Students at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy have been focusing on…

Students at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy have been focusing on helping the local community and being kind to each other.
Year 7 students have been learning about the meaning of Mitzvah Day, which is the Jewish day of helping in the community, as part of their RE lessons.
During their lessons students talked about what they could do in their own community to help demonstrate their learning.
As a result, they created cards for people at a local homeless shelter and went out litter picking in the streets close to school.
Student Hannah Leatherland said she thought it was important for the school to support the local community.
She said: “I think it’s important because sometimes people don’t think about others and something like this shows people that we do care. I think if everyone did something like this then the whole world would be a lot nicer.”
Student Ina Aboagye said it was great to see everyone involved in Mitzvah Day.
She said: “I think it’s good because there’s a chance for everybody to do something, it’s great to get everyone involved in helping other people.”
Student Luca Cuomo said he thought the school should take part in Mitzvah Day every year.
He said: “I think it’s definitely something we should do every year and I think it’s interesting to learn about the customs in other religions.”
Laura Conlon, student teacher at Saint John Houghton CVA, said: “I was very proud of the work our Year 7 students were doing when exploring the Jewish idea of Mitzvah Day. Mitzvah Day is where Jewish people focus on helping others in their community.
“The Year 7 students learnt about this and wanted to put their learning into action. They made cards for the guests of the Ilkeston Winter Shelter and went into our community to litter pick. The students have thought about others and put their learning into action. The R.E. department couldn’t be prouder.”




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