Over 50 Year 12 Students attend the CAFOD Young Leadership Training Day!

Young Leaders

Young Leaders

Wow what a fantastic day we had yesterday with 58 Year 12 students from schools in Arundel & Brighton and Portsmouth dioceses attending their first training day for the CAFOD Young Leadership programme. Many thanks to the students from Blessed Hugh Faringdon Reading,  Cardinal Newman School Hove, Christ the King Isle of Wight,  Farnborough Hill Farnborough, Salesian School Chertsey,  Salesian School Farnborough, Oaklands College Waterlooville, St Anne’s School Southampton , St Joseph”s College Reading and St Peter’s School Guildford for  taking on the role of  CAFOD Young Leaders in your schools.  Your enthusiasm and energy was amazing and we hope you found the day inspiring and informative.

Sarah Burrows from CAFOD’s Youth team started the day with a reflection on CAFOD’s vision and values . After some lively icebreakers the students looked at some statistics on global poverty for example 844 million people still don’t have access to safe drinking water . Then they explored what makes a good leader and the qualities of leadership. Next they participated in On the Move which is a refugee simulation exploring the feelings of people having to flee from their home because of war. The students then worked together in their school groups to plan the activities that will carry out this term in their schools.

On the Move activity

On the Move activity

Many thanks to Oaklands College for hosting the day and to Mr Sumba for organising the refreshments for us. Thanks also to Liz Burden and Steve Deadman our school volunteers who helped out on the day and to the staff accompaniers from each school for supporting  your students  We look forward to hearing about the Young Leaders activities at the second training day in January 2019!

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Students from Oaklands Catholic School reflect on plight of refugees.

Year 7 "On the move" workshop .

Year 7 “On the move” workshop .

Many thanks to our CAFOD School visitor Alison Humphreys for leading the “On the move” workshops for Year 7  students at Oaklands Catholic School Waterlooville last term.  This workshop encourages the students to reflect on the plight of refugees and links very well to the Share the Journey campaign recently launched by Pope Francis.

Alison told us”  We focused particularly on the plight of the Syrian refugees.  The students were very engaged and showed remarkable insight and understanding.  They wrote messages to the refugees which were extremely thoughtful and, in some cases, very moving.  Some wrote of the importance of hope and that, as a community, they were praying for them as well as doing their bit to raise awareness of the refugee crisis with others.”

"On the move " workshop

“On the move ” workshop


Youth Leadership Programme Launch

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Hello to everyone on our Youth Leadership Programme this year!  We have just over 70 students from 6 Sixth Forms across the diocese!

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