This term, Notre Dame has given Stella Maris awards to 1,322 students, 188 of which were silver, and 20 gold. This is a great achievement, especially considering the impact of the pandemic and lockdowns on our students’ time in college and ability to take part in community and charity events. To celebrate, our gold and silver Stella Maris students were invited to an awards event on May 25.
College Principal Justine Barlow welcomed the invited award winners and guests, speaking about the importance of character development. After music from the Notre Dame Choir and a reading from St Paul, Father Tim Swinglehurst (Episcopal Vicar for Education in the Leeds Diocese) gave a moving homily explaining why living by virtues is important.
The award certificates were then presented by Dr Duncan Martin from Leeds Trinity University. After a final prayer, closing words from our Principal, and Notre Dame Choir’s rendition of Amazing Grace, the event ended with the provision of light refreshments and a chance for our students to reflect on their efforts and achievements.
Notre Dame Director of Catholic Life Catherine Herring said, “It was a moving experience listening to the amount of volunteering undertaken, and the virtues the students had developed despite the challenges of the last few years. They will be shining beacons of leadership in the coming years.”