Readon 2019 Today a Reader, tomorrow a Leader!


Well done to our Key Stage Three pupils who have raised £2000 this year for the school’s annual Readon campaign designed to support NICFC. This year’s total was boosted by a huge effort from our John Paul II pupils whose idea of having a sponsored school jumper day in December added more than £500 to our total.

This superb sum builds on donations previously raised throughout the school’s long association with Readon. As a school we have now raised considerably more than £20,000 for Children’s Cancer Charity. Suzanne O’Loughlin, the representative of NICFC came to school assembly today to reiterate the benefits that the money raised by the Dominican pupils in helping the families of children diagnosed with cancer in N. Ireland. She spoke of her amazement at the amount raised by a school of our size and for the culture of reading that exists within the school.

Pupils were encouraged to read for pleasure at the end of last term and over the Christmas period and pupils ravenously read books from home too to meet the Readon challenge.

Suzanne explained how a cancer diagnosis affects a whole family and how NICFC aims to offer support for the wider family in the case of a cancer diagnosis. She explained how the Dominican efforts would fund four weekend residentials in Daisy Lodge or provide more than 50 hours of specialist care.

Very well done to every single Dominican pupil in Years 8-10 and their families and friends for supporting this important initiative and for the fantastic sum raised as a consequence of all that reading.

Today a Reader: Tomorrow a Leader!