Across the year at St Gregory's we have a constant focus on Catholic Social Teaching. This year, we have a particular focus on Human Dignity .
We believe every human person is made in the image and likeness of God. This is a gift that we all share as fellow human beings; we are all infinitely loved by our Creator.
God is present in every human person, regardless of religion, culture, nationality, orientation or economic standing. Each one of us is unique and beautiful. We are called to treat every person and every creature with loving respect.
‘If we are to share our lives with others and generously give of ourselves, we also have to realize that every person is worthy of our giving. God created that person in his image, and he or she reflects something of God’s glory. Every human being is the object of God’s infinite tenderness, and he himself is present in their lives.’
Pope Francis: Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel 2013
How will we engage?
This year we will target our efforts towards supporting human dignity for those who might find it difficult to preserve this because of their personal situations.
In October we will raise money for 'Young Minds', the Mental Health charity who aim to give young people the space and confidence to get their voices heard and change the world we live in.
In addition, pupils will engage with Black History Month because it is important that that learn that everyone should be treated with dignity, regardless of skin colour.
We will also support the work of our local food bank through the church, because everyone should be afforded the dignity to be able to feed themselves or those who depend on them. Our harvest collections from pupils and parents will support this.
In November we look within our own school during 'Anti-Bullying Week' and make sure children's voices are heard and that everyone in the school is treated with dignity and respect. Our own school behaviour policy prioritises pupil's voices and our weekly assemblies focus on how we treat others, but it's also important that all children clearly understand that bullying takes away human dignity .
During this month we will also ensure we preserve the dignity of those who have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life and died protecting our country through our work on Remembrance.
We will also support the work of Children in Need. The money we raise will be used to support the dignity and welfare of children & young people living in poverty, providing emergency support to families in crisis, providing comfort to children feeling sad, lost and alone, helping children overcome social injustice and supporting children to feel safe and secure again.
In December our Chaplaincy Group and Mini-Vinnies will take ideas from the pupils to determine how we can support from January to April