Our Community, Ethos & Values
"Leaders provide spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities that are woven into each subject."
We have a mission statement; it speaks of preparing young people to be
“effective Christians in the modern world”.
To do this, we live and work and worship together, sharing a belief in the values of the Gospel. Our students have opportunities to explore their faith through retreats, charity work and being educated in an environment that encourages them to question.
I believe that St Benedict’s is a very special school, and our greatest testament is the young people who leave us every year to take up their adult lives. I hope that, in looking at this website and visiting us, you too will wish to be part of our community.
What do Catholic Schools do?
- Catholic schools share the vision of the Catholic Church
- Provide the best learning for each child to reach her/his potential
- Give the best context for young people to engage in worship and Christian action
- Have head teachers who witness as prophet and priest, anointed to the service of school community
- Have community members, i.e. staff, who lead worship and model Christian life and values
- Provide learning opportunities about faith: evangelisation and catechesis
- Are the place where children and young people engage daily with their faith: worship, witness of staff, opportunities to reflect, pray and put their beliefs into practice.
Education develops the potential of each person. We share responsibility for the education of our children and young people: ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.
The documents of the Second Vatican Council recognise the work of Catholic Schools in the formation of young people:
“Education is, in a very special way, the concern of the Church, not only because the Church must be recognised as a human society capable of imparting education, but especially it has the duty of proclaiming the way of salvation to all men, of revealing the life of Christ to those who believe, and of assisting then with unremitting care so that they may be able to attain to the fullness of that life.
The Church as a mother is under an obligation therefore, to provide for its children an education by virtue of which their whole lives may be inspired by the spirit of Christ.”
Documents of Vatican II vol.1: Christian Education: Gravissimum Educationis
Our Mission Statement
“To work in partnership with parents, the Church and society in order to be a community in which young people are well educated and prepared to be effective Christians in the modern world.”
We strive to achieve this mission statement by sharing the values of Learning Respect and Worship with our students
Learning is the key purpose of a school. At St. Benedict’s, we are constantly striving to make learning purposeful, exciting and challenging. Our expectations of our students are high - that they should do their best, and should develop the self-motivation and self-discipline that will make them independent, lifelong learners.
At St. Benedict’s, our Code of Behaviour is founded on the idea of Respect: Respect for Oneself, Respect for Others and Respect for the Environment. By insisting on every person showing Respect, we hope to form a community where all can feel safe and secure, being themselves and achieving their potential.
Acts of Worship and Prayer are part of the daily life of our School. Meeting together as Tutor Groups, Years or as a School, we share our belief in the teaching of Jesus Christ. That shared belief gives us a very special sense of community, and is a vital part of our mission to prepare our young people to be “effective Christians in the modern world”.
To create a community motivated by personal commitment to Christ’s teachings in which our students may develop and take their places as mature Christians in society.
To provide a broad and balanced curriculum in order to enable students to become aware of their unique qualities, develop them to the best of their ability and be able to respond to the changing needs of society.
Communications and Relationships
To create an atmosphere of mutual respect and care so that each student may achieve personal autonomy and a respect for others regardless of gender, race or religion.
To integrate prayer and worship into the daily life of the School so as to foster the development of the faith of each individual,
Individual Support and Development
To enable all concerned with the School to have a sense of purpose, the feeling of being valued and the opportunity for personal growth.
"Grant us keenness of understanding, a capacity for remembering, a method and ease in learning, subtlety in interpreting and skill in speaking. Guide the beginning of our work, direct its progress and bring it to a successful conclusion."
(From a prayer before study.)