Catholic Social Teaching is:
The underlying insight is that everyone has the right and responsibility to live in our world constructively, not destructively, and to ensure that we leave it in a better state than when we entered it.
At the core of Catholic Social Teaching are a number of key concepts and principles. Chief among these are:
justice, human dignity, the common good, the principles of participation, solidarity, and subsidiarity, the universal destination of the world’s goods, and the option for the poor.
At St Mary's, we focus on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching as part of our RE curriculum and through projects that involve supporting charities and taking action.
CACOT Fundraising Day 2023
In May, our school council representatives worked together with those from our neighbouring schools in the Coastal Alliance to fundraise for struggling families in our local community. Our School Council decided to hold a non-uniform day and ask the school to bring in an item for the SVP food bank. Look at all of the donations that we received:
CAFOD Big Walk for Lent 2023
During the 40 days of Lent, all of our children walked laps of the playground to reach 200km to raise money for CAFOD. We were able to raise £95 to help in the fight against global poverty.
Playtime Project - Spring 2023
This term, our School Council representatives met with our governors to talk about their view of life at St Mary's. From this, they identified that they would like to work together to look at how playtimes can be a happy time for all of our pupils every day. Their meetings going forward will focus on this project and we look forward to hearing the good ideas that they come up with.
Christmas Collections 2022
At Christmas, many of our families donated presents, which we passed on to the SVP so that they could be handed out to families in our community who needed a bit of help during the festive season.
We also had a collection for Marie Curie at the end of our carol services and nativities and raised an amazing £281!
We held our school Christmas Jumper Day on 14th December and raised £86 for Save the Children UK. The money will help to keep children safe, healthy and learning.
Children in Need 2022
We did a walk along Tankerton Slopes as a whole school to raise money for Children in Need. We raised an amazing £511!
Coastal Alliance Pupil Forum
Our School Council representatives went along to a meeting at Swalecliffe Community Primary School held for representatives from all of the Coastal Alliance schools. They discussed as a group what they could do as a project to help people in our local community. They decided to work on promoting food banks to help people who have been affected by the recent financial crisis.
Remembrance Day 2022
On 11th November, Year 6 went to All Saints Church for the Remembrance Service at the war memorial. We laid a wreath to remember the people who had died in the war.
Year 5 led a remembrance service in the playground for the rest of the school. We observed 2 minutes silence.
EYFS watched CBeebies First Festivals programme and made their own poppies.
We raised a huge £574.15 for the Royal British Legion for the sale of poppies.
We have all been finding out about COP27. We watched a special kids documentary about Climate Crisis and what we can do to help.
Year 5 and 6 discussed in their Topical Talk lessons about climate change and whether the COP27 events were sustainable.
We also held a competition in school to design a poster about COP27 and Climate Change.
The Phenomenal Women 2022
In November, our families donated unwanted toiletries to The Phenomenal Women, who are a voluntary group who collect and distribute toiletries and gifts for women and children who have fled their homes due to domestic violence and will be spending the festive season in refuges.
Thank you so much to all of our families who donated food items for our harvest festival this year. Once again, all donations will go to the SVP who will use them to make up food hampers for Christmas. These will be given out to those in need in our local community.
Since war broke out, St Mary's families have been donating supplies to go out to Ukraine.
'Dear Mrs Blunt,
A huge thank you to EVERYONE, we are absolutely overwhelmed with a number of donations.
I have dropped all of the bags to Christ Church University today (please see attached) and they will be leaving for Ukraine tomorrow at 1pm. They undoubtedly will really help lots of people in need.'
CAFOD World Gifts
This Christmas, we raised money to purchase some of the CAFOD World Gifts to help people in other countries. With the money that we raised we were able to buy:
Thank you to all of our families for their kind donations!
MAD HAIR DAY 2021
On Friday 14th May, we had Mad Hair Day at St Mary’s to raise money for Breast Cancer. Our very own Mrs Thorogood was doing a Virtual Moon Walk on Saturday 15th May, so we brought in donations to support her in exchange for having crazy hair for the day. We raised £461.50 for the charity. Here are some photographs of our fantastic hairdos.
CHILDREN IN NEED
In November, for Children in Need, we asked families to bring in a food item for the SVP food bank. We had an amazing response!
PINK & BLUE DAY
Two of our children asked if we could work as a school to raise money for a charity that meant a lot to them as a family – the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity. In December, all of the children dressed up in pink or blue on this day. We raised an amazing amount of money for this very worthwhile charity. We would like to thank all of our families who kindly donated to ‘SANDS’ on our Pink and Blue Day. We raised an amazing £606!