'I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me.' Philippians (4:13)

Bishop Philip Visits Confirmation Preparation Group


Students from St Edmund's currently preparing for their Confirmation at St John's Cathedral were visited by Bishop Philip. During the visit he gave a talk on what is means to be holy and the importance of receiving the Gifts of the Holy Spirit when being confirmed. The Bishop was then presented with a gift on behalf of Fr. Nishan, Catechists and all the Candidates. At the end of the visit, he blessed all the candidates and their parents. After this, he stayed to speak to the candidates and parents over refreshments and chatted about confirmation names.


Mr Maguire

Pupil Recognition

Our warmest congratulations go to Gleb Lang, a Year 10 pupil at St Edmund’s School, Portsmouth, who has been announced as the winner of the 2022 Catholic Young Writer Award, sponsored by the Catholic Union Charitable Trust. Gleb was tasked with writing about the Eucharist, focusing on the words of St John Paul II on his visit to Britain in 1982. The competition was open to all Roman Catholics in Britain aged 11-16 and all pupils in years 8-12 at UK RC secondary schools.

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Other Links - Bamenda

During Year 8 RE lessons, students take time to learn about our twin school St John Paul II, in Bamenda. The students learn about the issues and injustices that their students face in the midst of civil war. The students then identify why as a school it is our duty to support those students through reflecting upon the Gospel values and teachings. Students present their work by creating a leaflet on Bamenda and how as a school we can raise funds to best support them. These leaflets are then entered into a competition between all Year 8 tutor groups and a prize is then awarded.    Mr. Maguire

Dear Mrs Fleming,

I'm writing to acknowledge receipt today of a cheque for £626 for Bamenda funds.

Please say a very big "thank you" on behalf of the Portsmouth Bamenda Committee to the Year 8 pupils for their hard work and generosity in raising such a huge amount for the benefit of their fellow students in Bamenda ; as requested this money will be  used for the benefit of the John Paul 2 Secondary School.

Other Links - Flame


Students from Year 9 - 11 are attending Flame - the largest gathering in the UK of young Catholics. We have previously attended Flame in 2014 and again in 2019. Having attended myself on the last trip, I cannot express how wonderful the experience was. We had a number of inspirational talks and impressive musical acts to enjoy as well as the opportunity to visit a number of stands advertising different vocations and opportunities to be a Catholic in action, sharing and practicing the Catholic social teachings.


At this event, I experienced what I believe to be the most spiritual moment of my life in which I sang Amazing Grace with 8000 other Catholics before falling into complete silence for Adoration.


The 10 students I am taking this year, along with myself and Miss Jones are all very excited to get to experience this event. We will get to see musicians such as Guvna B and Faith Child as well as speakers such as Cardinal Tagle and Robert Bilott (The inspiration behind the film Dark Water). 


The theme of Flame 2023 takes the WYD Scripture “Mary arose and went with haste” and crystallises it into the them, “Rise Up!”. Rise up after the pandemic, Rise up as young Catholics, Rise up – as Mary did – for the surprising and beautiful adventure that is our Catholic faith. 


Miss Playle


Other Links - Catenians

We work closely with the Catenians. They partly sponsored students attending the ‘Flame’ youth events over the years as well as our Catenian Badge of kindness, awarded to students at the end of the academic year for continually showing kindness and fulfilling the criteria to obtain the badge. The Catenians also sponsored this beautiful plaque which forms part of our Prayer Stations around the school. We run a Catenian Public Speaking competition each year in school.


Catenian Public Speaking competition

The 11th of May marked the 2023 finals of the Catenian Speaking competition – and what an incredible night it was! The competition to give students a chance to display their public speaking skills, whilst also giving a platform to share topics on which they are passionate on. The finals were an array of talent, with the evening opening with Banksy and ending with a discussion on the employment sector, the students were articulate and engaging in their speeches. Both the student and teacher panel were thoroughly impressed with the quality of the argument, and it was Arabella (Y9), who won with a gripping speech on Righteous Anger for KS3; and Robbie (Y10), who put on an animated display on whether the Arts and Science can mix. A huge well done to both our winners and for all who took part.