GRAYS Convent High School has been named as one of the finalists of the Church Schools Award 2012. There have been many opportunities for spiritual development this term. Mass is celebrated during break time nearly every other Thursday, and the whole school came together to celebrate All Saints day with Mass. An opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation was also provided during Advent.
Eleven girls from Year 9 attended the CJSR Youth Justice and Peace day and contributed to workshops led by CJSR, CAFOD and London Citizens. On returning to school they prepared and led an assembly to help make other girls in their year group aware of the issues discussed. Molly White commented, “I enjoyed mixing with other schools. It has made me more aware of what is happening in the world.” Connie Rahman said, “The day made me realise that we should appreciate what we have and take on some responsibility in our communities. We should help make a difference by taking action and helping others.” Honey Frimpong-Manso also enjoyed the day: “I learnt that small actions lead to bigger actions and how I can make a difference in the communities I am part of. We saw a short film from CAFOD about a woman in Sao Paulo in Brazil who talked about her dream for every homeless person to have a roof over their head and an address. This was very inspiring because she said how she did not just dream this for herself, but for everyone, and this I think, is the meaning of Jesus’ words, “Love thy neighbour as you love yourself.”
Year 7 have been learning to appreciate the value of living in a multi-faith society and visited the Sikh Gurdwara in Grays. They were very impressed with the warm welcome they received and fascinated to see how much respect Sikh’s give to their holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib. Tatum Mandy commented, “I thought that the trip was a great experience and it was a real privilege to see where the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh holy book) is kept.” Anna – Rose Umelo remarked, “I thought that going to the Sikh temple was a fascinating experience. I thought that it was very nice of the people working in the temple to invite some school girls like us into their holy place.”