As a Catholic school, our ethos and mission is ingrained in all we do here and is something, which every member of community proudly upholds and strives to follow in thought, word and deed. Sadly, the real world is all too often fraught with examples of conflict and a lack of love and care for all members of God’s family. This goes against our mission here at Saint Bede’s. Our purpose is to prepare our young people for the world as loving and caring individuals and our hope is that the Gospel values we share will inspire in them a sense of leadership and strength to stand up for what is right.
You are worth more than many sparrows…every hair on your head has been counted' (Matthew 10).
In 2011, a group of enthusiastic Saint Bede's pupils sought to follow their passion for justice and peace within the world by establishing a 'justice and peace' group here at school. Assisted by Terry Mattinson from the Diocesan Faith and Justice Commission, these pupils began meeting on Fridays in the Drake building to discuss world issues and explore their Christian calling to respond with action as well as prayer. This group began with eight pupils meeting every fortnight, and has now grown from strength-to-strength, and now has around 30 members who meet regularly across all year groups.
Through the pupils' determination to do something to change the world for the better, they chose the name 'Action' group to identify themselves. Over the years, their actions have been visible far and near as they have: led sessions on global awareness and the work of CAFOD with Year 6 pupils at local feeder primary schools; taken part in CAFOD events throughout Lancashire and have even been granted a CAFOD bursary to further their good works in the name of justice. Pupils have spent evenings of retreat at St Joseph's Parish centre with the help of Fr David and have dined out together to celebrate their relationship together as a group and all their manifold achievements.
Always open to new members, this group continues to grow and acts as a living witness to all that we are here at Saint Bede's, and we are delighted and proud that our pupils take such a lead as they give knowledge and experience about Jesus and his Gospel, seek the truth and bear witness.
'Preach the Gospel at all times and, if necessary, use words.'
St Francis of Assissi
MINI-VINNIES AND YOUTH SVP
Established in the 2011-2012 academic year, the SVP group began with eleven core members and membership has grown steadily each year with the current number standing at twenty three. The purpose of the group is to undertake voluntary projects to meet the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in our local community.
In its formative years, the SVP group assisted in the delivery of the after school clubs at St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School building relationships with younger pupils (many of whom have since become pupils at Saint Bede’s). Latterly, the SVP Group have established visiting relationships at two local nursing homes for the elderly attempting to establish positive relationships between young adults and older people in the local community. SVP members oversee the Advent collections for Christmas Hampers in school and assist in the distribution of the hampers to local hostels and shelters for homeless young people and disadvantaged families, turning their concern into action (Matt.25:37).
SVP members offer their time voluntarily and meet in school once fortnightly for one hour per week for team building and planning activities, and evaluating visiting sessions. They participate in pursuing the common good for the local community through community cohesion, volunteering, social action, social visits, strengthening interpersonal and social skills and fundraising. They serve the school and parish communities, campaign for social change and act as school ambassadors for Diocesan events. KS3 Mini-Vinnies and Youth SVP involve themselves in a variety of activities including: fortnightly visits to Retired Sisters of the Cross and Passion Nursing Home for social activities; visiting Stella Matutina Nursing Home on Review Days for Mass and social activities; carol singing at nursing homes; supervising fundraising and charitable collections in school (Advent parcel collections, Missio Boxes, Children’s Society petition, Backpack appeal, Open Evening plant sale (‘Seeds of Faith’), Christmas Bake Sale, SVP SportFest 2017, Coffee Morning, support with church missions, church cleaning, contribution to and participation in Deanery and Diocesan Masses).
The group hold five fundraising events annually to contribute to the national SVP office and to meet transport and resources costs for the group over the year.
"I am among you as one who serves" (Luke 22:26-27)