Reflecting on Easter at St Columba’s Leichhardt

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To prepare for Easter, students at St Columba’s Catholic Primary School Leichhardt North took part in a ‘Journey through Holy Week’.

Set up in the school’s new shared space, each class spent 30 minutes visiting seven different reflection areas telling the story of Jesus’ journey to the Cross – Palm Sunday, the washing of the feet, the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, his betrayal and arrest, the Passion and his death.

Each space was prepared by a different class and included real materials, food and objects such as bread, grapes and olive branches to bring the story alive for the school’s 170 students.

Kindergarten student Connor said the part of the ‘Journey through Holy Week’ that stayed with him was that ‘we shouldn’t betray our friends like Judas did to Jesus’.

Kindergarten teacher and Religious Education Coordinator, Catherine Funston, said all the children had knowledge about what they were seeing as they had been learning about it in class.

She said the aim of the ‘Journey through Holy Week’ was to make it tactile and interactive as that approach encouraged discussion, exploration and questions.

“We also wanted to create a calm and peaceful space and at the end of the journey each child was encouraged to sit quietly, reflect and pray.”

When Ms Funston’s Kindergarten class took part in the ‘journey’ they listened to the Holy Week story, asked questions, made comments, held the bread and grapes at the Last Supper, and re-enacted elements of the story including Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.   At the end they chose one of the seven sacred spaces to sit by and reflect.

Kindergarten student Connor said the part of the ‘Journey through Holy Week’ that stayed with him was that ‘we shouldn’t betray our friends like Judas did to Jesus’.

Classmate, Zoe said she learnt about sharing like Jesus and the disciples did with the bread and wine at the Last Supper.

For Hamish the important message was that after Jesus died his mother and other women came up to him and said they loved him.

 

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