Beaulieu Convent School is a leading Catholic school, originally founded by a French religious order, the Order of the Immaculate Conception.
Prayer, worship and liturgical celebrations are central to the Catholic tradition and we provide opportunities for worship in order to help students develop an appreciation and understanding of our faith to allow them to make educated decisions themselves.
We are very proud of our Chapel and it is an important part of school life. Open daily for personal prayer, our Chapel is also extensively used for collective worship and often utilised during mentor time.
Our dedicated and approachable Chaplain, Marta Pugsley, is on hand and works closely with our Headmaster and staff to oversee and encourage the spiritual and liturgical life of Beaulieu and to ensure we stay true to our Catholic roots.
Our Chaplain is also present as a source of support to our students and provides a sympathetic ear for those who may need help or guidance. Marta is an ex-social worker and worked in the field for 23 years, specialising in child care.
We take our Catholic faith seriously and include it in our day to day lives. Mass is celebrated at the start and end of each term and on major feast days and we are fortunate enough to have use of both St Thomas' and St Mary and St Peter's Church. Prayer time is incorporated into the start of the day and during Mentor Time.
Our Primary Department embraces important Catholic dates, such as Advent, building a learning project around the celebrations.
Every other year our Performing Arts Department develops a liturgical dance which is performed during our Feast Day Mass on December 8th and is also entered into the Eisteddfod.
We invite visiting groups and speakers to present to our students, for instance 'Pure In Heart' and 'Behold Ministry', who talk about the value of relationships and the importance of informed decision making.
Reflection days are an important element of the School calendar. Our Year 7 students take part in a reflection day in early September, aided by our Year 12 students, to help build relationships with fellow students and staff and to learn about the School's ethos.
As a school, we recognise the importance of putting our faith into action. We work with the Student Council to develop fundraising initiatives and to select causes to support, such as the Mustard Seed Appeal.
Recent Chaplain led trips have included visits to Rome, which have involved an audience with the Pope, and visits to Romania supporting the Mustard Seed Appeal, where the group distributed food packages. A group of Year 12 and 13 girls will be revisiting Romania this December and all money raised by the girls during the autumn term will go towards buying provisions for the trip. The Mustard Seed group have fully embraced our involvement and our strong Catholic Ethos resonates with them.
'God uses our past to benefit the future and my social work background is a part of me. I use the skills I developed to help the students and colleagues in my care.'
Marta Pugsley, School Chaplain
In working with young people,
Do not try to call them back
To where they were
And do not call them
To where you are
Beautiful as that place
May seem to you
You must have the courage
To go with them to a place
Neither you nor they have been before
(Christianity rediscovered – V J Donovan)