As we approach the end of term, all students attended our Advent Service, to celebrate together as we become evercloser to Christmas day. Our Chaplaincy team lead us through a wonderful service, giving the opportunity to remember the true reason for our Christmas celebrations and reminding us all that it's a time to look out for others and to share gifts, joy and peace with those around us.
It was very fitting therefore to have a very special guest, Lou Macari, join us for the morning. Lou, who of course is well known for his footballing success playing for Manchester United and Celtic, as well as his time managing Stoke FC, now runs the 'Macari Centre', which he setup in our city to help those who find themselves homeless. Lou shared with our students how he came to realise the need for such a Centre and how he and his team are now able to provide shelter, food and safety, for people who are in great need. In order to help support the Macari Centre, this year's Christmas jumper day will be in aid of the charity, though which we will be able to raise at least £1000 through the student's donations.
A massive thank you to Lou for giving up his time to come and share with our students, to our chaplaincy team for organising and to our performing arts students for performing for us throughout the service.