Last week, the Chaplains and CAFOD team were busy organising fundraisers for this years' Harvest Fast Day with the theme "brighten up". On Monday and Tuesday, we held a bright coloured sweet sale, selling everything from sherbet to Skittles. On Thursday after school, our Y11 & Sixth Form Sport Leaders organised a Clubbercise class for us, using glow sticks, neon paint and disco lights to create a fantastic atmosphere and encouraging us to "brighten up" and get fit at the same time! On Friday, we had our annual "Brighten Up" day where students were encouraged to come to school wearing bright accessories and makeup. The school had never looked so sparkly! The canteen even put on a Harvest Fast Day Lunch for us of soup and bread to encourage us to take part in the Catholic tradition of fasting and abstinence on this day.
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped us to reach our fundraising total of £401!
On Tuesday 24th September, the whole school was given the opportunity to explore our Catholic Ethos by taking part in Ethos Day. Students spent the day in forms, reflecting on the special Catholic characteristics of our school with their form tutors. Time was spent learning about this year's Learning House themes and Saints and exploring how we can learn and grow in this regard in the year ahead. Many forms used the time to create artwork and displays, write prayers and reflections, and even play simulation games to explore their topics!
We also had the opportunity to think about our own gifts and our calling through Pope Francis' poem "We need Saints." Students thought about how each one of us is called to be a saint in our own way by utilising the great gifts and talents we have been given for the good of everyone. We also came together to celebrate Mass in the sports hall, which was based upon the parable of the mustard seed. We were reminded that "great things come from small beginnings," and that we all therefore have the potential to do great things, even if at the moment we may feel small and insignificant.
The sixth form had an "away day" to explore our Catholic Ethos, but had the opportunity to celebrate in school on Thursday 26th with their Learning House Mass based on the theme of serving others. Students worked hard to create artwork, write prayers and sing lovely songs to ensure that we had a really meaningful celebration of the Mass. Other Learning Houses will have the opportunity to come together to celebrate a Mass based on their theme at a future point in the year.
In all, we had a wonderful day and a fantastic celebration.
Hi! I’m Daisy, I’m 22 years old and from Brighton.
I’ve had a great start to the school year as one of the “gaplains” at St Mary’s. During my time here, I’ll be helping in the chaplaincy, running clubs, and volunteering with CAFOD. I also get to go on a really exciting international trip to see the work CAFOD do abroad. In my spare time, I like baking, swing dancing, and getting lost in the woods.
I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone better, and I hope I can learn a lot, and also make a positive contribution to St Mary’s this year!
Hi my name is Francis and I’m one of the two Gap Year Chaplains spending a year with the Chaplaincy team at St Mary’s. I come from a village called Headcorn in Maidstone, Kent.
I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and hope that this term has started well!As a Gap Year Chaplain I work with both St Mary’s and CAFOD, so Daisy and I will be available for anyone interested in CAFOD and their work all over the world. We’ll also be doing clubs and activities throughout the year as well as helping with prayers and masses.