The mission of our school is: To Know, Love and Serve God.
All that we do as a school is informed by our mission and our fundamental aim is to, ‘educate the whole person with Jesus Christ as our model’, living the mission statement, “To Know, Love and Serve God”.
We promote the teachings of Jesus and Gospel values in all that we do, from the curriculum to the religious life of the school, and give all members of our school community, the opportunity to develop spiritually on their journey of faith.
As God’s children we welcome all groups in to our school. We endeavour for inclusion of all communities, ensuring that the pastoral care of staff and pupils show the values of the Gospel message of love, respect and forgiveness.
All staff and pupils are encouraged to “live life to the full” and walk together in our journey of faith with Christ. We want pupils and staff to work together, care, respect and accept all individuals in our school community and the society around us.
Catholic Life of the School
We endeavour to give pupils and staff the opportunity to witness the teachings of Jesus. This is evident in the values of the Gospels such as compassion, justice, service and reconciliation in all aspects of school life, both in our Parish and community for example supporting St Clare’s Parish foodbank, supporting the Lalley Centre with Christmas Hampers, taking part in Grow a Fiver and St Joseph’s Penny during Lent, and raising funds for CAFOD on a local and global way. All staff and pupils are encouraged to “live life to the full” and walk together in our journey of faith with Christ. We want pupils and staff to work together, care, respect and accept all individuals in our school community and the society around us. Our school chaplains in year 7 and 8 lead reflections and liturgies throughout the year. They are an integral part of the religious life of the school. Year 9 and 10 pupils have the opportunity to become Caritas Ambassadors, supporting the Diocese of Salford with raising awareness in our community of social justice. Our school council meet each half term, and are involved in meeting with staff to further enhance our school community. Pupils are also given the opportunity to attend Savio House Retreat Centre, to further enhance their spiritual experience in school.
Assemblies take place each week and are led by both staff and pupils. Form time activities allow pupils to experience spiritual, moral, social and cultural ideals in society. Each house/year group support a charity throughout the year, such as Macmillan, the British Heart Foundation to name a few.
Religious Education is the core of our school community and its beliefs and values permeate the life of the school. We want all of our staff and pupils to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Pupils and staff witness to the Word of God in action in the daily lives of each member of the community. Pupils are religiously literate and engaged in lessons. They are articulate when asked about what they have learned in RE, and are able to work independently and take the initiative in their learning, for example by asking good questions of adults and peers to develop further as competent learners. They are also able to present their learning using a variety of forms of expression in lessons. Pupils have an understanding of how well they are doing, and what they need to do to improve and can articulate how they have made progress.
As a school, collective worship is central to the life of the school and forms the heart of every school celebration, which includes a daily pattern of prayer that reflects the rhythms of prayer life of the Church. Staff meeting led with a prayer, and each week pupils complete prayer and worship books, using SMSC links. There are form led assemblies, and there are prayers for appropriate feast days. Collective worship and assemblies follow themes on spirituality, Gospel values and SMSC; with resources planned and led by pupils and staff. Throughout the year, Masses take place for year 7 in school and for other year groups there are planned visits to St Clare’s RC Church for the opportunity for pupils to look around and receive the Eucharist. At Advent and Easter, there are also opportunities for staff and pupils to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
‘Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are’.