One of the ‘little things' that everyone got involved with was making a little sacrifice to donate some money to CAFOD's Harvest Fast Appeal. All the donations you made helped raise a massively impressive £450!!!!
This is a fantastic achievement from the school and goes to show that if we all work together we can do some truly good things and make a difference!
A group of male members of staff (and some of the older students) grew facial hair on their top lips for the month of November and raised a huge amount of money to support research and treatments for prostate cancer. Thank you to every one who took part and to all who sponsored them £450.00 was raised.
Advent & Christmas
Advent is a great time at Sacred Heart. It is an excellent opportunity to get us into the spirit of giving. Every year over Christmas teams of Year 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s and 12s become ‘Santa's little helpers' and delivered over 100 hampers to elderly people around the local area and for the parishioners of Sacred Heart Church and English Martyrs Church. A big congratulations to everyone who helped put the finishing touches to the gift boxes.
Each year Sacred Heart hold a Tea Dance for the Old Folk in the Community.
The Christmas mass at St Georges Cathedral with the Gospel drama and school choir (and also the staff choir)!
The Christmas concert at Sacred Heart led by the Music department was also an excellent showcase of talent!
During the season of Lent Sacred Heart has been involved in a program set up by the Chaplaincy team called ‘Time: Just Give It'. Some year 11s and 12s have been giving up their Saturday mornings to volunteer in a soup kitchen in Elephant and Castle serving hot food and drink to homeless.
Temisanren in year 12 writes about his experience:
"I attended the soup kitchen over the half-term and it was a truly humbling experience. I did something which I had never done before which was to help out the less fortunate and it felt nice to help people that really needed help. It made me think about things in my life that I take for granted like shelter, food, drink and warmth. I would recommend everyone to go, even if it is only once."
The students have really grabbed the opportunity to help other during this season of Lent and are a real credit to their age group and the school.
Easter Egg Festival
Eggs are an important symbol of new life at Easter reflecting the resurrection and new life that we celebrate as Catholics.
This Easter each Form in Years 7 & 8 will decorate a paper mache egg in a manner which displays the values of their form and then they will display these eggs in the school hall on the last day of term for the Easter assemblies (Weds 27th March)
Each Form will need to discuss what values you have - charity, love, hardworking, fun etc...
Each Form wiil need to decide how to decorate the egg:
will you make it a super hero egg and dress it up in a cape with the values on the cape?
will you paint it and write the values on it?
will you decorate it with symbols of your values with a written explanation to support the symbols?
The more original the better!
On Wednesday the 22nd May, myself and Mr Rooney took a number of year 7 and 8s Aylesford Friary for a mass to celebrate the children of our faith and to celebrate all the work that is done for the Cabrini Children's Society. The mass was outside and luckily the rain held off the mass was led by Archbishop Peter Smith and involved a procession of gifts in which Sacred Heart gave their prayers to the Archbishop. It was a joyful occasion and a wonderful mass to celebrate the young children with a walk around the grounds after lunch to show the kids what a peaceful and tranquil place Alyesford Friary is.
Life of Christ: Play
On the 25th of June 2013 I and other pupils from the school attended a performance of the life of Jesus. There were three different acts; act 1 was of the birth and visiting by the shepherds and kings to Jesus; act 2 was of Jesus' baptism and ministry such as healings, miracles and exorcisms, for example the miracle of water into wine; and the third and final act of the arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus. The performance was very engaging and really drew me in due to the acting and accuracy of the overall performance. I definitely wish to go again to perhaps watch another play as I really enjoyed my day, thank you to Mr. Price and Mr. Rooney for taking us.
Matthew Bellor 9M
For Pentecostal Sunday this year a number of our lower school charity reps released balloons with a message of hope from each form from the rooftop of the old building. The idea was to send our messages as far and wide as possible to be able to brighten someone's day to whomever it was that was lucky enough to find the message. It was a wonderful sight seeing 30 balloons all with messages of hope.