Catch up with our Young Leaders

Young Leaders from Farnborough Hill

This year we have five schools participating in the CAFOD Young Leadership programme: – Christ the King College Isle of Wight, Farnborough Hill, St Joseph’s College Reading, Salesian College Farnborough and The Marist School Ascot.  Because of coronavirus we have moved to online training rather than meeting face to face, but our Young Leaders have adapted and are motivated and keen to create a better world.  Even in their own school, year groups can’t meet for whole school assemblies so new ways need to be found to raise awareness of the work of CAFOD and its partners. For example, Young Leaders at Farnborough Hill have used the weekly school newsletter to post short articles about CAFOD with a link to the website “This year the CAFOD young Leaders challenge you all to try and research local businesses and buy sustainable gifts this year for Christmas helping both people and the planet “

Young Leaders from Salesian College

Young Leaders from Salesian College are preparing to lead assemblies on the Sustainable Development Goal of Gender Equality and the Young Leaders at The Marist are planning a quiz to present at an assembly to engage students in CAFOD’s work. The Young Leaders at Christ the King are planning to focus on water and sanitation and have a design a poster competition.

We look forward to meeting our Young Leaders at the second online training day in January and hope to hear about how their plans are developing.

Christ the King students cycle round the Island in aid of CAFOD

Students from Christ the King on their cycling challenge!

Students from Christ the King on their cycling challenge!

A HUGE THANK YOU to students from Christ the King College in the Isle of Wight for taking on a Round the Island cycling challenge to raise money for CAFOD . What a fantastic idea and we hope that rest of your challenge goes well!

The schools told us…

Eight students from Christ the King College have taken on a cycling challenge to raise funds for CAFOD.  (The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)

Two members of staff and a willing parent met the group of eight students at 9.30 am at the start of the cycle track in Newport. We are grateful for the group of kind and committed parents, who with equal excitement share the idea of raising money for such a good cause.

Sixth Form students  joined Year 7 students .as they cycled from Newport through Cowes, Thorness Bay, Porchfield to Ford Victoria where they met Mrs M Ward, Head of School, with her children.   All the parents who were supporting their children joined the cycling team for a picnic lunch.  We were impressed with the level of energy the children had for running around and playing football, they were still full of excitement and energy. The whole group worked together, supporting each other as they continued through some very hilly terrain to Freshwater Bay and over the chalk hill in Brooke.

No matter how hilly and hard the climb that they faced, they just kept going. Even in such hot weather, all students, no matter how hot and exhausted they felt, were planning the next day to complete the journey around the Island. Unfortunately, due to the level of exhaustion and heat expected the following day, they decided to complete the rest of the journey on another weekend.   A few students were keen to continue the following day  but after a group decision, it was agreed to recover for a few weeks before getting back in the saddle, with the students demanding to know the next date.

Ready to set off

Ready to set off

Mrs M Ward, Head of Year 7 said “I could not be a prouder Head of Year 7.  I feel utterly blessed to be part of such a spiritual and driven group of students who represent the spirit of Christ the King and what our College is all about. I would also like to thank all students participating, I am so proud of them, but also their dedicated parents. Without their help and support this day would not have been possible”.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Townshend family, Mr Sheath, Mr Gore, the Hedley family and Mr Young for all their help and support, without them this day would not have been possible.

Thank you to all who already contributed towards their fundraising cause. If you would like to make a donation towards the CAFOD fundraising, please use the following link:

Young Leadership training takes off in Reading…

CAFOD Young Leaders from Portsmouth and Arundel and Brighton dioceses 2017

CAFOD Young Leaders from Portsmouth and Arundel and Brighton dioceses 2017

Many thanks to our new CAFOD Young Leaders who attended their first day of training yesterday at St Joseph’s College Reading. Year 12 students from 6 schools in the diocese signed up to the training :- Blessed Hugh Faringdon, Christ the King, Farnborough Hill, Salesians, St Anne’s and St Joseph’s College. Students from St Peter’s, St George’s and Salesians Chertsey in the  Arundel and Brighton diocese also joined us which means that  60 young people have volunteered to be CAFOD Young Leaders.

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