Hexham and Newcastle Diocese - Diocesan Department for Education

Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Department for Education

News and Updates

Launch of the Just Change Campign

Wednesday 7 May saw the launch of the ‘Just Change Campaign’, led by Tyne and Wear Citizens and Citizens UK to tackle school hunger and inequality. The launch sees the publication of a report, a pupil-led investigation into the £65 million missing from the pockets of children on Free School Meals, followed by a national campaign to raise awareness of this issue and includes a special report by BBC News. The Diocese is supporting this campaign fully and in fact, three of our Catholic Secondary Schools, all part of the Carmel Academy Trust, are among the first schools in the country to adopt the policy being advocated.

Bishop Robert Byrne CO says,

"The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is delighted that some of its schools are taking such a significant lead on the Just Change campaign. This campaign is simply asking that all funds for Free School Meals; money designated to combat child hunger, be used for that sole purpose.

The Diocese encourages others to give their backing to this one step in the battle to fight against the scandal and injustice of child hunger in our country. The promotion of the Common Good is at the heart of Catholic Social Teaching and this campaign is seeking just that."

For further information and a link to the full report visit the Tyne & Wear Citizens page.

CCRS Twenty-Five Years On - Report

Catholic Education Service have released their report; 'CCRS Twenty-Five Years On: One Size Fits All?' Read their full Press Release and access the full report now.

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Bishop Robert is welcomed by our schools

On Tuesday 26 March a schools' celebration was held at St. Mary's Cathedral to welcome Bishop Robert to the Diocese.

The congregation of over 600 people was made up of pupils, staff and school chaplains from our 156 Diocesan schools.

Bishop Robert was presented with a stole by two children whose ideas were used in the design. He was also presented with a book of welcome that included a greeting page from each school. The celebration liturgy included readings, prayers and songs on the theme 'Called to Serve'. St. John Vianney School, Hartlepool, and St. Anthony's School, Sunderland, provided choirs. After the celebration, Bishop Robert spent time greeting pupils and adults from each school individually.

Please see our gallery for photographs of the day.


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