Students from Saint Paul’s joined with pupils from their feeder primary schools to take part in the Mini Cluster meeting.
The meeting is for Head Teachers and a selection of students also attend to meet with students from other Catholic schools and take part in various activities related to their faith.
Head Teachers from the six feeder primary schools in Wythenshawe met at Saint Paul’s and they were invited to bring a small group of their pupils with them.
The primary school children worked with Saint Paul’s students led by the lay chaplains, Ric and Rachel. Ric and Rachel led a session on the Saint Paul’s core value of service. They watched a video about the importance of ‘paying it forward’ – the act of responding to acts of kindness to us by doing something good for someone else. They also learned about inspirational saints who lived lives of service.
Students put together ‘bags of service’ filled with practical tools for sharing the gift of service with their schools.
At the end they presented what they’d been doing to the group of Head Teachers.
Mr Ric Slatter, Lay Chaplain at Saint Paul’s, said: “Pupils were able to share and discuss a wide variety of ideas and suggestions and were encouraged to take the ideas back to their own schools, passing them on and developing them.”
“At the Mini Cluster meeting, the students engaged in themed activities and then fed back what they had discussed and learned to the heads,” explained Mr Tony Billings, Executive Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “It was an excellent opportunity for the students to mix with students from different schools and get to know each other. The students were able to get together and share their thoughts and ideas.“