Mission Week 2020
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have designated 2020 as 'The God Who Speaks': A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini - Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin.
As part of our mission week and to help mark this event a number of pupils spent time studying images of paintings created by the artist Peter Clare which reflect the Gospel of Matthew.
The pupils used the reflections of Father Dries van den Akker SJ to help them understand the stories behind the paintings. This enabled them write their thoughts or questions they had on paper which could then be shared with the other pupils
During our Mission week we were fortunate to have staff from Castlerigg, the Catholic retreat centre in Keswick, join us for a day of reflection on ‘Living life to the Full’. A team of young people led by Sister Shienrose Agnes La Torre worked throughout the day with our Year 8 pupils. They led different activities such as ice breakers, games and reflections.
The pupils were then asked to reflect on their own gifts and talents and create their own light house that would show some of their talents. The idea was to ‘let their talents shine’. The aim of the day was to encourage the students to see themselves as important and all having GIFTs and talents which they should share to help others.