We are delighted to announce that Liverpool-based St Edward’s College has signed up to the John Paul 2 Foundation 4 Sport Aim High For All Virtues Programme (AHFA) and students in year 7, 8 and 9 will be using the three work booklets from September 2017.
In the autumn, once the booklets are in use at St Edward’s College, CEO Monsignor Vlad Felzmann has been invited to return to present the Headteacher, Stephen Morris, with the JP2F4S Membership Certificate during the school assembly.
Designed for 9 – 16 year olds, though it is also used by some six forms, the Aim High For All Programme has been created to support schools by promoting a vision-based, values-driven approach to sport and physical education; enhancing the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth of young people for the benefit of all.
The programme provides a rationale for developing pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) awareness, their understanding of, and relationship with, God. They enable pupils to reflect on and acquire virtues which help them develop their character.
Each booklet examines, in a practical way, eight virtues through which each of the eight values found in the Beatitudes can be lived. As we say at JP2F4S, ‘virtues make values visible’.
St Edward’s College is a Catholic academy (an independent school funded directly by the government, so free of charge to attend), part of the Edmund Rice family of schools, founded by the Christian Brothers and following the charisma of Blessed Edmund Rice.
Following a successful meeting at St Edward’s, Fr Vlad held meetings with Bellerive FCJ Catholic College, also in the Liverpool diocese. The Headteacher, Sister Brigid Halligan OBE, signed up to the Aim High For All Virtues programme and their years 7, 8 and 9 will also embark on the booklets in the autumn.
Bellerive FCJ has been educating girls in Liverpool for nearly 170 years – and more recently boys in the Sixth Form – preparing them for the lives they will lead once they leave the school for the final time.
By September, following further meetings, we hope there will be five secondary schools in the Liverpool diocese using our AHFA booklets and Liverpool will be “awash with virtues”.
With Wayne Rooney should back at Everton, the future for Liverpool is bright.