Cody Kettner is the School Chaplain and works within the school to develop, support and encourage the faith life.
‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Prayer is central to life at St. Thomas More. We have a chapel in school which provides a peaceful place for staff and students to reflect and have some quiet time. It is also used for Alpha, Ignite (our lunchtime youth group), worship nights, weekly staff prayer, and class Mass throughout the year.
Each pastoral class has the opportunity to plan their own class Mass. These take place during lunchtime on a Thursday and are celebrated by one of our local parish Priests. Each celebration of Mass concludes with a shared meal.
We have a very active role in our diocese and have worked hard to forge links with the community and with our parish communities. We support the work of the Youth Ministry Team (YMT), who offer a range of out of school and overnight activities to allow the students to develop spiritually. Each student has several opportunities in their school life to take part in an overnight retreat at the Youth Village in Allensford near Consett. These retreats provide a great opportunity for the pupils to develop their faith in a fun and inspiring way. We currently bring years 8, 10 and Sixth Form to the Youth Village. In addition to that, we run an in school retreat day for all of year 7 at the start of the year.
In addition to the retreats, every year the Youth Ministry Team runs a summer camp (affectionately named God Camp by students) at the Youth Village which encourages students from all over the diocese to go. It is a highly popular event and gives the students a chance to spend time with other young Christians and learn about their own faith.
‘You must love your neighbour as yourself.’
As a school, we very much value community, always encouraging each other to look out for others and to recognise the dignity of every person. There are several different fundraising events during the year as well as efforts to support local food banks. In Lent, the whole school concentrates its efforts raising a considerable amount of money for charitable projects in the North East, Africa or India. We also have many student led and staff led fundraisers throughout the year. For more information about any of these activities, please contact our chaplain through the Main Office.