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.

Catholic and Jewish schools in joint charity day

A hive of activity in Mill Hill as children from nine schools put Vinnie Packs together

Last Thursday, 75 Children from Catholic and Jewish schools gathered for a day of interfaith encounter and charity. The students worked together out the parish hall of Sacred Heart and Mary Immaculate parish in Mill Hill to assemble 400 'Vinnie Packs'.

The day celebrated the twin occasions of Mitzvah Day and World Day of the Poor, which both fell on Sunday 17th of November. Mitzvah Day is...

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Ealing: St Benedict's students visit Vietnam

Climbing into a cramped tunnel

St Benedict's History department led a fascinating trip to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in October. Students from Years 11 and 13 enjoyed stunning scenery and returned with an enriched understanding of Vietnamese history and culture.

The very first day of the trip was packed with interesting experiences. Having landed in Hanoi very early in the morning, and after a traditional Vietnamese br...

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Harrow: Young people trained up to tackle bullying with Diana Award

Anti-Bullying trainers and Ambassadors with Assistant Principal Paul Higginson

A hundred students took part in a one-day anti-bullying training session run by The Diana Award at St Dominic's Sixth Form College in Harrow, west London, on 29 October.

Young people from nine local schools, aged 14-17, worked together and acquired vital skills to enable them to change the attitudes and behaviours of bullying in their school or College by building their skills and confide...

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Pope: Catholic universities must educate students to social, relational responsibility

Pope Francis received members of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, and reminded them that the fruits of study must have a relational and social purpose.

'New Frontiers for University Leaders: The Future of Health and the University Ecosystem' was the theme of the forum held in Rome, dedicated to the topics and challenges currently driving university transformation.

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Colombian land defenders visit north London school

Students with the Guardians of Atrato River

Pupils in Finchley, north London, recently received a very special visit from a group of land and human rights defenders who travelled from Colombia to speak to the students about the importance of environmental protection.

Known locally in Colombia as The Guardians of Atrato River, Alba Achito, a female indigenous leader, Fausto Palacios, a youth coordinator and advisor, and lawyer Viann...

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Enquiry publishes damning report on St Benedict's, Ealing

Ealing Abbey

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) published its report on St Benedict's School in Ealing yesterday.

IICSA said in a statement: 'During five days of public hearings in February 2019, the Inquiry heard evidence from those who had been sexually abused as children at St Benedict's School. The report describes the atmosphere at St Benedict's as "sadistic and predatory" du...

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CES statement on RE and Relationship and Sex Education in Wales

The Catholic Education Service (CES) has expressed concern over proposed changes to RE and Relationship and Sex Education in Wales, in the following statement:

High quality Religious Education is essential for producing well rounded, religiously literate young people. In a similar respect, well taught Relationship and Sex Education plays a vital role in preparing children for l...

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TV presenter opens anniversary lecture series at St Dominic's

Julie Etchingham (centre), with College Principal Andrew Parkin and students

As part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations at St Dominic's Sixth Form College in Harrow, TV Broadcaster and Journalist, Julie Etchingham was invited to talk to a large group of students about her faith and her work. In an absorbing presentation, Julie outlined how her faith has shaped her career - she recounted that she is known in the ITN newsroom as "the office Catholic".

She told how...

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Paradise Street

Jayda Pryce, Kaylan Teague, Ben Roberts and Tom Morrison-Rees

Ten Ten's latest film project, the drama series 'Paradise Street' was premiered at the Art House cinema in Crouch End, north London, on Saturday.

The storylines revolve around four children from the same school: Finn (Tom Morrison-Rees), Leyla (Kaylan Teague), Marcus (Ben Roberts) and Siobhan (Jayda Pryce) growing up in very different families.

The dialogue in Paradise Street is ver...

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Milton Keynes MP praises pupils' action to tackle climate change

Pupils in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire have received high praise from local MP Iain Stewart, after taking decisive action to tackle climate change - and have now tasked the parliamentarian with championing further action.

Earlier this year, pupils at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School in Bletchley attended an assembly about the global effects of climate change led by Cathy Stormonth,...

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Columbans launch Schools Journalism Competition to tackle 'a throwaway society'

2018 winners - image: Sophie Stanes

Columban missionaries are urging young people to tackle "a throwaway society" through its third young journalists' competition. The title is, Tackling our Throwaway Culture'. The competition opens for entries on 4 October, the Feast of Sr Francis of Assisi and the conclusion of the 'Season of Creation'.

The culture of 'throwaway' is pervasive in our world today. The throwaway culture is a...

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London: Bible Timeline course

Mauro Iannicelli

After the success of his course last year, Catholic speaker Mauro Iannicelli, will be running another Bible Timeline Course with live talks, commencing Monday 30th September from 7pm-9.15pm, at St Patrick's Church in Soho Square.

The course consists of 13 sessions every other Monday at 7pm.

The course employs the Bible Timeline Chart and teaching methodology developed by Jeff Cavins...

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Norwich: Schools Mass celebrates beginning of 'Year of the Word'

Bishop Alan Hopes with school representatives

Hundreds of pupils and staff from 28 schools across the Diocese of East Anglia came together on Friday, 20 September for a special Schools Mass at St John the Baptist Cathedral to mark the start of the new academic year. Alex Savage reports.

The theme for the Mass was The Year of the Word, to tie in with the Bishops of England and Wales who have dedicated the next 12 months as a ...

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Scotland: Calls to reject plan to remove voting rights for church reps on education committee

Catholics in Ayrshire are being urged to fight a proposal intended to strip the Catholic community of its voting rights on East Ayrshire Council's Education Committee.

The Bishop of Galloway, Bishop William Nolan wants them to urge local councillors to support Ayrshire's Catholic community and vote against any such moves to ensure its schools' Catholic ethos is maintained.

He warned...

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