Beauvale Pilgrimage Walk

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Sunday 1st May 2016
Beauvale Pilgrimage Walk

 

The Pilgrims were invited into Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Church by Parishioners and we were given a very warm welcome, Bishop Patrick, Religious, staff and pupils from The Priory and Saint John Houghton, The Beauvale Society, Parishioners and friends from the Diocese joined together to remember the holy martyrs, John and Robert of Beauvale who triumphed over suffering and were faithful unto death.

Cannon John blessed us as we began our Pilgrim Walk: May God the Father who created you, guide your footsteps, May God the Son who redeemed you, share your journey, May God the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you, lead you on life’s pilgrimage, And the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you wherever you go. Amen

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The pupils of Saint John Houghton were there to meet and greet the Pilgrims’ and we walked in silence to the Beauvale Stone. The Beauvale Society welcome us and prayed, ” Holy Spirit, you gave Saint John and Saint Robert, Light to know your truth, Wisdom to defend it, and Courage to die for it. Through their prayers and example bring our country into the unity and peace of Christ’s Kingdom”.

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Caroline and the music group led us in song as the Mass began. To gather and worship on such holy ground in the open air gave a powerful presence to this special event. Beauvale comes from the French word meaning, beautiful valley, and we really were surrounded by God’s beauty.

Mrs McCarthy led the students in the readings and Rt Rev Dom Erik Varden, from St Bernard Abbey gave the homily and reminded us of the martyrs courage and strength. Father Varden reminded us that the saints were ordinary people and that we are the saints of today for tomorrow. We were inspired to listen to God’s message in this Holy Year of Mercy and to take God’s mercy to all. Prayers of the Faithful were led by Team Chaplaincy, Saint John Houghton. The Priory and John Houghton pupils joined hands to bring up the offertory to Bishop Patrick. The Knights supported the distribution of Holy Communion. During the Recessional Hymn the Priests and laity walked through the arch way now prepared to be strong and brave when faced with fear, to have pride in our faith and to show we are Christians by our love to others.

With thanks to Ann and Tony who own the Beauvale site, Team Chaplaincy, The Beauvale Society and Eastwood Parishioners we were able to gather and enjoy conversation over refreshments.

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This was a very special occasion for our Academy and the beginning of a different way of praying once we return to school life inspired by the Mass in Beauvale. What happens next once we return to school?  We want to continue to grow in faith and lead a healthy Catholic Life. We shall make certain prayer is the first task in our lives. We will read the Gospels and ask, ‘What did Jesus do? How was His life?  What did He tell us?  What did He teach us?  And we will try to imitate Him. Having walked through the Door of Mercy we realise we have three more doors to open: to pray, to celebrate Jesus and to find the joy in the sacraments and to imitate Jesus. This Pilgrimage was so good for our school community because it reminds us that Intercessory prayer is very important because it seeks the good of others. It also reminds us to pray for ourselves and now we can see our own needs in their proper perspective, and in relation to other people in our lives. We will now be able to pray for our own needs in a better way in our Upper Room, in the silence of our hearts and in God’ gardens.

Thanks be to God for this beautiful day.

 

Photographs to follow shortly

Eastertide

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Bless us as we see Eastertide
as a season of mercy
brought about by
the victory of Christ’s resurrection.

Bless us as the followers of the Risen Christ:
as first startled, but then
radiant in the light of Christ.

To be a Christian is to be called to be a living witness of the mercy of God. How can the grace of the gospel change your life?

Year 9 Briars retreat

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On the 07 – 09 March our Chaplain Rachel, Miss McCready, Mr Riley, Mr Long, Mr Timms and Mr Thomson led a trip to the Briars alongside 62 pupils. The theme of the week was ‘Decisions have Consequences’.

Please check out the Friday Letter to see what the students got up to during Briars week.

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Key Stage 3 Science Homework

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This is an article from the Friday Letter. You can read our Friday Letter by selecting it on our navigation menu.

We have just introduced the new key stage 3 project to both year 7 and year 8. By the end of the week all students will have the homework sheet stuck in their planners.

You can find the homework under by selecting the following on the main navigation menu:
Learning > Curriculum Areas > Science

Year 7 Science Project Homework

Each term you will be asked to complete a science project based on the topics being taught. In term 4 you will be studying a Chapter about Pure and Impure Substances. Your project based on this is to decide and plan how you would produce pure water from sea water. This is the scenario: You are abandoned on a desert island. You have no fresh water only sea water. All you have are the clothes you are wearing and any resources you find on the small island. You need to make pure water to drink to survive. Can you produce a plan and describe how you are going to succeed in this task. You could produce a poster, a PowerPoint, a model, write a report for a newspaper or scientific journal or even present a 3 minute talk to your class. You can decide. All projects need to be in school for your first science lesson after the Easter break.

Year 8 Science Project Homework

Each term you will be asked to complete a science project based on the topics being taught. In term 4 you will be studying a Chapter about The Earth and Atmosphere. Your project based on this is to explain ‘What is Global Warming and how could this affect the Earth’. You could produce a poster, a PowerPoint, a model, write a report for a newspaper or scientific journal or even present a 3 minute talk to your class. You can decide. All projects need to be in school for your first science lesson after the Easter break. Good luck with your research.