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St Mary's Catholic High School


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.

John 13:34-35

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

Food Bank donationOver 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

December 2022 - Advent Charity - Care4Calais 

This Advent, students and staff donated items in support of Croydon Care4Calais Community Group’s Christmas Appeal in order to offer emergency aid to refugees and asylum seekers in our local area. They help to provide dignity and comfort in an otherwise overwhelming situation. They aim this Christmas to give as many children a ‘box of joy’, and adults a ‘bag of hope’.

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November 2022 - St Mary's lights up for Red Wednesday

We lit up the front of our school on Wednesday, 23rd November in support of Aid to the Church in Need's Red Wednesday campaign. Red Wednesday is a global campaign highlighting the need to break the silence on the persecution of Christians and all faiths, globally.

The campaign, organised by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, calls on people to mark the day by wearing red, so we decided to go even further and flood the front of the school in red light, the colour of Christian martyrdom.

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April 2022 - St Mary's raises £1035 for CAFOD 

Students and staff raised an amazing £1035 for CAFOD’s ‘Walk against Hunger’ and CAFOD’s ‘Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal’ during Lent this year. Our school has a rich tradition of supporting CAFOD over the Lent period going back many years;  this year there was special impetus because of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. 

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April 2022 - Year 8s 'Walk Against Hunger'

In the last week of term, all Year 8 students took part in CAFOD’s Walk Against Hunger, by walking laps of our upper playground in solidarity with our poorest sisters and brothers around the world. Year 8 students walked 757 kilometres around the upper playground during one RE lesson (5 laps = 1 kilometre)

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December 2021 - The Manna Society - Our Advent Charity

At Advent, St Mary’s school community, as part our commitment to being of service to those in need, has always collected for the poor and hungry. This year we have been supporting The Manna Society, a charity which helps the homeless in London.

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 December 2021 - Go Green Day for CAFOD 

On Tuesday, 30th November, St Mary’s students and staff raised £193 towards CAFOD's ‘Go Green Day’. We asked students to wear their normal uniform on that day, but to wear one item of bright green clothing as part of their uniform - hats, ties, gloves, t-shirts, scarfs, socks, jumpers, hoodies and more were worn.

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November 2021 - Macmillan Cancer Support Cake Sale

Thank you to everyone who supported last week's student lead cake sale for Macmillan Cancer Support. We raised nearly £500, which is a magnificent effort. Students have also learnt about teamwork and leadership as well as economics and business. 

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April 2021 - St Mary’s donates 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.

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July 2021 - CAFOD 'Eyes of the World' Campaign

This summer, all Year 7 students took part in an art project, organised by Mrs Goodwin, in support of CAFOD’s ‘Eyes of the World' campaign. Our students worked together to send a message to the world’s leaders, that the ‘Eyes of the World’ are on them when they meet at COP26 in Glasgow in November to address the climate crisis.

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