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Blessed William Howard Catholic High School Our Tutor Group Saints The School Council was commissioned with the task of renaming the Tutor Groups following the decision to increase the number of tutor groups from six to ten. The process was quite a difficult one… how to reduce all the choices into ten names. We began the process by saying a prayer to the Holy Spirit for guidance and for inspiration. We decided that the names had to be in some way relevant to our school, its mission and identity. Everyone was in agreement that the names had to reflect a balance between genders, something which the existing names did not do. After a long discussion and consideration of a number of names and a number of categories we started to narrow down some ideas; eventually a voice said, ‘What about the Apostles- there were twelve of them?’ And this was followed by, ‘ Yes but they’re all men, so let’s have some of the women who helped Jesus.’ And so it began…

We read the Gospel from Saint Mark’s Chapter 3 and then we chose some of the names from the reading: ‘ He now went up into the hills and summoned those he wanted. So they came to him and he appointed twelve; they were to be his companions and to be sent out to preach. And so he appointed the Twelve: Simon to whom he gave the name Peter, James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James… then Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, the man who was to betray him.’ We chose: John (The disciple Jesus loved) Bartholomew Thaddeus (Also known as Jude) These three men responded to Christ’s calling and they undertook a great service, preaching the word of God and teaching others about Jesus Then we considered the females who helped Jesus. The suggestions were made and the following were agreed: Martha (A friend of Jesus and sister to Lazarus and Mary Magdalene) Mary the Mother of God (Mary said yes to God and opened up the pathway to our salvation. She accompanies Jesus through his life and his sufferings.)

Veronica (Although not a figure in scripture, we learn of Veronica’s great act of kindness when she wiped Christ’s face during his passion. We then thought about Saints who had significance to our school and we identified the following : Saint Cecilia: patron saint of musicians, poets and singers. This seemed appropriate for our Arts College Status. Saint Thomas Aquinas: A great scholar and theologian who is Patron Saint of Students. Saint Sebastian: Patron saint of athletes Saint Bernadette: A young, ordinary French girl who received visions of Mary at Lourdes in France. A popular saint, who it was felt many could identify with.