Prendiville Catholic College to give away glass crosses to celebrate Year of Mercy


Year 8 students Jordyn Fahie and Madison Snelling with a glass cross.  Picture: Martin Kennealey        d455544
Year 8 students Jordyn Fahie and Madison Snelling with a glass cross. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d455544

PRENDIVILLE Catholic College is embarking on a special project to celebrate its 30th anniversary and the Year of Mercy.

Over 10 weeks, the aCross the World project will have students making 207 glass crosses, with the aim of delivering one cross to a Catholic school in every country in the world by the end of the year.

In countries that do not have Catholic or Christian schools, the college will deliver a cross to a Catholic or Christian mission, organisation or chaplain in the region.

Technology, industry, design and enterprise teacher Lynn Vroombout said students enrolled in the fused glass, jewellery and three-dimensional design course have learnt to cut and fuse glass to make the crosses.

She said each cross would be different, with students creating their own pattern from the design templates.

“The students are very excited to be involved in this wonderful initiative and have given up a lot of their own time to commit to an end result for us to pull this off,” she said.

Mission and identity director and project leader Karen Black said the project was “Prendiville’s gift to the world”.

“The college celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and given this is also the Year of Mercy, we thought it apt to show mercy in giving to others without seeking anything in return,” she said.

“As far as we are aware, this project has never been undertaken by any other Catholic school worldwide.”

Schools will be chosen based on geography, population, access to postal services and if members of the college community have a connection to a particular school.

“The religious education students have been asked to connect with the schools by letter or email where feasible,” Ms Black said.

“There will be remote and isolated areas where this communication will not be possible and yet glass crosses will still be posted to these regions in the spirit of giving.”

The college is paying for the glass and delivery of crosses, with some members of the school community offering to deliver crosses during their travels.

As part of the project, the college will take part in the National Catholic Education Commission Conference next week.