SCHOOL FORGES TIES
The all-girls Beaulieu Convent School on Jersey is forging ever-closer ties with communities through an inspiring combination of Catholic formation and mission. The Beaulieu Institute of Theological Literacy has been established on-site as a response to Bishop Philip Egan’s call to place schools at the heart of the New Evangelisation.
Parents, family and friends at the St Helier school are being given the chance to study at the Institute for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies. The Institute has been set up as a hub for resourcing and exploration, combining theological and philosophical expertise with wider educational research and practice in the context of schools, colleges and parishes.
Through the Institute, Beaulieu Convent School hopes to be both a greenhouse to nurture faith and a huge, open, expansive field where faith can grow and flourish and equip people for their role in the home, the parish, the school and the public square.
“We look to engage people on the island and further afield with guest lectures during the year from figures of international standing in the fields of education, philosophy, ethics, theology and other associated disciplines.”
In other initiatives, parents at the school are regularly invited to retreats and days/mornings/afternoons of reflection offered by the Chaplain and Director of Catholic Life, Further Education and Skills. A close liaison with Caritas Jersey helps Beaulieu Convent School to identify those in need in the community including the poor, homeless and elderly.
A “Giving Tree” project ensures items such as tinned food goods are collected and handed over to the local St Vincent de Paul Society team for distribution to those in need. Through the Mustard Seed Appeal the students put together shoe boxes containing basic essentials which are driven to Romania.
Money is raised for CAFOD especially during their Fast Days in October and throughout Lent with soup and bread lunches on Fridays during these periods. “Our students are always reminded that they go out into the world to make a difference with the education they have received at Beaulieu,” added Dr Rowan. “Liturgically this is symbolised by the giving of individual candles and the anointing for mission during the Year 13 Leavers’ Mass, as they take the flame of God’s love, enkindled and nurtured by Beaulieu, out into a world badly in need of Christ."