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RE-cycled: Year of Mercy quilt

08 December 2016

Anne Maree Noonan, from St Timothy’s Primary School in Victoria, has sent us this latest RE-Cycled activity.

Junior students at St Timothy’s school, Vermont, VIC have an Advent Tradition where the children donate Christmas gifts for the St Vincent’s De Paul Society. Students fill 'Angel Boxes' with a gift for a child who is the same age as themselves. This is very much appreciated by the Year 6 Social Justice Leaders and members of our local St Vincent De Paul Conference.

To coincide with the 'Year of Mercy' the students worked with a parent and teachers designing a quilt depicting love hearts and symbols of 'Mercy'. We discussed the significance of the quote ‘Do small things with great love’ (Mother Teresa) and how we can make a difference through our actions in our world.

Reflection questions 

1. What does the Christmas saying, 'It's better to give, than receive', mean to you? 

2. How can you help children in need this year?

3. The Year of Mercy is over, but how can we make every year a Year of Mercy?


Draw a picture showing how you will carry this Year of Mercy into 2017 and beyond. 

If there is a quilter in your school community, students may be able to turn their pictures into quilt squares and have each student's square stitched together into a quilt like the students at St Timothy's,




Topic tags: australianidentity, catholicsocialteaching, socialjustice–australia, volunteeringandtakingaction

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