St. Julie's Catholic High School Chaplaincy

Thoughts from the Chaplain

Oct 11, 2017

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017

Wed Ref - International Day of the Girl Child - Videoing

Mrs Rooney led Wednesday Reflection today and it was brilliant as she weaved her way through her thoughts about World Mental Health Day yesterday, Instagram, blessing yourself and a worry plaque.  Mrs Rooney has her own inimitable style which makes listening to her fantastic.  She prompts the listeners to reflect and respond and it's a joy and a challenge listening to her!

Today is International Day of the Girl Child - and it's good to reflect on this day about how so many girls around the world do not get the chances provided here at St. Julie's and in the UK in general. 

Did you know.....?

• Over 60 million girls worldwide are forced into marriage before the age of 18
• 125 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)
• 1.2 million children are being trafficked each year – many of these children are girls forced into sex trafficking
• Pregnancy is the leading cause of death worldwide for women aged 15 to 19
• Literacy rates for girls in many countries remain low – just 12% of Afghan women aged 15 and over are literate


It reminds us of our responsibility to make the most of the opportunities we receive and we can give thanks for St. Julie who realised all those years ago that the best way to set girls free was to educate them and give them the confidence and skills to make a difference in the world.

 I finished my little video project today with a lovely Y7 RE class and with our Head Girl, too!  In due course, you might get the chance to see the finished edit.  Video is brilliant, isn't it?  I can hardly believe that anyone can make videos now.  It just wasn't really feasible when I was growing up.