Visiting St. Anthony’s on Zoom
Monday mornings can be the most mundane part of the new week but sometimes there is a feeling of excitement about something new. On Monday 14 September, this particular feeling was swirling around the Mercy Works’ offices as we prepared for a first: delivering a presentation to primary school students via Zoom.
The month of September is an important month in the world of Mercy. This month is where we celebrate the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, and the reason why Mercy is still at the forefront of schools and organisations around the world.
Mercy Day is celebrated on 24 September and the Mercy community comes together to celebrate the beginnings of what we know Mercy to be today. This year, it looked vastly different. With restrictions on gatherings still in place, schools had to become even more creative as they celebrate this important day.
The clock ticked over 9:30am and sure enough, right on time, a room full of cheery Year 6 students from St Anthony’s Primary School, Girraween, appeared on the screen inside the Board Room. One click of a button and the sharing started. Our pre-recorded video began to play and told the story of Mercy Works.
After a short video, the students jumped right in question mode. What started out as a planned 15-minute Zoom meeting turned into half an hour of many great questions. Our hardest decision wasn’t choosing the next question but choosing which would be our last one.
Each year, the Year 6 students at St Anthony’s host a ‘Mercy Market’ day where the students come up with different ideas for stalls to raise money for Mercy Works. Ranging from sideshow games all the way to bake sales, the students came up with the most creative and engaging ways to raise awareness about Mercy Works whilst also have a tonne of fun.
Technology has bridged many gaps in its existence but for the better part of this year, it has been keeping all of us connected when we couldn’t physically see each other.
This meeting would not have been possible without the incredible support of the teaching staff at St Anthony’s and for that, we thank them very much. The community at St Anthony’s has been supporting Mercy Works for many years and we are incredibly grateful for all the fundraising they do.
Their efforts have helped Mercy Works support and fund projects focused on education and health both here in Australia and overseas in Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea.
Published with collaboration from Mercy Works.