Friday, 19 December 2014

Bishop Alan in Conversation

Last night (18/12/14), Fr Dominic Howarth hosted an evening of discussion with Bishop Alan Williams. The talk focused on Bishop Alan's discernment and journey of faith. 

It was prayerful, entertaining, inspiring and interesting in equal amounts. Fr James Mackay both 'live tweeted' the event and we have recorded our story here: 

The evening finished with informal conversation over fish and chips. Bishop Alan told me that he has taught both physics and RE before. He said "Physics was easy, it's very straight forward... RE that the hard stuff!"

He is very much looking forward to visiting Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School as soon as his diary allows... and he admitted that he lets someone else look after that as it is so busy!
A full video of the evening is found here:

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

SHoM Christmas Charity: Scotty's Little Soldiers

This year the Chaplaincy team have chose Scotty's Little Soldiers as their Christmas charity. There will be a non-uniform day on Thursday 18th June and fundraising will also take place in the RE Department. Please give as generously as you can, perhaps instead of sending Christmas cards to your friends at school or by purchasing smaller gifts?

Watch this video to find out what the charity does: 

Monday, 8 December 2014

The Christmas Video Collection

Elf is no doubt one of my favourite Christmas films, but these are some of my favourite short videos to watch at Christmas:
All of these feature in an article I have written for UKEdMag, read it <here>

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Christmas Music

Image courtesy of RavePad

Christmas always sees a collection of Christmas albums released. There has been a resurgence in this over the last few years, possibly to cash in on this highly profitable time. However there is a great tradition of the Christmas album with many of the stars of yesteryear producing annual Christmas albums.

My favorite Christmas album for some time has been Bob Dylan's Christmas in the Heart (Must Be Santa is simply brilliant! See <here>) and, of course, I love Bruce Springsteen's Santa Clause is Coming to Town (See <here>). However this years sees the release of Pentatonix's album which includes some very special songs. There are a 5-piece a capella vocal group from the USA and this is their amazing version of Silent Night:

What is your favorite Christmas song? How do you feel when musicians use hymns to make profitable albums? Who would you like to see releasing a Christmas album?