Charity Work

Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy is proud to support the following charities:

CAFOD is the Charity for Romero House

CAFOD is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.  I feel we really do stand beside people living in poverty, whatever their religion or culture.  During Acts of Worship and in our SJH Fair Trade and Justice and Peace Groups we hear about CAFOD’s work, in Year 7 we have a whole CAFOD day which is run by the SJH Justice and Peace Group and we spend time at Briars listening to the CAFOD Gappers and have activities to help us understand all our choices have consequences.  During our Faith in Action time we learn about Our Common Home, we watch videos and read parts of Laudato Si by Pope Francis.  Because we know everything in our world is connected, and we can see children and families living in poverty, without enough food, poor housing, lack of medication and education. We know our Gospel values:  Courage, creativity, thankfulness, responsibility, compassion, peace, service, justice, trust, hope, love, forgiveness, friendship, humility, generosity, reverence and respect, we have to put our  faith into action and be the change we want to see in the world.  I am nervous about our CAFOD Fast Day on 9 October 2020 because I like my lunch time with my friends, I usually eat fish and chips on Friday and on CAFOD Fast Day we will only have one sandwich and some Fairtrade juice.  I am not looking forward to going hungry but am determined not to cheat. When I realise many children go hungry every day I must stop moaning and put on a brave face.  I want to support my friends on CAFOD Fast Day and keep them going if they feel hungry because I think it is important to be a good friend.I am really pleased to belong to Romero House and have CAFOD as our House Charity.

Written by a Year 8 student from Romero House

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day 2020

Here at SJHCVA the whole school participates in CAFOD Fast Day, this year it was a fast like no other!   Fasting is very different to dieting because it is an act of faith.  Our cravings and routines can become selfish and block God out and the needs of others.  CAFOD Fast Day is a day to turn around and make a special effort to let Jesus be the centre of our lives.  Taking part in Family Fast Day is our way of saying, ‘yes’ to God, to show others we have not left them behind and the marginalised and the unloved can see we do have enough love to give.  Thank you to everyone who supported this day.  We will let you know total raised as soon as we know.

Home-Start aims to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life by reaching out to and working alongside parents with a positive and non-judgemental approach.

I was really pleased to vote for Home-Start charity as SJH’s whole school charity 2020-21 because families are so important and many families have big troubles on their minds like money, children, work, and health so it is good to support the whole family.

I really thought about my vote because so many different charities exist these days and I am proud I voted for Home-Start.  It may be hard to raise money whilst we live with COVID but we already planning activities like having a tuck shop, a non-uniform day and little games to collect some spare change so I do believe we will make a difference.

I am looking forward to Mr Mann visiting our school to teach us more about Home-Start and share some stories with us.

Written by a Year 7 pupil

Mary’s Meals provide one good meal to some of the world’s poorest children every school day.

Here at Saint John Houghton we are so proud of Kolbe House who lead us in this simple, effective and hope filled charity.

Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy is the leading school in Derbyshire supporting Mary’s Meals with staff having the privilege to hold The Lead Volunteer Post.

Our work is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her own child in poverty. Mary’s Meals consists of, respects, and reaches out to people of all faiths and none.

SJHCVA is helping to support 1,667,067 children every school day. We believe every child deserves an education and enough to eat.

Our Headteacher, Mr Brogan, challenged every tutor group to feed a child for a year.  It costs £15.90 to feed a child for a year through Mary’s Meals.

It is important to us that hungry children are fed and we admire and support the work of Mary’s Meals for working on a long-term solution to getting children fed and at the same time work on a long-term solution.

Working with the Mary’s Meals Team is amazing and inspiring. Do not just take our word for it, please read:  The Shed That Fed A Million Children and contact us for more information.


On behalf of SJHCVA may I take this opportunity to thank you all for the support you gave to Rainbows.

The Saint Ralph Sherwin Trust, baked cakes and enjoyed ‘Bake off’ competitions, danced, ran marathons, walked miles, sang songs and raised a huge amount of money for this wonderful Charity for two years.

It was a privilege to meet the staff and families connected with Rainbows and they will remain in our hearts and prayers.

Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy were the very first school to become partners with Sharewear.

Sharewear was founded in March 2014 by a group of five Catholic women from the combined parishes of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Bulwell, and Infant Prague, Bestwood park. Today the team comprises of people who profess several different faiths or non and all want to clothe people with compassion.

Saint John Houghton CVA became involved because we are a Catholic Community who reach out and in the Year of Mercy decided to really work towards transforming lives through clothing support.

We have a staff and pupil Sharewear Team whose mission is to promote, collect and distribute clothing, shoes, and bedding to people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Saint John Houghton has also supported families in our local school community and Derbyshire.

SJH Bookclub have raised money by holding a Sponsored Silence from 8.45am until 3.00pm!  Our Choir have supported Charity Events and we have ‘Bring and Buy’ sales before every non-uniform day in school during our Fairtrade meetings.

We encourage all students to check our second hand uniform stall and to avoid purchasing fast fashion. Over the years we have realised we all buy too many clothes and the challenge is to stop shopping, stop spending and chose to recycle, reuse, and donate to save our planet and volunteer to spend our time wisely.

Sharewear Clothing Scheme
41-43 Mansfield Road