News – Education Service

Welcome to our news page where you will find our fortnightly bulletin, Wednesday Witness to the Word.

Witness to the Word – Wednesday 15th November

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached our latest edition of Witness to the Word . Please share it amongst all staff in you school who might find the resources and information useful.

I would like to remind Headteachers that we will be hosting our Leadership Update sessions next Monday 20th November at 1:30pm and Tuesday 21st November 10:30am. Please select whichever meeting fits in with you schedule.

Monday 20th November:

Register in advance for this meeting:

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Tuesday 21st November:

Register in advance for this meeting:

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Schools have recently received information about the Education Service Annual Christmas Card Competition. The theme this year is:

‘For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ (Isaiah 9:5-6)

It is a real joy to see the creative talents of children across our schools when they respond to this event and we look forward to receiving their entries and hope that your pupils enjoy participating in the competition.

Full details can be found in the Bulletin but please remember the closing date is Friday 8th December by 5:30pm.

We are delighted to announce that the Prayer and Liturgy Directory has now be launched.This is an important and informative document which aims to enhance the excellent practices that already exists for Prayer and Liturgy within our schools and across the diocese. Details of how you can download or order a printed copy are in the Bulletin.

To support our schools, the Education Service will be providing training on understanding the Prayer and Liturgy Directory and on ways to implement it in your schools. Please do ensure your REC, Chaplains and Senior Leaders in Charge of Catholic Life attended these training opportunities. The first of which is on 4th December and details can be found in the Bulletin and in the CPD/Course section of our website.

With every best wish,


Peter Sweeney MA FCCT | Director of Education