Mission Day at St Joseph’s Merriwa

St Joseph’s Primary School, Merriwa, held its annual Mission Day to conclude Term 3.

Students and staff came dressed in their craziest shoes and spent the day participating in a variety of activities including: the jaffa basher, a treasure hunt, a Ninja course, a hairspray salon, ‘what’s in the box?’ and a fantasy experience.

The money raised this year will go towards educational resources for children in the disadvantaged country of Myanmar.

Before the activities began every student was asked to write their own ‘shoe’ story about how they might change the world and make it a better place. The stories were recorded and shared with the school community. The inspiration for this task was Pope Francis’ sermon at World Youth Day in Poland.

Here he called on all young people to take action, to be protagonists of history and to leave their mark on the world. He said this required courage and “a readiness to trade the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths.”

The aim was to encourage, inspire, challenge and bring to life the way young people are changing the world – one shoe story at a time.