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St. John Fisher

The Patron Saint of our school is St. John Fisher. He was born in Beverley, Yorkshire in 1469. A gifted and hardworking student who went to Cambridge University when he was only 14, he gained a double University degree before training for the priesthood.

In 1502, he became the special spiritual adviser to the mother of Henry VIII, Lady Margaret Beaumont. Together they founded two colleges at Cambridge University. They also worked to provide money for students and to improve the teaching at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

In 1504, he was appointed Bishop of Rochester. He wrote about many spiritual matters and his sermons were famous throughout Europe. He defended the traditional Catholic Doctrines and was renowned and respected for his holiness.

He was appointed confessor to Catherine of Aragon, Henry's first wife. However, Henry turned against John Fisher when he refused to support Henry's divorce from Catherine and when he refused to recognise him as head of the Church of England, instead of the Pope.

John Fisher was outspoken in his criticism and condemnation of the King's behaviour. He was eventually sent to the Tower of London in 1534, where he joined Saint Thomas More. This did not deter him and he continued to write about religious matters.

Pope Paul III made him a Cardinal before he was convicted of high treason and sentenced to death in June 1535. He was canonised in 1935, 400 years after his execution.

We acknowledge his courage and commitment to his faith. St John Fisher did not give up his beliefs, even when he faced death. We pray that we may follow St John Fisher's example and always aim to be strong in our Faith.

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For the first time since 2019, students gathered together in worship to celebrate the feast of our Patron Saint, John Fisher. With over 800 students and staff together in the school sports hall, it was a real pleasure to celebrate mass together. https://t.co/qe10B8jJuo
@sjfchs - Jun 25, 2022
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@sjfchs - Jun 25, 2022
Our this week are Matthew & his wonderful group of friends from . The group of 11 friends recently took on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge raising over £2,000! An incredible achievement, thank you all! 🧡 https://t.co/JiBo0ZVKCd https://t.co/auyFX0NFUU
@sjfchs - Jun 25, 2022
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@sjfchs - Jun 18, 2022
Hope you’ve had a lovely time Francis! https://t.co/Araee9vrQu
@sjfchs - Jun 18, 2022
Amazing work Mrs Taylor! We're very proud of you. https://t.co/JpsAXCJE0L
@sjfchs - May 24, 2022
Talented footballer Archie Gray enjoyed jubilant scenes in the Leeds United dressing room but he was back in Harrogate this morning for a 9am GCSE geography exam. https://t.co/AeedVRv9C8
@sjfchs - May 24, 2022
The last few weeks for the PE Department have seen some great successes at a particularly busy time of year. Congratulations go to al students concerned. https://t.co/REDLHDLBzb
@sjfchs - May 20, 2022
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@sjfchs - May 20, 2022
Leeds United’s Archie Gray wins the Young Sportsman Award. | | https://t.co/7J94NDdfBS
@sjfchs - May 16, 2022
@sjfchs - May 16, 2022
This Wednesday evening is the Leavers Mass for our Year 13 students. All are welcome to celebrate the end of this special era. If you are able to attend, please contact Mrs McKinnon via the following form to confirm your attendance. https://t.co/nRLMt8NbFm
@sjfchs - May 16, 2022
Well done to our very own Therese Tolan who came 1st and won the gold medal in the 400m hurdles at the U20 Yorkshire Championships. A great start to the season Therese! https://t.co/TjRaGU8Hsn
@sjfchs - May 16, 2022
Congratulations Archie! https://t.co/iit4Cphj63
@sjfchs - May 13, 2022
Students took time to worship together in year groups on the final day of term in a special Passion service in our Chapel. Supported by readers, Year 13 drama students, the Senior Choir and led by Francis our school Chaplain, all 5 services were a moving event for our students. https://t.co/aZ2RFS23ME
@sjfchs - Apr 15, 2022
A reminder to all pupils that tomorrow is non-uniform day in aid of the DEC Ukraine appeal. Students are welcome to wear blue and yellow. A £2 donation can be made on Parent Pay or cash on the day.
@sjfchs - Mar 24, 2022
A reminder to all Year 10 students to bring in their baked goods tomorrow for the bake sale raising funds for the DEC appeal and the Good Shepherd Fund. All year groups are welcome to buy a treat at break and lunchtime, whilst celebrating St. Patricks Day too! https://t.co/0ftPZM3aDm
@sjfchs - Mar 16, 2022
Huge congratulations to Year 11 student Archie Gray who scored for the under 23 team last night. https://t.co/6HaRJ3bwnU
@sjfchs - Mar 16, 2022
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@sjfchs - Mar 13, 2022
With an aching heart I add my voice to that of the common people, who implore the end of the war. In the name of God, listen to the cry of those who suffer, and put an end to the bombings and the attacks!
@sjfchs - Mar 13, 2022