On May 19th, 129 students and 10 teachers from the Aver-o-Mar School Grouping went on walking tour, with Safe School agents, to Póvoa de Varzim City Park, to take part in an event organised by the Archdiocese of Braga, with the support of Póvoa de Varzim Town Hall: SpringFest’23. A great CRME festival awaited them, with about 8000 participants, students enrolled and attending CRME, from the 3rd cycle.


The leitmotif this year was “Come closer!” and the central theme was “Common Good and caring for the other – caring for our Common Home”. The ideals and values that underpin this event are based on the Encyclicals Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti. According to the event organisers, the meeting aimed to strengthen the spirit of togetherness and social accountability towards human beings and nature. The purpose was to involve students in the practice of Integral Ecology, through a series of workshops on water, recycling, the importance of reducing consumption, caring for the Planet and for Others.


The students were able to participate in various activities and workshops, namely: sailing, paddle tennis, canoeing, yoga, boxing, kempo, brazilian capoeira, and much more.


The large picnic was a moment that enabled everyone to socialise and rest in the shade. And what a good feeling it was!


In the afternoon, the great sensation and what most pleased the students was the concert with Father Guilherme and Kassama, who spread joy and enthusiasm, in a very catching way.


The 8th C developed an activity throughout the morning, called Hug day at SpringFest, inviting colleagues from other schools to give a hug.


The 7th C, under the DAC “Not everything that comes to the net is cool” and because May 19th is the Blue School Day, they took responsibility for the rubbish collection.


Margarida Rodrigues, from 9th A made a video, telling how this event went throughout the day.


The students participated with enthusiasm and joy, and SpringFest’23 was a space of encounter, experience and strong human relationship. The day was one of celebration and healthy interaction.


The School Principal was also present at the meeting, as a guest of honour. This made the students of the School Grouping feel cheerful.


Next year there will be more!





Carlos Gomes de Sá

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