Posted on: 29/11/2019
Chaplains' Corner - November 2019REMEMBRANCE AT HOPE ACADEMY
In the week leading up to Armistice Day, our collective worship theme across the Academy was Remembrance. Year Group Collective Worship had a guest speaker who had been a nurse in the army and volunteers to work with veterans. She told us the story of Ray, a 96 year old veteran who was one of the first off the boats in the D-Day landings.
Poppies were sold around school, and on Monday the 11th November reflection time and a two-minute silence was observed by our whole community at 11am.
On Remembrance Sunday, students from Hope Academy joined pupils from our local primary schools to take part in the Newton-le-Willows Remembrance Parade in Earlestown. Kian (Year 10) lay a wreath at the cenotaph on behalf of the students, staff, parents and governors of Hope Academy. It was wonderful to see so many of our students, both in and out of uniform, involved in this special event.
From Monday 11th November, there is a trainee vicar, Neil Brunskill, on pastoral placement at Hope Academy every Monday to see how Chaplaincy works in education. He is from the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield. Please keep him in your prayers.
We will be holding our annual Christmas Market on Monday 9th December from 6pm to 8.30pm. If you would like to run a stall, please email HopeChristmasMarket@sthelens.org.uk
Posted on: 27/09/2019
Chaplains' Corner - September 2019Welcome to the first Chaplain’s Corner of this school year, and the first from the new chaplain, Kasia Boydell! Kasia was a chaplain at Broughton Hall in West Derby, Liverpool before moving to Hope Academy. She is also on the Justice and Peace Commission as the representative for schools and Young People.
Our Mission Statement at Hope Academy is to “work together to inspire excellence guided by Christian values” and here in the Chaplaincy we aim to provide a variety of activities and opportunities that support this mission. We hope that amongst all our activities and events, our students, staff and community find something that inspires them and enables them to flourish!
Activities and opportunities open in the chaplaincy for our students this year are:
Meditation Mondays, Justice and Peace Club, Environment Club, Chapel Chat, Charity Club, and Faith in Action.
HOPE ACADEMY WELCOMES THE CLASS OF 2024
Our Year 7 students have settled in wonderfully and have made a great start to their studies here at Hope Academy. To continue their successful induction, all Year 7 students will attend a retreat day between the 18th to the 22nd November. Each day different form groups will spend the day with the ‘Animate’ youth team. Animate is the Catholic Youth Ministry team for the Archdiocese of Liverpool and they work with around 9000 young people a year across the Archdiocese between the ages of 11 and 25. On their retreat day, students will explore our Christian ethos and Academy values using a variety of fun, interactive and reflective activities.
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
On Friday 27th September, Hope Academy will be opening its doors to the community and inviting you to our Macmillan Coffee Morning. This will run in our school hall from 10.30-12.30 and will be hosted by our Hope Ambassadors. Pupils will provide a wide variety of cakes to enjoy and entertainment will be delivered by our Music Department. Please come along and support if you can. If you would like to help us by providing cakes, they can be dropped off at the Main Reception on Thursday 26th/Friday 27th – no fresh cream or nuts to be used please.
SATURDAY OPEN DAY
Our annual Open Day takes place on Saturday 28th September from 9am until 1pm. This is a chance to see the school and experience the variety of subjects on offer. If you know any child in Y5 or Y6 please come and visit to see what Hope Academy has to offer.
HARVEST COLLECTION FOR ST. HELENS FOODBANK
The Autumn term sees a return to school from the Summer holidays, a chill in the air and the changing colours of the leaves before they fall from the trees. It also sees Harvest time - a wonderful time of year to reflect on all that we have, to be thankful for it, and to consider those less fortunate than ourselves. Each September, as part of our annual Harvest celebrations at Hope Academy, we put ‘love your neighbour’ into practice by collecting food for St Helens Foodbank, one of our five Hope Partner Charities. In September the Chaplaincy launched this annual Harvest Appeal and students and staff have been generously donating items throughout the month.
If you would like to make a donation to St. Helens Foodbank, we collect on their behalf throughout the year. Donations can be left at our Main Reception.
There are lots of exciting things happening in the Chaplaincy – to keep up to date with all our news and events, follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/HopeChaplain