A day of service at St John's

Founders day

On Friday 24th November, St John’s Beaumont School had a whole school Mass for its patron saint, St John Berchmans. St John’s Beaumont School was dedicated to St John Berchmans because John Berchmans was canonised in 1888, the same year that St John’s Beaumont School was opened.

Fr Adrian Porter SJ presided over the Mass in the school’s sports hall. All the pupils and staff were there, as well as many parents. At the Mass, Fr Porter showed the boys a relic of St John Berchmans and three boys acted out a theatrical play to the rest of the school. The play imagined a St John’s Beaumont pupil meeting St John Berchmans, finding out about his life and then meeting St Stanislas Kostka, whose family emblem is the symbol for St John’s Beaumont.

After the Mass, the boys prepared for their day of service. The youngest boys served meals to their parents and relatives who had lunch in the school’s refectory. Some classes spent their day learning about how people with physical impairment engage in sport and attend school. The older boys practised singing and poetry reading so that they could perform for retirees at a local care home.

When the boys went to the care home to sing and read for the guests there, they brought cakes made by the pupils’ parents. After their performance the boys distributed cakes and tea to the guests. Teachers encouraged the boys to stay and talk to the people in the care home and when it was time to leave, many of the boys wanted to stay longer to continue their conversations with the retirees. 

Report by Peter O'Sullivan SJ of the Jesuit Institute