The Chaplaincy and Creativity & Enterprise Learning House have recently worked together to produce a Fairtrade chocolate 'Footprint in the Sand' motif as a parting gift for their Mass. On Thursday 18th January, Miss Anderton's form presented the rest of the Learning House with the delicious milk chocolate, which the Chaplaincy had donated.
On Tuesday, 19th December for the fourth time the Polish students and teachers at St. Mary’s organised a Christmas Vigil to celebrate Christmas together as a school. Over 50 people attended and spent time praying, sharing Polish ‘wafers’ (white bread), eating traditional Polish Christmas dishes, prepared especially for this occasion, and even singing Polish carols. Both Polish and English students and teachers together celebrated this special time of the year. We also had the privilege of trying a traditional Spanish Christmas dish brought by a Spanish student, Angelyms.
According to our Pastoral Manager, Mr McLaughlin, it was ‘the best social event he attended during his time at St. Mary’s’. Of the few teachers that attended, Miss Lynch and Miss Hetherington managed to sing the Christmas carols in Polish, and Mr. Heyes discovered his great love for the traditional Polish dish, Bigos.
It's another record breaker as this year we raised a fantastic £3,887.23! Bringing our total since the appeal began, 15 years ago, to £47,759.03!
Once again the charity representatives were overwhelmed with the piles of gifts. They spoke of children in the homeless hostel and children whose parents are suffering imprisonment or from mental illness or substance abuse who would receive their only gifts from our students. Elderly people alone at Christmas and families without the means to shop for themselves and homeless young people who would now receive warmth, literally in the form of socks, gloves and sleeping bags, and symbolically in the knowledge that our students are thinking of them. Thanks so much to all our students for all they have done to raise such a phenomenal amount and thanks also on behalf of the 140 people who will now experience the true joy of Christmas.