At the heart of All Saints’ teaching and learning is a systematic programme of Religious Education that allows pupils to explore, question and develop a comprehensive understanding of the Roman Catholic Church and its teachings
EVENT HOPES FOR 2016-17:
Diocesan Faith In Action award
Big Sleep out/in (Lower School Hall & Gym)
National Youth Friday (Cathedral, Middlesbrough)
SVP Christmas Party (In School)
A Time for Reflection (In partnership with St George’s Church)
Chrism Mass (Cathedral, Middlesbrough)
Ash Wednesday Mass (English Martyrs)
Little Big Assembly
EVENTS AND TRIPS
NATIONAL YOUTH FRIDAY
In November, myself, Mrs McCormick and Mrs Stancliffe accompanied 35 Year 10 students to the event held in Trinity College Middlesbrough. The theme for this year was ‘The King of Hearts’ and the aim was to bring the Feast of Christ the King and the Year of Mercy together by asking us to consider how Jesus is King of our hearts and to think of the demands that, that makes of the way we live our lives.
The guest speakers were Barry and Margaret Mizen MBEs. Their son, Jimmy, was murdered in an unprovoked attack in 2008 just a day after his 16th Birthday. Barry and Margaret said, ‘Following the murder of our son Jimmy in May 2008 we as a family have been determined of two outcomes. We will not be beaten by his death and that something good will come from it.’ The Mizens were inspirational speakers and have worked tirelessly to promote peace and forgiveness, especially with young people. The day was very emotional as well as inspiring and you could have heard a pin drop in a hall of 500 students. I hope that we will be able to take a group of a similar size to the event in 2016 – 17.
CHRISM MASS – ST MARYS CATHEDRAL MIDDLEBROUGH
As we were in school during Holy Week this year Mr Wheatley and myself took 9 students from the Lower School Chaplaincy Group to St Marys Cathedral for the Chrism Mass Following the Mass we took the opportunity to pray the stations in the Cathedral where we were joined by Monsignor Gerard Robinson.
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD PROJECT
During the autumn term I was approached by St George’s Church and asked if we would be able to help them with their ‘Crossing The Threshold Project’. This project is an initiative from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales which aims to encourage and welcome lapsed Catholics back to the Church. St George’s were keen for us to produce some art work which would be displayed in St Georges Church from Holy Saturday until the end of Easter time roundabout Pentecost.
I am delighted to say that our students under the fantastic guidance of Miss Teasdale, Miss Ripley and Mrs Scott rose to the challenge and at the start of the spring term a group of students from Years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12 worked on a variety of Art and Textiles pieces. They produced some truly amazing canvases, a huge tomb and backdrop and 3 beautiful fabric banners.
WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
On Friday 4 March I had the pleasure of taking 11 students to the Women’s World Day of Prayer for the ecumenical group which includes English Martyrs, St Chad’s, St Clement’s and Southlands Methodists. This year the annual service was held at St Chad’s and the theme was Receive Children, Receive Me. The content of the service had been prepared by women’s groups in Cuba and was being used worldwide with children being involved in the delivery of the service. The students thoroughly enjoyed the event and were treated to juice and cake as a thank you their active participation.
LOURDES WHEELCHAIR TRAINING
On Saturday 23 April we held the Lourdes wheelchair training for the diocesan schools here in York with approximately 250 students attending. The day consisted of the compulsory wheelchair training, some catechesis and a series of workshops where all the students were involved in making a welcome pack which was taken to the Acceuil and left next to the beds of each of the supported pilgrims. On arrival in Lourdes the Supported Pilgrims were delighted with their welcome packs and across the course of the week the students for each school were able to find the Supported Pilgrim they had made a pack for and to introduce themselves.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2016
This year we took a group of 42 students and 4 staff, 1 of the students was a Year 12 student who went as a Handmaid. I am delighted to say that All Saints was again the largest school in the Diocese. During the course of the week they spent time taking the Supported Pilgrims to Mass and other services. The weather for the whole week was lovely and the group were an absolute credit to us as a school. Throughout the week they rose to every request and challenge and made me, as their group leader, enormously proud of them. My expectations for 2017 are already high as the assemblies are happening this week and there is a real buzz still within the students of Year 9 who are going to deliver the assemblies. I have already looked to gauge initial numbers from within our current Year 11 and am hoping to recruit around 5 – 6 students to go as young handmaids and Brancardiers.
LOURDES REUNION MASS AND SOCIAL
On Sunday the 26 June we held the Lourdes student reunion Mass and Social at All Saints which was attended by approximately 170 students from across the Diocese. The day started with Mass at 12.15pm which was followed by a picnic and games in the grounds of school. This was a chance for the students to get together and have some fun whilst spending time reminiscing with others about their experience in Lourdes and looking forward to next year. The weather was very kind to us and a great day was had by all who attended.
Was a very successful retreat for Year 7, with two Masses in the Lady Chapel preceded by all the students taking part in small groups to walk the Stations of the Cross. Again this year the students wrote the intercessions for the Masses and each group wrote their own special intentions which were prayed at the station with a focus on the things we and others struggle with. There was some really beautiful and insightful intercessions written.
LITTLE BIG ASSEMBLY
The Little Big Assembly took place at English Martyrs Church on Monday 27 June on the theme of Mercy. Mr Wheatley, and around another 9 staff across the morning accompanied 90 Year 7’s to the event.
CHAPLAINCY IN SCHOOL
During the months of October and May on Wednesday lunchtime from 12.40pm all students and staff from both Upper and Lower School are invited to attend the Chapel to say the Rosary. This year we have been a small group and each week we pray all 5 Decades of the Rosary.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
During Lent on Wednesday lunchtime from 12.40pm all students and staff from both Upper and Lower school are invited pray the Stations of the Cross in the Chapel. Those who attend play a full part by each taking the lead to read to the others about each individual station.
To maintain a regular lunchtime prayer slot, staff and students are invited to come to the Chapel for 15 minutes of prayer starting with the Angelus, to pray for anyone who has been entered into our Special Intentions book in the Lower School reception area.
NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCE LIST
During October all staff and students receive a card to ask if they wish to put the name of a deceased family member, loved one or friend on to a Remembrance List. A list is then created for each year group which is used during November in their year group assembly. The staff list is prayed during November at morning prayer, which takes place in the Chaplaincy rooms on each site.
MASSES IN SCHOOL
WHOLE SCHOOL MASSES
ALL SAINTS DAY MASS
Each year to mark our schools feast day we have a whole school Mass in York Minster. This is usually held on the Monday closest to the 1 November. The Mass is attended by all staff and students and many students take an active part by reading and singing.
On the first Monday in December each year we have an Advent Service in York Minster. This is always very well attended by our staff, students and Governors and afterwards our PTFA provide light refreshments in the naïve.
We are extremely lucky to have the use of the Minster for two such important occasions and we are very grateful to the Dean and Chapter of York Minster.
END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR MASS
On the morning of the final day of the academic year, Year 9 have their Leavers’ Mass in the Bar Convent Chapel and the remainder of the school have Mass at English Martyrs to celebrate the end of year and to mark their achievements.
At the end of each term a Mass to mark the end of the term takes place in the Chapel with each member of staff receiving a personal invite to the Mass.
During this academic year we have had form Masses for each of our Year 7 forms. These took place during their PSHCE lessons after having been prepared in their RE lessons. The Masses were celebrated by a number of our Priests here in York.
Leavers’ Masses take place for years 11 and 13 during their final week in school. With year 11’s usually being on their final morning and year 13 being held on an evening during their final week with a reception afterwards.
To celebrate their time at the Lower Site, year 9 have a Leavers’ Mass in the Bar Convent Chapel on the final morning of the summer term in readiness for them moving into the Upper Site in September.
MYDDELTON GRANGE RETREATS
Key Stage 4 and 5 students are offered the opportunity to attend a two-day retreat at Myddelton Grange in Ilkley. Myddelton Grange is a purpose-built Youth Retreat Centre run by the Catholic Diocese of Leeds. We currently provide retreats for Years 11, 12 and 13 and aim to take around 30 from each year group. The retreats are planned and led by Myddelton Grange staff.
RETREAT MORNINGS (Previously known as “QUIET DAYS”)
Our retreat programme for Key Stage 3 students, providing an opportunity for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to spend at least half day in their forms – away from school – to discuss, reflect and pray together. This time to reflect is organised by the RE Department and led with support from the YOYO Trust.