The Pope John Paul II Award was established in St. Mary’s in September 2010. Initially 2 students took part in the programme, achieving gold and bronze awards. Since then our numbers have grown significantly and 18 students are currently participating in the award in Year 13.
The programme requires students to take part in social awareness activities and parish volunteer work for up to 20 weeks within the year. Our students have shown tremendous dedication to volunteering schemes in organisations such as the Children’s Law Centre, Youth Clubs, Diabetes UK, Cancer Research, among others.
The boys also work in their parishes as Ministers of the Word, Children’s Liturgy facilitators, assistant sacristans as well as helping out with the church collection and other duties.
The Award aims to promote the role of young people within the Church in memory of Pope John Paul II who recognised the inherent goodness within our youth and their importance in the future of the Church.