If you glanced across the Laverstock Downs last Friday you’d have seen a very colourful sight! Not only would you have seen the natural beauty of the green hills and fields, the brilliant blue of the sky and the yellow rapeseed crops, but you’d also have seen a plethora of coloured balloons floating up into the sky!
To mark the Christian celebration of Pentecost where the disciples’ hope was revived following the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, students at St Joseph’s School sent messages of hope attached to balloons out to the world.
During the week leading up to the balloon release, students from each form group came up with messages of hope that they wanted to send out. The form groups then voted on the message that would be attached to their balloon and sent out into the sky on Friday afternoon to literally go wherever the wind decided.
On the reverse of each message of hope was a note asking the recipient of the message to email the school. In total, there were 21 balloons released – one from each form and also a staff balloon. So far the school has received one email back from a small village in France as well as others in the local area.
Bonjour à vous,
Je m’appelle Manon et j’habite un petit village près de Saumur en France. J’ai trouver votre ballon devant ma porte. C’est le ballon 10M “When the world says ‘give up’ Hope whispers ‘try it one more time’”.
Bonne continuation et merci pour ce message
Headteacher, Rachel Ridley, was delighted with the event, the response of the students and staff and also receiving a reply from France was exceptional. “It is always heart-warming to witness our young people offering support and good wishes to our local and global community. Our students are caring, thoughtful and empathetic, and this act of kindness clearly demonstrates their values and understanding of people that are less fortunate than themselves ”