Cross College Chaplaincy
Performance at Education Mass
There is a very active and involved whole college leadership in our Chaplaincy work at St Brendan’s. Our Students' Union is very active in charitable work, balloting for their own chosen charity each year and organising their own RAG week activities, and volunteering opportunities, human rights awareness and Equality, Diversity and inclusion, and Interfaith with a dedicated Interfaith officer who works very closely with our Chaplaincy, as do other members of the Student Union body and our Student Liaison Officer Mattia Pace. The Chaplaincy team actively encourage and support Student Leadership in college life.
Our Sports Union are also very active in supporting the ‘Big Christmas Nativity Fun(d) Run’ raising funds for our SJAG Cafod projects. This event is organised by the Student Management Team and is a fantastic example of leadership again in our student body. Students dress in fancy dress themes and run up to two laps of the street route circumnavigating the college. The ‘Elite’ competitors have a very competitive run and the ‘fun’ runners enjoy not taking the pace of things so seriously! The Sports Union also coordinate a fantastic Sports Day for our Year 5 Aquinas primary pupils in the summer term. Last year's Big Christmas Nativity Fun(d) Run, raising money for Cafod’s work supporting the fight against Ebola, and in 2015 supported the tackling of sanitation issues in impoverished communities in India, aiming to be ‘throwing money down the loo’ with a ‘toilet twinning’ project with a bit of competition between St Brendan's 4 Faculties.
And they're off! (2015 Fun(d) Run)
Environmental Science Kenya visit organised by Jane George takes a small group of students on the experience of a lifetime to serve local communities with friendship, donations of sports equipment and foot wear with essential medical training and foot care clinics. Science and maths take a lead in active support of our Food store collections with their community lunches and fundraisers.
Performing arts inspire reflection through their music and dance in our assemblies and liturgical dance; this year leading a penitential reflection at our Diocesan Education Mass. The ‘Big Arts Picnic’ summer celebration and performance assessment last year served as a ‘backdrop’ for the first Year 6 Aquinas Celebration retreat with students and year 6 pupils working ad performing together exploring the theme of care for our environment and the Papal encyclical ‘Laudato Si’. The students and staff reached out to welcome our local community to experience our college community for a wonderful evening of celebration of performance with the theme of Bristol as European Green Capital.
Religion Philosophy and Ethics
Our RPE course reflects themes of social Justice and Gospel values and key lessons invite students to explore themes of our Advent and Lenten Assemblies. Sessions encourage reflective and creative responses to challenging questions of life values, faith and meaning. The course also invites students to experience meditation and stilling exercises. Our Chaplaincy invites students to further exploration of meditation on scripture and imaginative journey.
The RPE and Tutor Pastoral system raises awareness of opportunities for students to get involved in exploring faith and social justice activities in college. Our Pastoral Support team take an active role in raise awareness of exploring issues and developing opportunities for students to engage in the chaplaincy mission reaching out to our brothers and sisters in need. The Christmas Hampers supporting local families and individuals through the St. Vincent De Paul society and a local Catholic primary school would not be possible without the amazing work done through our pastoral tutor teams and all of our staff faculty, admin and support teams who are so generous in supplying essential food and Christmas treats and gifts to some of our most vulnerable neighbours.