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Catholic Life-Our Bishop’s vision- Bringing People closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.

“As a Catholic family we welcome all and value Christ in everyone, whilst seeking the highest possible achievements.”

With our loving St. Joseph and St Teresa of Calcutta as their role models, the children of St Joseph's:

Welcome, Care and Work Hard.

'You are greater than you know.'

Mother Teresa

 Our vision is central to everything that we do. It inspires our curriculum design, is the basis for policy decisions and underpins our whole school culture and ethos; something which we are extremely proud of. As the children develop and mature they are encouraged to put their faith into practice in their own lives, through their interactions with others and kindness and generosity to those less fortunate, both within our local community and further afield.

Below are some examples of how the children at St Joseph's put their FAITH INTO ACTION

Dignity

  • We ‘live’ our School’s Vision
  • We celebrate special days e.g. World Down Syndrome Day
  • We teach about other faiths
  • We have Churches Together Assemblies
  • We pray for those in need
  • We celebrate different nationalities through raising their flags.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Days
  • Mental health awareness days

Common Good

  • We support CAFOD and the Fairtrade Foundation
  • We organise charity events e.g Young Minds, Toy Appeal
  • We donate to Food banks
  • We collect for ‘Bags for Life’
  • We link our Lenten Liturgy prayers to our local parish
  • We pray for our community at every Mass

Peace

  • We take part in Anti-Bullying and Safeguarding Week
  • When we have the opportunity to represent the school, we have a duty to do so positively
  • We are taught that our actions and words are an example to others
  • Year 6 write to local MPs regarding topics such as climate change.

The Option for the Poor

  • Give to Charity
  • Pray for those in need
  • Theme Days to raise awareness and money
  • We do not judge others
  • We have a clothes bank in the Parent’s car park
  • Monitor all children to ensure they have the same opportunities
  • Offer support to vulnerable parents/families

The Dignity of Work & Participation

  • Support Fairtrade
  • Thank staff and show our appreciation
  • Be polite and attentive to special guests and visitors
  • Say each other’s names when we greet each other
  • Supporting staff through training
  • Encourage past pupils to return for work experience/teacher training
  • Support staff members going through challenging times through prayer and actions
  • Treat everyone in our school as family

Solidarity

  • Matthew White, our School’s CAFOD volunteer has delivered refugee themed workshops
  • We are encouraged to turn off taps so we do not waste water in solidarity for those who do not have access to safe clean water, and turn off unnecessary lights to show solidarity for those hit hardest by climate change
  • This year, for Lent, we organised a ‘Walk a mile against Hunger’ for CAFOD in solidarity with refugees who walk perilous journeys to safety
  • We have bought and worn flowers to show support and solidarity for the victims of war
  • We supported our school community through the Pandemic

Care of Creation

  • We try to recycle as much as we can at school and home
  • We grow plants eg sunflowers (mental health day)
  • We help one another
  • We reuse things eg geography- making a town
  • We put litter in the bin.
  • We had a Laudato si’ competition showing appreciation for God’s world.
  • We teach children to be Stewards by treating our outside areas as God’s garden.
  • We have set up an Eco group

Taking care of our wonderful world

Oscar Romero Award

Oscar Romero was the Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador.  He spent his life as ‘the voice of the voiceless’ working for the poor and forgotten and continually encouraged people to ‘aspire not to have more, but to be more.’  On the 24th March 1980, he was assassinated for continually speaking out for the poor.

 The Romero Award is a charitable award to help Catholic schools and colleges put Catholic Social Teaching in to action.

It recognises, celebrates and encourages schools to:

  • Live out the message of Jesus
  • Care for our neighbours
  • Make the world a fairer place
  • Tell people about how and why we should care for others
  • Raise money to help those in need
  • Make a real difference to the world we live in

St Joseph’s is proud to say that we have achieved the first level of the award.

 

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