Ethos & Values
St Damian’s is pro-active in ensuring maximum quality of care to both its pupils and staff.
This is based on the premise that every individual deserves recognition, respect and is unique being made in the image of God. In order to achieve this St Damian's provides a rich and supportive learning environment underpinned by a broad and balanced curriculum based on Catholic values.
Throughout their time at college, our children are encouraged to grow in understanding and to acquire those qualities, skills and values which will equip them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. In essence, the St Damian's experience is to create a distinctive and open partnership between College, home and the parishes it serves to ensure that our children develop into mature, responsible and Christian adults. Fostering positive and meaningful relationships is fundamental to our Mission Statement.
'Indeed, we believe that every person matters, not just every child matters!'
In order to be successful in fulfilling our Mission, St Damian's will:
Provide a caring, supportive environment working with the wider community to teach the Catholic faith as a way of life
Provide opportunities to participate in planned individual and collective acts of worship throughout the year, including the organisation of retreats
Facilitate and promote our Liturgical Group so that it becomes not only central to the life of the college but is meaningful and relevant to our pupils
Plan and encourage activities, such as share day, that allow our pupils to express care through charitable works offers support and identities the needs of the individual
Foster links with partner Primary Colleges to ensure both ease of transition and to build Community links
Ensure our behavioural policy is known, accepted and understood by all and is based on a culture of respect that 'rewards' rather than 'punishes'
Develop a pastoral system that focuses primarily on care and is concerned with both the welfare and academic achievement of our pupils
Ensure that all staff and leaders in college contribute to our core aims and recognise that strengths need to flourish
Our College motto is ‘Faithful in all things’
The Governors of St Damian's fully support the Head teacher and his staff in all of the above, we also actively encourage our pupils to live by the gospel values they are taught and which lie at the heart of the curriculum in a Catholic School.
By caring for the elderly of the parishes at their Senior Citizens Christmas Party, raising money for the less fortunate and showing respect to all, especially each other, they prove they uphold these values. We are rightly proud of your children and the citizens we send out into the community.
History of St Damian’s of Novara:
St Damian was a valiant officer in the garrison of Lybia. He was faithful to his King Trasemondo in all lawful things but did not wish to follow him in his apostacy from the Faith. He was tied to a tree trunk in the cold of winter and beaten to death on February 12th 504. His body was brought to Rome and placed in the catacombs of St Calepodius. In the year 1645 Pope Innocent X allowed the body to be taken to Fara Novarese.