The Catholic Life of the school is integral to what we do at Christ the King and runs through all aspects of school life. We have a welcoming, caring community built on Christian values, where all members, adults and children are valued and encouraged to achieve their potential as children of God. The Catholic Identity and ethos is explicit through the learning environment, chaplaincy provision and community cohesion.
Our mission statement is the foundation stone on which we build the Catholic Life of the School and we aim to achieve our mission by:
- Establishing, maintaining and developing a Catholic ethos which is permeated in everything we do and is apparent to all those who enter the school
- Providing frequent opportunities for conscious and active participation and leadership in collective worship
- Creating a place of learning where faith is central
- Providing an enriched curriculum which is creative, inspiring and inclusive for all pupils
- Being an outreaching centre of God’s mission on earth in promoting the virtues of faith, hope and charity
- Ensuring that the Gospel values are permeated through all policies such as inclusion, behaviour, curriculum etc.
- Developing children’s understanding of vocation, that God created each person for a unique and special purpose
- Supporting the Sacramental Programme within the Parish
- Aiming to bring about an awareness of the needs of others
- Developing links with the parish, diocese and wider community.
As part of the Catholic Life of the school, we are focusing on the three themes set out by Bishop Patrick McKinney. Each term we will focus on one of the three topics, starting with Encounter, where we invite the children to find more opportunities to be with God and allow Him into our hearts and minds. The following terms will focus on Discipleship and Missionary Discipleship.
These words mean:
Encounter – to call
Discipleship – to build
Missionary discipleship – to send
Please see the documents below highlighting some of the work we are currently doing for Bishop Patrick's three spiritual themes.
Our school respects and learns about other faiths, with a focus in the Advent Term on Judaism. During the Pentecost Term, children learn about one other world religion each year, as outlined in the Come and See RE curriculum. We are lucky enough to be able to provide our children with visits to local places of worship to learn about the customs and traditions of other faiths, as well as inviting guests into school to talk about their religion.
Rights Respecting Award
We have also recently been awarded with the Bronze UNICEF Rights Respecting Award. A Right's Respecting School is a place where children's rights are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The work our children do concerning the rights of a child help raise awareness of the rights of other children around the world, and fundraise and campaign for all children to be respected. Please see our action plan for the Silver Award below, as well as a summary of the Rights of The Child United Nations Convention.
Welcoming new families
We welcome everyone into our community at Christ the King, and want to help families new to our community to feel supported and informed. We have put together an Induction Handbook for RE to help families transition to joining a faith school if their children have not attended one before. Please see below for this handbook.