School Mission Statement:
Inspired by St. Gilbert, as God's family, we are going strong in love and faith becoming the best we can be.
The Guiding Principles of a Catholic Education:
“Catholic education is one of the most important challenges for the Church, engaged as she is today in implementing the new evangelisation in a historical and cultural context which is in constant flux. In this perspective, I would like to draw your attention to three aspects.
The first aspect concerns the importance of dialogue in education. Of late, you have developed the theme of an education for intercultural dialogue in Catholic schools with the publication of a specific document. In fact, Catholic schools and universities are attended by many non-Christian students as well as non-believers. Catholic educational institutions offer everyone an education aimed at the integral development of the person that responds to the right of all people to have access to knowledge and understanding. But they are equally called to offer to all the Christian message – respecting fully the freedom of all and the proper methods of each specific scholastic environment – namely that Jesus Christ is the meaning of life, of the cosmos and of history.”
(Pope Francis Address to Congregation for Catholic Education, February 2014)
As Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Salford we are committed:
- To proclaim and promote Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life as the foundation and centre of the school community and of its evangelising mission within the Church’s over pastoral mission. (cf. Evangelii Gaudium 121, 134, 265: Dominus Lesus 5)
- To believe that all are created in God’s image and likeness, are children of one God and part of one sacred family as brothers and sisters sharing a common humanity and for whom the Spirit “is mysteriously present in every human heart” (Redemptoris Mission 29). (cf. The Catholic School)
- To promote the common humanity that binds us together by building a sense of belonging, community and interdependence within our schools for the Common Good. (cf. The Catholic school on the Threshold of the Third Millennium 18: Evangelii Gaudium 24).
- To affirm and respect that one’s religious beliefs need support and challenge in order to confirm one’s identity to which one has an inalienable right. (cf. Declaration on Human Rights 18; Nostra Aetate 2; The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School 6; European Convention on Human Rights, art.9)
- To provide for and respect that one’s religious beliefs need support and challenge in order to confirm one’s identity within, and commitment to, such beliefs. (cf. Catholic Schools and Other Faiths, Part II, par 1)
- To promote a spirit of respectful dialogue of “finding and sharing a ‘mystique’ of living together” (Evangelii Gaudium 87) in contexts of religious diversity in which one is led to recognise, understand, value and affirm the religious traditions, beliefs, practices and wisdom of others whilst anchoring one firmly in the beliefs, traditions, practices and wisdom of one’s own religion. (cf. Evangelii Gaudium 238,28; The Church in the Modern World 92; Decree on Mission 41)
- To give priority to recognising, valuing and providing for the highest quality learning about the various beliefs, values, practices and traditions of major world religions (religious literacy) and of other life stances independent of religious beliefs. (cf. Code of Canon Law, canon 806:2; The Catholic School 85)
- To create, develop and promote our schools as safe hospitable spaces in which all our children can thrive and be raised to distinction, respecting their dignity, rights and freedoms, protected from fundamentalism of any kind, free from sectarian sentiment of any sort, “in an environment permeated with the Gospel spirit of love and freedom”. (The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School 25). (cf. Declaration on Christian Education 8, The Church in the Modern World 38)
- To foster a climate of learning and enquiry about, excitement in and engagement with life’s Big Questions in a spirit of freedom and of the search for Truth. (cf. Declaration of Religious Liberty 3; Lay Catholics in Schools 28; Pope Francis Address to Congregation for Catholic Education, February 2014)