Catholic Life

Our Mission

The Church sees education as an integral part of its mission to proclaim God as the Creator, Christ as Redeemer and the Holy Spirit as inspirer of all that is good in human living. Everything connected with human living and the means by which we understand and come to terms with it, is part of the process of God’s self-revelation to humanity, whether those engaged in it are conscious of it or not. The people of God have always looked to Christ as teacher and teaching forms an integral part of God’s redemptive work in Christ. Therefore, the process of education is holy and since the world in which we live belongs to God, all teaching and learning are related to God in some way. ‘Catholic education is based on the belief that the human and the divine are inseparable. (Credit NRCDES)

We commit ourselves to love, respect and serve one another as disciples of Jesus Christ.

A student and staff collaboration piece of artwork.

We believe that Catholic Life and mission in a school is the daily encounter of the entire community with Jesus Christ. It is centred on the Catholic faith and how this is lived and breathed by everyone, outwardly demonstrated in all aspects of school life. Our mission statement encompasses this vision; love is central to who we are and our growth, paying homage to the golden rule; everything from our curriculum to our pastoral system is rooted in respect; we live out our faith as an act of service and we do this as a disciple, a follower of Jesus Christ.

Furthermore, the mission of the school aligns itself with Bishop Patrick’s mission for schools, enabling us to nurture a Gospel-driven educational environment for all children, staff, governors and directors. Within this, each person will be helped to encounter God’s personal love for them, discover and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ as his disciples (discipleship) and be open to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in their lives so that they reach out to others with God’s love (missionary discipleship).

St Bede

The Venerable Bede – also known as St Bede – is widely regarded as the greatest of all the Anglo-Saxon scholars. He lived and died in between the twin monasteries of Wearmouth and Jarrow in the North East of England between 673 and 735 AD. From the time of his ordination to the priesthood at 30—he had been ordained a deacon at 19—till his death, Bede was ever occupied with learning, writing, and teaching. Besides the many books that he copied, he composed 45 of his own, including 30 commentaries on books of the Bible.

Our school badge has a book to remind us of the scholar St Bede. He inspires us to persevere at our studies. He loved learning and loved to teach people about his studies and for these reasons, he inspires both our staff and students’ thirst for knowledge and compulsion to share this desire.

Bede died in 735 praying his favourite prayer: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As in the beginning, so now, and forever.” For this reason, we give thanks and pray the Glory Be at the end of every school day.

Prayer for St Bede’s

Gracious God,
We join together in prayer as a community of St Bede’s to thank you for this
day. We are blessed with the gift of education, and we value those that will
help us learn today.
May we be inspired by St Bede to have a passion for learning.
Give us courage to love, respect and serve as disciples of Jesus Christ through
this day and all days.
By your side, I’ll always be and I carry the light for all to see.
Fides Mundum Vincet.

Anti-Bullying Prayer

God of Love,
Your love is a light that shines in the dark,
a light that darkness could not overpower.
We invite the Holy Spirit to bestow courage upon us
and fill us with grace to reject bullying behaviours.
We pray for those who find themselves in darkness right now;
for those who choose to hate over love;
for those who choose intimidation over respect;
for those who choose to be passive over service.
Please touch their hearts
and let Your light shine upon them
to guide them to love, respect and serve as disciples of Jesus Christ.
We ask this in the Glory of God.