Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
“Adveniat Regnum Tuum”
(Motto of Archbishop Beck)
As one of society’s key institutions, schools are in a strong position to support the wellbeing, values and spirituality of young people.
Chaplaincy supports young people in one of the most complex environments in our society - the school. Our Chaplaincy team provides a safe and supportive influence.
At Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College we have a strong community built upon the Gospel values of Jesus Christ. The Christian influence is seen throughout the college and is visible, tangible and effective in the life of our College community.
At the heart of the Chaplaincy is the work of the College Chaplain who provides a listening ear, a comforting word and prayerful support when needed. Chaplaincy places a high value on spirituality and as such, is an expression of truly holistic Youth Work practice, valuing the place of spirituality in the lives of young people and maximising the benefits of positive spirituality for their overall wellbeing, their development as good citizens their develop as moral members of our community and to take the values given into adult life.
An important part of the Chaplaincy is to prepare and lead collective worship. This takes place in the College community every day at Year group Assemblies. Support is also given to Form Tutors for them lead class reflections
The themes for Collective Worship are based around the Church’s Liturgical Year. The themes include Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. With various other themes that are specific to certain times of the year.
Welcome to our community
Community – Living together
Friendship in our community
CAFOD (One of main Charities)
Remembrance in Modern day Britain
Caring for others in our society
The Gideon Bible Society is invited into the College annually to distribute the Gideon New Testament to all our Year 7 Students.
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence”.
Retreats are organised students in Year 7 and Year 8. The retreats help develop the Christian Ethos within the College Community.
The Year 7 retreats reflect upon the Motto of Archbishop Beck, Thy Kingdom Come, (Adveniat Regnum Tuum). Students and staff have a day “offsite” at a local retreat centre. The focus of the time with the students is to allow them space to reflect upon how we can establish the Kingdom of God in our College community.
The retreat centre is ideally placed where students enjoy the lovely environment. The format of the day starts with “starters activities” to encourage the students to mix with those they may not normally mix with. A group activity of building a castle out of newspaper is always fun. Workshops about the College Motto take place. Some time is spent enjoying the local beach or a walk in the woods. Students return to the College refreshed and we hope spiritualty revived.
The Year 8 retreats focus upon the Sacrament of Confirmation. This day takes the same format as the Year 7. The materials used on this day are to do with Confirmation.
“This is what I am asking you — be shepherds with the smell of sheep.”
Introducing our Pastors - Fr Kevin & Fr Paul
The College is privilege to work with the local parishes and in particular values the support of local Clergy. Father’s Kevin and Paul from the Holy Name Parish regularly visit the College to work with our students and discuss with them many issues that surround the Christian life in modern society.
'Put on Christ!' in your life, and you will find a friend in whom you can always trust; 'put on Christ' and you will see the wings of hope spreading and letting you journey with joy towards the future; 'put on Christ' and your life will be full of his love “
Pope Francis - World Youth Day Rio 2013
We recently held a Mission Day in the College. The theme was “Travelling together in Faith”.
(The Animate team led the day; they are a team of young people who work with a variety of Schools and Parishes, in and outside of the Archdiocese of Liverpool.)
They started the day off by having Year 9 in the Drama Studio for a Presentation followed by workshop groups, which were based around the theme of how important, is God in your life. The workshops looked at the values the young people had and how much money they would spend on certain things. This was seen through the Auction game, which helped the young people see how much value they place on various things. The outcome of this game was thought provoking for both the staff and young people.
The team used the same format for Year 7 and Year 8. The student’s response was extremely positive and from our evaluations they certainly enjoyed the time spent with the ‘Animate Youth Ministry Team’.
Plans are underway for the next Mission Day in the College.
The College regularly gathers to celebrate our Christian traditions, we have organised, promoted and lead various events. These have included the Annual Action for Children Christmas concerts in the Anglian Cathedral, our own Christmas concert in the Philharmonic Hall and in our College.
Helping Others through Charities
“Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given”.
The College supports many Charities locally, nationally and internationally.
The Local Charities we support are Woodlands (A local Cancer Care Hospice, based in the grounds of Fazakerley Hospital), Zoe’s Place, (A respite, centre for children with various problems), and Nugent Care (the Good Shepherd Appeal) Both at Christmas time and the Good Shepherd Collection.
The National Charities we support are McMillan Cancer Care, every year we hold the Coffee Morning, which members of staff from all departments join in with. Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal. We will be establishing our Field of Hope, since we have moved from the old site we need to start again here on our new site. Teenage Cancer Trust. This is a fantastic Charity that the youngsters can relate to. It does such wonderful work and we are very happy to be a part of their fundraising efforts every year.
Internationally, we support CAFOD, with their annual appeals and we are able to help by fundraising for the annual Fast day. This money goes around the world to help people and projects supported by CAFOD.
“I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God,
who is sending a love letter to the world.”
Project Ghana, an African Project started by one of our Maths Teachers Mr Nelson, whose sister lives and works in Ghana and is able to oversee the operation in Ghana. This project not only provides financial support, but also the College has sent two containers of equipment no longer used by the College to help the Project Ghana recipients.
Ghana Project Success!
As you will hopefully be aware, thanks to Mr. Nelson, the College has been organising the collection and shipment of equipment and resources from Liverpool schools to Ghana. Mr. Nelson's sister, Catherine, visited the Brong Ahafo region on Monday 15th December 2014 to donate some computers and textbooks from the last container shipped to Ghana. She had invaluable support from friends who helped transport the items from the Western region to the school.
Many thanks to Mr. Nelson (teacher of mathematics) and his sister, Catherine, for all their efforts to help support the children in Ghana. The photographs show Catherine arriving at the school with all the resources. A big thank you to the Archbishop Beck community for supporting this worthwhile cause.
Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
The College community is blessed with the unique opportunity for our students to go on the Annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. Lourdes is a place known historically and internationally for healing, and is a sacred place in the Catholic Church because of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the 1800s. A journey to Lourdes is an once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of our young students.
Lourdes is a very spiritual and beautiful place. The place itself is characterized by an attitude of hope for healing and service to others.
“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfil it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
― Mother Teresa
The College has plans on our new campus to create a “Remembrance Walk” which is the main student entrance to the College. This has had a series of trees planted along the route and will in the summer months have special plagues placed at their base commemorating the life of our deceased students, colleagues and friends of our community.
Senior Citizens Party
“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...
but how much love we put in that action”.
The College hosts an annual Senior citizens Christmas party an afternoon of entertainment, food, and time to chat with the older members of our local community. Many students are involved and help entertain the visitors with music, dance, comedy, and acting. Year 7 students helped out on the afternoon by waiting on our guests and in 2014 sponsored the event through their generous donations to the cost of the event.
Working in the Community
“Spread love everywhere you go.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”.
We are very proud of the spirit, ethos and values that the College promotes and we spread this ethos into our local area, local parishes and partner primary schools. This has included the Chamber Choir singing at weddings, helping to celebrate a local residents 100th Birthday, planting daffodils on the perimeter of the sports field, laying wreaths for Remembrance Sunday, providing flower planters for the Hartley’s Village community and so on.