Good News

Appointment of Catholic Senior Executive Leader

The Directors of St Gregory the Great Catholic Academy Trust are pleased to announce that they have appointed Peter Hughes to the position of Catholic Senior Executive Leader from 1 April 2021.

Peter joins the trust at an exciting stage of its development and we are excited to work together as the Trust continues to expand.

For those who do not know Peter, he is an Executive Headteacher overseeing five schools in the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust. Peter has been a leader in Catholic education for many years and is the executive headteacher at St Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy in Horsforth and Holy Name Catholic Primary Academy in Cookridge. He has established a successful teaching school at St Mary’s and is accredited by the Department of Education as a National Leader of Education supporting schools across the Yorkshire region.

We look forward to welcoming Peter into the Trust.

         Christ the King Catholic Primary School A Voluntary Academy

December 2020

Bramley student fundraisers aim to support families overseas this Christmas through school raffle

A year 6 class in Christ the King, Bramley, have been raising funds to buy a goat as part of their CAFOD World Gifts Christmas raffle.

Students, families and staff at Christ the King Catholic Primary school have been fundraising for CAFOD since 2012, and have raised a total of £2324.37 to support the work of the overseas development charity.

Christ the King Year 6 pupils with their CAFOD festive hamper fundraising idea

Year 6 teacher Ms Anne Marie Wade has encouraged her class to think about the positive impact of a World Gift and how it can support families overseas. Over the last few weeks they have sold enough tickets for their festive hamper to raise the £28 needed to purchase a goat.  

“The children looked through the whole list of World Gifts on the CAFOD website and settled on a gift called ‘The Goat that Gives’. It has been great to watch them really get involved with the fundraising and also discuss as a class what this gift will mean to families living in the world’s poorest countries, especially those impacted by Coronavirus”, says Ms Wade.

Giving back means a lot to the students, and Ms Wade is very proud of her class “we are really proud of the efforts of Year 6 who have chosen CAFOD as their class charity this year, the families have been really supportive helping to put together the raffle and buying tickets. There is a lot of excitement in the class and we have organised a ‘virtual online visit’ with a member of the CAFOD team to speak directly to the children.” Ms Anne Marie Wade added

Leeds based CAFOD worker, Bronagh Daly, spotted the school’s fundraising post on Twitter, she says “it is so wonderful to hear the Year 6 class and how many tickets they are selling.

“Last week I received letters from the children telling me why they are putting their faith into action by showing support during Advent. In their letters students wrote that at this time, they want to promote justice and peace in their own homes and at school and feel connected to families across the world.

Bronagh continued, “I was so impressed with the care and consideration the Yr 6 group had shown, I asked if they would like a virtual online visit from a member of our school volunteer team. The following week, Aileen our newly qualified schools volunteer arranged with their teacher to speak LIVE via a video call into the classroom. The staff and students were so engaging and interested in our work. It is wonderful to see so much care, especially at a time when we cannot be close there is a real sense of connection from the solidarity shown by Year 6. We look forward to another virtual visit with them in the New Year”

CAFOD School Volunteer Aileen met with Year 6 online to hear all about their World Gifts plans

The Goat that Gives World Gift costs £28.00 and provides a family with up to 12 pints of milk per week and it also produces free fertiliser that can help a family grow their own crops.

       St Urban's Catholic Primary School

December 2020

Meanwood, St Urban’s Primary pupils families and staff prepare for Christmas with World Gifts

Words by Lesley Woods, St Urban’s Primary School

What does it mean to your school to support families who live in some of the world’s poorest communities?
It means we can help and serve others. It means we can help to make people’s lives easier and more comfortable. It means we are making a difference for the world’s poorest people. We can provide money to help families and communities buy food, clothing and medicines, to help pay for education and to help build homes and shelters.

Why does CAFOD matter to your school and local community?
It is a way of connecting our school to people around the world who are in need. It’s one way we can live out our Christian mission to help anyone in need. We have supported CAFOD for many years now and dedicate a lesson (during the teaching of PHSE) to the charity and what it does and who and how it helps others. 

Do the children feel a connection to the families they support?
The children do feel a connection to the families they support from the lessons taught in school, from the CAFOD website and resources shared on there. They like to watch the real-life stories about the children and families living in the poorest communities and countries. They love to hear about where their money has been spent and for who and what (World Gifts, clean water/pumps, Harvest Fast Day) They very much look forward to the CAFOD lessons in school.

St Urban’s Pupil with Advent themed artwork from a recent CAFOD session on World Gifts

What do you have planned for World Gifts?
We have recently delivered a lesson about Advent and have incorporated World Gifts into it (how we can prepare for the birth of Jesus) – giving to charity (CAFOD) being one of ways to prepare. We are fund raising for this in each class and will buy as many World Gifts as we can. We are hoping to purchase several cleaning kits as we think they are very important at this particular time.

        St Paul's Catholic Primary School

December 2020

FOSP (Friends of St Paul's) have been collecting food and toiletries for the needy of the parish and any families who need support. They have had an amazing response. It started as support for St Paul's FSM children over half term, linked to the National debate etc and then it continued into Advent.

 Tara Moriarty, AnnMarie Firth and Margaret Whitaker have collected, sorted and delivered a phenomenal amount of items. 

 They have sent;

5 hampers to families of St Paul's

5 hampers to families at St Augustine's

7 hampers to families at HRSA

Then...

they have donated a massive 115.4kg of food and toiletries to the North and West Food Bank. (17 Bags for Life full!)

 A brilliant gesture from some lovely people.