Canon Luiz Ruscillo of Lancaster Diocese gave a very well received talk about how we meet Jesus in the Bible and how to live our vocation as a Catholic College. He talked movingly of the vocation of teachers and how we and our students seek and encounter healing and that we are loved by God, in whatever state he finds us and how challenging this can be.
Staff then broke into groups to ponder on the Beatitudes and respond to questions
Why is a Catholic Sixth Form College distinctive?
How have you seen Gospel Values/Virtues in Notre Dame?
Staff enthusiastically shared their experiences and views producing feedback that can be developed further at a later time.
After a Mass celebrating the work of staff who are leaving, Peter Smith, head of General RE was presented, on behalf of the Bishop, with the Diocesan Silver Medal for his long service.
A shared lunch brought by the staff was followed by opportunities to experience different activities including meditation, Pilates, football and hypnotherapy. The day was finished off by a tightly fought quiz with a tie for first place, settled on a bonus question. All these events focus on the college mission statement its virtues; that what makes us a distinctive Catholic College is based in our relationships, not simply an association of co-workers, but as a community based in the teachings of Jesus.