A group of Year 5 students from Westminster Cathedral School in London braved the cold to take part in a film for Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) on board HQS Wellington on the River Thames.
The six students could not hide their excitement when they went on board the former warship on November 26 – they even got the chance to visit the bridge and try their hands at the ship’s wheel!
The children were involved in a film AoS has commissioned for Sea Sunday in July 2016. The film is produced by the award-winning theatre company and charity Ten Ten Theatre for their new strand of work, Ten Ten Resources, with the help of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales.
On the top deck where filming took place, the children actively engaged with AoS Tilbury port chaplain Wojciech Holub, who spoke to them about how he supports seafarers, many of whom are Catholic, and from countries such as Philippines, Poland and India.
Wojciech speaks to the pupils about his work with seafarers.
The pupils were fascinated and asked lots of questions. They were curious to find out about seafarers’ lives, how AoS helps provide for their pastoral and welfare needs and about the seafarers’ families back home.
Earlier that morning AoS Director of Development John Green and AoS London Officer Roland Hayes visited the school where they spoke to the students about how there are thousands of seafarers who arrive at UK ports as they transport goods from one country to another.
The children were also shown samples of the everyday items that seafarers bring by ship.
The school visit was also to film footage for new resources being developed by Ten Ten Resources.
Do have a look at our Schools Resources Page to see how we raise awareness among school children about seafarers and our work.