Faith in Action
There are numerous opportunities for pupils to develop their faith outside of the classroom, including by engaging in charity and social outreach initiatives. Helping others is one way of encouraging students to care for and be concerned about others. Throughout the year, students help to choose the charities they wish to support.
In the academic year 2020/21, students and staff supported the following local, national and international causes:
- Distributed 84 care packs to the homeless and St Chad’s Sanctuary
- Donated 14 bags of toys to the Birmingham City Mission Appeal
- Sent Christmas cards to Mary Steven’s Hospice
- Raised £340 for the Fr Hudson’s Big Give Appeal (Tabor House)
- Made 77 food hampers which were distributed to local families and food banks
during the lockdowns.
- Donated over 150 Easter eggs to the Stourbridge Food Bank
- Raised £887.30 for Mind, the mental health charity, during Lent
- Donated £340 to Save the Children
- Collected 13 shoe boxes as part of Operation Christmas Child
- Raised £1253.92 for CAFOD by walking a combined total of 570 miles during form
There is a thriving chaplaincy and B-Attitudes group, who meet regularly to put their faith into action. Some reflections from some of the students are below:
‘Being part of the B-Attitude group has been a wonderful experience that I am truly grateful to have had. From distributing packs to homeless people in Birmingham and Worcester, leading the Ash Wednesday services and raising money to support those affected by the Australian bush fires, we were able to do so much in the year despite it being cut short. I particularly enjoyed going back to my old primary school and discussing what we had learned with the Mini Vinnies, a lovely group of Year 4 and 5s who admittedly are a lot better at writing bidding prayers than I am!
A welcomed break from A-levels, our projects helped me put things into perspective and gain more understanding of issues like homelessness, as well as providing the opportunity to put my faith into action directly, which I really valued. Though giving out packs in Birmingham on a cold, rainy afternoon was only a tiny glimpse of the harsh conditions people on the streets face every day, it was an important reminder of the need to act on the commandment ‘Love thy neighbour’ and on my faith as a whole.’
‘Being a member of the B-Attitudes has helped me to improve my public speaking and become more confident as a person. The B-Attitudes has made me realise that I really enjoy helping other people and that I want to make a difference in people’s lives. It has definitely helped me to improve my communication skills as I have had to convey my ideas to others when planning different events. Being a part of the B-Attitudes has helped me to strengthen my faith. I have learnt about the value and importance of putting your faith into action and helping those around you like Jesus would. It has taught me to be obedient to God’s commands and wanting God to be pleased with my acts of faith showing my love for him. This experience and journey has developed me emotionally and spiritually. It has given me the confidence, self-belief and mindset to grow as a person, care for others and achieve my goals. I am thankful for being given this opportunity as it has prepared me for a positive future.’