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School students walk, bake and attend Big Church Gig

Students from schools across the Diocese of East Anglia have been busy doing sponsored walks, charity bake-offs and attending the Big Church Live Gig.


On November 16 a group of Year 7s and 8s from the Liturgy Group at St Benedict’s Catholic School, Bury St Edmunds, along with two RE sixth form ambassadors, went to Cambridge for the Big Church Live Gig.  They saw Hillsong Worship and Worship Central perform, led by Reuben Morgan and Tim Hughes.  This is the third year the group have been to the event. Participant, Joey Law, said: “Going to the Big Church Live Gig was the best experience I’ve ever had and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I was so lucky to be able to share this experience with my friends and I thank all the teachers for making this possible.”

Everyone was so enthusiastic and we were all in sync! They played a mixture of catchy songs that were absolutely amazing and really wowed me. . I was able to be at the front of their performance and it was amazing! The music was so loud i felt my chest vibrate and even the floor vibrated! Everyone was singing along to the lyrics and enjoying it! The singers and instrumentalists also included the audience which i thought was nice. In my opinion my favorite part was everything! I honestly cannot describe how much fun i had throughout the whole day!


Notre Dame High School celebrated the life of St Julie Billiart by holding its annual St Julie’s Day Sponsored Walk on Friday October 21, reports Mary Nobes.

The day started with the whole school community celebrating Mass together in the Sports Hall. The Mass was a joyous occasion as students gathered in a variety of costumes to set off on their walk inspired by the spirit of St Julie and the Year of Mercy. A new song celebrating the life of the saint was sung with the rousing chorus of ‘Qu’il est, Le Bon Dieu’ – the school’s motto.

The school’s assistant chaplain, Teresa Richards, and RE teacher Joanna Sell constructed a beautiful ornate ‘Door of Mercy’ that every student walked through to begin their five- mile sponsored trek.  Each form presented a heart containing spiritual messages and every student’s name which produced a very fine display for the doorway.

The entire school community walked the long way around Whitlingham Broad with immense enthusiasm to raise funds for charities which this year reflect the Corporal Acts of Mercy.

In previous years the students of Notre Dame have raised approximately £16,000 for charity and it is hoped that this year a similar amount will be collected by students by walking and the sale of cakes at the half-way point.


A first-ever Bake Off event at St Mary and St Peter in Gorleston was a huge success thanks to the amazing contributions from parents, children, staff and other members of our community writes Headteacher Vicky Long.  

The event was put together by staff in partnership with school sports providers, East Coast Community Healthcare, to raise money for a local charity raising funds to support three local children (attending other schools) who are suffering with brain tumours.  

We had a fantastic day with everyone pulling together to make it a success.  School governor Maureen Dunhill, school kitchen assistant Mags Wade and a past parent who has her own cake business, Alison Shaw, made up the team of judges who had their work cut out. 

In total, there were nearly 100 cakes donated and entered into the Bake Off competition – they filled the school hall!

Together, children and staff, parents and other local friends of the school pulled together to create an event that has so far raised a whopping £450 with more still coming in!  Thank you so much to everyone who was involved, we know that the money raised will really help support the medical care costs of these children living in our school community.

It was really great to have the school hall full with our families enjoying a drink and a slice of cake and even reading a book together thanks to the Travelling Book Fair that was also open for business.

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