Sacred Heart College Napier student leaders have come together to produce a moving video rendition of the prayers of the faithful to encourage and inspire their school community.

Speaking in their native languages, including English, Māori, Tongan, Italian, Dutch and Samoan, seven leaders each shared a prayer for the unsung heroes of society during this trying time.

Head girl Lucy Dinneen came up with the concept which will be used as the focus for this week’s online learning.

“I thought it would be nice for our girls, staff, and the wider community to stay connected with their faith and to encourage the idea of ‘staying connected to our sisterhood’ via our prayers and religion,” she said.

In the video, they can be seen praying for God to watch over the essential workers and help them realise they are “truly appreciated by everyone”.

“My God, we ask that you watch over those working in hospitals during this pandemic. May they continue to have the energy to work hard and stay healthy.”

They pray for those who are sick and those who are more at risk than others to fall ill. But they also lift those in Government making crucial decisions, as well as teachers, students and those who are working hard during this time.

It is the second video created by year 13 leaders at Sacred Heart College reinforcing the idea that although they may be isolated and apart from each other, together they are one.

Last week, house leaders made a video in an effort to stay connected with one another and to remind the girls to stay strong in their faith and resilience.

Principal Maria Neville-Foster said it was a “beautiful prayer video”.

“It gave me goosebumps… What wonderful students we have to work with.”

Neville-Foster said it is more important than ever to ensure students are keeping their faith “alive and connected” during this time.

She said she is immensely proud of the way all students have adapted to this ever-changing environment. “Once again, it shows our girls’ ingenuity and spirit.”

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