Twelve of our students from Years 5 to 10 went to SS Peter & Paul, Ribchester to complete their Salford Diocesan Chaplaincy Training led by Mr Kelly on Friday 13 February. The day began in prayer before the students learnt about the history of Chaplaincy and then reflected on what it means to be a chaplain at Oakhill. Students worked in groups reflecting on how they wanted Chaplaincy to be at Oakhill. They studied Diocesan guidelines and created their own mission statement for Chaplaincy at Oakhill. Later in the day they would use their mission statement to help to create an action plan.
Students learnt about the features of a Catholic Church as they explored SS Peter & Paul. The church was originally built to look like a barn from the outside when it was illegal for Catholics to celebrate Mass in England during the reign of Henry VIII. They also walked a short distance to visit Stydd Chapel, where they were able to compare and contrast the features of a Catholic and Protestant place of worship.
Students then created their own video of “We are the Chaplains” which is being worked on by the students during half term.
Lunch was very kindly hosted by Mrs Keane in her home and then students had an opportunity for some fresh air on Ribchester park. We then returned to SS Peter & Paul’s to end our day how it had begun. An enjoyable day was had by all and the Student Chaplain’s will receive their certificates from the Diocese at our next whole school mass on Tuesday 24 February.