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Enriching Programme of Events at Margaret Beaufort Institute, Cambridge (Spring 2024)

The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge is offering an enriching programme of lectures, book launches, short courses and study days this Spring (April-June 2024) which will be of interest to all Catholics. Topics range from Aquinas to Synodality, Catholic Social Thought to the Eucharistic Prayer, and culminate in Professional Ethics. The programme begins with the prestigious Mary Wa... Read More

Wirral: Catholic students champion creative thinking

Some of the conference participants

Students from St John Plessington Catholic College and St Mary's Catholic College, part of Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust (HFCMAT), recently curated and delivered a conference in a bid to inspire creativity amongst their peers. As part of its ongoing C Change programme, HFCMAT empowered students to take the lead and have their say on how creativity should be fostered within the curriculu... Read More

Liverpool: Catholic school hosts Iftar meal for Muslim community

The Academy of St Francis of Assisi in Kensington, Liverpool, held its first-ever Iftar meal for Muslim students and families within the school community. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world observe fasting from dawn until sunset, culminating in the breaking of the fast at sunset with a meal known as Iftar. The Iftar dinner provided an opportunity for members of the school c... Read More

St Benedict's appoints first ever Head of Football

Daniel Matsuzaka

St Benedict's School in Ealing has appoints first ever Head of Football to join the school from September 2024. As St Benedict's enters a new chapter with the introduction of Football to its sports programme, they have announced the appointment of Daniel Matsuzaka as the first Head of Football for the school. Mr Matsuzaka, who will start in September 2024, brings with him a wealth of hands-on expe... Read More

Third Place Columban School 'Biodversity Matters' Competition winner

Image by Charlotte Moyes (3rd place winner in the Art catagory)

Sarah Ashcroft won third place with her article 'Each Square' in the 2024 Columban Schools Competition in Britain on the theme of 'Biodiversity Matters,' announced on 21 March. Jo Siedlecka of ICN was one of the judges. Sarah is a pupil of Loreto Grammer school in Altrincham. Each Square Of the approximate five hundred and ten trillion square metres on Earth's surface, no two are the same. Each is... Read More

Second place Columban School Biodiversity Matters competition winner

Anna Cookson

Anna Cookson won second place with her article in the 2024 Columban Schools Competition in Britain on the theme of 'Biodiversity Matters,' announced on 21 March. Jo Siedlecka of ICN was one of the judges. Anna is a pupil of Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College in Leeds. The reckless destruction of medicinal potential Anna writes: Earth provides countless cures; half of all modern medicines are d... Read More

Winning article in Columban School Biodiversity Matters competition

Austin Beenham

Austin Beenham, Holy Cross Catholic High School, Chorley, Lancashire, came first place in the 2024 Columban Schools Competition on the theme of 'Biodiversity Matters,' announced on 21 March. Jo Siedlecka of ICN was one of the judges. The need to care for our Common Home Biodiversity refers to the extensive variety of different species, helping the Earth to function. According to National Geographi... Read More

Columban 'Biodiversity Matters' Competition winners

Winning image in Britain: Love of the World by Chidera Anyakora

Winners have been announced in a media competition for young people on the subject 'Biodiversity Matters,' run by the Columban Missionary Society in Britain and Ireland. The announcement day - 21 March - is the UN's International Day of Forests. Young people 13-18 years were asked to produce a piece of writing or image that demonstrates an awareness and understanding of the issue of biodiversity a... Read More

Scotland: Pupils invited to get creative for all of creation

Children and young people from across Scotland are being offered the chance to combine their passion for climate justice with their artistic abilities, thanks to an exciting new project with some of Scotland's leading charities. SCIAF, in partnership with Christian Aid and Oxfam, has launched 'Get Creative for Climate Justice', an exciting new project which will culminate in an exhibition in the ... Read More

Derby: UK's greenest primary school rebuilt after fire wins award

Estates Manager Andrew Muldoon,  with headteacher Amanda Greaves, Mayor  Alan Graves, and architect Ian Naylor

A school that was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire is celebrating after winning the New Full Build Award at the Brighter City of Derby Awards. St Mary's Catholic Voluntary Academy, in Broadway, received the Derby Civic Society award from the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Alan Graves. Amanda Greaves, Executive Headteacher at St Mary's, accepted the award at Derby's Council House. She was joined f... Read More

Matlock primary school offers children Magic Breakfasts

Magic start to the day

Free breakfast is being offered to every child at Saint Joseph's Catholic Voluntary Academy in Matlock, Derbyshire. The school is working in partnership with children's charity, Magic Breakfast, to provide a free, healthy breakfast to all pupils. A range of cereals, bagels, toast and beans are on the menu and children can arrive at school between 8.20am and 8.45am to eat. Magic Breakfast's aim is ... Read More

Manchester: World Book Day at Saint Paul's

One keen reader

Students at Saint Paul's Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester took part in the biggest celebration of books and reading in the world when they participated in a fantastic World Book Day. World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. A main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland ... Read More

Coventry school scoops global green award

Evelyn (front, holding award) with Jayda, Oliver, Chloe Brady, Sophie and Nevil

Caring and conscientious pupils and staff at a Coventry school are celebrating after landing a major award. Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, has been presented with a LiveSimply Award in honour of its students' unswerving devotion to helping others. Thirty-two children from Years 1 to 6 took part in a range of community-spirited initiatives, each embo... Read More

Over 12O Catholic RE teachers attend national conference

Susan Elderfield

More than 120 teachers of Catholic RE attended the Association of Teachers of Catholic Religious Education (ATCRE) National Conference on Saturday 2nd March at Maria Fidelis Catholic School in London, NW1 1LY. This was the fifth National Conference held by ATCRE. The theme for this year's conference was 'Rethinking Catholic Social Teaching'. Keynote addresses were given by Susan Elderfield and Ra... Read More

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