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.

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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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Willesden unveils stained glass window

Rightt: Headmistress Mrs Titus Deputy Head Ms Kirby on left, with parents and pupils.

The parents and children of St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School in Willesden, NW London, have had further cause to celebrate this week.

Further to moving back into the school building three years after the fire in September 2015, then recently receiving the award of Best Catholic State Primary School in England, (See: ICN 23 November 2019 - Catholic school which survived blaze wins ...

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Manchester: St Paul's High School pupils train to be Peer Mentors

Peer mentoring session

A group of pupils from Saint Paul's Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester took part in training where they were able to explore and understand some of the issues encountered by students as part of school life through a series of interactive sessions.

The Year 10 pupils, who had volunteered to become Peer Mentors, gained many practical ideas and received tips during the t...

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Twins from St Benedict's join National Youth Choir

George and Mark

Two brothers in Year 6 at St Benedict's have been accepted into the National Youth Boys' Choir of Great Britain. They auditioned with hundreds of young singers from all over the UK.

George and Mark are choristers in the Ealing Abbey Choir, and also sing in other choirs at St Benedict's Junior School. They will attend two National Youth Choir residential courses later this year, joining up...

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Jesuit Missions launches Companions in Action for Schools

Jesuit Missions is launching their Companions in Action programme on 3 December, the Feast of St Francis Xavier. Companions in Action partners Jesuit schools in the UK with Jesuit schools in the Global South. This programme seeks to create a working relationship in which young people can share their common humanity, their Ignatian identity and work to create a better world where the dignity of ...

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Catholic school which survived blaze wins major award

From left to right: Joene, Head Boy, Mrs Titus, Headmistress, Harriette, Kacper, Jennifer, Head Girl and Ms Kirby, Deputy Head.

A Catholic school which was based in temporary accommodation for three years after being badly damaged in a fire, has been been voted the second best state primary school in the country.

St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School in Willesden, northwest London, was given the ranking this week in the Sunday Times School Guide 2019.

A statement from the school said: "We are delighted f...

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Brentwood: Council and parents oppose plan to 'academise' school + UPDATE

Our Lady of Lourdes school parents, children and staff protest against academisation.

Around 70 parents at Our Lady of Lourdes primary school in Redbridge gathered recently to oppose the 'academisation' of the school. The meeting held at the Manor House heard how academisation amounts to privatisation of the education system. The proposal to turn Our Lady of Lourdes Primary school into an academy is part of a wider plan by the Diocese of Brentwood to turn all its...

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Ealing: War memorial unveiled at St Benedict's

Ealing Deputy Lieutenant, Richard Kornicki, CBE, Headmaster Andrew Johnson, Bishop Paul Mason

St Benedict's school in Ealing, west London, unveiled a new war memorial on Sunday November 11th - the centenary of World War I - in remembrance of pupils and teachers from the school who lost their lives in conflict.

The new memorial was unveiled by the Deputy Lieutenant of Ealing, Richard Kornicki, and blessed by the Bishop of the Armed Forces, the Right Reverend Paul Mason. The ceremo...

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London pupils' passion for pumpkins feeds homeless

Students preparing soup

Pupils from St Gregory's Catholic Science College in Kenton, northwest London, turned pumpkins, grown in the school's eco-garden, into a hearty soup for the homeless. The green-fingered pupils - who, earlier this year, won the Royal Horticultural Society's School Gardening Team of the Year award - grew the pumpkins from seed during the summer term. The pumpkins were fed and watered ...

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Cambridge: Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology celebrates Silver Jubilee

Last Saturday (13 October) the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge (member of the Cambridge Theological Federation) celebrated its Silver Jubilee. There was a Holy Mass at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, followed by lunch in the beautiful gardens of the Institute.

Many of the alumnae, students, current and past Directors, members of the Council, volunteers and fr...

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Columban Invitation to Mission Programme 2019

Invitation to Mission at US/Mexico border

The Columban 'Invitation to Mission Programme' is now into its 5th year. Nearly 40 people have taken part in this learning experience, growing in faith and understanding through preparation in the UK, a 10-day visit overseas, and follow up on return.

The Columbans in Britain are now inviting applications for participation in the 2019 programme, visiting the Philippines during Holy Week 20...

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