St. Mary's

Recap of the Eventful Half Term 6 with St. Mary’s Chaplaincy

Half term 6 has been a very busy one in the life of the Chaplaincy. In the first week, we said ‘goodbye’ to our Y11’s with a wonderful celebration of Mass with Fr Frank Osman. The students prepared the readings and prayers, music and artwork to make the Mass a real celebration of their time together at St Mary’s. We wish them all luck in the future, hoping to see many of them again for sixth form, and good luck with their exam results this August.

Students and staff on a trip to Liverpool

The RE department ran a trip to Liverpool for Y7’s to visit both the Catholic and Anglican cathedrals. Students enjoyed 2 really informative and engaging tours of these magnificent and very different buildings, learning about architecture, symbolism, history and hope. The two Cathedrals are connected by a street called “Hope Street,” recognising our hope that one day all Christians will be united.

The following week we welcomed nearly 300 Y3 and Y4 children from our local Catholic Primary schools. It was a glorious celebration: you could hear the singing all over the building, in every classroom and office. The children loved having some play time on our field after Mass was finished and making new friends, including our student ambassadors who did a wonderful job of looking after our visitors. The week after this it was the turn of the Y5’s to come and visit us for their taster days. Our Pupil Chaplains wrote and led two sessions on this day: an interactive lesson in the classroom all about our foundress Cornelia Connelly and a guided meditation in the Chapel to have some chill out time in the midst of a busy day.

The Y12 CAFOD leaders promoted and led a campaign action across the school, speaking in assemblies and forms and asking students to sign a petition to the World Bank asking for more fairness to be shown to small scale farmers who were being pressured into farming certain crops instead of growing what they want to grow. We have collected a great amount of signatures which we will send off to CAFOD to be included in their presentation to the world bank at the end of the summer.

Finally, 4 of our young people head off to Lourdes at the end of the week on the Diocesan Pilgrimage. While there, they will experience pilgrimage, explore their faith and care for the sick and elderly members of our Diocese who go with them. They have done some fantastic fundraising in school to help them on their way and we wish them a wonderful week full of faith, hope and joy.

The Chaplaincy team want to extend a huge thanks to all students and staff who have contributed to the life of the Chaplaincy this year and wish you all a restful summer break.

Miss Smith, Mrs Robson & Mr Gibson