Pupils at St Joseph’s Primary School in Stepps, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, were given food for thought from their own headmaster after hearing of the crucial work being carried out by Apostleship of the Sea (AoS).
AoS was chosen to lead the school’s weekly assembly and Euan McArthur, AoS Scotland Development Officer, told them amongst other things, how those who bravely worked for a living at sea were 50 times more likely to lose their lives than in any other workplace or industry.
Brendan McCloskey, head teacher in the Motherwell Diocese School, said; “The next time we have fish here for lunch in the school on Friday, we should think more carefully of all the hard work which has gone into bringing it to our table.
“My own uncle was a fisherman in County Donegal and I know that his family were always quite anxious and worried whenever he went to sea, especially in dangerous weather conditions which we have witnessed this week.
“Apostleship of the Sea is a very important charity. We should never take for granted what seafarers bring to our shores."
Euan said; “I would like to thank Mr McCloskey and all the pupils for making this such a worthwhile visit. We would like to return in the weeks ahead to talk more in-depth about some of the issues facing seafarers.”
Euan with pupils of St Joseph's Stepps
Separately, Apostleship of the Sea was in their heartland as they addressed pupils at St Stephen’s Primary School in Dalmuir, Clydebank recently.
Close to where their old seafaring centre was based in Whiteinch and in near proximity to the banks of the River Clyde, AoS were invited to talk about both their work of past and present to the whole school as part of their morning assembly.
Euan McArthur, AoS Scotland Development Officer, was asked some interesting questions afterwards and assured of another warm welcome the next time he visits there.
Head teacher Georgette Murray, said; “This has made us all think. We really are in an area of rich heritage when you think of the ships we used to make in this part of Scotland and, of course, hearing of Whiteinch and how seafarers used to seek respite there puts it all into perspective.
“It’s always important to have your awareness raised and we’ll be welcoming Apostleship of the Sea back in the future.”
Euan said; “It was good to give so many of the pupils a taste of our work and what it’s like to help the average seafarer.
“Our sincere thanks go to Mrs Murray for giving us this opportunity and the pupils’ questions showed they were very interested in our charity.”
AoS gave a school assembly at St Stephen's Dalmuir