Hexham and Newcastle Diocese - Diocesan Department for Education

Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Department for Education


News and Updates

Year of Oscar Romero

To commemorate the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero, the martyred Archbishop of El Salvador, the Diocesan Department for Education is producing monthly resources for schools. Resources include background information and suggestions of how to celebrate the year in school, a Year of Oscar Romero Plan and a Romero prayer bag which can be found on the Year of Oscar Romero page.

June's theme is 'Pray and Share' and we are celebrating the work of Mission Together, the Children’s branch of the Pope's charity, Missio. Blessed Oscar Romero was the National Director of Missio in El Salvador.

Celebrating the Year of Oscar Romero in St Paul’s Primary School, Billingham


A group of artistic children from Year 6 created a Romero Cross to display in the prayer space in the school hall. They tried to depict the everyday lives of the people of El Salvador, the landscape and the climate. Oscar Romero is the focus of monthly KS2 collective worship session. Oscar Romero Prayer bags were available throughout the season of Lent for every child to take home and share with their families. Further activities are planned throughout the year.

We would love to see how your school has been celebrating the Year of Oscar Romero. Please send us information and pictures of your activities and displays for our website and gallery.

Course Booking

If you would like to book on any courses, please do so through the online booking system.

Photo Galleries

Come and explore the latest additions to the photo gallery.

New Headteacher Retreat

A residential retreat for new headteachers was led by Fr. Mark Millward at Solberge Hall near Northalleton. Twelve recently appointed primary headteachers attended from our diocese along with two headteachers from Leeds and Middlesbrough dioceses. Fr. Mark led the headteachers to reflect on their role as servant, pilgrim, witness and leader. The retreat included a walk from Osmotherly to the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Grace where Fr. Mark celebrated Mass.

Pictured left to right are Elaine Dodsworth, Clare Hedley, Therese Worrall, Fiona Connelly, Louise Nealings, Deborah Fox (Deputy Director of the Diocesan Department for Education), Martin Smith, Eve Alderson, Frances Stephenson, Paula Strachan, Marie Graham, Claire Hetherington (Diocesan Primary RE Adviser), John Burke and Fr. Mark Millward.


Information on all courses and the Continuing Professional Development and Formation Handbook for 2016-17 can be found here.

Come and See

Summer 2017 Planning and Resources are now available.

See also: www.comeandseere.co.uk