Schools Come Together for MiniDASH

Students from Saint Paul’s joined with students from other schools in the Diocese 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. Students 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.

Harrison Kilburn, Chaplain at Saint Paul’s, commented: “Mr Whiteside and I took a group of Key Stage 3 students to a Mini DASH event at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School where we had the pleasure of joining other Shrewsbury Diocese secondary schools. The event was focussed on the month of the Rosary, and the students created their own Rosary beads to commemorate the life of St Faustina, whom gave us the prayer of the ‘Chaplet of Divine Mercy’.

We also worked as a group to create our own Rosary bead display, which now hangs proud in our school Chapel. The students were fantastic throughout the day, and I am glad that they benefited from reflection in prayer during their activities.”

“At the Mini DASH the students engaged in themed collaborative activities and then fed-back what they had discussed and learned to the heads,” explained Mr Mike Whiteside, Deputy Headteacher at Saint Paul’s. “The day was extremely uplifting and it was an excellent opportunity for the students to mix with students from different schools. The students were able to get together and share their thoughts and ideas. “