Staff and students at both sites of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs RC Primary School in York started off in fine voice with a special song pledging their solidarity in the face of world poverty.
On Monday 17 October, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs joined thousands of other schools, charities, groups and individuals throughout the country and around the world in singing the Count on Us Song, The song was sung throughout the day in countless school halls throughout the country, Count on Us was specially arranged by Hugh Gibbons from the charity Just 1 to help school children show their solidarity in the fights against poverty and injustice.
Derek Sutherland, headmaster of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, was delighted with his pupils. “Both sites sang it at morning assembly,” he explained. “It is part of our ethos to ensure that our students are very much aware of the difficulties faced in other parts of the world and they are always eager to play their part by supporting agencies such as CAFOD. The Count on Us song was a joyful way of celebrating their commitment to social justice – and an exuberant way of starting the week.”
For children at the school, their commitment to ending world poverty goes way beyond lip service. Students at the two sites have raised over £3000 in the last year for overseas development agency, CAFOD and pupils on the former English Martyrs site were thrilled to receive certificates for each class from the agency, marking their great achievement. Well done to all!