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Schools Around the UK
Here are some examples of how schools around the UK are learning about our ministry.
St Polycarp’s Catholic Primary School, Farnham
In preparation for Sea Sunday, the students prepared an impressive range of letters and prayers for seafarers, as well as posters and greetings cards with shipping themes. At the school assembly on July 7th, Alastair Emblem from our fundraising department thanked the children and explained how their work would be distributed to seafarers by the Portsmouth and Southampton Port Chaplain. They produced some beautiful cards and prayers. More about this story can be read here.
St Columba School, Gourock
AoS are already planning a return visit to St Columba’s High School, Gourock after their message was warmly received close to the banks of the River Clyde. With the summer holidays fast approaching, Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur took the opportunity to head for Inverclyde and speak to S2 pupils about the issues currently facing seafarers. Steven Neeson, from the school’s RE Department, invited AoS back as part of a Health and Wellbeing Day in late September where the focus will be on how those working at sea can receive support in such important areas.
Mr Neeson said, "AoS are the kind of charity we should supporting so they’ll be going onto our Charities List in the new Academic Year. We’re also looking forward to them coming back to St Columba’s on Health and Wellbeing Day in September as this is an area which cannot be overlooked when it comes to sefarers."
History Teacher, Stephen McGinn, said,"This has made us all think as we prepare for our summer holidays. I think the story of Stella Maris can touch a lot of people and many of us probably have one link or another to the sea,"
Euan said, "We would like to thank St Columba’s for the opportunity to spread our word. It will be great to return in just a few month’s time to build the relationship."
Healing Primary School, Grimsby
During Seafarers Awareness Week 2017, our Immingham port chaplains Steven Willow and Bryony Watson warmly welcomed 97 children from the school. They came to visit the port and the seafarers centre. It was the second time that some of them had visited and they were still amazed by the port and remembered a lot about the lives of seafarers.
Holy Family Catholic High School, Selby
Our Immingham port chaplains had a visit from pupils of Holy Family Catholic High School. They learnt about the work we do and the lives of the seafarers. After this they came up with lots of different ideas of how they can help seafarers and make their lives better. We are very grateful for their visit and hope they continue to support us with some of their fundraising ideas.
St Mungo’s Primary School in Townhead, Glasgow
AoS Clydeport port chaplain Joe O’Donnell, who is Deacon at nearby St Mungo’s Church, joined AoS Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur to address their young supporters once more. The pupils had taken part in a sponsored walk round the Forth and Clyde Canal and made cupcakes which they sold around the various classes within the school, collecting an amazing £150. Read the story here.
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London
Our London Officer Roland Hayes and Development Director John Green recently spoke to about 300 pupils from Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London. They students heard about how AoS provides faith and practical support to seafarers in need.
St Clement’s Primary School, Dundee
Euan McArthur, National Development Officer for Scotland, spoke to both P6/7 as part of their Pope Francis Faith Award scheme where kindness and love towards others is encouraged. During the morning presentation at the thriving school in the Charleston area of the city, pupils learned how seafarers from all over the country arrive in the nearby port and are visited by Doug Duncan, Port Chaplain for North East of Scotland, and his dedicated volunteers who work to reduce any concerns and problems they encounter while at sea. More on this story here.
St Mungo's Primary School, Glasgow
Pupils were encouraged to look to the future as AoS prepares to celebrate its World Congress and 100th Anniversary in 2020. Scottish Development Officer, Euan McArthur, visited the school in the Townhead area of the city recently to share with them some of the charity’s latest work in supporting seafarers in an afternoon Assembly as well as recalling their proud past.
AoS’ World Congress and centenary celebrations will take place in Glasgow in 2020 and all those associated with St Mungo’s were excited at the prospect of such a landmark occasion on their doorstep. Miss Catriona Ward, Principal Teacher, offered her full support to AoS. Miss Ward said, “It’s wonderful to hear how Apostleship of the Sea is still doing great work with their original beginnings here in Glasgow. It would be nice if we could do a little fund-raising for this charity. They do so much which would be easy to take for granted but now know the real hard work that goes on behind the scenes.”
Euan said, “It’s always a pleasure to speak at a school where the children are so interested in our work. I would like to thank Miss Ward for welcoming AoS to St Mungo’s. There’s so much to look forward to between now and 2020.”
Port Chaplain for Clydeport, Joe O’Donnell, is parish Deacon at nearby St Mungo’s Church where he has spoken to parishioners in past years during Sea Sunday.
St Stephen's, Dalmuir, Clydebank
AoS was in their heartland as they addressed pupils at St Stephen’s Primary School, Dalmuir in Clydebank recently. Close to where their old seafaring centre was based in Whiteinch and in near proximity to the banks of the River Clyde, AoS were invited to talk about both their work of past and present to the whole school as part of their morning Assembly. Euan McArthur, Scottish Development Officer, was asked some interesting questions afterwards and assured of another warm welcome the next time he visits there.
Headteacher, Georgette Murray, said, "This has made us all think. We really are in an area of rich heritage when you think of the ships we used to make in this part of Scotland and, of course, hearing of Whiteinch and how seafarers used to seek respite there puts it all into perspective. It’s always important to have your awareness raised and we’ll be welcoming Apostleship of the Sea back in the future."
Euan said, "It was good to give so many of the pupils a taste of our work and what it’s like to help the average seafarer. Our sincere thanks go to Mrs Murray for giving us this opportunity and the pupils’ questions showed they were very interested in our charity."
Eastfield Primary Academy, Immingham
Pupils learnt about how their food gets to their shops (seafarers deliver them of course!). The students also went on a trip to the docks to learn about how AoS port chaplains support seafarers. They really enjoyed their time at the docks.
Holy Family Catholic Academy, Cleethorpes
Our Immingham port chaplains Steve Willows and Bryony Watson went to Holy Family Catholic Academy where they were joined by some of the chaplaincy team during break time. They had a cheque for £163.08 to present to AoS.
The school over the year and during Lent had raised money for Apostleship of the Sea amongst other charities they had chosen to support. Thank you pupils and teachers for your generous support!
St Joseph's Stepps, North Lanarkshire and St Stephen's, Dalmuir, Clydebank, Scotland
Pupils at St Joseph’s Primary School in Stepps, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, were given food for thought from their own headmaster after hearing of the crucial work being carried out by AoS. Euan McArthur, AoS Scotland Development Officer, told among other things how those who bravely worked for a living at sea were 50 times more likely to lose their lives than in any other workplace or industry.
Separately, AoS was in their heartland as they addressed pupils at St Stephen’s Primary School in Dalmuir, Clydebank recently. Close to where their old seafaring centre was based in Whiteinch and in near proximity to the banks of the River Clyde, AoS were invited to talk about both their work of past and present to the whole school as part of their morning assembly. Go here for the stories.
Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow, Scotland
Apostleship of the Sea's efforts to improve the lives of seafarers have been widely recognised after they were named Holyrood Secondary's 'Link Charity' to their inaugural Fairtrade Fortnight. Back in October, National Development Officer Euan McArthur attended a Charities Day in the Glasgow School which is the largest state secondary in Europe.
Social Sciences Teacher, Marianne Brady said, "We're delighted to have Apostleship of the Sea back at Holyrood, this time as our Link Charity for Fairtrade Fortnight this year and into the future. Our pupils have really enjoyed finding out more about this charity's vital work and will continue to do so over the course of this fortnight. It really is a message which can touch everyone." More about this here.
St Patrick's Primary School, Kilsyth
Seafarers were firmly in the thoughts of pupils when Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur made a return visit to St Patrick's Primary School, Kilsyth as part of Catholic Education Week. ast the end of the talk, the pupils produced their own prayer, which is very heart-warming. Read more here.
St Bartholomew's Primary School, Coatbridge, Scotland
Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) made a return visit to St Bartholomew's Primary School, Coatbridge, and were delighted to receive a cheque for £150 which was raised thanks to the pupils' fund-raising initiatives throughout Advent. Euan McArthur, Development Officer for Scotland, spoke initially to pupils back in October before the school decided to nominate AoS as their Advent Charity.
Headmaster Graeme Young commended the charity for their work and spoke of their intention to offer even more support in the months to come. Graeme said: "I'm sure we will do more fundraising for Apostleship of the Sea in the future. "This has opened our eyes to the vital work which the charity does in assisting seafarers who really do deserve our support. The pupils were so enthusiastic about raising money in the run up to Christmas after hearing some of the stories, and have thoroughly enjoyed this experience."
Members of the school's 'Faith in Action' Group presented Euan with the cheque during their weekly Assembly at the thriving North Lanarkshire school. Euan said: "I would like to sincerely thank St Bartholomew's Primary School for their generosity and support. This is a great example of the potential within a school community. I look forward to returning sometime."
AoS are preparing to go back to the Motherwell Diocese soon when they will celebrate Sea Sunday in St John the Baptist Church, Uddingston on the weekend of February 4/5th.
St Ninian's High School, Giffnock, Scotland
New Year is often a time for resolutions, and pupils at St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock were challenged to promise and spread the word about the work of Apostleship of the Sea (AoS). Find out more.
Photo: St Ninian's High School
St Mary's Primary School, Greenock, Scotland
Apostleship of the Sea went to heart of the community as they led a School Community Development Group in St Mary's Primary School, Greenock recently, Scotland Development Officer, Euan McArthur, was guest speaker in the Inverclyde. The pupils heard about events just a few Christmas' ago when an Italian cargo ship was impounded and how AoS ship visitor Michael O'Connor supported the crew. Read more here.
St Mark’s Primary School in Hamilton, Scotland
Euan McArthur, Scottish Development Officer, gave an Assembly at the newly-built school in South Lanarkshire where Head Teacher Mrs Caroline Campbell challenged those looking forward to the excitement of Christmas Day, to spare a thought for seafarers whose job often meant they would be unable to spend such a special time of year with their families and loved ones. Full story here.
St Ninian's High School, Giffnock, Scotland
Our Scotland Development Officer, Euan McArthur, made a return visit to the school in the Paisley Diocese and shared with S1 Pupils a strong Christmas message in his Assembly.
Pupils were touched to hear how many seafarers won’t get the chance to spend Christmas with their families and how AoS will care for them over the festive period, endeavouring to make it as memorable as possible for those who find themselves hundreds and even thousands of miles from loved ones. Find out more.
St Andrew’s Primary School, Falkirk, Scotland
AoS made a ‘memorable’ visit to St Andrew’s Primary School in Falkirk recently where their story of helping seafarers touched the hearts of everyone.
Our Scotland Development Officer EUan McArthur delivered the Year of Mercy presentation on Friday, 18 November to P4 and 5 pupils at the school in St Andrew’s and Edinburgh Diocese which is just a short journey from the port of Grangemouth. You can read more of the story here.
Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow, Scotland
Apostleship of the Sea Scotland Development Officer was honoured to participate in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Day held at Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow, Europe’s largest secondary school.
The students were fascinated to discover that almost 95% of goods arriving into Great Britain are brought by seafarers on ships and how AoS supports seafarers practically as well as pastorally and spiritually.
“The pupils were really keen and asked lots of interesting questions. They were also inspired to find out that AoS began as a charity in their home city of Glasgow some 100 years ago,” said Euan.
St Bartholomew’s Primary School, Coatbridge, Scotland
AoS Scotland National Development Officer Euan McArthur visited the school on the first day back after the October break to deliver Year of Mercy presentations to both Primary 6 and 7 pupils who listened attentively throughout before asking a range of thoughtful questions about the life of seafarers. The school has chosen AoS as Advent Charity for this year.
Head-Teacher Graeme Young complimented AoS for their work and encouraged the children to help our mission as much as possible. Read more of the story here.
Video clips: Learning about Apostleship of the Sea
Here are two video clips of pupils from Westminster Cathedral School in London learning about how seafarers play a vital in delivering our goods and how AoS port chaplains support them.
Watch the video of the pupils in the classroom here.
Watch the video of the pupils on board HQS Wellington here.
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London
AoS was delighted to host Tomas Rodriquez Vilarino, a student of the school, on work experience for two weeks in July. Here's a photo of Tomas during a visit to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Saint Anselm's Catholic Primary School, Dartford
On 30th June, Arthur Annal, gave a presentation on shipping and the work of AoS with seafarers to students at St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School in Dartford. Arthur is an AoS volunteer and he explained how 90% of the things we buy in shops come by sea; how seafarers can be away from home for up to nine months; and how it costs over £1m a year to run AoS. The students were very interested in the presentation and said that they would pray for seafarers. At the end, the students had the opportunity to construct new collection boxes in the shape of shipping containers, as can be seen in the photograph. We're very grateful to Mrs White, the headteacher and all the staff for the opportunity to talk to the students.
Saint Peter's Catholic Primary School, West Ridge, Sittingbourne, Kent
Pupils of the school - all 217 of them - welcomed AoS London officer Roland Hayes on April 15th, 2016 at their assembly. They had never had a speaker from Apostleship of the Sea before. Naturally, they were curious to find out about how AoS supports seafarers and to learn about how seafarers bring goods by ship. Sittingbourne itself is located near Sheerness, just 20 minutes by train. Roland also presented AoS Year of Mercy resources and how AoS port chaplain live out the Corporal Works of Mercy through their daily ministry with seafarers.
Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School, Upminster, Essex
AoS was pleased to be able to give an assembly again at the school, this time on our Year of Mercy schools resources. AoS London officer Roland Hayes spent the day speaking to students who enjoyed listening to what he had to say and asked some very good questions too.
Saint Matthew's Academy Saltcoats, Scotland
Pupils from five Year Groups at the school got the chance to learn about the work AoS does with seafarers on March 2, 2016. AoS Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur gave a total of four assemblies based on AoS' Year of Mercy Assembly during the course of the morning. It was a long day for Euan but worth every minute as the students were inspired by the presentations. Read the full story here.
St Joseph's Convent Preparatory School, Gravesend, Kent
AoS London Officer Roland Hayes presented our Year of Mercy Assembly to the students of the school. The students were keen to learn about the lives of seafarers and how AoS supports seafarers, especially in the context of the corporal works of Mercy. The port of Tilbury - where our port chaplain Wojciech Holub is based - is visible from the school. The school has also picked AoS as their Lent charity and very kindly gave us a £200.00 donation. Thank you.
St Bernadette's Primary School, Tullibody, Scotland
AoS Development Officer for Scotland Euan McArthur gave an early-morning assembly at the school. The students asked some very thought-provoking questions about life working at sea. They were aware of the nearby port which is Grangemouth and listened attentively to the information. See here for story.
Our Lady's Catholic Primary School, Barnstaple, North Devon
Our development director John Green gave a school assembly talk to students on October 19. They were all ears listening about the lives of seafarers and how they move up to 95% of the goods we use or consume. For the full story go to 'Barnstaple pupils learn about seafarers.'
Mount St Mary's School, Spinkhill, South Yorkshire
AoS national director Martin Foley presented a talk during assembly at the school on September 7. He spoke about the sea and the lives of seafarers which touches many aspects of the national curriculum and is a fundamental part of Great Britain’s heritage. For more on the story go here.
London Nautical School
AoS development director John Green and AoS London officer Roland Hayes delivered three 50-minute presentations with small groups of Year 9 boys during the school’s Nautical Day event, which comprised workshops and a career fair. The pupils enjoyed it and engaged very well with the interactive resources we shared.
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London
AoS was delighted to host work experience student Max Charlton from the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London. Max, a Year 10 student, was on a two-week placement at AoS’ head office in London in July and during that time visited the International Maritime Organization. He even got the chance to visit a grain ship at Ipswich port, Suffolk and the Harbour Masters office at the port. Read what Max got up to during his stint with AoS here.
Downside School, Bath
Our development director John Green gave a presentation to students of the school in April 2015. He received a warm welcome by an enthusiastic Sixth Form audience. They were thrilled to learn about seafarers, the world of shipping and how AoS supports seafarers. See here for more.
Westminster Cathedral Primary School, London
One hundred and twenty pupils at Westminster Cathedral Primary School had the chance to hear about the effect of money they raised carol singing for Apostleship of the Sea (AoS). Last December, they braved the cold to sing Christmas carols at Pimlico Tube station to raise more than £200 to support the work of the AoS. On Wednesday 18th March, AoS returned to the school to share its vital work providing pastoral and practical support to seafarers. The children were very engaged and enthusiastic to learn about how seafarers played a major part in bringing up to 95% of the goods used and consumed in Britain. Read the full story here.
New Hall School, Chelmsford, Essex
Our development director John Green gave a presentation to about 400 pupils from New Hall School in Chelmsford in February 2015. The students were taken on a voyage of discovery across the oceans - all from the safety of their desks and chairs of course. They were thrilled to learn about the lives of seafarers and how Apostleship of the Sea supports them. Fr Anthony McNeill, the school’s chaplain who organised the talks, has himself previously served as a chaplain on board cruise ships. During the assembly, he spoke of his experience supporting the crew of a cruise ship whose colleague had died on board. Find out more.
Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School, Upminster, Essex
The Year 10 girls gained an insight into the world of shipping and the work of seafarers in December 2014. Despite being located not far from Tilbury port, many of them were unaware about the lives of seafarers. At the end of the presentation, the students wrote letters of appreciation to seafarers. These were then handed out to seafarers by Apostleship of the Sea's Tilbury port chaplain Wojciech Holub. More on this story can be found here.
Holy Name, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire
Our ship visitor Jhun Ranario gave a presentation at the school and it was a very good one indeed with the grade 3 students and a few of the Year 5 and year 6 pupils present. The children were very excited about the topic and raised loads of questions. Jhun was pleasantly surprised to find out that one of the teachers lives in Milfordhaven and knows Fr. Paul Osunyikanmi (AoS' Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock port chaplain) so she is very aware about the lives of seafarers. Jhun was even more surprised to learn that the father of one of the children works at sea!
Mary Immaculate, Haverfordwest, Wales
Our ship visitor Jhun Ranario gave a presentation at the school. The whole school was there from early birds section up to year 6 students, between 60 to 90 students. Jhun is also in contact with the head teachers of three other Catholic schools in the county to do more presentations.