Contribution to the Community Award
Archdiocesan Application 2019
Our Lady Queen of Peace
Catholic Engineering College
Our Lady’s is very proud of our Faith in Action group which continues to grow both through the programme but also through home, school and parish involvement, and this in turn allows our students to enrich their own personal development.
Last year we were delighted that a number of our students took part in the Faith in Action Award which is run by CYMFED (Catholic Youth Ministry Federation). The students that took part dedicated their year to serving both the school and the local community. The award requires participants to do acts of service to others and live out the Gospel Message.
Each student who took part completed 20 hours of service and gained the PIN Award. In our recent whole school Mass which was dedicated to Celebrating Youth, we presented the students with their certificates and badges.
The Chaplaincy are running the award again this year and many of the students that took part last year have chosen to complete the next level which is the Bronze Award.
We also have a number of new Year 7s involved in completing the PIN Award and two Year 11 students working hard to complete the Gold Award. The Gold award is the highest award in the scheme and involves incredible dedication, regular service to the school community and to the local community. With the challenges of GCSEs our two dedicated Year 11 students feel it is important to serve God and put their faith into action and are already halfway through the award after just a few weeks.
This year our Faith in Action students have taken part in welcoming and mentoring new Year 7s and helping with the transition to secondary school. Ministering in whole school Masses and assemblies and fundraising for some great causes are just a few examples of the students’ responsibilities. After a group discussion the Faith in Action group decided that they wanted to raise awareness and money for people in our world who cannot practise their religion for fear of persecution. They decided to do a sponsored silence and raised over £380 for Aid to the Church in Need.
Faith in Action has such a positive impact on our students that they find ‘Faith in Action has really helped me with my confidence and helped me to gain a deeper knowledge into my faith. It’s also given me the chance to talk about faith with people and discuss how it may differ with my views.’ Student A – Year 9
‘Faith in Action is really good because it encourages me to help other people. My favourite way of gaining my Bronze hours was returning to my old primary school and helping with the choir.’ Student B – Year 8
‘Faith in Action was good to do because it helped me spend time with my family. I tidied the house with my dad and cooked tea for my sisters.’ Student C – Year 8