Our Catholic Schools Week: 9 - 13 October 2017

OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ WEEK will soon be upon us.  We have changed the name! "Our Catholic Schools’ Week" replaces Education Week because  we are specifically celebrating the Catholic Schools in our diocese rather than the whole educational enterprise. We have so many good people and positive activity within our schools. They all contribute so much to the work and mission of Bishop Peter and the diocese. We want to celebrate and show our pride in who we are and what we do.

We seek your co-operation and help so that it can be a positive event for us all.

Click on the links below to access the material which the NORES team has compiled which has also been sent to all parishes, with the accompanying letter sent to all clergy.  I hope that it is self explanatory and ask you to help your local parish(es) in preparing a meaningful Liturgy for that Sunday. It would be very helpful if you could contact your local parish and give them details of any opportunity to visit the school so that these details can be included in the Bulletin which will be issued on Sunday 8th October.  On the suggestion page you will find listed other ideas which you might wish to consider using. 

In particular we hope that, during Our Catholic Schools’ Week, schools will afford the local community an opportunity to visit them so that their work as a Catholic School can be celebrated.

On Friday 13 October, the feast of St Edward the Confessor, we celebrate the Schools’ Mass with Bishop Peter, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Dunstable at 11.00am.  Please contact NORES to let us know if your school is attending so we can allow room in the church.  This celebration is a coming together of all the Catholic Schools in the Diocese and is a great opportunity for us to see ourselves in the wider context of Church.

Our Catholic Schools' Week Resources: 

In the Classroom

There are over 20,000 pupils in our schools of whom 69% are baptised Catholics.  We welcome families of other Christian denominations and other faiths who make up a further 27% of our pupils. We have 44 schools of which are 3 Independant, 20 are within Multi-Academy Trusts and 21 are maintained by their Local Authority.

NORES offers many services to schools to help them improve and evaluate their Religious Education curriculum and collective worship.  

We will:

  • visit and support staff teaching religious education
  • organise meetings for RE Coordinators and Heads of RE
  • provide INSET meetings as required
  • organise annual conferences
  • represent the Trustee at all major appointments for religious education
  • communicate national developments and initiatives
  • contribute to Religious Education nationally as members of the National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisers
  • with the Liturgy Commission offer courses for liturgy with young people