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Manchester: Actor casts spell over his old school

Cast with Cel

Coldfeet actor Ceallach Spellman returned to his former school, St Bede's College on Thursday, to enjoy a performance of 'Saved by the Belle"' a variation of the popular classic 'Beauty and the Beast'. Ceallach began his acting career in 2003 when he appeared as 'Chip' in Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.

Ceallach from Stretford, attended St Bede's College...

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Manchester: Children enjoy Shakespeare Week

Young thespians at St Anthony's

St Anthony's Catholic Primary School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester have been going back in time this week to celebrate the world and work of William Shakespeare. It all kicked off with the Big Shakespeare Assembly, featuring songs from the musical 'Shakespeare Rocks'.

Throughout the week, pupils learnt about the life of William Shakespeare and some of his most famous plays.(and even ...

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Hull: Lecture on Sisterly love and professorial prowess

Professor Veronica O'Mara, a leading academic in the field of nun's literacies and preaching in the medieval period, will deliver her inaugural professorial lecture at the University of Hull on Monday 27th March. Everyone is invited to attend.

'The Education of a Medievalist: English Godly Literature Unbound'

In this lecture Professor O'Mara will explore her on-going education as a ...

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Ealing: New chapel at St Benedict's

i-r: Bishop John Wilson, Auxiliary, Headmaster Andrew Johnson, Mayor of Ealing, Cllr Dr Patricia Walker Dawn

A new chapel at St Benedict's, Ealing, west London was dedicated on the school's patronal feast day, 21 March. The Dedication of the Chapel of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was conducted by the Rt Rev John Wilson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Titular Bishop of Lindesfarne, who was also the Principal Celebrant at the whole school Mass in honour of St Benedict, in the Abbey Church.


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East Anglia: plans for new Catholic schools receive double boost

Pupils from St Bede's, Cambridge

The bid by the Diocese of East Anglia to open eight new Catholic schools across the region has received a double boost with a mention by the Chancellor in his recent Budget and news that over 800 people have registered their support for the plans. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, mentioned removing barriers to opening good quality faith schools in his March Budget. This follows on f...

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Ealing: World famous Voces8 sings with St Benedict's choirs

Voces8 soprano Andrea Haines with young singers

The widely acclaimed professional a cappella group, Voces8, visited St Benedict's Ealing, to work with the school's choirs, Abbey choristers and pupils of all ages.

Children from west London primary schools also attended the singing day, which culminated in a wonderful concert to showcase what had been learned.

Voces8 began the concert with music by Byrd and Rachmaninov before...

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CES welcomes compulsory Sex and Relationship Education

The Catholic Education Service (CES) has welcomed today's Government announcement on Relationship and Sex Education. The subject is to be made compulsory in all schools in England, Education Secretary Justine Greening said today. Until now sex education has only been compulsory in council-run schools. Under the new ruling parents will always have the right to withdraw their children from all or...

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Sir Michael Wilshaw to take up new roles at St Mary's University

l-r: Stephen Pound MP; Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and Chancellor of St Mary's University; Sir Michael Wilshaw,  Bishop Moth, Chair of Governors; Francis Campbell, Vice Chancellor.

At a reception in the Palace of Westminster last night, it was announced that the former Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, is set to lead St Mary's University's school leadership programme, developing the next cadre of senior leaders, headteachers and Multi-academy trust leaders. The former Chief Inspector of Schools in England will shortly take up a role as Professor of Education...

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Stonyhurst welcomes Jesuit Refugee Service director Sarah Teather

Last Thursday sixth form pupils at Stonyhurst College welcomed Sarah Teather, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) who spoke about the work the JRS are doing to help refugees all over the world and shared potential ways in which the school can get involved to help these people local to their area.

She described the difficulties refugees face in not only leaving their countries, bu...

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St Bedes College (Manchester) reunions in Manchester and London

Mike Walsh finds his own class picture

Were you a pupil at St Bede's College in Manchester? Would you be interested in getting together with others who were also at St Bede's? We're planning to revive the college Bedian Alumni, and create opportunities for Bedians to get together again, and catch up with each other.

This is just one of a number of initiatives to create a new energy amongst Bedians, coinciding with the 1...

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Oxford: World academics to debate ethics of the fur trade

Caged Silver Fox - Wiki image

Top academics from around the world will debate the ethics of the international fur trade at a Summer School at St Stephen's House, Oxford, from 23-26 July, 2017. Philosophers, theologians, and ethicists will be among academics from more than 12 countries, including the US, India, Croatia, China, Brazil, Spain, Austria, Canada, Ireland, Estonia, Finland, and Italy.

The fur industry is a m...

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Heythrop and the Intellectual Apostolate

The Jesuit Trustees have issued the following statement on the current situation of Heythrop College and the Intellectual Apostolate:

Recent changes in the financing of British Higher Education have led to rapidly-mounting costs. They have affected small specialist colleges disproportionately, and theology has been especially vulnerable. In the face of these external pressures, t...

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East Anglia: Bishop Alan Hopes blesses new school extension

Day to remember at St Martha's

A £3.5m extension which has enabled a West Norfolk Catholic primary school to double in size from 210 to 420 places, has been blessed by the Bishop of East Anglia the Rt Rev Alan Hopes during a visit on January 19.

The major expansion at St Martha's primary school near Holy Family Church, in Gaywood, King's Lynn, was funded by a mixture of Norfolk County Council, Diocese of East Anglia a...

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Ealing: St Benedict's new junior school is an eco-friendly landmark

Architect Meryl Townley, Head of Junior School Rob Simmons, Abbott Martin Shipperlee OSB and Headmaster of St Benedict's, Andrew Johnson

St Benedict's School Ealing in west London celebrated the topping out ceremony of its new junior school building, attended by the architect, parents, pupils, staff and governors.

The new extension will house the Nursery and Pre-Prep classes, for children aged three to seven, and will be extremely eco-friendly, built to a set of energy requirements known as 'Passivhaus'. This is a sustaina...

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