Preston school concert and bush tucker trial raises nearly £1,200 for CAFOD

A huge thank you to pupils and staff at Corpus Christi Catholic High School in Preston. They raised over £1,000 for CAFOD’s Lent appeal.

'Stars in Their Eyes' show

‘Stars in Their Eyes’ show

During Lent, the school had been holding various fundraising activities and the finale was a ‘Stars in their Eyes’ performance by pupils, alongside and a bush tucker trial undertaken by the teachers.

The now annual ‘Stars in their Eyes’ performance returned to the school stage with eight ‘Stars’ taking to the stage and three supporting performances from staff.

Highlights from the event, organised by Miss Gardner, included the Year 11 group ‘Bus Stop Boys’ performing Uptown Funk to the 320-pupil audience and year 8 pupil Taylor Stout with her winning performance of ‘Titanium’.

I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here - Bush Tucker Teacher Trials

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here – Bush Tucker Teacher Trials

Another popular event was ‘I’m a Teacher Get Me Out of Here – Bush Tucker Trial’, organised by Mrs Hartley and hosted by Mr Botes with Year 11 volunteers acting as waiters. The popular show was very entertaining with several brave staff enduring some extraordinary culinary delights, including grasshoppers, pigs’ tails, bugs, eyes and worms. The winner was Mr Holden, who managed to eat everything.

A representative from the school said: “We would like to say a huge thank you and show our appreciation to the contestants, victims or fools who willingly, some more so than others, put themselves through that torture for a good cause!

“Without their willingness to put themselves through those hideously delicious delicacies, we wouldn’t have been able to do it.”

Headteacher Mr Hubbard, School Chaplain Mr Griffin, and Corpus Christi pupils, present the cheque to CAFOD

Headteacher Mr Hubbard, School Chaplain Mr Griffin, and Corpus Christi pupils, present the cheque to CAFOD

Both events successfully raised over £696, making the total for the school’s Lent fundraising £1,192.

This Lent, CAFOD has been working with communities in the South African country of Zambia. It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line. CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills.

The money raised by Corpus Christi will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects around the world.

CAFOD’s representative in Preston, Patrick Gardner, said:

“We would like to say a big thank you to Corpus Christi pupils and staff for joining us in transforming communities this Lent. The events looked like so much fun and really do show that by coming together and adding up all the small things, we can make a massive difference.”




Celebrating our Volunteers

CAFOD Education volunteer, Frances Fordyce, shares with us her volunteering in schools in Lancaster diocese……


Frances talking about CAFOD in school

I’m a CAFOD Schools volunteer and member of the Primary Advisory workshop team. I have also provided CAFOD El Salvador Geography INSET for teachers.

After retiring from education I was looking for something to be involved with. I decided to volunteer with CAFOD.

That was 4 years ago and since then I have had the privilege to visit lots of different schools and attend training.

There have been many special moments especially when speaking and working with children. I was at my parish church and a small child shouted ‘Hello Miss, you’re the CAFOD lady’. Continue reading

Primary Schools across the Diocese of Lancaster have taken part in a pilgrimage to Lancaster Cathedral

Since September, more than 80% of Catholic primary schools in Lancaster Diocese have completed a pilgrimage to Lancaster Cathedral.


Schools journeyed from across the diocese to take part in a pilgrimage, which gave school children the opportunity to step out in faith, which was demonstrated through walking, song and prayer.


Students walking along the pilgrimage

The pilgrimage began at The Priory Church at Lancaster Castle. Whilst at the castle, children heard about Lancaster Martyrs. The school children journeyed through Lancaster to the City Museum, before walking to the Cathedral. As children walked through the city centre, they stopped at various stations to hear stories, local history, sing and pray. With each new footstep, the children progressed on their pilgrimage. Throughout the day, children were given the opportunity to participate in prayers, these were reflected on at the Cathedral.

Suzanne Smith, Head Teacher at St Bridget’s Catholic Primary School, said:

“Year six joined a number of other primary schools for a walking tour of Lancaster, finishing with collective worship in St. Peter’s Cathedral. Even though it was a wet day the children thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Children from across the Diocese of Lancaster, embraced the opportunity to put their faith into action. The pilgrimage days were organised as part of the Year of Mercy, which officially ended in November.

Miss S. Deakin, Head Teacher, St Francis Catholic Primary School, said:

“Year 5 children joined other schools on a Pilgrimage trip to Lancaster and it was truly wonderful.”

Over the year, CAFOD Education Volunteers visit schools to deliver assemblies and workshops. Our education volunteers were really excited to attend the pilgrimage and share the vital work of CAFOD with so many school children all at once! The students listened eagerly as they heard of CAFOD’s vital work in Bolivia.

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 Year six students at St Bridget’s, Egremont, took part in a celebration at St Peter’s Cathedral, Lancaster.

Local CAFOD representative in Lancaster, Patrick Gardner, said:

“Over the last few months, our education volunteers have taken part in a Year of Mercy Pilgrimage organised by the Lancaster Diocesan Education Centre, involving over 2000 school primary school children, from schools across the diocese. Thanks to our CAFOD education volunteers, each group of schools who attended the pilgrimage, were able to hear about the wonderful work of CAFOD.”