Blessed William Howard

The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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Four Blessed William Howard Students selected for Adventure of a Lifetime to Japan

( four of only six chosen to represent Stafford)

Jake Matthews, Natalie Brown, Matthew Crook &

Aaron Brown - selected for World Jamboree 2015

Four Blessed William Howard Catholic High School students, Matthew Crook (15), Aaron Brown (16), Natalie Brown (14) and Jake Matthews (16) have been selected to represent the UK at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015.

Matthew, Aaron, Natalie and Jake are amongst a total of 36 successful candidates chosen to represent Staffordshire for the trip of a lifetime after impressing at a special selection event.  Of that 36, just six were chosen to represent Stafford and four of these attend Blessed William Howard Catholic High School.  

Each individual was selected following a variety of team activities and creativity tests to demonstrate why they should be part of the unit.

Between now and the summer of 2015 Matthew, Jake, Aaron and Natalie will bond with the unit from Staffordshire learning how to live and work together for their adventure of a life time.  Activities will include fundraising to help cover the participant attendance fee, building a sense of team work and togetherness, preparation for a period of three weeks away from home in a very different cultural setting and developing the skills needed and prepare themselves for the life changing experience.

The Blessed William Howard four will be part of the 2,400 Scouts and Guides attending the Jamboree from across the UK.  Before the event the UK Contingent will travel to Tokyo prior to heading down to Kirara-hama where the specially built Jamboree site is located.

Over the 10 days at the Jamboree, the students will join with 30,000 Scouts from around the world and will camp, live and work together for 10 unforgettable days of celebration and international friendship. They will work together to find out about each countries cultures and faiths, learn new skills, take part in adventurous activities and tackle some of the biggest issues facing the world today.

“We are very proud that four of the six Stafford representatives attend our school.  It’s a real accolade to the individuals and to Blessed William Howard.  This truly is the adventure of a lifetime.  Not only will they get to meet 30,000 people from nearly every country in the world and share their knowledge and experiences whilst working towards greater international understanding - this Jamboree offers them the chance to learn new skills that they can use in all other aspects of their life.  We will support them as much as possible with their fund raising and wish them the very best of luck for 2015.” commented Mr Phil Smith, Headteacher at Blessed William Howard.

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said: “Congratulations to Matthew, Aaron, Natalie and Jake and all the other young people who have been selected to represent their communities at the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015. Over the course of the Jamboree these young people will be able to meet people from around the world, take part in amazing adventures and experiences and be challenged to think about global issues in a new light. I wish them all the best and I know they are going to have an amazing time over the 18 months in the run up to the event”