Please read the below which outlines all the various activities that happen at St Augustine’s which enrich our interactions and relationships with God and with each other. You will find lots of information about what we do, so please take a look!

We act justly & love tenderly  |  We recognise God in our lives  |  We keep alive the memory of Jesus  |  We live as a community

 

GIFT Chaplains

We have a vibrant team of Pupils Chaplains. All pupils are invited at certain times in the year to apply in writing to become a Pupil Chaplain. They undergo an interview process with Father Leo Heakin/Fr. Clarke, Mrs Dakin (Clerk to the Governors), Mrs Carter, and members of the staff Chaplaincy. Once selected, Pupil Chaplains are commissioned at a special Mass. Our Pupil Chaplains make a great contribution to the faith life of our school, as well as working in the parishes and wider community.

Mission Team

Each Form selects two Mission Team pupils, who are the vital link between their Form Tutor, Form group and the Staff Chaplaincy team.  The Mission Team help ensure that collective prayer at St. Augustine’s is pupil led. They meet regularly with staff chaplaincy to discuss and share ideas.

Staff Chaplaincy

Encompassing all members of the RE Department, as well as representatives from most departments across the school, the staff chaplaincy team works together to support the mission and ethos of St. Augustine’s, as well as helping to spread the joy of the Gospel to pupils and staff alike.

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Faith and Justice Team

Led by Mr Lowe, our pro-active Faith and Justice Team work hard to support our charitable work, often in a very practical way, such as packing shoeboxes, backpacks and running periodic Fairtrade cafes.

Faith and Justice

Fairtrade

We are proud to have two Fairtrade tuck shops at St Augustine’s – in the staff room and in the RE area - which promote Fairtrade products and provides a fundraising opportunity to support our other various CAFOD projects throughout school.

Caritas

As a Salford Diocesan school, we feel compelled to support the charity work of Caritas throughout the diocese and particularly within the Ribble Valley area. Our fundraising efforts include the decorating of a Teenage Mother and Baby unit in Blackburn and providing coats and shoes for the Cornerstone centre.

Staff Chaplaincy: Friday Treats

Led by Mrs Carter, Friday Treats supports a staff nominated charity each week, offering staff a chance to come together at break time to share donated baked goodies, to support one another in fellowship, and raise money for charities close to the hearts of our staff family.  To date we have raised over £25,000.

St Augustine’s Challenge: Advent and Lent

During Advent and Lent we love to challenge our community to make a real difference in the world building to a large scale announcement of our total efforts during our Christmas and Holy Week masses. In recent years we have: immunised over 1400 children and fed more than 1200 people in the developing world through CAFOD World Gifts, supported 40 children to eat every day at school for a year through Mary’s Meals and collected hundreds of 5 pence pieces to support the CAFOD ‘Big Fish’ campaign.

CAFOD

We have a long standing, enduring commitment to CAFOD and have supported their many campaigns throughout the year. The culmination of our fundraising takes place during Advent through the sale of World Gifts.

Mary’s Meals

Each year, we are proud to provide a nutritious school lunch for a large number of pupils in the developing world. In recent years, we have also supported Mary’s Backpacks, providing children with the resources needed to attend school.

Year charities

Within school, all year groups select one or two charities to support throughout the year. Year groups organise cake sales, sponsored events and sometimes organise cafes at lunchtime! The charities are often personal to the year group in some way.

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Harvest

Our Year 7s learn about CAFOD Harvest Fast, and end a week long focus by bringing tinned and packet food to our Harvest Festival Assembly.  Donations are then taken to our local food bank.

Operation Christmas Child

By filling shoe boxes with toys, gifts, toiletries, small items of clothes and sweets, Operation Christmas Child is a campaign run by Samaritan’s Purse which has allowed us to provide Christmas presents for dozens of children in other countries at Christmas time.

Toilet Twinning

We were proud to be able to sponsor the construction of an entire block of toilets for a school in Sierra Leone.

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Lourdes Pilgrimage

The Year 10 SARCHS Encounter Group travelled with HCPT: The Pilgrimage Trust to Lourdes during Easter 2017 for the first time with a similar group from St Bede’s, Lanchester. Pupils took part in fundraising for their pilgrimage and took on a full pilgrimage week in Lourdes alongside HCPT.

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Year 7 Retreat

A day long, in-house Retreat, offering our new Year 7s a chance to get to know one another better, explore the theme of friendship, and learn about Jesus’ wonderful friendship with us all.

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Alton Castle

A weekend retreat at Alton Castle (Archdiocese of Birmingham) for Year 8 pupils during November each year.

Castlerigg

During year 9, pupils have the opportunity to go on retreat at Castlerigg Manor, Keswick (Lancaster Diocese) for a week in June. The retreat involves time away from the normal school week to encounter Christ and to build relationships with the other pupils in their year group. During Year 10 and 11, pupils are given the opportunity to return to Castlerigg for a weekend retreat in January.

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GIFT Chaplains Retreat

A day of recollection for our GIFT Chaplains to develop them as Chaplains, to pray for the ongoing ministry of the Chaplains and to thank God for their accomplishments during the year.

Crossroads

 

Pupils in Year 10 are invited to take part in the Crossroads Programme, working with pupils at our partner primary schools with their transition to High School.

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Eucharistic Ministers

To minister the Body and Blood of Jesus during Holy Communion at our school Masses, our Eucharistic Ministers are made up of numerous staff and Year 11 pupils.

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School Masses

Whole school Masses are held every term.  Voluntary Masses are celebrated in the chapel at key times during the liturgical year.

Carol Services

Two evenings during Advent we celebrate the joy and hope of the upcoming birth of Jesus with carols, readings, prayers and a time of fellowship with our families and friends of the school.

Remembrance Assemblies & Silence

Led by our Year 11 GIFT Chaplains, a week of Remembrance themed assemblies are delivered to each year group.

Prayer Themes

Each school day begins with prayer.  The school follows a Weekly Prayer Theme.  Staff pray together in morning briefing and the pupils pray the same prayer together with their Form Tutors at morning registration. 

Rosary Group

Led by Miss Joan Hurst, from the parish of St. Charles', Rishton, Rosary Group takes place every Thursday lunchtime, in the chapel. 

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The Edge

Hosted at St Mary’s, Langho, for four week intervals throughout the academic year, Edge is derived from the ‘Life Teen’ brand of Youth Ministry. Open to St Augustine’s Year 7 and Year 6’s from our feeder primary schools – why not come along and have a go?

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Deanery Youth Ministry

Guided by Mr Williams in the John Southworth Deanery, we have strong links with the Youth Ministry events taking place throughout our deanery and across the whole of the diocese. You can see the Youth Ministry bulletin for the deanery here. (Link to come)