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.

Wales: Catholic school heads unite to oppose RE changes

The headteacher of every Catholic school in Wales has written to the First Minister asking him to rethink his Government's proposed changes to Religious Education. The headteachers of more than 80 Welsh Catholic schools have signed a joint letter asking the Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, to stop the proposed legislation surrounding RE which specifically targets the Catholic ethos of their schools.

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Manchester school on 2,000k school trip for CAFOD coronavirus emergency fund

Image: CAFOD

Despite lockdown, one school has made it their mission to reach their school trip destination - virtually. They will be walking, running and cycling nearly 2,000km to represent their journey from Manchester to Spain - all in aid of the global coronavirus response.

Year Six pupils from Our Lady of the Rosary school in Manchester had their trip to Ponteareas in Spain cancelled because of th...

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Schola Cantorum record first performance under lockdown

The Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in west London, have just put together a recording of their first performance under lockdown: Palestrina's Sicut Cervus - 'As the hart longs for water, so my soul yearns for you, O God'.

Director of Music Scott Price explained: "The way the video was created is that I sent the boys a track to sing along to at home and they wore h...

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Ealing: St Benedict's School makes PPE for frontline NHS workers

Staff at Georgian House Care Home Ealing, wearing St Benedict's PPE

Staff and students at St Benedict's School in Ealing, west London have made over 1,000 protective visors for frontline NHS staff, carers and key workers, in London and beyond.

St Benedict's DT teacher Mauricio Mendes, assisted by a team of sixth form volunteers, has been producing and distributing this essential PPE to hospitals, care homes and doctors' surgeries since mid-March.


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Gabriel's Message for Harrogate

As part of its celebrations for the Year of the Word, the Diocese of Leeds is running a series of podcasts entitled A History of the Word in Objects. Each podcast showcases various objects, chosen from churches and schools across the Diocese, which illustrate the Bible's relevance to our Faith. The initiative has been devised and produced by Diocesan Year of the Word Scripture Champions, Rev He...

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Ealing: St Benedict's hosts Science Fair

St Benedict's science labs buzzed with scientific enquiry yesterday as Year 8 pupils presented their wide-ranging projects to almost 150 visiting junior school children in British Science Week.

How effective are masks against pollution?

How can a space ship sustain life if the earth perishes?

Which paper plane design flies the furthest?

These are just a few of the projec...

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Brazilian indigenous leader inspires schoolchildren

Davi Yanomami and Yario with some of the children

A world-famous indigenous leader from Brazil recently met London school children to speak about the importance of protecting the Amazon and the power young people have in raising their voices on environmental and indigenous issues.

Davi Yanomami, leader and spokesperson for the Yanomami people, and his son Dario, met with pupils from Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead, and St Joseph Primary Sc...

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Writers' Festival returns to Leeds Trinity University

Professor Hardwick with Chancellor Debbie McAndrew who is also a playwright

Aspiring writers, poets and creative minds will collaborate with professional writers, attend writing workshops and listen to readings from featured poets and novelists at Leeds Trinity University's annual Writers' Festival taking place this month.

Now in its 16th year, the Writers' Festival will return to the University on Tuesday 17 March 2020, welcoming attendees from across the region...

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Conference: Social Justice and Catholic Education

The Research School of the Convent of Jesus and Mary in conjunction with the Network for Researchers in Catholic Education, is convening a one-day conference on Thursday 12th March on the theme of Catholic Education and Social Justice.

The conference is aimed at headteachers, governors, researchers and all advocates of Catholic education. Delegates will explore the relationship between Ca...

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East Anglia: First new Catholic school for ten years is approved

St Thomas More Primary in Peterborough

A new Catholic primary school in Hamptons East, Peterborough was approved by Peterborough City Council at a meeting on February 12 and is believed to be the first Catholic school in the whole country to have been given the green light in a decade.

The new maintained voluntary-aided school is due to open in September 2022, initially for 90 pupils before eventually reaching 630. It will als...

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CAFOD director inspires Leicestershire students

Pupils with their trees

Last week, CAFOD's director Christine Allen, spoke at Ramgarhia Community Centre to a packed hall of more than 1,000 students about the role of young people in campaigning for change on issues such as the environment, climate change and global poverty.

Christine said: "It was so motivating to see so many young people finding ways to be good neighbours, both locally and globally.


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Over 150 Catholic teachers attend first ATCRE national conference

More than 150 people packed in the Waldegrave Dining Room at St Mary's University for the first Association of Teachers of Catholic RE national conference. It was standing room only as Catholic RE teachers joined Diocesan representatives, Catholic Education Service staff, Catholic university lecturers and clergy to celebrate Catholic education in England and Wales.

Mary Myatt, a St Mary's...

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Christian Institute challenges council over Relationship and Sex Education policy

Warwickshire County Council is on the brink of a legal challenge over what has been described as "a controversial and misleading policy" for implementing Relationship and Sex Education in primary schools under its care.

Lawyers acting on behalf of The Christian Institute have written to the Council, raising concerns over the policy's "catalogue of errors". They contend it has failed to "t...

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Kettering students take 'Zero Hero' pledge to reduce effects of climate change

To celebrate the end of term, students at St Thomas More Catholic Primary in Kettering decided to join a nationwide campaign to tackle climate change and have pledged to become 'Zero Heroes'.

The 'Zero Hero' campaign was launched last year by international development charity CAFOD to help the next generation understand how we can meet 'net zero' targets - which will help keep the environ...

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