Stories from Catholic universities, colleges and schools in the UK and around the world. It also includes news relevant to educational resources, and articles by pupils and students.

Dublin: Jesuit students on climate strike

Dublin students in Friday demo show they are committed to 'being part of the solution - not the problem'

Students from Gonzaga College SJ and Belvedere College SJ, in Dublin, have been taking part in two recent 'Fridays for Future' demonstrations outside Leinster House.

On Friday 1st February, a group of 17 Transition Year students from Gonzaga attended the event, accompanied by Ms Siobhán McNamara, Ms Elisabeth Clarke and Mr David Keenahan.

On Friday 1st March, 10 Fifth Year students...

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Reflections on the good life: Dialogue and Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples in Guyana

Joel Thompson SJ

Jesuit Missions this week welcomed Joel Thompson SJ to the UK for a Lenten speaker tour. He has been travelling the country visiting Jesuit schools and parishes to speak about his work with the indigenous people in Guyana and the importance of ecology in Guyana.

He has so far visited Donhead Preparatory school, Wimbledon College, St John's Beaumont, St Ignatius College Enfield, Stonyhurst...

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Cambridge: Margaret Beaufort Institute seeks to appoint Cardinal Hume Visiting Scholar 2020

The Margaret Beaufort Institute has just celebrated its Silver Jubilee, having been established for 25 years as the Roman Catholic Member of the Cambridge Theological Federation. The Institute is a vibrant, pioneering, theological college, and prioritises working with women in Catholic theology, with alumnae engaged in a wide range of lay ministries in many countries. Our mission is to advance...

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London: St Benedict's marks International Women's Day by championing women composers

St Benedict's singers with Director of Music, Gabriella Di Laccio and Headmaster Andrew Johnson

How many women composers can you name? Exactly....St Benedict's School, Ealing is marking International Women's Day with a recital of music entirely by women. Some of St Benedict's singers have given a recital of music by women composers, inspired by their singing teacher, award-winning international soprano Gabriella Di Laccio.

Gabriella champions the music of women composers, many of wh...

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Manchester pupils take part in Operating Theatre Live

Pupils from Saint Paul's Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester recently took part in Operating Theatre Live, a captivating event designed for aspiring medics of all ages. The Operating Theatre Live event took place at Irlam and Cadishead College and was aimed at those looking into careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing and paramedics.

The day's sessions were led by high...

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Judge throws out secular campaign group's 'artificial' court case against Catholic schools

Justice Lambert - image Twitter

Secular campaign group, Humanists UK, has lost their appeal to launch Judicial Review proceedings against the Catholic Church.

The proceedings were brought against the Catholic Education Service by the anti-Catholic school group, who wrongly claimed that rules which give priority to Catholics for senior positions in Catholic schools were contrary to EU legislation.

The Rt Hon Lord J...

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Brentwood MPs urge diocese to re-think Catholic school academisation plan + update

Jon Cruddas, MP

On Friday, Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, sent a letter to the Bishop of Brentwood, Bishop Alan Williams, signed by seven local MPs urging him to reconsider the academisation of Catholic Schools in the area.

Mr Cruddas said: "We believe there to be a strong case for remaining part of the local family of schools within our boroughs.

In these difficult and demanding times f...

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East Anglia: Students focus on modern slavery issues

Drama by students at St John Fisher High School

Students from St John Fisher High School in Peterborough have learnt about the massive problem of modern-day slavery from a high-powered panel of professionals including two bishops, officers of the Santa Marta Group, Cambridgeshire Police and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority. Keith Morris reports.

Around 200 students took part in the day-long event on Friday (February ...

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Churches called to join global prayers for students

Churches are being invited to pray for students around the world on Student Sunday, 17 February 2019.

Student Sunday, known internationally as the Universal Day of Prayer for Students, is one of the oldest global ecumenical days of prayer, and recognises the extraordinary contribution of students to the life of the church and their role in serving their communities. It also highlights the...

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London: St Gregory's pupil wins major public speaking competition

Mayor of Brent Cllr Arshad Mahmood presents Princilla with her prize

Princilla Agyemang, age 14, from St Gregory's Catholic Science College in Kenton, Harrow, beat 740 pupils across Brent to win the regional final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out! Challenge on Wednesday, 23 January

Princilla impressed a large and distinguished line-up of judges with her speech which tackled homophobia and discrimination around the world. Asked about her success, Pr...

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Columban schools journalism competition

2018 winners 2018 on topic 'Migrants are our neighbours' - photo Sophie Stanes

Following on from the success of last year's inaugural Columban Schools Journalism competition, the Columbans have launched a 2019 competition with the title: 'The Challenge of Climate Change'. Students aged 15-18 inclusive are invited to write an article or make a video report that informs and raises important issues on the topic. Two separate competitions will be held, one for stu...

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Norfolk: Consultation begins on plan for new Catholic primary school

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The Diocese of East Anglia has begun a consultation this week to open a new Catholic primary school in Swaffham on the site of the current Sacred Heart School, a fee-paying school that is due to close at the end of the summer term 2019. The consultation will run until February 15 and asks parents, staff and the local community for their views about opening a new Catholic primary scho...

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Cambridgeshire: Diocese announces bids for new Catholic primary schools

Diocesan Schools Mass and picnic,  St John's Cathedral, Norwich

The Diocese of East Anglia has announced its intention to submit bids to open three new voluntary-aided Catholic primary schools in areas of Cambridgeshire with increasing populations and is now asking for people to support the bids.

The three Cambridgeshire bids are in areas of significant housing development - Northstowe, Hampton East (Peterborough) and Great Haddon (Peterborough).


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St Gregory's pupil wins Mayor of London's Christmas card competition

Mayor Sadiq Khan with Diza D'Silva & St Gregory's Art teachers Katie Seymour, Tara Murphy, Sophie Maund

More than 1,000 school pupils from across London entered this year's competition to design the Mayor of London's Christmas card. The winning design, printed onto the Mayor's Christmas card, is sent to dignitaries across the world, including the Queen!

The winning entry was designed by Diza D'Silva, age 13, from St Gregory's Catholic Science College. Diza was invited to the Mayor's Christm...

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