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Summer School 2021

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The 2021 Summer School programme is intended to provide an introduction to a number of new and varied subjects, all at beginner level, so no previous knowledge or experience is expected of students.

Each course will run online over 5 days, with a 2 hour morning lecture and interactive activities, followed by an opportunity to review the lectures, undertake a variety of tasks in a specially written workbook and then attend a further 1.5 hour tutorial and further activities later in the day to review the work carried out during the day, answer questions, interact with other students on the course and then prepare for the next day’s lectures.

Courses have been designed to enable quick and effective learning, to fit in your busy work or home life, and to (perhaps) start you on courses of further study as you become immersed in your learning!

  • Week 1: Monday 19th - Friday 23rd July, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm and 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm (London time)
  • Week 2: Monday 26th - Friday 30th July, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm and 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm (London time)

Week 1 Schools

Introduction to Latin

The Introduction to Latin course is aimed at any individual who is interested in starting on their study of this ancient language and, in particular, placing it in the context of Church Latin. With an experienced distance learning language teacher, students will work their way through the grammar and structure of Latin, beginning to learn a variety of vocabulary and applying this to different aspects of their learning.


Over the week, students will gain an understand of the language, its useage and form, whilst participating in a number of activities and learning opportunities, combined with tutorial and Q&A sessions, to ensure that each day provides a chance to take a leap forward. By Friday students will have a basic grasp of Latin and be able to apply the vocabulary to a number of different sentence forms.


Session Lead: Philip Marshall

Philip Marshall

Philip Marshall has a BA in Classics (1st) and an MSt In Late Antique & Byzantine Studies (Oxford). He is currently studying an MA in Theology at Durham University. His specialism is 4th and 5th century authors, in particularly St Jerome.

Whilst at Durham, Philip co-taught the undergraduate Latin modules, providing additional support to those coming to the University without A Level Latin. He was also translator for a seminar series on Aquinas’ Commentaries. He has taught at Pembroke College, Oxofrd University as tutor to potential students from disadvantaged backgrounds to aid them in boosting applications to top universities.

After leaving Oxford, Philip taught at The Oratory School, Reading and then at Chavagnes International School as a Classics Teacher. He will be teaching Latin and Ancient History at Pimlico Primary from September 2021.

Philip will teach both the Introduction to Latin and Introduction to Ancient Greek courses for this year’s Summer School.

Evangelisation and Family Vocation

This course brings together the areas of evangelisation and the vocation of the Family and our call to holiness. Students will initially learn the background to evangelisation (it’s not a new term – honest!) and then be able to consider the post-Christian world and its impact on parish, parent and other contextual evangelisation opportunities. The course will then consider the importance of Family, the domestic Church and the role of families as they are rooted in the Parish (or not!). Ultimately, the course will bring together the concepts of evangelisation roles, from children to grandparents and across all areas of the Church Family, providing students with ideas for furthering evangelisation through a focus on the Family in their own schools, parishes and homes.


Session Lead: Natalie Orefice and Lianne Pap

Natalie Orefice

Natalie Orefice has a BSc (Hons) Psychology. She is a graduate of the MA in Catholic Applied Theology in RE and Catechesis from the Maryvale Institute. She is currently employed as Advisor for Parish Evangelisation for the Archdiocese of Birmingham and has a wealth of experience working with parishes and individuals in the field of evangelisation.

Natalie is the creator and presenter of the Women in Scripture Podcast where she currently interviews women who speak about the women in scripture that inspire them and why, together with reflections on the relevance of these inspirational women in the world today. In collaboration with others, Natalie has also co-written and delivered a pilot in Leadership Development for a number of parishes across the archdiocese.

She is a member of the evangelisation sub-group formed as part of the Diocesan Vision delivery and is currently working on the Something Greater project. Throughout the last year, as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, Natalie has hosted regular diocesan-wide evangelisation meetings via Zoom, where she is regularly joined by priests and laity alike.

Natalie will co-lead the Evangelisation and Family Vocation Summer School course.


Lianne Pap

Lianne Pap is the Marriage and Family Life Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Responsible for promoting the Church’s understanding and teaching on the vocation to marriage as well as offering support to individuals, parishes and schools involved in the work of affirming marriage and family life. A wife and mother to twin teenagers, and has been involved in parish catechetics for over 20 years.

Lianne will co-lead the Evangelisation and Family Vocation Summer School course.




Week 2 Schools

Introduction to Ancient Greek

Similar to the earlier Latin course, students will begin to study the Ancient Greek language. Through the specially written workbook and signposting to other materials, daily lectures and interactive learning, students will be able to start their journey and begin to apply their knowledge to Bible context and begin to study certain scriptural texts. Dealing initially with grammar and structure, students will gain an insight into the usage and form of Ancient Greek and how to use it, particular in their studies of ancient texts. Students will have the opportunity to discuss with their lecturer and other students their progress and issues, preparing each afternoon/evening for the next day, to ensure that learning is applied and progressive.

Session Lead: Philip Marshall

See above.

Environment Matters!

Based principally on the Pope’s Encyclical Laudato Si, this course will look at the importance of Catholic Social Teaching on the Environment and our call as conservators of the Planet, as well as more recent publications and discussions around the importance of aspects of our environment. Subjects such as wind farming, solar energy, conservation, recycling, woodland management and global warming will all be introduced and discussed, together with a focus on becoming ‘environmental actors’ in today’s society. Students will have the opportunity to prepare a project to deliver in their own parish, group or school and to share thoughts and ideas with each other on a way forward in a world beyond COVID-19, and consider how the Church might come together to achieve environmental security for the future. The workbook will provide opportunities for self-evaluation, personal reflection, activities, reading and further study and, with the lectures and tutorials each day, guide students in beginning to consider their role within the Church in relation to the care of our common home.


Session Lead: Dr Amanda Orchard

Amanda is currently responsible for the former Further Education activity at Maryvale Institute, where she is establishing the new Pope Francis Centre for Catechesis and Formation. She previously led the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) course at the Institute and assisted on a variety of modules as a lecturer.

Prior to establishing her own education company in 2016, she worked for a number of charitable organisations as a Development Director, establishing ‘for profit’ income streams in areas such as training, environmental development and the delivery of UK and European funded programmes, in partnerships across the West Midlands and Europe. Prior to this Amanda was one of few Futurists in the UK and ran The Future Lab business facility at Coventry University, where she taught on the innovation programme. Amanda was seconded to Brussels to work with the West Midlands in Europe team and for the European Commission. She was a special advisor for Innovation, Environment and Societal programmes, including analysis and advice on project funding and future international funding.

Before joining Coventry University, Amanda worked for the Regional Development Agency on collaborative innovation programmes. She has worked on specialist programmes related to wind farms and woodland management, undertaken environmental impact studies and analysis and is currently a member of a variety of organisations interested in the environment and human impact on the world. She is particularly interested in supporting young people to understand and protect their world, in articulating our responsibility and the conservatorship given by God to man, and to supporting programmes through the Church which further engage the human race in protecting all of God’s creation now and in the future. Amanda has also worked as a Primary School Teacher in the past.

Amanda will lead the Environment Matters! Summer School course.

Course Fees

Each full week course is available at the special price of £99.

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