This year as we are celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy, fifty students have committed to being Apostles of Mercy. On Monday the 9th and 16th of May, several of these Apostles of Mercy from year 7, 8 and 9 went on a pilgrimage to Westminster Cathedral. The purpose for our pilgrimage was to to give them the opportunity to follow the ‘Way of Mercy’, starting at the Holy Door.
“On Monday the 16th of May we went on a pilgrimage to Westminster Cathedral. Before the pilgrimage, we prepared for our journey by going to confession at school and going to Mass at our local parish ‘Our Lady Help of Christians’. Fr Mark said Mass and asked us to pray for him. At the Cathedral we followed the ‘Way of Mercy’, starting at the Holy Door and then following the ‘Way of Mercy’ route, reflecting on different aspects of mercy at various stations around the Cathedral. At these stations we read some information about the different acts of mercy and prayed. By going through the Holy Door, following the ‘Way of Mercy’, confessing our sins and attending Mass, we received an indulgence.” (Mary Wheatley and Zoe Sotto)
Our Apostles of Mercy were encouraged to hope as Pope Francis expressed that we may ‘experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things.’
Following the conclusion of the recent election and a series of interviews on Wednesday, I am pleased to announce the committee for the next academic year.
The committee will officially take up their positions in September, but will be doing some work towards next year in the coming weeks, including their first full committee meeting next Wednesday after school.
Thanks once again to all students that applied and took part in the selection process and thanks to all students and staff for their support.
Thank you so much for all your generosity. Many of our school families are themselves under considerable financial pressure, especially at this time of year, so it really is profound generosity we see in the pictures below of our very-own Santa-Sleigh (mini-bus).
For some families, the gifts donated by JOA are the only ones that they will receive this Christmas.
Well done and sincere thanks to everyone who contributed!
Join Miss Godwin and Mr Woollatt who are both aiming for the Best Staff Christmas Jumper” prize.
There will also be awards for “Best Student Christmas Jumper” and “Most Christmassy Form”.
Haven’t got a Christmas Jumper? Not a problem. Customise your own.
Really too cool for school/ still don’t want to wear the jumper? Donate your £1 anyway…
Every single pound collected will go directly to the children of Udayan.
Drama Club is now running on the following days and times:
Year 8 and 9 – Tuesday 3.30 – 4.30pm
Years 7 – Wednesday 3.30 – 4.30pm
Year 10 – Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm
Venue- Drama studio
Please bring – a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes or slippers (just as you would wear in your Drama lessons) and lots of enthusiasm
If you cannot attend your year group’s ‘slot’ but want to be part of Drama club, please see Mrs Wilcher, Miss King or Miss Dean.
This year we are going to be producing a showcase of work for the end of term and working towards entering groups in the speech and drama categories at the Watford festival in March but all students are also welcome to come along, ‘just for fun’.
See Mrs Wilcher, Miss King or Miss Dean if you have any questions.
All roles have now been allocated and the Student Executive Committee for the 2015-16 academic year will be as follows:
President – Charley McInerney
Vice Presidents – Carrie Gandemer & Rebecca Reilly
CLOTS and Charity Officer (Associate Senior Committee Member) – Hannah Roberts
Student Voice Rep (Al, Be, Ca, Cl) – Felise Martin
Student Voice Rep (Fr, Mo, Th, Wa) – Rebecca Miranda
Arts Representative – Harriet St. Ledger
Community and Environment Officer – Amy Gardner
Media and Communications Officer – Ryan Chamberlain
Sports and Activities Officer – Calum Goodchild
CLOTS and Charity Assistants (Associate Committee Members) – Hope Williams & Isabella Fuller
HEADS OF HOUSE
The following students have been duly elected as Heads of House for their respective form groups and will work closely with the two Student Voice Representative Members on the Student Executive Committee:
Alban: Matthew Cranny & Anna Ferrara
Bede: Imogen Moore & Abigail Wildman
Campion: Eleanor Barton & Harry McCarthy
Clare: Elle Brooker & Sean Smith
Frances: Chennel Fernandes-Todd & Olivia Spencer
More: Michael Evans & Niamh McGrath
Theresa: Declan O’Reilly & Nicola Rogers
Ward: Megan Higgins & Molly O’Regan
Form captains for each of the forms in next year’s 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be elected in September.
Congratulations to all elected members and a huge thank you to all that applied to be part of the Committee for the upcoming academic year.
Have a great summer!
Thank you to everyone who helped make our end of term, and end of year Mass so special – If you were there, that means you!
1 alumni sound engineer.
1.5 hours of pack down
2 exhausted caretakers (see above and below!).
4 hours of set up.
7 pupil ministers of Holy Communion.
15 musicians (pupils and staff).
16 ministers of Holy Communion commissioned (pupils and staff).
22 stage block movers and gazebo builders (pupils and staff).
Around 60 pupils contributed to prepare and contribute to the Mass for a congregation of 1024 members including pupils and staff (approx.). A real team effort.
A special thank you to those listed above and everyone who continued to pray for the sunshine and kept the faith despite the presence of dark clouds all morning.
A group of pupils attended Aplsey Paper Mill to learn how to make paper for GCSE Product Design.