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.

Education and Formation Mass

On Tuesday 20 June 2017 the Diocesan Education and Formation Mass took place at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle with Bishop Séamus Cunningham.

The Mass was a celebration of Diocesan faithfulness to the Church's educational and formational mission and the commitment of all who contribute to this in any way. Thanks was given for the work of those who have made a specific contribution to education or formation. Bishop Séamus presented retiring headteachers, school staff and governors with episcopal blessings.

The full album can be viewed through our gallery.


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

Come and See

Autumn 2017 Planning and Resources are now available.

See also: www.comeandseere.co.uk