They were supported by Matt Jeziorski, Education and Youth Officer from Pax Christi UK.
Cerys, in year eight, said, ‘It was our goal to teach people how much they could get for themselves out of doing things like Pax Christi’. The visitors to the school were inspired, attending workshops showing how the Trinity Design Technology department recycles plastic to be remodelled in school and how the students have raised money for refugees and the homeless.
Pax Christi is an ecumenical organisation founded in France in the final year of World War Two. It is a lobbying presence against violence of all types.
Trinity Principal Chris Gabbett said, ‘I am so proud of our students. The calibre of the workshops they delivered was so incredibly impressive. It fills me with real pleasure to lead a school like this, with young people so independent and focussed on improving the world around them’.
All of the invited schools have been tasked with establishing their own Pax Christi groups. Trinity will look to host a ‘Faith in Action’ day in summer 2019, inviting clergy, Pax Christi and more schools to further spread the peace message.
TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL IS A VOLUNTARY-AIDED CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN THE RC DIOCESE OF BIRMINGHAM