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The Briars FUNdraiser Day 9 July 2023 – Celebrated by Bishop Patrick

Thank you Sophie, Lucy, Isabella, Amber, Josh and Jacob for supporting The Briars.

Year 11 thoroughly enjoyed their leavers celebration on Thursday 20 June 2023 at Horsley Lodge.

On the 10 and 11 June 2023, 18 students completed the Expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.

The award comprises 4 sections, a Physical section, a Skills section, a Volunteering section and the Expedition. The sections are completed over 3 months with one section completed over 6 months.

In the Expedition section, students took part in two days of training in school on the 5th and 6th June. This involved learning how to put a tent up, cooking food, packing and carrying a 65l bag as well as planning the routes for the qualifying weekend. The students had to complete two days of 6 hours walking with an overnight camp.

The group started their walk at 9am and after a hot, sweaty days walk arrived at the campsite in Birchover between 4 and 5pm to put up their tents and prepare food. The students were up early on the following day and completed the days walk by 2pm.

The feedback from the assessors was very complimentary, the students being one of the best groups they have worked with.

The award will be completed by the end of September 2023.

“Be still and know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10

Friends of Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

We would love for you to join us for coffee and conversation on the 16th June, from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Come and join us at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy, Abbot Road, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston, DE7 4HX

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We began our Camino from SJH.  Thank you Mr Hall, Mr Warden, Austino and Ivan. Fr Paul met us in Eastwood and gave us a blessing at the Altar Stone. With thanks to St Thomas pupils, Parishioners, Parents and Alfie and Ava for joining us on our Pilgrimage. We talked, sang, prayed and walked…to Beauvale Priory. St Benedict’s provided wonderful music for this outdoor Mass. It was lovely to be with English Martyrs CVA and St Thomas CVA. We prayed  the Martyrs Prayer and had Mass. With thanks to all in SRSCMAT for making this a very special day. Saint John Houghton.  Pray for us.

We are delighted to share our Catholic Schools Inspection report, we would like to thank our staff and school community for all their hard work and support in helping us achieve our overall “Good” rating and being classed as “Outstanding” for our Catholic life and mission and Collective worship.

Key findings of the report:

  • The integrity and passion of all leaders, including governors, are tangible at St John Houghton. This is a popular school which holds Christ at its heart.
  • The exceptional Catholic ethos permeates all areas of school life.
  • The religious education department is at the forefront of the current progress and developments in teaching and learning at the school.
  • Chaplaincy provision is a shining beacon within the school. The approach to collective worship reflects the passion and engagement of the lay chaplain and school leaders and ensures that prayer remains a key focus of daily life for all students, staff and parents.
  • Engagement with the community, through ‘Faith in Action’, parish work, the development of the eco garden and regular coffee mornings, is a strength which is to be commended and celebrated.

Please see following link to the full inspection report: St John Houghton CSI Report

With thanks to all who supported this Retreat to the Briars Youth Centre. The Briars Team provided a warm welcome with an excellent programme in the Season of Advent.  We were delighted our Lead Lay Chaplain, Jamie, could spend the first part of the week with us and we are grateful for his time and hard work. A special thank you to Father Paul who celebrated Mass with us on Thursday evening.  We enjoyed a fire pit with hot chocolate and marshmallows, a walk in Derbyshire, a disco, quiz, a Modern Nativity and an action packed Advent Calendar in real life!

On Thursday 30 June, we took 68 students to complete in the Erewash District athletics championships at Moorways Stadium, Derby. Our students were absolutely amazing on the day with our highest number ever of district champions. The winners were:

  • Natalia L Yr 7 high jump / Katie F Yr 10 high jump & 100m
  • Katie T Yr 10 shot put / Dominic J Yr 10 high jump
  • Louis F Yr 10 long jump & 200m / Ruby Mae W Yr 9 high jump
  • Amelia B Yr 9 shot put / Georgia G Yr 9 triple jump
  • Rory B Yr 9 high jump / Chloe P Yr 8 triple jump
  • Archie Y Yr 9 shot put / Farren S Yr 7 triple jump
  • Cole B Yr 7 shot put / Symeon S Yr8 high jump
  • Anton C Yr 7 discus / Samson M Yr 7 300m
  • Libby McC Yr 300m / Hallie B Yr 7 200m
  • Chloe Mae G Yr 8 200m & high jump / Isabella H Yr 8 100m
  • Miranda H Yr 9 300m / Jack B Yr 9 800m
  • Sam E-K Yr 10 100m / Tania K Yr 9 discus
  • Yr 8 girls relay team (Isabella, Chloe, Libby & Chloe Mae)
  • The final results were as follows
  • Yr 7 boys – 2nd
  • Yr 7 girls – 4th
  • Yr 8 boys – 1st
  • Yr 8 girls 3rd
  • Yr 9 boys – 1st
  • Yr 9 girls – 1st
  • Yr 10 boys = 1st
  • Yr 10 girls – 3rd

Amazing performances from all of our students and well done to everyone who took part.

Rodsley Pilgrimage

In Honour of the English Martyrs The 44th Annual Pilgrimage at RODSLEY, The Birthplace of St Ralph Sherwin.

This Pilgrimage was organised by the Sherwin Society in honour of their Patron Saint who was born in Rodsley in AD 15550 on 25th March 1577.  Ralph was ordained a priest in Cambrai (France) for the diocese of Lichfield.  Ralph studied in Rome and returned to England to begin missionary work.  He was arrested and imprisoned on 4th November 1580 and sentenced to death on 20th November 1581.  Ralph Sherwin was one of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales who were canonised by Pope Paul V1 on 25th October 1970.

Oliver and Daisy, Saint John Houghton’s Head Boy and Head Girl, attended the 44th Annual Pilgrimage at Rodsley.  SJH is part of the St Ralph Sherwin CMAT.

Bishop Patrick celebrated a Holy Mass in Rodsley.

This was a lovely opportunity to meet our good friend, Fr Alan, who works closely with SJH for J&P, with thanks to Daisy and Oliver who read the Pilgrimage Bidding Prayers, Miss Bailey who joined the Pilgrims and Imogen, former SJH pupil, who organised the sound for the Mass.  With special thanks to Bishop Patrick for his support, love and friendship.

Here we are celebrating Catholic Education!

Well done Sean, Jacqueline and Jamie for such a lovely Mass.

SJH will see you in 2023 when SRSCMAT give support to the Sherwin Society to ‘Guard our Faith’ – please put the date in your diary and join us.

We would like to thank all SJH staff who were involved in planning the Agapé for our Year 11 students, it was a lovely evening and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.