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Friday 12th April: The Big Sleep Out

On Friday 12th April, 40 students and four staff took part in ‘The Big Sleep Out’ in support of Hinkley Homeless.

We  all gathered together at 7.15pm and started our evening with a Liturgy in the school hall. This offered an opportunity for the students to pause and reflect on the cause and the charity that our Big Sleep Out supports. We were fortunate to have visiting speakers from Lawrence House who spoke to the students about homelessness and the work that they do to support those in need in the local community. After the final blessing from Fr Michael and Fr Frank, students were given time to ask questions about the charity and our speakers commented on their thoughtfulness and engagement in the issues raised.

Many thanks to the students who participated in the 2024 Big Sleep Out.

We raised £2513.25

Tuesday 30th January: St Thomas Aquinas Feast Day Mass

At the end of January we attended the St Thomas Aquinas feast day Mass for our Multi Academy Trust’s Feast Day.  Pupils from the 23 Catholic schools in Leicestershire and Rutland were all represented at English Martyrs’ Catholic School in Leicester. A huge well done to all our students for taking part and for all those who tuned in via Live Stream back at Saint Martins.

Ash Wednesday

We have held services throughout the day, distributing ashes to our students and staff to mark this special day – an invitation to repent and turn back to God. The best practices to achieve this, is prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  A huge thank you to our students who led and prepared our Ash Wednesday services.

Alton Castle- January 2024

On Wednesday 24th- Friday 26th January 2024- Year 8 visited Alton Castle, Staffordshire for a residential retreat.

The castle’s beautiful setting, perched at the top of the Churnet Valley, gives an opportunity for us to go out into the countryside, encountering Christ through creation.

Through our many prayer services, reflections and meditations, and through the celebration of Holy Mass we learnt that we are called to be disciples of Jesus. During this time, we discovered how we could use the many gifts, talents and qualities God blessed us with to be true disciples.

During our time at the castle, we undertook challenges that promoted teamwork such as completing the ‘Nightline’ in total darkness as well as physical challenges of biking, trekking, archery, survival skills and low ropes.

The children had a wonderful experience and were great ambassadors of our school.

Christmas Masses 2023

Fr Michael, Fr Frank, and Fr David Cain joined us on Monday 18th December 2023 for our Christmas Masses.
The masses were beautifully led and prepared by so many students. A big thank you to everyone who took part.
We have nearly arrived at the end of a long term and our whole school community is looking forward to a long, well-earned rest and time with family and friends. We wish all of our students, parents and carers a peaceful, holy and blessed Christmas

Bringing Christmas joy to local care homes

On Tuesday 12th December 2023 we brought a little bit of cheer and happiness into the community by visiting some of our local residential care homes in Hinckley, Barwell and Earl Shilton- singing Christmas Carols. Such a beautiful and heart warming day.

Aldi Christmas Food Shop 2023

Following a recent donation from the school, a group of students visited the local supermarket to source products for Hinckley Food Bank on Wednesday 20th December 2023.  What a great way to put our Faith In to Action.

Advent Food Bank Appeal 2023

A group of students from the Chaplaincy Team delivered food donated by the whole school to Hinckley food bank on Thursday 21st December 2023
Jim, a volunteer talked about how the demand for food banks has increased. As a whole, it was a very rewarding and eye-opening experience to help those in need and we are proud to see that our students have demonstrated one of our core values of kindness by helping those in need within our local community
We collected nearly 396.8kg of food and toiletries which would have had a cash value of over £940.42