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November 2016

Students from Saint Paul’s joined with their partnership school All Hallows Catholic College, an outstanding academy in Macclesfield to take part in the Mini DASH (Diocesan Association of Secondary Head teachers) meeting which is organised by the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

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.

The meeting for the students is held at the same time as the secondary head teachers of the Diocese of Shrewsbury meet together. The meeting took place at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School where 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.

Mr Ric Slatter, Lay Chaplain at Saint Paul’s, said: “Students from schools across the diocese attended the event. Saint Paul’s students sat on the same table as students from partner All Hallows They took part in collaborative activities based on the theme for the day which was being 'Agents of Mercy'. The focus was on continuing to share acts of mercy as the Year of Mercy concludes.

“The group got on very well and the students found that they had more in common than just the fact that Executive Head Teacher, Mr Tony Billings, leads their school.”

Year 8 student, Mya Austin from Saint Paul’s, said of the girls she met from All Hallows: “I’ve made two really good friends today and hope that we get the chance to meet again in the future.”

“At the Mini DASH the students engaged in themed activities in the morning and then feedback what they had discussed and learned to the heads,” explained Mr Tony Billings. “It was an excellent opportunity for the students to mix with students from different schools and it was especially beneficial for the Saint Paul’s and All Hallows students to get to know each other. The students were able to get together and share their thoughts and ideas.“

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