As I wrote my last Blog, I was about to go to the annual Notre Dame conference, where all of the UK Notre Dame schools gather with Sisters of Notre Dame. The theme this year was ‘The best is yet to come’ where we were invited to look back at the life of St Julie and draw inspiration for the way ahead, as we continue the work she started.
We were lead this year by Sr Margaret, who has led a project to bring new life to the Heritage Centre in Namur, Belgium. She reminded us that Julie was a woman who faced crippling illness, who had to flee from revolutionaries who were trying to kill her and who faced opposition to her work from within the Church. Through all of this, however, she maintained absolute faith in the goodness of God and a joyful commitment to showing great love through education.
We listened to stories of the successes of children and staff in Notre Dame schools across the country and also the amazing work of the sisters across the world, many who continue to provide education to children in some of the poorest parts of the world. It is a great blessing to know we are part of such a big community, rooted in a strong tradition, but very much alive and active in spreading the message of hope in the goodness of God in very practical ways.
I have seen our students very much involved in that work over the last couple of weeks, with bake sales, sponsored activities and car washes all to raise money to support the work of the St Wilfrid’s centre. Just this week, our assemblies were led by two members of our 6th form ‘1804’ society, as they gave an inspiring call to every year group to support the harvest appeal for food which will be donated to local food banks.
A few thanks, before I hand over to the History department to give you a window into what is going on in another part of school at the moment.
Thanks to all the members of staff who were out over last weekend supporting our students on their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and well done to the students. Thanks also to parents and staff who supported our car boot sale on Sunday. Also out over the weekend, thanks to Mrs Kay and the students out at the start of the cross country season. It was great to see Notre Dame well represented and a big thanks to the parents who are up and out on a Saturday morning.
We have also had the Battlefields trips running over the last couple of weeks and again I must thank the members of staff (& their families) as they give up their weekend in between busy working weeks to offer this amazing experience to our students. Members of staff tell me, however, that as tiring as the trips are, it is still so rewarding and a source of great pride to see the way that our young people respond and participate in the trip. Ah! Qu’il est bon, le bon Dieu!
Dates for the diary
Y7 & Y8 Halloween party Thursday 26th Oct 7-9pm
Y7 parents’ evening Tuesday 14th November 5-7pm
6th form open morning Saturday 18th November 10am-noon