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Cultural Vocation

St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery encourages all pupils to think about their futures both spiritually and from a career point of view.  To encourage this, we aim to have vocation statements from staff, governors, priests and past pupils around the school enabling the children to read, understand and discuss different career paths, giving them something to aspire to in the future. We are starting to embed ‘Lectio Divina’  in both class and whole school assemblies.

 

Sharing the Learning and ‘Aspiration Days’ will be held to encourage parents, visitors and past pupils to come into school to talk about their career paths, wherever they may be in their journey.

 

All colleagues in every team in the school help children and young people to answer the question Pope Benedict asked them when he spoke at the Big Assembly in 2010  ‘What kind of person would you really like to be?’ Referring to our motto ‘High Expectations for All, in the Light of Christ’

 

Archbishop John Wilson

 

St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery encourages all pupils to think about their futures both spiritually and from a career point of view.  To encourage this, we aim to have vocation statements from staff, governors, priests and past pupils around the school enabling the children to read, understand and discuss different career paths, giving them something to aspire to in the future.

 

Archbishop John Wilson has kindly  made a video especially for St Ethelbert's about his cultural vocation.  

 

Please click on the link below to see the video

Archbishop John Wilson

 

Fr Christopher Basden

 

Fr Christopher Basden was born in Egypt and brought up in Persia (now called Iran).   At University he was in the Army officers training corps but then entered the Seminary and was ordained a priest in Wimbledon by a Bishop from Iran in 1979.

 

Why did I become a priest?

I wanted to do something really worthwhile with my life. I was inspired to become a monk and offer my life to God but found it was too extreme a separation from the world so I became a priest to serve others. I have never regretted it!

 

 

 

 

 

Sasha Ofori

 

My name is Sasha Ofori. I’m a Senior Analytical Scientist working at Viatris Pharma UK Ltd based at Discovery Park House in Sandwich. I’ve worked at various pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Vectura.

I was also interested in science at school and did science at GCSE, A-levels and studied Pharmaceutical Sciences at university.

 

There is great fulfilment in a career in science in roles such as the manufacture of drugs which are safe and efficacious to help patients feel better.

 

                           

               

 

 

 

 

John Darby came into school to tell the children all about his schooldays at St Ethelbert's Catholic School and then how he believes it was the 'Serviam' (meaning to serve) badge on his blazer that gave him the grounding to become a teacher, then a deputy, followed by the appointment of an acting headteacher. We loved hearing all about this before he moved onto telling us about his retirement and how he still remembered his 'Serviam' badge from school and decided to give back to others. This was when he carried out various roles including being a school volunteer for CAFOD. Thank you John!

 

 

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