A Cafod group meets in school to support the work of Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. The agency puts Catholic social teaching into practice by lobbying for social justice, raising awareness of human rights abuses, fundraising and encouraging others to take direct, peaceful action. Our pupils’ involvement is part of the school’s mission to educate pupils in the faith and to develop spirituality for justice in the Catholic school. The group puts faith into action in a variety of ways, including supports Cafod’s harvest fast days in school. Learning to live simply is a challenge for each of us. All pupils are invited to make a difference in achieving global justice.
Our pupils are strong supporters of The Sylvia Wright Trust, a registered charity which sustains the work of Sylvia Wright in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Sylvia sold her home and possessions in Leeds 32 years ago to work among the sick and disabled in this very poor area of India. Since then, she has built and established a modern hospital, a school for deaf children and two centres for severely disabled children, as well as running many vital community health projects in this very poor area of India. The trust has had strong links with Cardinal Heenan over many years: Sylvia has been frequent visitor here. This year we are supporting a project to buy digital hearing aids for the deaf children at Sylvia’s school.
Cardinal Heenan was awarded Fairtrade School status in 2009. A Fairtrade team is comprised of pupils, with staff representatives including the Catering Manager. The Fairtrade Team leads the school’s contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight each year, running a series of events including assemblies, competitions and displays.
We are proud to have achieved the top level (Level 3) of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard for our commitment to race equality and wider community cohesion, and our achievements in establishing a culture and ethos which celebrate diversity and promote equality. The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard was developed in Leeds to recognise schools which have demonstrated themselves to be inclusive learning environments which champion race equality and actively fight all forms of prejudice and discrimination. It was named after the black teenager who was tragically murdered in 1993.