Catholic Life

At Cardinal Newman School, we believe that Religious Education is an integral part of each child's moral, spiritual and social development. Faith is communicated through the vibrant religious life within the school, whether it is through our many school and year masses or our reflective retreats This moral foundation is integrated into daily life through our pastoral care system.

The Chaplaincy Team

The Chaplaincy team accompany and support students at different stages of their spiritual journey. A number of support services are provided by the team at various times throughout the day for all students to find a safe place to talk to trained members of staff. Tutor groups are given the opportunity to visit the chapel for tutor prayer. There is a ‘Spectrum’ bereavement group which takes place every week and a Counselling service also available.

Prayer Services 

Through out the year tutor groups will pray together every tutor time using their school prayer books. Every class will also pray together using the Cardinal Newman school prayer.​
Every tutor group will also have the opportunity to participate in a prayer service in the Chapel. This prayer service is scripture based and always aims to challenge students to think and reflect.
Every student is also challenged with an action to follow their prayer service which could be presented through reflection upon scripture or through an act of kindness that they must try to commit to.
Every RE class will also arrange their own Mass in the Chapel for their own class, they will lead the liturgy and celebrate this intimate Mass in the Chapel with Fr Pat, their class teacher and the Lay Chaplain.
The Chapel is used throughout the year for impromptu prayer services for staff and students and is often the first place that students like to spend time if they require some time for reflection. It is a very peaceful and prayerful environment in the heart of our school.



Upcoming retreats
Soli House – Year 10
Year 10 Soli House retreat March. This is an incredible opportunity for our Year 10 students to go on retreat to the newly refurbished Soli House in Alton. Students will take part in a jam packed weekend of activities, team building, challenges and reflection. Details and letters will be released after the half term.
Alton Castle March Year 8
Each year we arrange for a Year 8 retreat to Alton Castle in Staffordshire. Students will take part in outdoor activities, such as biking, trekking and climbing, whilst also reflecting upon their faith. It is a chance to grow personally and spiritually whilst making new friends in their year group. Students will receive information and letters in assemblies before Christmas. Please watch the video for a little insight into Alton castle and visit their website


Spectrum is a bereavement support programme for young people aged 11- 18. It is a nationally recognised programme that offers young people the opportunity to talk about and learn about their grief and experiences. This grief may be due to the loss of a loved one, or a grief caused by a change in family circumstances, an illness, a change in friendship groups- anything that has caused a significant change within a young persons life that has then presented them with challenges.  In school trained staff facilitate the programme throughout the year in small groups. We meet after school on Wednesdays 3.30pm – 4.30pm in the Chaplaincy House. Before Christmas we will run a programme for Yr 11+, then throughout the year we will run groups for Yr 7-8 followed by Yr 9-10. If you feel that your child would benefit from Spectrum please contact Laura Kemp for more information. 

Year group Masses

Throughout the year every year group will gather together to celebrate their own Mass. This Mass is planned and prepared by the students in the year group and is a celebration of the Gospel and the theme that the students identify within the readings. Every Mass is different with students creating artwork, dramas, and leading the music to reflect the theme of the Gospel. We celebrate these Masses in our new hall, the Pope Francis Hall.


Parish outreach

Throughout the year we visit all of our local parishes to help lead the Liturgy. This is a great way for young people to meet others in their Parish and also for them to be introduced to roles within the Parish. Students help with the Liturgy of the Word, the offertory, the music, the collections, welcoming Parishioners and tidying up after Mass. If you would like to know more about our Parish Masses please see the RE contact in the contact us page or contact


Our Chaplain & Lay Chaplain

Fr Patrick Brennan- Meet our school Chaplain
Fr Pat is our school Chaplain and the Parish Priest at Holy Family Church. Fr Pat dedicates his life to the Church and loves to share the Word of God with everyone he meets, reaching out to so many people through Mass but also through social media. He is a fan of twitter and you can follow his tweets @Pathound to learn more about our faith. He is also an avid fan of game of thrones! Fr Pat joins us for all of our Masses and celebrates Mass with us every Friday lunchtime in the Chapel. Please see Holy Family’s Parish website for more information about Masses and events
Laura- Meet the Lay Chaplain
My name is Laura and I’m the Lay Chaplain at Cardinal Newman. My faith is very important to me and I really enjoy sharing my faith with everyone. Here at school I organise the Masses, liturgies and prayer services but I am also here to support students and to create as many opportunities as I can for students to share and experience their faith. If you ever need to talk, or you have some ideas you would like to share you can find me in the RE office in Room 41 or you can contact me by email.
I love to talk too so feel free to pop and see me for a chat at break or lunch times! I love going on retreat, getting muddy, food, music, travelling, art and all sorts of things.


Choir & Band

The school choir currently meets to rehearse on Thursday lunch time in Room CD14 – Miss Smith classroom.
We work on a range of music from traditional hymns, Christian contemporary music and modern music.
The choir do an amazing job of animating the Liturgy and making Mass even more beautiful.
If you would like to join please contact the music department in school.


Kenelm Youth Trust

The Kenelm Youth Trust is made up of Soli House, Alton Castle and the Birmingham Catholic Youth Service. Together they strive to provide lots of opportunities for young people in our diocese. They arrange retreats, conferences, pilgrimages, praise and worship nights, challenges and lots of different events. Many of these events we promote within school on our newsletter. Please see their website for more details
Kenelm youth ambassadors
The Knelem youth ambassadors are young people that work within our school and Parishes to promote the opportunities available to other young people. Special training is given to the ambassadors and it is a great way to develop leadership skills. If you are interested in becoming a Kenelm ambassador please contact Laura Kemp.


Chaplaincy awards

Chaplaincy work within the school is very vibrant and far reaching and we believe it is important to recognise the varying ways in which our students contribute to the Catholic life within our schools. Students are recognised with the following awards:
Chaplaincy representatives: these are the students that are nominated by their tutor groups to gather together to help plan the school Masses and to help identify students they feel would enhance the Liturgy.
Liturgy award: This is for students that help out with any aspect of preparing or leading the liturgy on more than one occasion, this could be helping to prepare the hall for Mass, reading in Mass, singing, helping prepare artwork or resources. This recognises the students that help lead the Liturgy itself and all those that work behind the scenes in preparation.
Outreach award: This is for students that go above and beyond to help others, this recognises students for their generosity and passion for helping others through their time or charitable contributions. A number of our students also visit our primary school to help lead primary school retreats and they also help with local youth groups, these students are recognised with the Chaplaincy award.




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