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Faith in Action Awards

On Friday 12th July, children and families from the Surrey schools of our diocese gathered at Christ Prince of Peace Church in Weybridge for the Faith in Action awards.  This was the first year that children from Cardinal Newman have worked on the award.  It was a brilliant experience for the Year 6 Prayer Council who have been putting their 'faith into action' all year by serving and praying. The liturgy on Friday was celebrated by Bishop Richard and included the children being awarded with their badge.  We wish them every success and hope they take on the challenge of Bronze award next year. 

RE Learners at St Georges Junior

On Thursday 20th June, Eve and Jack from Year 5 attended a greater depth in RE event at St George’s Junior school. The morning was led by Fr Andrew, a Salesian priest and Head of RE at Salesian school, Battersea. The children worked with other pupils from our local deanery schools to think about some religious concepts more deeply.  Eve and Jack really impressed Fr Andrew with their knowledge and religious literacy. The morning concluded with a delicious lunch!

The Good Shepherd Celebration

On Thursday 27th June, Mrs Burnham and Miss Bealin-Kelly accompanied the Year 4 Prayer Council to the annual Good Shepherd celebration at Worth Abbey. Bishop Richard led the celebration for the schools of the diocese with the focus on the Year of Prayer. It was a lovely joyful celebration.

Some quotes from the children:

Sofia: "It was amazing to see the artwork each school had made about the Our Father, I love how everyone pictured the message".

Mia: "I was amazed at the size of Worth Abbey inside and I liked seeing the side chapel with the tabernacle.  Also the event helped me to see the size of the diocese and I liked looking at all the different school banners".

World Faiths Week

Monday 8th July marks the start of our World Faiths week at Cardinal Newman.  Year groups will encounter and dialogue other worldviews during the week in their RE lessons.  It is an opportunity to learn more about others who hold a different worldview, alongside helping to build a culture of peace and respect.  On Monday 15th July the PA have kindly funded a visit from Judaism for Schools who will lead workshops for children in YR-4.  This will allow the children to ask questions and dialogue with an authentic Jewish believer.

Wintershall Life of Christ 


On Tuesday 18th March Year 5 had the experience of watching the Life of Christ production at Wintershall.  The children found the experience immersive as the play was acted out around them.  It was lovely to see how our Cardinal Newman children were able to identify key moments in the life of Jesus and place these in context. 

Some quotes from the children:

“The Life of Christ helps you to see Jesus as a person”

“It really helps me to understand the feelings of the people in the Bible stories”

“It brings the Bible stories to life”



On Monday, the Prayer Council in Year 6 spent some time over lunch praying and reflecting with the Blessed Sacrament.  This formed one of their reflection moments for the Faith in Action award. They thought about our commitment to serve and love. 

The whole school spent some time with our Lord, with opportunities for reconciliation in Years 4, 5 and 6. Fr Richard led us in Benediction to end a very fruitful day.   . 

Faith in Action Award

Today we launched the Faith in Action award which is described on the website as: 

The Faith in Action Award encourages young people through recognising, rewarding and celebrating their active faith lived out through service and reflection. The Award helps them connect their life and faith in a tangible manner.

In journeying through the Award, young people should experience a deepening of their relationship with God and find themselves exploring that relationship. It is hoped that through their relationship and action, others will see God's love through them.

The Faith in Action Award rewards young people's active service to others in their local and wider community. Young people accrue credits of service and reflect on that service in the context of the teachings of the Catholic Church throughout their award journey.

Our Year 6 Prayer Council will demonstrate their faith through their service in our school community, earning credits and recognition for what they do.  We will have times of prayer and reflection to give space for us to listen to God's word in our heart as we work through the award.  ‚Äč

Cardinal Newman Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday we celebrated our Cardinal Newman Ash Wednesday in school to mark the start of Lent with the children.  We reflected on our commitment in Lent to pray, fast and share.  The Year 6 Prayer Council distributed our ashes reverently and prayerful whilst we sang 'Jesus remember me when I come into your kingdom.'  The children responded to our liturgy by writing their Lent promises.  



CAFOD family fast day




Today as part of our CAFOD family fast day, the Prayer Council led the children in the school in some prayer activities during Lent. It was lovely to see so many of our school community engaging in active prayer. 

"During our Lenten lunch when the Prayer Council ran the prayer stations I felt loved and appreciated by God."

"I got to read and I felt like everyone was waiting on me, and it was very holy, even though it was only on the playground."

"I felt happy to serve God and Jesus."






We had a lovely start to our Rosary Fridays during Lent.  The Prayer Council would like to invite as many families as possible to join us. We hope to see you next Friday 1st March at 8.30 am. 

Celebration Mass for the work of Mission Together

On Thursday 25th January our Year 5 Prayer Council children attended a celebration Mass for the work of Mission Together.  The Mass brought schools from several dioceses together to pray and reflect on the charities work. It was a lovely occasion. 

Quotes from the children

"I felt calm and reminded that I was part of the Church family."

"I felt very special there and I think all the others schools did too."

"During the experience I felt happy, excited and close to God. The hot chocolate was really nice!"

"I felt relieved and hopeful because Fr Noah told us that we are all equal."

"At the charity Mass I felt like I had a very important role. I also felt like God was speaking to me."

"I felt hopeful about the Mass because of how we got to send children around the world a message."

Wintershall Travelling Nativity








On Monday 20th November we were very blessed to have Wintershall's travelling nativity come to the school field.  The whole school experienced the immersive workshops with characters from the Nativity story. 

Here is what some of our Prayer Council had to say about the experience:

"I liked the different, unusual smells at the Wise Men staff because it was a really fun to experience new things from Jesus' time." Sofia

"Wintershall told me a different perspective of the nativity." Maia

"I liked Wintershall because the way they made it feel like a real pilgrimage." Evie

"I learnt to respect Advent and the journey to Bethlehem." Cianna

Hands on London coat collection


Thank you to everyone who donated coats on Wednesday. Five massive bags were delivered to Surbiton Fire Station to be distributed across London this winter.