Plan Your Mission Week!
Mission Week (23-27 October 2023) is the celebration of global mission in schools across Australia.
Starting after World Mission Sunday in your local parish, your Mission Week is a chance to have fun, learn more about important issues of mission and justice, and get active with a Socktober Shootout.
The centrepiece of any Mission Week, the Socktober Shootout is based on soccer's dramatic penalty shootout, which has famously decided some legendary matches, including World Cup finals!
The Socktober Shootout is a good way to make use of the sockballs students have made throughout the Socktober Challenge.
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There are other activities you can also incorporate into your Socktober Event Day. Here are 5 tips to running a successful event:
1. Put it in the calendar well in advance. Recruit colleagues to help and invite parents to join on the day.
2. Make use of our school resources to plan activities for the day, including a Mass or Liturgy.
3. Use our templates to promote Socktober and your Event Day in your school and beyond!
4. Introduce the focus country, Timor-Leste, during lessons leading up to your Event Day. Use our Mission Packs to help guide the conversation.
5. Run the Socktober Shootout on your Event Day with guest goalkeepers and using your sockballs. Run a debrief with our sockball activity sheet.
Don’t forget to take photos (with permission) of your Socktober Shootout and share it using the hashtag #Socktober2023 and #Socktober4Mission.
How to make your own sockball
Watch Dorothy from Catholic Mission make a sockball alongside family in Zambia, and then have a go at making your own using recycled materials at home or in class. Many children in Timor-Leste and around the world play with a ball just like this - even Pope Francis did as a boy in Argentina. Ready to make yours?
SOCKTOBER EVENT DAY RESOURCES
These resources will help you to plan and effectively run a smooth Socktober Event Day for your students, ensuring the activities are as fun as they are formational.
Looking for Prayer and Liturgy resources?
Head to our dedicated page to find everything you need to deliver a moving Mass or Liturgy at your school.
Tips to nailing the perfect penalty goal
On your Socktober Event Day, you'll be kicking plenty of goals. Here are a few tips from our resident soccer guru to help you match it with the Matildas and the Socceroos and net all your shots.