St Joseph’s and St Benedict’s, the Diocese of Lancaster’s secondary schools in our area came together with colleagues from St Begh’s, St Patrick’s, and St Gregory and St Patrick’s. The day was the school’s first training day of the new school year, and was facilitated by Sr Judith Russi. Sr Judith is an internationally recognised authority in Catholic education. Guests also included governors of the school and Anthony McNamara from the Diocese of Lancaster.
Chair of Governors at St Benedict’s, Willie Slavin, said, “I am absolutely delighted that our schools can work collaboratively on the development of Catholic education in West Cumbria”.
Ian Smith, Headteacher, said, “It is most encouraging that our learning and faith communities have come together in this manner. Sr Judith led us through a very thought provoking and challenging day, which I am absolutely certain will galvanise the partnership between our schools. It was also a privilege to be able to outline for Sr Judith our exciting new build and partnership with Mayfield School, as part of Campus Whitehaven”.
Ian Nevitt, Head of RE at St Benedict’s, said, “The day provided us with an opportunity to reflect upon the true meaning and importance of education for our young people, and how we as a school can help and support the work of our parents and carers”.