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     Sir Michael Wilshaw to take up new roles at St Mary's University
Sir Michael Wilshaw to take up new roles at St Mary's University

At a reception in the Palace of Westminster last night, it was announced that the former Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, is set to lead St Mary's University's school leadership programme, developing the next cadre of senior leaders, headteachers and Multi-academy trust leaders. The former Chief Inspector of Schools in England will shortly take up a role as Professor of Education and Director of Multi-Academy Trusts at the University, where he hopes to develop world-class leaders in the education system, able to rise to the challenge of managing groups of schools.

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 Stonyhurst welcomes Jesuit Refugee Service director Sarah Teather
Stonyhurst welcomes Jesuit Refugee Service director Sarah Teather

Last Thursday sixth form pupils at Stonyhurst College welcomed Sarah Teather, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) who spoke about the work the JRS are doing to help refugees all over the world and shared potential ways in which the school can get involved to help these people local to their area. She described the difficulties refugees face in not only leaving their countries, but also the dangerous travelling they endure in order to get to safety. Once in a safe environment, refugees are often treated unfairly by the legal system making the process of becoming a citizen

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St Bedes College (Manchester) reunions in Manchester and London
St Bedes College (Manchester) reunions in Manchester and London

Were you a pupil at St Bede's College in Manchester? Would you be interested in getting together with others who were also at St Bede's? We're planning to revive the college Bedian Alumni, and create opportunities for Bedians to get together again, and catch up with each other. This is just one of a number of initiatives to create a new energy amongst Bedians, coinciding with the 140th Anniversary of the College. A number of events are planned, including an informal after work reunion drink in Manchester at the Great John Street Hotel on Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 6pm.

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Oxford: World academics to debate ethics of the fur trade
Oxford: World academics to debate ethics of the fur trade

Top academics from around the world will debate the ethics of the international fur trade at a Summer School at St Stephen's House, Oxford, from 23-26 July, 2017. Philosophers, theologians, and ethicists will be among academics from more than 12 countries, including the US, India, Croatia, China, Brazil, Spain, Austria, Canada, Ireland, Estonia, Finland, and Italy. The fur industry is a multimillion pound, multinational business, responsible for the deaths of tens of million animals, especially mink and fox every year.

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Heythrop and the Intellectual Apostolate
Heythrop and the Intellectual Apostolate

The Jesuit Trustees have issued the following statement on the current situation of Heythrop College and the Intellectual Apostolate: Recent changes in the financing of British Higher Education have led to rapidly-mounting costs. They have affected small specialist colleges disproportionately, and theology has been especially vulnerable. In the face of these external pressures, the Governors of Heythrop College have not been able to devise a sustainable financial plan to enable the College to continue in its present independent form, despite continued support from the British Jesuits.

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East Anglia: Bishop Alan Hopes blesses new school extension
East Anglia: Bishop Alan Hopes blesses new school extension

A £3.5m extension which has enabled a West Norfolk Catholic primary school to double in size from 210 to 420 places, has been blessed by the Bishop of East Anglia the Rt Rev Alan Hopes during a visit on January 19. The major expansion at St Martha's primary school near Holy Family Church, in Gaywood, King's Lynn, was funded by a mixture of Norfolk County Council, Diocese of East Anglia and central government. It provides the school with eight new classrooms, a sports hall, a new staff room and group rooms.

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 New Principal appointed at Heythrop College
New Principal appointed at Heythrop College

The Governing Body of Heythrop College has appointed Professor Claire Ozanne as the new Principal. Professor Ozanne, Deputy Provost at the University of Roehampton, joins as Principal of Heythrop on a two-year part-time secondment. Professor Ozanne will take overall responsibility for the management of the College and delivery of its mission. Her responsibilities will include overseeing the College's orderly closure, due to take place at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, while exploring any opportunities for staff at the College.

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Ealing: St Benedict's new junior school is an eco-friendly landmark
Ealing: St Benedict's new junior school is an eco-friendly landmark

St Benedict's School Ealing in west London celebrated the topping out ceremony of its new junior school building, attended by the architect, parents, pupils, staff and governors. The new extension will house the Nursery and Pre-Prep classes, for children aged three to seven, and will be extremely eco-friendly, built to a set of energy requirements known as 'Passivhaus'. This is a sustainable construction method which maximises energy-efficiency. There are currently only a handful of schools in the UK built to this standard and St Benedict's Junior School will be a landmark building for London.

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 Wimbledon College celebrates 125th Anniversary
Wimbledon College celebrates 125th Anniversary

Wimbledon College celebrated its 125th anniversary with a special Founders' Day Mass at Westminster Cathedral last Wednesday. More than 1,300 pupils and staff from the Jesuit secondary school set out from its Edge Hill site, in Wimbledon, at around midday. Different year groups made their way by coach, train or tube, with all staff and pupils then converging in the Cathedral Piazza before taking their places for the Mass which began at 2pm. It was quite a feat of logistics and timing, and a far cry from the first ever day of Wimbledon College, founded by the Jesuits in 1892.

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East Anglia: New Catholic schools champions needed
East Anglia: New Catholic schools champions needed

The Diocese of East Anglia is looking for 'local champions' in areas where it wants to open new Catholic schools. The Diocese's Schools Team is looking for parents, education professionals and parishioners who are keen to support the move by the Diocese to open new Catholic schools in Norwich, Peterborough, Thetford and Cambridgeshire. East Anglia has some of the most severe shortage of places in Catholic schools in the country due to the demographic changes that have taken place in the region over the past decade.

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Conference: The Future of Catholic Theological Ethics
Conference: The Future of Catholic Theological Ethics

The Future of Catholic Theological Ethics, an International Day Conference, takes place at Heythrop College, University of London, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN on Friday, 20th January. In his ground-breaking new publication, Reframing Catholic Theological Ethics (OUP 2016), Joseph Selling offers an ethical method that reorients Catholic understandings of theological ethics. Catholic moral theology, he says, has been based on an approach which over-emphasises the role of normative ethics, thus confining moral responsibility to questions about whether a person is following or disobeying moral rules.

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Ireland: Laudato Si' is theme for Catholic Schools Week 2017
Ireland: Laudato Si' is theme for Catholic Schools Week 2017

On Sunday 29 January Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin, will be the chief celebrant and preacher at Mass to mark the opening of Catholic Schools Week 2017. This Mass will be broadcast by RTÉ on radio and television from the Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Portlaoise, which has a capacity for 1,800 people. This year's theme, 'Catholic schools: Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home' has been informed by Laudato Si', the 2015 encyclical by Pope Francis on care for our common home.

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Manchester: St Paul's students inspired by supersonic BLOODHOUND project
Manchester: St Paul's students inspired by supersonic BLOODHOUND project

Students from Saint Paul's Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Manchester, recently attended an inspirational lecture delivered by the Bloodhound project team and organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The BLOODHOUND Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Cardinal Sarah becomes a patron of London Oratory Schola
Cardinal Sarah becomes a patron of London Oratory Schola

The London Oratory Schola begins the new year with a new patron. In a message they say: "We are delighted and honoured to be able to announce that Robert Cardinal Sarah, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has graciously accepted our invitation to become a Patron of the Schola. "He attended the Schola's concert for Sacra Liturgia in July 2016. He joins Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent and composer Sir James MacMillan CBE who are existing patrons.

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London: Public lecture on 'Science vs Faith'
London: Public lecture on 'Science vs Faith'

Is it rational to believe? Is it rational to be an atheist? Does science disprove faith? Can you be a good scientist and a believing Christian at the same time? How can science and faith speak to each other in a constructive way?' Dr Andrew Pinsent, Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University, will be exploring these questions in a public lecture entitled 'Science vs Faith?' on 23 January.

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Course: A biblical journey through the Mass
Course: A biblical journey through the Mass

The Mass is the centre of our faith. We celebrate it every day. We know all the responses. We know all the gestures. But do we know what it all means? In this short course/Study Day with Fr Brian Purfield SJ, at Mount Street Jesuit Centre, participants will take a tour of the liturgy and explore the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in the liturgy and reflect on their profound significance. This short course looks at the origin and development of the Roman Rite of the Eucharistic Liturgy with a particular interest in the biblical texts that underlie the various prayers used in the liturgy.

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Bristol: Catholic school to take part in university scholarship pilot
Bristol: Catholic school to take part in university scholarship pilot

St Bede's Catholic College in Bristol has been chosen to take part in a revolutionary new scheme that could see many of the UK's brightest young people make it to the country's top universities. The Bristol Scholars Scheme was launched on Thursday 15th December, at St Bede's by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Hugh Brady. The College is just one of eleven schools selected to take part in this pilot.

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Manchester school hosts Christmas party for pensioners
Manchester school hosts Christmas party for pensioners

Students spread the spirit of Christmas and brought seasonal smiles to pensioners' faces when Saint Paul's Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester extended their Christmas cheer to the elderly of the parish by inviting them to join with the school's students and staff in celebrating Christmas. The Tea and Tinsel event provides a valuable link with the older generation in the community The school has a culture of teaching its students respect in a happy environment and the Christmas party is the perfect way to combine those two really important elements of the

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 Diocese of East Anglia to lead the way in opening new Catholic schools
Diocese of East Anglia to lead the way in opening new Catholic schools

The Catholic Diocese of East Anglia is to be among the first to open new Catholic schools after the proposed removal of the 50% faith admissions cap, with plans for up to eight in the pipeline. East Anglia has some of the most severe shortage of places in Catholic schools in the country due to the demographic changes that have taken place in the region over the past decade. Since Prime Minister Theresa May announced the proposed removal of the 50% cap on faith admissions, the Diocese has been progressing with a number of bids.

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Oldham: St Herbert's Primary releases Christmas single
Oldham: St Herbert's Primary releases Christmas single

A primary school in Oldham, Greater Manchester, has recorded a Christmas single to continue the theme of Mercy as we enter the Advent period. Their Christmas single has now been shared thousands of times around the world with listeners as far and wide as America, Italy and Japan. The track - titled Christmas is Coming - was recorded by pupils at St Herbert's RC Primary School, Chadderton, in a bid to raise money for an ongoing appeal. The school caters for a high number of youngsters with additional needs and all money raised will help fund a sensory room with special lighting, music and objects,

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Birmingham: Maryvale graduation ceremony at St Chad's Cathedral
Birmingham: Maryvale graduation ceremony at St Chad's Cathedral

The achievements of over 250 students of the Maryvale Institute were celebrated at the annual graduation ceremony at Birmingham's St Chad's cathedral on 1st December. The students had successfully completed courses ranging from one-year catechetical certificates to undergraduate and postgraduate university degrees, through Maryvale's part-time distance-learning programmes. Because Maryvale attracts students from all parts of the world, only a small proportion were able to attend in person, but many had already received their awards in diocesan ceremonies in places as

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Diocese of Westminster Education Commission launches academy strategy
Diocese of Westminster Education Commission launches academy strategy

The Diocese of Westminster Education Commission launched its academy strategy at a meeting with headteachers and governors from most of the schools of the diocese last Thursday. Following various government proposals over the last few years to encourage most schools to become academies, the Education Service has engaged in an extensive consultation with schools, colleges, and existing academies and Academy Trusts in the diocese to propose a way forward that would ensure schools in the diocese can continue to provide an exceptional education that keeps the well-being every child at

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Study finds Catholic schools most ethnically diverse in country
Study finds Catholic schools most ethnically diverse in country

More than one in five black children now attend a Catholic school in England and Wales. That's according to the latest research which shows the Catholic Church to be the most ethnically diverse provider of education in the countries. With roughly 10% of schools, the Catholic Church is the second largest provider of education. However, this tenth of provision now educates more than fifth of all black pupils in England and Wales. The figures, which are part of the annual Catholic Education Service's Schools Census,

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Augustinian Sisters, Boarbank Hall, Cumbria: 2017 programme
Augustinian Sisters, Boarbank Hall, Cumbria: 2017 programme

The 2017 programme of events at Boarbank Hall in Cumbria is now out. Two Wings and a Prayer (in May) is a completely new event, a birdwatching retreat, for both beginners and enthusiasts. Our popular Autumn Break continues with 'Reformation, Counter-Reformation and Arts'. Our other regular residential events, include Health & Salvation (January, for healthcare professionals) on the theme of Time, Thinking Faith (July) for Catholics in their 20s-40s on 'Change and Conversion', Time to Reflect (March) Lenten weekend for lecturers ('Friendship') and the pre-Christmas retreat weekend for those

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Francis Campbell speaks out for Catholic education
Francis Campbell speaks out for Catholic education

The Church risks the loss of state-funded religious schools unless it vigorously upholds the right to teach the Catholic faith even when it clashes with the ideology of the state, a former top-ranking diplomat has told educators. Francis Campbell, the former UK Ambassador to the Holy See, now vice-chancellor of St Mary's University in London, warned staff and students of the School of the Annunciation at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, that there was no guarantee that governments would continue to support Catholic education.

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