Saint Paul’s Pupils Enjoy Mini DASH


A group of pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe took part in a recent Mini DASH meeting which is organised by the Diocese of Shrewsbury. The aim is to get together with pupils from other schools to share ideas and work on ideas for future collaboration.

Students from Saint Paul’s joined together with multiple high schools within the Shrewsbury Diocese for a Mini-Dash event. The day was spent focussed on the ecumenical theme for Creation Time: 2021: A Home For All; Renewing the Oikos of God.

The students looked at St Francis’ call for us to take care of our common home and to focus on the “cry of the poor”, who live on the streets of our cities and towns.

Our activity for the day was to create a shelter for a homeless person to show the difficulties of life on the streets as well as showing that we are compassionate towards our brothers and sisters who are in the unfortunate position of being on the streets. Trying to build a shelter showed us just how hard it is to a build shelter for ourselves and helped us to reflect on the difficulties those living on the streets face on a day to day basis.

The Mini DASH (Diocesan Association of Secondary Head teachers) meeting for the pupils takes place at the same time as the secondary head teachers of the Diocese of Shrewsbury meet together. The pupils share and discuss a wide variety of ideas and suggestions and are encouraged to take the ideas back to their own schools, passing them on and developing them.

Mr Harrison Kilburn, Chaplain at Saint Paul’s, explained: “We loved our day and look forward to meeting up again with other schools for Mini-Dash in the near future. It was an excellent opportunity for the pupils to mix with pupils from different schools to get together and share their thoughts..”

“The Mini DASH event not only gave pupils the chance to meet other young people from the different schools, but it also gave them the time and opportunity to reflect on the moving and inspiring words spoken by Pope Francis,” added Mr Alex Hren, Headteacher at Saint Paul’s. It’s important to meet as a Diocese, because all the people who met together are very different, but we all have one thing in common: our faith. The Mini-DASH is also a good chance to build up leadership skills and make new friends.”


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