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.

East Anglia: New Catholic primary school approved

Sacred Heart pupils on running track

Following strong public support, Norfolk County Council has approved the Diocese of East Anglia's proposal to open a new 210-place primary school on the site of the current Sacred Heart School in Swaffham which is due to close at the end of the summer term.

The new Voluntary Aided, non-fee paying, primary school will open on September 1, 2019 with 210 places and a 25-place maintained nurs...

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Ealing: St Benedict's celebrates record number of Duke of Edinburgh's Awards

Pupils from St Benedict's school in Ealing, west London, have achieved a record number of 192 Duke of Edinburgh's Awards this year! An Award Presentation evening was held at the school, attended by the Mayor of Ealing Councillor Tejinder Singh Dhami, to mark this fantastic achievement.

Pupils from Year 9 to the Sixth Form have completed Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. These consist of pro...

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Manchester: School project restoring historic woodlands

Pupils from Saint Paul's Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester recently took part in the Woodland Futures Project. The group of Year 7 students enjoyed working on the project which aims to restore the heritage of historic woodlands in Wythenshawe.

The project explores the unique heritage of the woodlands which are relics of the major rural estates, Tatton and Massey, whi...

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London: St Gregory's achieves 'Outstanding' Ofsted report

St Gregory's pupils pond-dipping

St Gregory's Catholic Science College, in northwest London, was visited by a team of inspectors from Ofsted on 26th and 27th March who rated the school as outstanding in all areas.

The report, published on Tuesday, 23 April said: "Staff at St Gregory's are totally committed to promoting the very best outcomes and care for all their pupils." Inspectors commented that pupils responded well ...

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Cambridge: course on Christian Mysticism

A course for Catholic women, led by Jubilee Fellow, Dr Louise Nelstrop, at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology.

The course will introduce students to key themes and figures within Western Christian Mysticism. It will explore the rich mystical heritage that we find within this tradition, examining important figures such as Origen, Augustine, Dionysius, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian ...

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Encountering Peace, Justice and Creation through Faith

The British Region of the International Ecumenical Fellowship's met last week for their annual long weekend at Park Place Pastoral Centre, Wickham, Hampshire. The most interesting event was an evening visit to the nearby Al Mahdi Islamic Centre.

We were greeted by their Imam, Sheikh Fazle Abbas, who enthusiastically welcomed us by sharing about their environmentally friendly practices. Th...

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York: Living Theology Study Weekend on Abrahamic faiths

Bar Convent

We know that people of different faiths need to understand each other better, since our world suffers many problems in the name of 'religion'. Anti-Semitic rhetoric, pro-Zionist actions, careless use of the term 'crusade', Islamic fundamentalists, and Muslim and anti-Muslim terrorists - all these threaten our peace.

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis says that 'interreligious dialogue is...

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Peterborough: St John Fisher High School celebrates 60th anniversary

Pupils with flags represent the school's multi-cultural nature. Picture by St John Fisher High School

St John Fisher Catholic High School in Peterborough has celebrated its 60th anniversary, and marked the retirement of its headteacher, with a special Mass. The Mass on Wednesday, 3 April, was celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes and many priests from the deanery past and present. Guests, included headteachers from across the diocese, staff and parents.

The school opened on its Park Lane site ...

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Ammerdown: Living Theology weekend - 'Reading the signs of the times'


'Reading the signs of the times - Where do we see the Spirit blowing in the modern world?' is the theme of this year's Living Theology weekend, 21-23 June, to be held at Ammerdown, near Bath.

'Reading the signs of the times' has become familiar to us through the writings and sayings of Pope Francis in his publications and his speeches. For many of us, however, it is difficult to discern w...

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Francis Campbell to leave St Mary's University

The Vice-Chancellor of St Mary's University, Professor Francis Campbell, has announced that he is leaving to take up a new role as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Notre Dame Australia in January 2020.

In a statement, Professor Campbell said: "St Mary's is such a special community to be part of and the journey we have undertaken, at a time of significant change and flux in the sector ...

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London: Kenton School pupils lead park clean up

In support of Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean, Eco Warriors from St Gregory's Catholic Science College in Kenton invited other local schools, businesses and residents to join them in a community litter pick in Woodcock Park on 22nd March, the launch day of Keep Britain Tidy's national clean up campaign.

Over 90 people turned out to support the park clean up, with 46 bags of...

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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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