St. Gregory the Great students were proud winners at the prestigious ‘Father Hudson’s Care’ “Breaking the Chains” writing award 2015.
Following a service led by Archbishop Bernard Longley at St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham the celebration saw 14 year old student Shahnoor Shujaa presented win the first prize award for writing, as well as 12 year old student Clinton Omoregie who was awarded runner up in the accompanying art award.
As well as taking home first prize there was an impressive presence of St. Gregory students at the event, both as supporters and participants. Other students entered into the competition included Aoife Conway Maher, Cassien Beedell, Carmen Powell, Alex Besevic, Leon Holifield, Paulina Kozak and Jeante Nero as well as an entry from 8 Indigo, with the work of all St. Gregory students on display at Grimshaw hall at St Chad’s Cathedral.
Kate O’Donoghue (Y11) was nominated for a Catholic Young Peoples award for her work in justice and peace. She made it very far in the judging process, and on the 1st July 2015 was invited to the House of Lords to visit Dame Sheila Holins and others. In the evening we were be joined by her family and a small group of her school and church friends (she did not know they were coming, its was a wonderful surprise!!) at an award ceremony with Cardinal Vincent Nichols among others! We could not have been prouder as we sat in the theater and heard Kates name read out as a winner of the Jimmy Mizzen Peace and Solidarity award (Google his name to find out why he was so special). The award was presented to her by Mrs Mizzen Jimmys Mum – a very emotional experience for all!
We are all so thrilled that outstanding young people are being recognized for the incredible work they do!
Congratulations Kate for this prestigious award and we look forward to the impact you will continue to have on our school when you come back in September for 6th Form.
For more information see http://www.millionminutes.org/2015/06/28/kate-odonoghue/
CAFOD visited our school to run a training programme for sixth form students. We were also joined by year 12 and 13 pupils from Blessed George Napier Catholic School. The course was designed to prepare students to run a climate change campaign within the school in weeks to come.
The group took part in various fun, educational activities. One of which was particularly inspiring was a game that highlighted the challenges faced by family-run businesses in developing countries with an unstable climate.
The students would imitate the behaviours of these families and how they would create produce from their individual businesses and sell these onto the market. There would be many realistic problems that these families would face along the way such as natural disasters, drought, and flooding which would all cause problems for the businesses.
The students learnt how families such as those they were imitating, could easily fall below the poverty line from living in countries with an unstable climate and how this could prove to be fatal.
The sixth formers really enjoyed the visit of CAFOD workers and said they had learnt a lot throughout the course and were ready to run their climate change campaigns. A thoroughly successful day for sixth formers, staff and CAFOD.
Recently year 7 students from Benedict, Carmel, Dominic and Francis house were invited to attend a retreat sleepover at St Gregory the Great School. This was the second year running that the school had showcased the event, with it being highly successful with students in the previous year. Each house had their own Friday night for the sleepover to take place, with a great turnout of students each time.
Upon arrival the students were greeted with pizza and a drink and a chance to be excited about what their night was going to involve. The sleepovers were led by the schools chaplaincy department and supported by staff in each house every week.
Throughout the night there were endless activities for the children to do such as a treasure hunt where they were given clues which took them to a different place around school and in their groups, they would have to complete fun but some quite challenging tasks. By doing this, the students would earn the next clue of where they needed to go and another activity would await them until eventually the groups would reunite in the main school hall.
As well as this there were also sporting activities to let off some energy and arts and crafts as an available alternative for students to do. The sports activities involved games mainly where the children had to learn to work as part of a team with people they did not necessarily know and gave healthy competition between the individual groups.
Following this was a disco and karaoke for the students to have some fun as part of one big group, a part of the night that they really enjoyed with some very impressive singing voices.
There were smiles all round when everyone gathered around for the campfire. With marshmallows toasting and campfire songs being sung, this was part of the night that neither teachers nor students wanted to end. Of course, there was one more thing to do before getting into their sleeping bags and watching a film and this was a candlelit night prayer in the chapel to finalise the night.
We hope that all year 7 students who attended enjoyed their sleepover; we certainly did and will look forward to more events next year.
On Ash Wednesday 5th March at 5:00 Am in the morning 39 staff and students from St Greg’s set off to Gatwick to begin our pilgrimage to Rome. After a smooth flight and easy transfer to our guesthouse (called Villa Benedetta) we spend 5 miraculous days exploring Rome, having Mass in some of the most stunning churches and basilicas and frolicking around Assisi in the spirit of St Francis. Here is a summary of our trip and some photos to inspire you…
- The Basilica of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls and saw the portraits of all 266 Popes.
- The Venerable English College where all the English priests training to be priests in Rome live. We celebrated Mass and were offered a tour of the Martyrs’ chapel.
- The centro storico and the Piazza Farnese, with its massive Palace designed by Michelangelo and Campe de’ Fiori with its colourful market and Piazza Navona, Rome’s main square.
- The Pantheon, the best preserved ancient Roman building in the city.
- The Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, the only gothic church in Rome.
- Via dei Castri and looked in the window of all the clerical outfitters for a new outfit for Fr Naz.
- the Colosseum at night.
- St Peter’s Square and the Vatican City very early in the morning.
- The Basilica of St Peter and had Mass at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II which was a highlight for Fr Naz.
- The Dome of St Peter’s and looked out over Rome, the best view in the city.
- the Vatican Museum which lead us to the Sistine Chapel where we saw the famous image of God reaching down to touch Adam’s finger.
- The Trevi Fountain at night for Ice Cream.
- The Basilica of St Francis in Assisi and a tour by a very funny Franciscan friar!
- The Basilica of St Claire to end our retreat day in Assisi.
- St Peter’s Square again to see Pope Francis praying the Angelus.
- and we finished out pilgrimage at the Catacombs of San Callisto seeing the ancient burial of the early Christians.
We are immensely grateful to all the staff especially Mr Bailey, Mrs Haly and Fran Walsh who worked so hard to make the trip happen and to all students who helped to make this pilgrimage a huge and holy success.
|Adam Pagano||Jamie Francis|
|Aimee Randall||Jamie Lamoon|
|Amelia Proffitt||Joe Hardwick|
|Ania Beauclerk||John Hussey|
|Aoife Griffin||Kathleen Huntley|
|Callum Gibbons||Kirsty Lloyd|
|Carina Dos Santos||Lara Curtin|
|Cleo Dunnett||Lois Wilkins|
|Daniel Nicholls||Nazarius Frackson Mgungwe|
|Dearbhla Marnell||Oliver Garbett|
|Emily Doyle||Patrick Hield|
|Emma Hield||Rebekah Noonan|
|Emma Hodgkins||Rochelle Roque|
|Frances Walsh||Sam Matheson|
|Gabriela Gomes||Stephen Bailey|
|George Kearns||Steven Flockton|
|Hannah Sherwood||Tenisha Richens|
|Heather Pallier||Teresa Hussey|
|James O’Callaghan||Thomas Rumble|
St Gregory The Great Catholic School will be supporting Macmillan Charity by joining in with the biggest coffee morning ever. All of the money we fundraise from the event will be donated to Macmillan to help with all of the amazing work they do.
Students, staff and parents of the school are all warmly welcome to the event and all donations will be most appreciated. As well as tea and coffee, we will also be selling a fantastic selection of cakes, made and donated by staff and students.
Staff and students will have their coffee morning at 11:00am until 11:35am in the staff room and cake stands around school. Parents are welcome to come along from 11:45pm in the meetings room until 12:30pm.
Cancer is something that affects almost all of us at some point so come along and show your support.
We look forward to seeing you there.