Guilt Free Chocolate
Year 9 pupils ran a Fair Trade tuck shop in the RE room today and encouraged fellow pupils and staff to shop ethically.
Buying from the Fairtrade foundation allows us to stand in solidarity with producers in LEDCs by acknowledging their hard work and giving them a fair price for their product.
The chocolate tastes good too!
The Power of Words - Holocaust Memorial Day
Year 8 have been involved in a Holocaust Memorial Day project in their RE lessons this week.
After reading the story of Renie Inow, who came to England on the Kinder transport in 1939, and the story of Sedin, who escaped the Bosnian massacre in 1995, pupils have written and decorated postcards of hope which will be sent to Renie and Sedin via the HMD Trust.
In memory of all those who suffered in the Jewish Holocaust and all genocides since the activity ended with a reflection on our determination to oppose discrimination in all its forms, and prayer.
Below you can find the Jewish prayer found in the Ravensbruck concentration camp in 1945.
Lord, remember not only the men and woman of good will also
those of ill will.
But do not only remember the suffering they have inflicted on us.
Remember the fruits we have brought, thanks to this suffering..
Our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity,
the greatness of heart which has grown out of all this.
And when they come to judgment, let all the fruits we have borne be
their forgiveness. Amen
Year 9 RE/Art Trip to Liverpool
On Wednesday 10th January Year 9 pupils, accompanied by Mrs Cook and Miss Jovanovic, travelled to Liverpool to carry out some preliminary work for their Stations of the Cross Project.
After a guided tour of the stunning modern Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King, the girls settled down to each sketch one of the fourteen beautiful bronze sculpted stations that adorn the walls of this ‘Cathedral in the round’.
This year’s finished work will be inspired by the Liverpool Stations, sculpted for the Cathedral by local artist, Sean Rice, over twenty years ago and yet still having a very modern feel. Both pupils and staff agreed that Rice’s work had managed to combine both a brutality and tenderness in its depiction of Christ’s passion.
On our return to school we called at Crosby Beach for a bracing walk and a chance to admire Antony Gormley’s installation, ‘Another Place’; one hundred identical male figures, standing unmoved and staring out to sea. Quite a contrast to the work of Rice but more inspiration for our young artists nevertheless!
Light a Light
November is a month in which we pray for the Holy Souls. Pupils and Staff visited St. Anne's Chapel at lunchtime to light a candle for those they have loved and lost.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
The Annual Combined Schools' Mass
On the 12th October students and staff attended the annual Combined Schools' Mass at St Gregory's in Longton. In his homily, Bishop David McGough talked to all the young people about the challenges of living out our faith and the thoughtful student reflection on Blessed Oscar Romero brought home to us all the reality of this challenge.
Pictured are pupils, holding high the Dominican banner.
Prize Winning Poets
Pupils from Year 9, celebrated after their poem, ‘The Journey’, won an award of special merit in a national poetry completion.
The competition was launched by the Catholic Independent Schools Conference and was open to both primary and secondary school pupils. The theme specified was the Resurrection and as Year 9 pupils had just completed this topic in their RE lessons, it seemed appropriate to pen a poem.
The poem was a class effort, with each pupil contributing a line. It referenced the characters and events they had been studying, and it was completed in one lesson. The title alludes to a religious conversion from doubt and uncertainty to belief, and the poem concludes with the words of the risen Jesus to Doubting Thomas, words relevant to believers of all time.
The mourning Mary before the tomb.
Undecided disciples filled with gloom.
The story unfolds, could it be true?
Jesus has died for me and you.
Broken bread, doubt removed; Peter, his allegiance proved.
The sun shone behind his majestic head,"Rabboni Lord, you are risen from the dead."
Eternal life, ourselves redeemed,“Blessed are those who have not seen”.