Events – Calendar

Sep
18
Wed
An Introduction to the Diocese for New Heads, Deputies or Assistant Heads @ Alexander House
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

This day is an opportunity for newly appointed senior leaders to acquire an understanding of the Diocesan vision, expectations and ways of working.  You will have the opportunity to meet staff from the Diocese with whom you will work and communicate, see the hub of the Diocese and network with other newly appointed leaders.

Sep
20
Fri
Programme for NQTs and those new to Catholic Education @ Bailbrook House
Sep 20 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Day One of Two

A two day programme aimed at providing teachers with an overview of what is meant by the ‘distinctive nature of the Catholic School’ and how to ensure quality RE provision and spirituality across the curriculum.  The programme is facilitated over two days to provide an induction and then address or deepen knowledge and understanding as their year comes to a close.  (For secondary schools with large numbers it is possible to provide inset training at a negotiated price.  If this is something that you wish, please contact Ann Fowler on 0117 9025599).

Any secondary teachers attending the main course should attend the whole of the first day but the morning session only of the second day.  (The morning session of the second day will include lunch and will be offered at a reduced rate of £20).

For further details see the CPD Booklet 2019/20  on our website under courses.

 

Sep
21
Sat
CCRS for Teachers @ Alexander House
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference.

It was introduced in 1991 to replace its predecessors, The Catholic Teachers’ Certificate and the Certificate in Religious Education.  Any teacher who is, or who wishes to be involved in Catholic Education may apply for the course.

The certificate is normally acquired over two years with a maximum of five years’ study.  The diocese will offer four modules a year on a two-year cycle.  Each year will consist of three core modules and a specialist module.  You may choose to do four modules per year to complete the course over two years or you may space it out over a longer period if you wish.  Once you begin the first module you must complete within five years.  This academic year will consist of eight days in total, four days in school time and four on a Saturday.

You must attend each module and successfully complete an assignment.  In this year we will consider:

  • The Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • The Person of Jesus
  • Theology of Inclusion
Sep
23
Mon
CCRS for Teachers @ Alexander House
Sep 23 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference.

It was introduced in 1991 to replace its predecessors, The Catholic Teachers’ Certificate and the Certificate in Religious Education. Any teacher who is, or who wishes to be involved in Catholic Education may apply for the course.

The certificate is normally acquired over two years with a maximum of five years’ study. The diocese will offer four modules a year on a two-year cycle. Each year will consist of three core modules and a specialist module. You may choose to do four modules per year to complete the course over two years or you may space it out over a longer period if you wish. Once you begin the first module you must complete within five years. This academic year will consist of eight days in total, four days in school time and four on a Saturday.

You must attend each module and successfully complete an assignment. In this year we will consider:

  • The Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • The Person of Jesus
  • Theology of Inclusion
Sep
26
Thu
Governor Refresher Training @ Alexander House
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

For all governors who have been reappointed following completion of a term of office

This training session is the minimum requirement for all reappointed Governors to enable them to undertake their roles and responsibilities of governing a Catholic school effectively and appropriately.  It revisits and updates what it means to be a Governor of a Catholic school and its distinctive nature.

Aims of the training are to:

  • refresh and revisit the role of a foundation governor or governor in a Catholic school
  • bring reappointed governors up to date with any new directives or requirements
  • explore and discuss strategies for monitoring the Catholicity of their schools
  • share best practice

 

Oct
5
Sat
Religious Education Link Governor – What are your responsibilities? @ Alexander House
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Target Audience:  Religious Education Link Governors

The aim of this course is to help Religious Education Link Governors to have a better understanding of the diocesan expectations of RE and how you contribute to the school’s self-evaluation.

We will consider new developments in assessing RE, the diocesan expectations, the Section 48 Guidance and your role in contributing to successful RE.

During the session there will be an opportunity to share ideas and to learn from others’ experiences.

Oct
8
Tue
Training for Clerks to Governors @ Alexander House
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For Clerks to Governors of Catholic Schools

This session is to support both new and experienced clerks in their role.

The training aims to:

  • provide an understanding of the purpose of Catholic education;
  • understand the role of the foundation governors;
  • understand the legislation relating to managing a faith based school and support the clerking of a governing body of a Catholic school.

 

There is an expectation that all clerks will regularly undertake this training.

Oct
17
Thu
RE Co-ordinators & Chaplains Day @ St John's Parish Conference Centre
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

This conference is in response to the Pope’s call for October to be an ‘Extraordinary Month of Mission’.

In the morning everyone will be together for the Key Note talks.  Bishop Declan will be talking about his own faith journey and then Fr. Andrew Pinsent will talk on science and faith and his own response to this debate.   Fr Andrew is Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University, a Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford.  He is also a priest of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton in England.

In the afternoon there will be three different workshops on offer, one of which will be on current developments in RE led by Philip Robinson who is the National RE Advisor.

Other speakers will be added later.  Part of the aim of the day will be to encourage conversations between primary and secondary; and Chaplains and RE Staff.

 

Oct
22
Tue
Education Mass @ Clifton Cathedral
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This Mass is for Primary and Secondary School Head Teachers, Governors, Staff, Pupils and Parents

This is an annual Mass bringing all our school community members together as a diocesan family with the Bishop to celebrate Catholic education.

This year the Mass, in celebration of the Year of Prayer, will focus on the work of schools during the year and we will be joined by members of the Missio Executive Team.  We hope that all schools will be represented and will be able to bring with them either a cheque for the money they have raised for Missio or a reminder of the work they did in support of Missio (Mission Together for Primary).  We will also be welcoming back into the Cathedral our pilgrimage cross which will have completed its journey around the diocese.

During the Mass, there will be an opportunity for all governors, staff and chaplains to renew their commitment to Catholic Education.

Refreshments will be available in the Apostles Room after the Mass.

Nov
8
Fri
Senior Leadership Retreat Day @ Ammerdown Retreat Centre
Nov 8 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

A day for Head Teachers and other Senior Leadership Team members

This year 2020 will be the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600th anniversary of St. Jerome’s death.
These dates have motivated the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to make 2020 a year of focus on ‘The God who Speaks’.   It will be an opportunity to explore and develop creative ways of engaging with the Bible and to deepen our own understanding and response to the Word of God.  This year will be launched officially on the Feast of St Jerome, 30the September 2019, but during the day we will have the opportunity as a group to reflect on this and what it means for our schools.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you wish to stay in Ammerdown the night before you will need to contact the centre directly.