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Schools Around the UK

Here are some examples of how schools around the UK are learning about our ministry.
 


St Mary’s, Penzance

Our Falmouth & Fowey Port Chaplain John Pinhay and Ship visitor Simon Bromage gave an assembly at St Mary’s Penzance recently and they left behind some Christmas cards for the children to write up. When John and Ship visitor Pat went to collect them, they were tied together in the schools colours using ribbon. All the envelopes had messages on them. The enthusiasm of the pupils and support of the teachers were amazing. St Mary’s Falmouth and St Johns Camborne have already returned their cards and these have been placed in with the gift bags made up for the visiting seafarers. Thank you all for your generosity.
Christmas cards written up by the pupils


St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School in Waterlooville (Hampshire) 

St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School in Waterlooville (Hampshire) began a project in support of seafarers during the summer months of 2019. Just before Remembrance Sunday, the Head Teacher Mr Richard Cunningham along with the staff and students of the school presented to AoS-Stella Maris various items-of-need in support to seafarers as a big THANKYOU for bringing all the food and materials to their homes by ship.

The staff and students also remembered all those seafarers who died during the World Wars and other times of conflict. Accepting the wonderful generosity of staff and students is Mr. Patrick Binks (AoS-Stella Maris Ship-Visitor for Portsmouth Port) and Fr John Lavers (Regional Port Chaplain for Southampton and Southern Ports). The students were very keen to sing a grateful song of ‘Thanks’ to seafarers as well as saying a prayer of for seafarers.

St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School in Waterlooville (Hampshire)
St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School in Waterlooville (Hampshire)
St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School in Waterlooville (Hampshire)


St Mary's Primary School, Greenock, Scotland 

Our Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur was at morning assembly on October 11. The school are also doing a fundraiser for Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea). Thank you very much!
Our Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur was at morning assembly in the school


Ss Peter and Paul Primary School, Dundee, Scotland
 
We were delighted to return to St Peter and Paul Primary School, Dundee on Thursday March 28th. 
Our Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur gave a brief talk and received a £111 cheque from the school, located in Dunkeld Diocese where Bishop Stephen Robson is our charity’s Bishop Promoter for Scotland.
The school raises the generous amount through the sale of raffle tickets in recent weeks throughout the various years. 
Evie Dempster, of Primary 5, was the winner of a signed-Dundee United football which the pupils had eagerly embarked upon trying to snap up. 
Denise Derby, Acting Head Teacher, said, “We are very happy to support this excellent charity. As they approach their centenary in 2020, we should keep in our thoughts the importance of seafarers to our own everyday lives. It’s always nice to finish up on such a high ahead of our two-week Easter break.” 
Euan expressed his sincere thanks for the school’s on-going support for AoS. “We are once more very appreciative of everything St Peter and Paul does to help our charity and it’s great to know we have a future generation of supporters,” he said.

Euan with pupils of Ss Peter and Paul in Dundee
Euan with pupils of Ss Peter and Paul in Dundee


St Mary’s RC School, Penzance

Our Falmouth Port Chaplain John Pinhay and Ship Visitor Simon Bromage were invited to give a talk to Class 5 at St Mary’s RC School in Penzance. They set the children some homework prior to their visit and that was for each of the 19 pupils to look around their homes and to list 10 items and to discover where they came from. With the help of a large map of the world, pupils located the origin of their goods they located at home and then put a smiley sticker onto the map. Five continents ended up being marked as the place the items came from. This was a good exercise for the children as they covered, both the importance of seafarers bringing these goods to our shores, but was also a very good geography lesson. Since their last assembly for all the school earlier in the year the children were challenged to look at labels on goods that their mums and dads were buying. Class 5 let John and Simon know that they were now looking out to see where the goods were coming from. Simon and John thoroughly enjoyed their hour with Class 5 and felt privileged to be asked to share about their work with AoS.
AoS Port Chaplain John Pinhay and Ship Visitor Simon Bromage gave a talk at the school
AoS Port Chaplain John Pinhay and Ship Visitor Simon Bromage gave a talk at the school
AoS Port Chaplain John Pinhay and Ship Visitor Simon Bromage gave a talk at the school


St. Ninians High School, Giffnock

AoS Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur gave an assembly to pupils from St. Ninians High School in Giffnock, who were inspired after hearing how AoS' crucial intervention helped crew members from a cargo ship carry on their journey to the Baltic States. Euan told the S1 pupils about how we came to the rescue and they were quick to rally behind AoS and offer their upcoming support. (You can read the story here). Mr Gerry Bradshaw, head of RE said, “We’re looking forward to doing some fundraising for AoS after Easter. It’s great to think they will be celebrating their centenary in Glasgow next year, and stories of their recent practical help in Grangemouth make a big impression.” We're very grateful to St. Ninian’s for their ongoing support. It’s always a pleasure to visit and share some experiences of our work.
Euan AoS Scotland Officer with some pupils from St Ninians Giffnock


Oakwood School, Purley 

Our Development Director John Green and London Officer Roland Hayes were warmly welcomed by teachers and pupils of Oakwood School, an independent school in Purley. They learnt about how important shiping and seafarers are to the country and how AoS supports seafarers. Click here for the story.
AoS met with pupils and teachers of Oakwood School


St Teresa Primary School, Newarthill  

It proved a slightly terrfying encounter when our Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur visited the school to give a talk. The children took time out of their Halloween festivities to listen to him speak about how AoS port chaplains adn the Church support seafarers and their families. AoS recently hosted our Sea Sunday at the school's parish, thanks to the generosity of Fr Bill Bergin and its parishioners.
Euan with pupils of St Teresa Primary School Newarthill
 


St Patrick's Primary School, Anderston

Our Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur had a special day in the school today at their Carrers Day. The school wrote, "Thank you to Apostleship of the Sea for coming in and teaching us about what you do. It was so interesting to learn about life at sea and encouraged us to think about the variety of jobs available. We enjoyed asking questions about what you do."
Apostleship of the Sea at St Patrick's Anderston Careers Day
Apostleship of the Sea at St Patrick's Anderston Careers DayApostleship of the Sea at St Patrick's Anderston Careers Day


St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Bodmin 

John Pinhay AoS Falmouth Port Chaplain and Simon Bromage AoS Falmouth Ship Visitor gave their first classroom talk to Class 5 at St Mary’s Bodmin. John and Simon have been privileged to give talks to the school assembly over the past year, but thanks to the Deputy Head Lucy Draycott they were given access to Class 5. The children were given the task of finding 10 items at the home and identifying where these came from. 
ohn Pinhay AoS Falmouth Port Chaplain and Simon Bromage AoS Falmouth Ship Visitor gave their first classroom talk to Class 5 at St Mary’s Bodmin.


St. Patrick’s Primary School, Troon

Our Troon Port Chaplain Deacon Joe O'Donnell gave a talk to children from St. Patrick’s Primary School on the importance of supporting fishermen. They also celebrated a Harvest Mass where the children brought food for fishermen in Troon. Bless them.
The children from St Patrick's Primary School Troon celebrate a Harvest Mass with AoS


St Mungo's High School, Falkirk

Talented Pupils from St Mungo’s High School in Falkirk showed off their burgeoning football skills as they helped raise £500 for Apostleship of the Sea.  They held a competition to see who could do the most ‘Keepie Uppies’ without the ball touching the ground as part their annual Sports Day when families were encouraged to donate £1 to come to school in their sports gear. Deputy Head Stuart McKay, who’s originally from Greenock, helped organise the fund-raiser and pledged to assist AoS once school resumes after the summer holidays. Mr McKay said: “Apostleship of the Sea is a very worthy charity who’re now on our official list of charities for the new academic year. The kids were delighted to help out. We all know the importance of seafaring to our everyday economy which should never be forgotten.” AoS Scottish Development Officer, Euan McArthur was there to collect the cheque and offer a huge thank you to St Mungo's.
St Mungo's with the £500 cheque for AoS


St Peter's RC Primary, Dundee

Our Aberdeen Port Chaplain Deacon Doug Duncan spoke about seafarers and AoS' work with some pupils from St Peter's RC Primary as part of their Oceans and Seas topic. They were fascinated and some wrote him thank you notes after the talk.
Doug speaks to pupils at the school


Ss Peter and Paul Primary School, Dundee

Overlooking the River Tay, AoS returned to The City of Discovery school where they were once more given a warm welcome. The school actively promotes ‘Rotakids’ which is a Primary School Citizenship programme for those under-12.  It aims to help pupils engage in important activities as part of their long-term development for taking up their future place in society as responsible citizens, and is sponsored by a local Rotary Club in or near the town in which the school is located. We were delighted to receive a cheque for £70 at their Monday Morning  Assembly and were kindly invited back after the summer holidays. Head Teacher, Mrs Debbie Gallacher, said, “The ‘Rotakids’ are so enthusiastic about what they do and Apostleship of the Sea is very much part of their focus now. We look forward to seeing them again in the new academic year.” Our Scottish Development Officer, Euan McArthur, thanked everyone associated with the school for their continued generosity.
Euan with pupils of Ss Peter and Paul


St Mary's Primary School, Greenock

Pupils at the Inverclyde school have been learning within their Development Groups how particular organisations help those within the local community, having first invited AoS to be part of their initiative over a year ago. Earlier in the day, the pupils had attended Mass in St Mary’s church along with teacher Mr Grant McDonald and were joined by passengers from a cruise ship which was berthed in the town that day. Thanks to a post-Easter raffle, AoS received a cheque for £125 which AoS Scotland Development Officer, Euan McArthur, collected on the day. Read the story here. 
Euan with pupils of St Mary's Greenock.


St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock, Scotland

Apostleship of the Sea received another warm welcome, post Easter, when Euan McArthur, AoS Scottish Development Officer, spoke to S6’s about our work. Euan will return to speak to S1’s before the summer break. Gerry Bradshaw, head of RE, pledged his on-going support for AoS as some students are preparing to embark on a fundraising initiative next month. Gerry said, “We are building a strong relationship here in our school with AoS. Hopefully we will be able to help with some funds in the near future.”

Euan with S6 pupils of St Ninians High School Giffnock
 


St Bonaventure, Newham, London

We were thrilled to be able to share about our work with seafarers at the school on March 19. Our East Anglia port chaplain Patricia Ezra and London Officer Roland Hayes were warmly welcomed by students and Assistant Headteacher, Director of Religious Education Andy Lewis. Andy said, "It was great to welcome Apostleship of the Sea to the school today to hear about their fantastic work. It certainly opened the minds of our students to think about those who ship all our goods to the UK and the conditions in which they have to work. "

AoS East Anglia port chaplain Patricia Ezra and AoS London Officer Roland Hayes with students


The Oratory School, Reading

Our London Officer Roland Hayes gave a talk at The Oratory School in Reading after evening prayer. The Oratory is a Catholic school for boys founded by Blessed John Henry Newman. The lads were keen to hear about how AoS supports seafarers and the care provided for those who make a living on the high seas. The school is also raising funds for AoS this Lent. Seen in this photo are School Chaplain Fr Kenneth McNab and a few of the boys. Thanks guys for your generosity in helping seafarers.

AoS gave a talk at The Oratory School Reading


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Cadogan St, London 

Our London Officer Roland Hayes spoke at the school in a very special assembly. As a sign of appreciation for seafarers' hard work and commitment, the students wrote Christmas cards to them in class after the assembly - how kind and thoughtful. Roland even got a mention in the schools newsletter! Huge thanks to Head of School James Stacey for organising the assembly and the wonderful pupils who enjoyed the talk. 

AoS School Assembly at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Cadogan Street
AoS School Assembly at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Cadogan Street
AoS School Assembly at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Cadogan Street

 


St Mary's Horsforth Catholic Voluntary Academy, Leeds

Our Hull & Goole port chaplain Anne McLaren presented an assembly at the school on October 31. The pupils were thrilled to see where their donated gifts went last Christmas!

AoS Hull port chaplain Anne McLaren at St Mary's Horsforth Voluntary Academy
AoS Hull port chaplain Anne McLaren at St Mary's Horsforth Voluntary Academy


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.

Pupils from St Polycarp's in Farnham learnt about AoS


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."

AoS gave a talk at St Columba's School Gourock
AoS gave a talk at St Columba's School Gourock


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. 

Healing Primary School pupils visit Immingham Seafarers Centre
Healing Primary School pupils visit Immingham Seafarers Centre


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.

Pupils from Holy Family Catholic High School in Selby learnt about our work with seafarers
 


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.

St Mungo Primary School pupils with Deacon Joe O'Donnell and Euan McArthur from AoS
           


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.

AoS gave a talk at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London


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.

Pupils of St Clement's learnt about AoS work with seafarers
 


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.

AoS Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur with pupils of St Mungo's Primary School Glasgow


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. 

Eastfield Prmary Academy pupils give the thumbs up for seafarers


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!

Students and teachers of Holy Family Catholic Academy Cleethorpes with our port chaplains Steve and Bryony


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.

AoS Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur with pupils of St Joseph's Stepps


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.

AoS Scotland National Officer Euan Mc Arthur speaking with Holyrood Secondary pupils


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. 
Euan McArthur with pupils of St Patrick's Primary School Kilsyth


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.

AoS received a cheque for £150 from St Bartholomew's Primary School, Coatbridge


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.
Pupils of St Ninians learn about AoS
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.

Euan McArthur from AoS speaks to pupils of the school


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. 

Euan McArthur with pupils of St Mark's


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.

Euan McArthur from Apostleship of the Sea with pupils of St Ninian's High School in Giffnock Scotland


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.

AoS Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur presenting to the St Andrew's students.


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.

AoS Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur speaks to students of Holyrood Secondary School


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.

Apostleship of the Sea Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur with teachers and pupils of St Bartholomew's Coatbridge


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. 

AoS Tilbury port chaplain Wojciech Holub with pupils on board the Wellington


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).

Tomas Rodriquez Vilarino at the 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.

St Anselm's Catholic School 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.

Pupils from Saint Peter's Catholic Primary School in West Ridge Sittingbourne Kent with AoS flag 
 


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.

AoS London Officer presented an assembly at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls School Upminster  
 


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.

Euan McArthur AoS Scotland Development Officer gives his assembly to pupils of Saint Matthews Saltcoat


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.

AoS London Officer Roland Hayes gave a school assembly at St Joseph's Preparatory School Gravesend Kent


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

AoS Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur gave a talk at St Bernadette's Primary School in Tullibody
 


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.'

Pupils of Our Lady's Catholic Primary School with AoS development director John Green and principal Rob Meech
 


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.

AoS national director Martin Foley with pupils of Mount St Mary's School


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.

AoS director of development John Green with the pupils of London Nautical School
 

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.

Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School London Year 10 student Max Charlton visits  Ipswich port with AoS Ipswich port chaplain Sr Marian Davey
 

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.

Students from Downside learn about the work of Apostleship of the Sea.


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.

Students from Westminster Cathedral School learnt about seafarers and how Apostleship of the Sea supports them
 


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.

Students from New Hall School learnt about the work of Apostleship of the Sea


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.

Students from Sacred Heart Girls' School in Upminster discovered about the lives of seafarers.
 


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!

AoS Pembrokeshire ship visitor Jhun Ranario speaks to children about the lives at seafarers


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.