Throughout the year we support many different charities.
At different times of the year we increase our efforts into thinking about and helping others. The seasons of Advent and Lent lend themselves to charitable work but we throughout the year we support others locally, nationally and internationally.
Staff, pupils and families are always extremely generous in their support of others. Money is raised through fundraising events and charitable donations from the whole school community.
Christmas Shelter 2022
"The charity Birmingham Christmas Shelter runs this for four nights every year but have struggled to find a venue this Christmas. They asked numerous schools who all turned them down – apart from St Catherine’s our wonderful Catholic school in the centre of Birmingham.
They will be hosting over 100 destitute people over the Christmas period offering them food, accommodation, entertainment, friendship, clothing and some health services. It’s like a mini holiday camp in the centre of Birmingham. On their first day of opening Fr Michael White blessed it and met the organisers, guests and volunteers.
Over 400 have come forward to help out. They had to turn down another 100 volunteers. But their founder Shirley Mallon says: “If it wasn’t for St Catherine’s school, I don’t know what we would have done.”
It is a tribute to the governors and staff at the school that they have opened their doors during the school holiday to some of the most needy people in the city.
And what a message to give to our children too.
This amazing project complements the same welcome being given by the parish to Tabor Living, a Father Hudson’s and Diocesan project moving into the presbytery and Church of St Catherine’s in 2023. Work to convert the building is well underway and it will be complete in March 2023. Here they will be welcoming another 20 homeless people and helping them to restore their lives.
St Catherine once wrote: “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” That fire is burning brightly in the parish and school of St Catherine of Siena."
St. Catherine of Siena Harvest Collection
Every year our families donate food to Our Harvest Collection. This year, more and more people are becoming reliant upon Food banks and Charities to help them in times of need and here at St Catherine of Siena Primary we fully intend on contributing to these good causes.
All foods received will be donated to Birmingham City Mission, they distribute essential goods—food, clothing and furniture to individuals and families finding it hard to make ends meet.
This year with your help and generosity we will be able to add to the numbers of people receiving aid. Please bring any items of food that you can donate to the Harvest Collection, just one tin or packet really can make a difference to someone’s life.
Through our generosity and kindness we are helping other people.
We are living our school Mission Statement to:
Live, learn and grow in God’s Love.
We are very proud to work Birmingham City Mission to instill the love of God and the messages the Bible teaches us. Each term, Anna comes in to do an artistic assembly for the whole school which is thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Children take this time to reflect on the messages from the Bible that Anna walks us through.
Charity work at St. Catherine’s
We're very proud of our fund raising efforts at St Catherine's... here's a little run down of our achievements. Thank you to all families & staff who have generously given.
Letters and cheques were sent to our chosen charities. Each cheque was accompanied by a letter written by our Head Boy and Head Girl, which detailed how we raised these funds. The following amounts were sent:
Acorns Children's Hospice - £400
CAFOD - £400
McMillan Cancer Support - £400
Father Hudson's Care - £400
Catholic Partnership, Rwanda Charity - £400
Birmingham Children's Hospital - £400
St Catherine's Community Fund - £437.27
Children in Need - £385.21
Royal British Legion - £111.37
Lent - £2837.27
NSPCC Number Day - £170.10
Toy Appeal - £168.42
Catholic Partnership Rwanda Charity - £400
Our amazing final total stands at
|Nursery £31.43||Rec £30.02||Y1 £32.35|
|Y2 £36.95||Y3 £87.36||Y4 £141.41|
|Y5 £108.60||Y6 £101||Office £233.11|
|Father Hudson boxes £30.03||Non Uniform Day 1 (Comic Relief) - £205.67||Non Uniform Day 2 - £219.71|
|Foundation Stage Sponsored Walking - £345.10||KS1 Sponsored Skipping - £326.45||KS2 Sponsored Aerobics - £474.50|
Visits to ‘The Resource Centre’ and ‘The Sanctuary’ at St Chad’s
Once again a huge thanks to all parents and pupils who donated food for the needy in our community. A selection of our Faith and School Council delivered all the food to both venues this week. Here is what they had to say: “
“I learned all about asylum seekers and refugees at the sanctuary”
“I enjoyed it when Andy took us round the Resource Centre and showed us round. He told us how the food was sorted by dates.”
Food Bank Collection at St Cath's
“I enjoyed giving the food to help poor people”
“I thought it was a good place to store the food and other different things to give to the poor people”
“I learned how the asylum seekers can go to the sanctuary to get things they need”