SMSC - Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural

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Spiritual

“The seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Luke 8:15

As a fiercely proud Catholic School, we live and celebrate our Faith.

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  • Our strong Catholic ethos permeates all aspects of school life

  • Our Religious Education curriculum offers knowledge and understanding which deepens our spirituality

  • Our pupils have opportunities to reflect on faith and beliefs through their own lens and this helps them to see through the ‘lens’ of others.

  • We take time to be still, silent and reflective using prayer, mindfulness and our own unique creativity

  • Our engaging currulum is delivered by inspiring, passionate teachers with a love and expertise in their chosen academic disciplines

  • Our Collective Worship, Assemblies, Form-time Reflection, Liturgical activites and Chapel assemblies promote spiritual growth.

  • Our time to debate and discuss life’s big questions strengthens our spirituality

  • Our Interfaith Breakfast and links with other faiths are strongly spiritual experiences

Moral

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34

We instil the value of respect.

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  • We have 5 simple rules which teach us about right and wrong

  • We promote ‘Respect’ as a core value and develop a moral conscience

  • We teach about life choices and have healthy debate in PSHE and RSE and other subjects

  • We discuss moral & ethical issues to promote an awareness of our own and others’ viewpoints

  • We learn about forgiveness, restorative justice and conflict resolution

  • Our behaviour policy, with its rewards and sanctions, helps us understand the consequences of our actions

  • We openly discuss consent, healthy relationships, body image and sexuality

  • We work with outside agencies to provide pupils with the high-quality resources and expert guidance to overcome personal difficulties

Social

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” Luke 6:20

We believe pupils build their confidence through working and socialising with others

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  • We have pro-active pupils who demonstrate a range of leadership and teamwork skills

  • Our pupils understand and comply with the five British Values

  • Our pupils nominate and vote for form captains

  • Pupils put themselves forward for prefect applications and interviews

  • We involve external guest speakers in ASPIRE Days, St Damian’s Day & Careers events

  • We socialise with each other and celebrate the diversity of our school community and include others from different religions, ethnicities & social backgrounds

  • Our pupils enjoy social lunchtime activities such as Games club, Film club, and Craft club

  • Our pupils thrive in competitive sport, music, DofE, Debate Club and other extra-curricular activities

  • Pupils take part in a variety of learning activities such as group work, drama, dialogues and presentations

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Cultural

“For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28

We celebrate our diversity and nurture all for who they are.

  • St Damian’s Day helps pupils to understand, celebrate and appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others

  • Our pupils mark significant cultural events: Armistice Day, National Holocaust Memorial Day, Diwali  

  • Our pupils study slavery and Black History developing increased respect for diversity and equality

  • The study of other world religions and migration in RE enhances greater understanding of our global community

  • Our work on British Values increases acceptance and tolerance of other cultures