Catholic Ethos


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our ETHOS

“To achieve excellence for the sake of the Gospel”
Within our Catholic school centred on the person of Jesus Christ come values and actions which are articulated in the four main areas of school life:

  1. Curriculum
  2. Pastoral Care
  3. Religious life
  4. Personal Formation.
Curriculum:

We give pupils rich and varied ways of exploring the world God created and peopled. Pupils learn that this world and its resources is for our good and that we must use it responsibly. We propose that God is found in all things and therefore all things are worthy of our interest and study. We endeavour to provide a school where a spirit of enquiry and intellectual life flourish.

Pastoral Care:

We promote the emotional and spiritual growth of our pupils. All staff are expected to build strong and appropriate relationships with pupils across the whole school experience. For example listening to their cares and concerns, sharing their hopes and fears, their successes and failures and accompanying them through their childhood and teenage years.

We strive to ensure well-judged intervention in pupils lives to provide appropriate professional support and challenge. Our aim is to establish a stable and welcoming community with which pupils identify and can belong to. The successes and achievements of all pupils will be recognised and celebrated.

Religious Life:

We believe that we are a school of prayer which is encouraged in simple and regular practices. We celebrate the liturgy of the Christian Church in particular to Holy Mass. We teach about justice, act justly and seek to promote the common good. We look for opportunities to reach out to suffering and marginalised individuals and communities, locally and globally. We are open and welcoming to people of other faiths and of no faith.

Personal Formation:

We aim to develop the God-given gifts and talents of each pupil. We seek to form attitudes and values in our pupils which are based on the Gospel teaching and actions of Jesus Christ. We hope to lay the foundations of life-long learning. We seek to foster an attitude of altruism and generosity.

We will promote a range of extra-curricular activities to promote the physical, creative and intellectual development of all of our pupils. We will encourage them to adopt a way of looking at the world which is positive, engaged and seeks to change the world for the better.

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resources

PRAY AS YOU GO

Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable devices, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.

A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

our values

Talented students in our Art Department designed this series of posters to promote our school's key values: Respect, Tolerance, Forgiveness, and Peace.

regular updates

CLIFTON DIOCESE WEEKLY PRAYER: TERM 6, WEEK 7

19th July 2021

Below is the Clifton Diocese weekly prayer for term 6, week 7. Click the button below to download the slides.

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CLIFTON DIOCESE WEEKLY PRAYER: TERM 6, WEEK 6

12th July 2021

Below is the Clifton Diocese weekly prayer for term 6, week 6. Click the button below to download the slides.

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CLIFTON DIOCESE WEEKLY PRAYER: TERM 6, WEEK 5

5th July 2021

Below is the Clifton Diocese weekly prayer for term 6, week 5. Click the button below to download the slides.

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CLIFTON DIOCESE WEEKLY PRAYER: TERM 6, WEEK 4

25th June 2021

Below is the Clifton Diocese weekly prayer for term 6, week 4. Click the button below to download the slides.

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CLIFTON DIOCESE WEEKLY PRAYER: TERM 6, WEEK 3

18th June 2021

Below is the Clifton Diocese weekly prayer for term 6, week 3. Click the button below to download the slides.

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FRATELLI TUTTI NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

10th June 2021
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Pope Francis has written a letter to everyone, asking us to reach out to our sisters and brothers in need, whoever they are, wherever they may come from. We are all challenged to turn outwards and think of ourselves as one global family, becoming neighbours to all, and he gives the example of the Good Samaritan who reached out to help the injured man that he didn’t know.

This assembly is led by students from St Bede’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form College in Lanchester, with Ini, a medical student from Sierra Leone, and features an animation on Fratelli Tutti and a film about young peace builders supported by a CAFOD partner in Colombia.

Click here to watch the assembly

CLIFTON DIOCESE WEEKLY PRAYER: TERM 5, WEEK 6

24th May 2021

Below is the Clifton Diocese weekly prayer for term 5, week 6. Click the button below to download the slides.

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CLIFTON DIOCESE WEEKLY PRAYER: TERM 5, WEEK 5

17th May 2021

Below is the Clifton Diocese weekly prayer for term 5, week 5. Click the button below to download the slides.

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CORRIDOR OF VALUES

10th May 2021
During the last lockdown the Art Department began work on re-vamping our Corridor of Values. Miss Mallows and Mrs Evans gave up their own time to design and decorate. Their hard work and artistic talent is truly inspirational and we are all very excited to see the finished product.
 
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CLIFTON DIOCESE WEEKLY PRAYER: TERM 5, WEEK 4

26th April 2021

This week (26th April 2021), we are grateful that St Joseph's has been chosen for the Clifton Diocese weekly prayer. Click the button below to download the slides.

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EYES OF THE WORLD NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

22nd April 2021
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The climate is in crisis and it affects us all. But it is the poorest communities who are suffering the most. The eyes of the world are on us this year as Britain hosts world leaders for the United Nation’s climate change talks – COP26. They will make important decisions that will affect millions of people around the world and shape the future of our global family.

This national assembly, which was held on 22nd April 2021, shows us why the eyes of the world are on the UK this year. It was recorded in advance and it is available to watch now. This is an opportunity for pupils, both in and out of school, to share the same content and be inspired together.

The content of this assembly:

  • Welcome and introduction
  • An animation about climate change and COP26
  • A reflection on the earth based on a prayer by Pope Francis
  • Information about how to take action with CAFOD
  • Prayers
Click here to watch the assembly
Download the slides