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Ethos and Values


To unite all things in Christ.  Ephesians 1,10

In putting into practice its motto, the School is participating in the Mission of the Church, conscious of the important part it has to play in supporting parents in handing on to the next generation the great gift of faith.

In implementing the Mission of the Church, "Go and make disciples of all nations", Matthew 28, 19, the School aims to playa key role in the formation of our young people so that they become responsible Christian adults.  As such, they will be inspired by the message of Jesus Christ and will contribute effectively to the wider society by promoting justice, honesty and integrity in all aspects of their lives.

The school will seek to achieve its mission in a number of ways.

Every school day will begin with prayer: There will be regular worship through assemblies and weekly Masses.  There will be opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to participate in retreats and Days of Recollection.

The School curriculum will give primacy of place to Religious Education so that pupils develop a religious understanding of life.  The Religious Education programme will support and encourage each pupil in his or her individual journey of faith.  It will provide each pupil with a sound understanding of the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church and relate what is taught to their lives in the multi-faith, multi-cultural society in which we live.

The School acknowledges each individual pupil as a unique creation of God.  The curriculum which is founded on the values of the Gospel will therefore give pupils a broad and balanced experience, enabling each pupil to fulfill his or her potential in all areas of study.

Gospel values will also underpin relationships with the school community so that all members, pupils, parents and staff will feel valued and respected and experience equality of opportunity within the context of the Catholic School.  The School recognizes and values the role of parents as the first educators of their children, the teaching vocation and the contribution of the support staff and the chaplaincy team.

The School will work collaboratively with parish clergy and parents to achieve effective home-school-parish links and will provide a framework of discipline and a system of pastoral care and support for pupils and their families.  The variety of cultural backgrounds of our pupils and their families will be acknowledged and promoted.

Through its structures, curriculum and interpersonal relationships the school will enable its pupils to experience a worshipping, caring and educating community firmly founded on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ.  "I am the way, the truth and the life": John 14,6.

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