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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 schools save £500,000 by going green

Seventy Catholic primaries and secondaries in the Archdioceses of Birmingham and Westminster have saved over £500,000 - enough to employ 30 teaching assistants - by clubbing together to commission reviews of how their premises use energy. Known as Heat Decarbonisation Plans (HDPs), these detailed assessments, commissioned by the Archdioceses' education services, revealed that upgrading building... Read More

Liverpool: Student sleepover raises money for homeless centre

A student sleepover was recently held at St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, to raise money for The Whitechapel Centre, a prominent homeless and housing charity in Liverpool. 50 pupils from Years 7 and 8 headed to the Storrington Avenue school for the sleepover, where they took part in activities and discussions around homelessness. In true sleepover style, students watched movies, read books us... Read More

Cheshire students visit clinic in India they sponsored

All Hallows group in their new sarees and longuis

A group of young people at All Hallows Catholic College in Maccesfield have just returned from India, to see first hand a clinic run by the Presentation Sisters that their school first started raising funds for 15 years ago. Back in 2008, I visited the College to talk about the dire need that Presentation Sisters had for a clinic in Tamil Nadu, where they were working from just a shed. After propo... Read More

Vicious Vikings invade London school

Image: St Benedict's

A 'Vicious Vikings' morning, devised and hosted by St Benedict's School, Ealing, was attended by children from seven local primary schools. A lively range of activities gave an overview of Vikings and their history. Over 45 pupils from local primary schools joined St Benedict's School for a lively morning learning about Viking history. Led by teachers from St Benedict's Senior School, the event wa... Read More

Formation and Establishment of Female Consecrated Life in England

The formation and establishment of female consecrated life in Anglo-Saxon England was different to most other countries. This was because, while there were small numbers of all-male religious communities, there were no all-female religious communities. The majority of religious communities were double houses consisting of monks and nuns living side by side and presided over by a woman. Female cons... Read More

Wirral students rock Friday Night Live stage

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Students from two Catholic schools in Wirral recently performed at the Oakland Gallery in New Brighton's Victoria Quarter. St John Plessington Catholic College and St Mary's Catholic College performers took to the stage to perform a range of songs for a packed room as part of Friday Night Live. Friday Night Live, a termly event at Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust (HFCMAT), provides stude... Read More

Liverpool school launches imaginative community project

Kate Martinez from the Palm House with St Nicholas Academy student Cody, and his beautiful bird table

The Academy of St Nicholas has come together with the Palm House in Sefton Park to create bespoke bird tables for care homes around the city. The Garston academy successfully applied to be part of the project when head of design and technology, Miss Katie Bell, saw the opportunity on X (formerly known as Twitter). She offered her expertise and skill set of her talented students, citing how working... Read More

Booking: Symposium on Women and Diakonia

An international symposium on Women and Diakonia: The Ministry of Women and Diaconal Ordination in the Catholic Church, hosted by the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology and the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge from Friday, 24 November 5pm to Saturday 25 November 2023 5.30pm. Topics for discussion will be: -Women, the Diaconate, and the Synod: What Happens Next? - What wer... Read More

New Prayer and Liturgy Directory published by CES

A new Prayer and Liturgy Directory for Catholic schools, colleges and academies in England and Wales has been launched at a conference in York. The directory was presented to dioceses on 17 October by a host of speakers including Dr Sue Price, Director of Pastoral Outreach at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, and its editors Martin Foster, Director of the Liturgy Office for the Bishop... Read More

Coventry school wins international recognition for eco-friendly projects

ECO Award Green Flag award winners at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School in Coventry

Pupils and staff at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School part of the Romero Catholic Academy, are celebrating earning an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award after launching a series of eco-awareness projects. Cardinal Wiseman's Eco-Committee was praised by judges for its tree planting initiatives to increase biodiversity, including the creation of 'Wiseman Wood', which is made up of almost 400 trees with man... Read More

Blackpool school wins LiveSimply award

Three pupils involved with LiveSimply projects at Holy Family school

Pupils and staff from Holy Family Catholic Primary (Blackpool) have been recognised for living simply, sustainably and in solidarity. Pupils and staff from Holy Family have achieved the LiveSimply Award after taking action to demonstrate they are living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the world's poorest communities. Championed by overseas development charity CAFOD, the award was presen... Read More

Cheshire: Pupils to benefit from on-site forest school

A Catholic primary school in Runcorn is making strides to enhance its curriculum through an on-site forest school. Outdoor education, particularly the forest school, improves children's holistic development, health and fitness, communication skills, resilience, and individuality. It allows for links to be made to current topics being learnt too. St Augustine's Catholic Primary School and Nursery i... Read More

St Mary's University awarded Gold Standard for student experience

St Mary's University

St Mary's University, Twickenham (SMU) has received a Gold rating from the Office for Students (OfS) for student experience at the University in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The rating acknowledges the student experience is 'typically outstanding' at SMU. The University received a TEF Silver overall rating, meaning that delivery is typically very high quality, and was also rated... Read More

Liverpool: Welcome service for new pupils at Faith Primary Academy

Faith Primary Academy in Everton, Liverpool, recently held a special ecumenical welcome service for its new intake of reception pupils. The service brought together the new starters and their families as they embark on their exciting journey with the school and All Saints Multi Academy Trust. The service began with introductions from Faith Primary Academy's RE lead, Ashleigh Martin, and then sever... Read More

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