Last Friday members of the Justice and Peace group led a series of workshops to raise students’ awareness of the work Cafod does. It was a very busy day and the students joined in all the activities with great enthusiasm.

The workshops included a Fairtrade session where the students were split up into different countries; some were highly developed economies and others developing ones. They then had to make paper bags, the richer countries having plenty of paper, glue and string etc. with the poorer countries having few resources. It was interesting to see how soon the students realised the inequality involved especially when they tried to trade for materials. The workshop in the Gym  involved activities which helped the students understand how to save water and the difficulties people have in accessing clean water in many countries. Another workshop was a board game which raised their awareness about the problems people face in emergencies such as flooding.  Hand painting and drawing gave the students the opportunity to think about what they could do to support the work that Cafod does. This session also involved a quiz about Cafod’s work. Finally the dance workshop in the morning was based on the students, working in pairs, learning a routine whereby one was  a charity worker and was involved with helping a person in need.   There were some very thoughtful and expressive performances by the students. The afternoon dance workshop was a very energetic Zumba session led by Lorraine Powell, one of our parents who very kindly gave up her afternoon to help us.

I would like to thank the wonderful girls in the Justice and Peace group who worked so hard to make the day a success and for their work throughout the year, so thank you:

Elizabeth, Ella, Amy, Kathryn, Georgia C and Georgia R, Megan, Meghan, Francesca, Lucy, Lizzie, Molly, Lorley and our Year 11’s, Merrin, Milla, Sarah and Jess. Well done all of you!

I would also like to thank Miss Bailey and Mrs. Hartharn and the Fairtrade group for all their help on the day.

The day was about Cafod but it was also about educating our young people about the needs of others and I think this was, to a great extent, a success. Hopefully as a result of the day some of our Year 8 students will join us on Wednesday lunchtimes in Room 27.

Kind Regards, Ann Forrest1 2 3 5

Saint John Houghton earns Bronze School Games Mark award


Sainsburys school games Bronze logoSaint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy has been awarded Bronze School Games mark.

The Sainsbury’s School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

It has been awarded based on the following:

  • PE hours
  • School Sport Opportunities
  • Numbers of young leaders supporting activity within school
  • Number of competitions within school and against other schools

This is a fantastic achievement for Saint John Houghton and the hard working PE Department of Mrs Joslin, Mr Warden, Mr Ritchie and Mrs Taddeo.


Mrs McCarthy at The Great Birmingham Run


On the morning of Sunday 19th October Mrs McCarthy ran the Great Birmingham Run in aid of Bone Cancer Research Trust. She was raising money to honour Alex Read student of Saint John Houghton who died last March at the age of 14  years. Mrs McCarthy wishes to thank everyone who sponsored her and sent good luck messages.

Its not too late to donate



Year 11 Briars Retreat


Sixty four Year Eleven students attended the Briars retreat last week. It was a joy to see the harmony develop amongst the group over the five days. The experiences of a prayer journey, a sodden walk in the Crich countryside, a Talent Show, Mass and formal dinner among other activities, brought students closer together. Staff observed that students responded maturely to the theme of ‘Making Choices’ and supported each other through prayer and reflection. Emotions ran high at times but the students were generally a credit to the Academy and their parents.

Well done all and many thanks to the following staff who gave up some or all of their week to attend. Mr Quinn, Ms Bailey, Mrs Bacall, Mr Hope, Rachel Rose and Mr Parr.

Thank you to Mr and Mrs Swindell, Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Doczyminska for joining the group for Mass and the formal meal on Thursday.

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