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Bishop visits, new head and charity trip at Ipswich school

It has been a busy time at St Alban’s Catholic High School, Ipswich, including a visit from Bishop Alan Hopes and a new head-teacher commissioned. Lay Chaplain, Katherine Edwards, reports.

On March 16 the school community welcomed Bishop Alan Hopes for a pastoral visit. It was a joyful day when the Bishop met both students and staff.  He met the Student Chaplaincy Group where he encouraged them in their endeavours in school liturgies and also the Sixth Form Council. 

He visited RE classrooms in the afternoon but of course, the highlight of the day was a Mass celebrated with students, staff and governors in the Chapel.  

During the Mass, Bishop Alan commissioned Matt Baker as Head Teacher praying for the Holy Spirit to guide and lead him in his new role at St Alban’s.  Mr Baker promised that he would serve the school community so that each person can become the person God created them to be.  It was a truly blessed day.

Pictured top are, from the left, Matt Baker, Bishop Alan, executive headteacher Sean Hayes, and deputy headteacher Simon Corless. Pictured right is Bishop Alan with outgoing Head Boy and Girl – Adam Scoggins and Rose Gant.

Students in years 7 and 8 have been busy collecting sponsorship money to support their walk around the school field on the afternoon of March 23.  The money raised will go towards the building of a Health Centre in Zimbabwe.  The country has been the focus for CAFOD during Lent.  Every pound raised will be matched by government funding. 

Over Easter a group of young people from St Alban’s Catholic High School in Ipswich travelled to Lourdes with HCPT (Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust). The trust take children who would really benefit from a holiday at no cost to them. Four of our current Year 13 and one ex-student travelled as adult helpers.

We supported the Stowmarket and Ipswich Group 11 (whose uniform is bright pink) and with the help of St Mary’s RC Parish, and a non-school uniform day ‘Wear Something Pink’, we raised a total of £620 for HCPT.