Gospel Inspired Social Action
Our School motto “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34) comes directly from Jesus himself. As followers of Christ, we believe our love should extend to all peoples everywhere, especially those less fortunate than ourselves. Consequently, our school have a comprehensive programme of social action and charity appeals.
In September and October students collect for the Catholic fund for overseas development which seeks to eradicate poverty in the developing nations. We also celebrate two CAFOD fast days (6th October and 23rd February) on which we are called to fast by giving up a meal so we can identify with the poor and help them with a small donation.
The Saint Wilfrid’s Centre for the homeless and vulnerable
We also work to support the poor in our own locality. In October we hold a food collection (tins and dried food) for the St Wilfrid’s centre in Sheffield, led by our CAFOD young leaders.
One of the highlights of the school year is our Old people’s party in which the elderly of our locality are invited into school for an evening of eating and drinking, entertainment and Christmas Carol singing. In November, our students raise funds to pay for the event. Each form group also collects money to buy a Christmas present for a needy child in the locality. These presents are then distributed by Rotherham Social Services.
Appeal for the homeless
This project is led by the Year 8 Faith in Action leaders who are working towards their faith in action award. They appeal to the whole school to assemble rucksacks containing all the necessities for survival on the streets of South Yorkshire in the cold winter months.
The Wath Food Bank
In January, we also hold a toiletries collection in aid of the Wath Food Bank. Our Faith in Action leaders hold an appeal through talks in form period.
Good Shepherd Collection
The school also supports our Diocese in Lent by collecting for the Hallam Caring service, which funds support services across the area.
During April, we think about members of our community who have lost loved ones from cancer, or who are living with the effects of the illness. A number fundraising events take place including Pledge day and the race for life on 26th April 2024. Over the past four years the school has raised £24,000 for cancer relief.