"What you own belongs to the Lord and is given for the good of all."
Leviticus 25: 23
Catholic social teaching (CST) is rooted in Scripture, formed by the wisdom of Church leaders, and influenced by grassroots movements. It is our moral compass, guiding us on how to live out our faith in the world.
Our faith invites us all to champion the rights of those with no voice, seeks to bring dignity to the poor and welcomes the stranger among us.
The children are taught about the principles of CST through the curriculum and live it out through their actions locally, nationally and globally.
These are the CST principles that we teach and follow at the school.
Pope Francis wrote; "Local individuals and groups can make a real difference."
para 214 Laudio Si May 2015
We want our children to be supported to become well-rounded, confident, and respectful individuals who are instilled with a sense of social justice and are constantly striving to be the best they can be. Catholic Social Teaching calls us to work for the common good, help build a just society, uphold the dignity of all our brothers and sisters, especially those in the greatest need. Here is how the children have recently showed their faith in action:
Catholic Social Teaching in Action
Pupils play an active role in responding to the demands of Catholic Social Teaching. Pupils are fully engaged in projects, campaigning and supporting those in need locally, nationally and globally.
Human dignity: All human life is sacred
We value and care for each other as unique persons, made in the image and likeness of God
We live our School’s Mission Statement and Charism Gifts
We celebrate different nationalities
We learn about other faiths
We celebrate diversity
We sponsor and support Toilet Twinning
We hold termly CAFOD assemblies
We fundraise and campaign for those in need
We have mental health awareness days
We have ‘Wear what you love’ days
We take part in Anti-Bullying week and take part in Anti-Bulling workshops
Common good: What is best for everyone?
We donate and support Farnborough Food Bank
We organise charity events
We support and campaign for Fairtrade
We actively engage in whole school projects to make a difference to others
We undertake whole school projects supporting us to live out the CST principles
We take part in fundraising events at different points of the year, like the ‘Big Lent Walk’ for CAFOD
Option for the poor and vulnerable: Putting people in need first
We support charities and those in need
We pray for those in need
We take part in theme days to raise awareness and money
We do not judge others
We work alongside CARITAS
We support vulnerable children, parents and families
Solidarity: We are one big family
We work with Ellen Hynes the School’s CAFOD volunteer
We supported ‘Walk a mile against Hunger’ for CAFOD in solidarity with refugees who walk perilous journeys to safety
We fundraise for the victims of war, conflict and disaster
We support local charities
We have a year R and year 6 buddy system
We hold a community Big Breakfast morning
We build relationship by writing care home pen pals
We work alongside the Mayfield Community Partnership and other churches in the local community
Stewardship: We are part of and need to care for creation
We understand we each have a personal responsibility for our Common Home
We have a school Stewardship Team who actively participate and lead projects across the school
We conserve energy and look at energy use across the school
We recycle and reuse at school and home
We are working alongside CARITAS to develop our school grounds
We have a clothing bank in school to support national and global charities
We litter pick on the school grounds
We reuse things wherever possible- DT, Art, projects
Subsidiarity: All people should participate and have a say
We give pupils the opportunity to be heard and have their say at termly pupil conferencing
We vote for team members democratically
We support the Chaplaincy, Stewardship and School Council teams to take an actively lead for change and be the voice of change
We speak-up, by campaigning for things we believe in. E.g. COP26 and Fairtrade