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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
St Mary’s aims that all members of our school community are active in supporting charitable causes and should understand why this is central to our mission and purpose as a Catholic Community.
With Catholic Social Teaching (CST) as our guiding principle, an appreciation of the ways in which charities help the less fortunate forms an important part of our curriculum. Significantly delivered through Religious Education, PSHE, assemblies, along with daily acts of collective worship and reflection in form groups.
Over the past five years our school community have supported a wide range of charities not only through fund raising, but also by action and advocacy.
What is Catholic Social Teaching?
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
All people are sacred, made in the image and likeness of God. People do not lose dignity because of disability, poverty, age, lack of success, or race. This emphasizes people over things, being over having.
Call to Family, Community, and Participation
The human person is both sacred and social. We realize our dignity and rights in relationship with others, in community. “We are one body; when one suffers, we all suffer.” We are called to respect all of God’s gifts of creation, to be good stewards of the earth and each other.
Rights and Responsibilities
People have a fundamental right to life, food, shelter, health care, education and employment. All people have a right to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities to respect the rights of others in the wider society and to work for the common good.
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
The moral test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. The poor have the most urgent moral claim on the conscience of the nation. We are called to look at public policy decisions in terms of how they affect the poor.
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
People have a right to decent and productive work, fair wages, private property and economic initiative. The economy exists to serve people, not the other way around.
We are one human family. Our responsibilities to each other cross national, racial, economic and ideological differences. We are called to work globally for justice.
Care for God’s Creation
The goods of the earth are gifts from God. We have a responsibility to care for these goods as stewards and trustees, not as mere consumers and users.
Charities recently supported by St Mary's Catholic High School
Over the past five years students and staff at St Mary's have supported numerous charities - local, national and international. As a Catholic school we regular fundraise during Lent and Advent, but our community also raises monies throughout the year for a wide range of causes. This also includes responding to calls for additional support during times of crisis and emergency, such as the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
In addition to raising money, our school also supports the work of local food banks throughout the year.
Charities supported include:
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Latest News - Charities
St Mary’s students and staff donate over £1000 to charities at Easter
This Easter, St Mary’s donated over £1000 to five charities from money collected by students and staff this academic year. Despite the interruption caused by the national lockdowns, St Mary’s school community once again rose to the challenge of providing much needed support to these important local and national charities.
A magnificent £814.38 was raised by the school community for CAFOD. In assemblies and RE lessons students focused on the work of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development’s work in supporting our poorest sisters and brothers around the world, in situations made worse by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, during the school’s Charity Week in October, students and staff from each of our four houses raised £52 for each of the following charities: Aid to the Church in Need, The Catholic Children’s Society, Croydon Commitment and Barnardo’s. This was done through quizzes and fun activities organised in each year group.