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St Damian’s Pupils Scoop Diana Award
Monday 19th October 2015 @ 14:03 by Tom Greggan
Ashton News

Angela Rayner MP called in at St Damian’s RC Science College to present pupils with an award.

The school’s Liturgy Group won the Diana Award, which is awarded to ‘courageous, caring, compassionate young people, transforming the lives of others in the name of Diana, Princess of Wales.’

The Liturgy Group scooped the honour for their campaigns in school and in the local community. The 30-pupil strong group, aged between 11-16, raised an amazing £12,000 last year for various causes.

The MP for Ashton congratulated the pupils on the award and praised their work, saying that she became an MP because of the feel-good factor of helping people.


She also presented students with a book, ‘The Story of Parliament’, which was given to her when she became an MP in May. Additionally, each pupil received a personal letter from Angela to commemorate her visit after they had quizzed her on life as Ashton’s new MP.

John O’Loghlan, an RE teacher at St. Damian’s told the Tameside Reporter about the work the Liturgy Group had done to win the award. He said: “They believe that it’s their role to help people in the community who are suffering- both our community and the wider community. They raise money; they raised over £10,000 last year. They also make people aware of any people they think are suffering.

“For example, at the moment they’ve written to the British Ambassador for Iraq to try and make people aware what’s going on. They’ve slept out for homeless charities, they’ve raised thousands for children’s cancer and they collect presents at Christmas time. They cater for all the needs of the community and they’re very enthusiastic. They give all their own time for it and they’re really involved.”

He added that the group are a source of great pride for St. Damian’s. He said: “They’re a huge asset. They lead the liturgical life of the school. It’s pupil-led; they’re at the forefront of making us an outstanding Roman Catholic School and we’re hugely proud of them; which was recognised by the award they got.”