Journeys of Hope

We are delighted to announced that Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust is undertaking one of its most ambitious and exciting projects yet, involving thousands of pupils in our schools!

Journeys of Hope will be an ongoing project over the next 18 months, integrated into the curriculum, to bring together our primary and secondary schools through highly creative and visual arts. The over-arching goal is to demonstrate how our pupils can adapt to the current situation and continue to feel inspired and engaged with learning. With the support of all of our staff and communities, we aim to highlight the power of unity, hope and aspiration during a time of great challenges in education.

It is our intention that Journeys of Hope exemplifies how we are adapting, as whole school communities, in the face of great change to maintain and strengthen the learning, personal and spiritual development of every child. The activities within the project demonstrate important values such as resilience, unity and community and raise aspirations among all our children, and their families.

Initially 12 schools based across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham are involved in the project. As the trust expands during the project it is hoped that more schools will join and thousands more pupils and teachers may take part.

Examples of projects already underway include:

  • ‘Local Hero’ – pupils have been asked to research people in their family/local community and uncover their ‘stories’. A panel will consider the stories and a selection will be chosen to interpret through art, music and creative writing for example. We then aim to showcase their stories in an event next year.
  • A cross school version of the carol ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’, the lyrics of which were written by Bishop Chadwick. See the carol performed by 2,000 of our pupils here.

These activities have been carefully planned to embody the key values and message we want to get across to our entire school communities, inspiring learning, togetherness and excellence through the creative arts, where the ethos of Christianity shines through. This ambitious project is led by local performer Mike Mcgrother working with teachers in the schools.

Thank you for your support in what we hope you also feel is a really exciting project. We will continue to keep you updated on events and progress as Journeys of Hope becomes a reality across our school communities.

Mike Mcgrother working with children from St Mary’s Catholic School in Wingate.