St Michael’s aims not only to be a school that is effective, but one which is also distinctive. As a Catholic College, St Michael’s ensures students receive high quality spiritual development and faith formation underpinned by Gospel values and the Salesian values of Respect, Understanding, Affection and Humour which inform all that we do.
At the heart of our formation of students is a belief that they are unique individuals created by God and therefore have the potential to achieve at all levels. In this sense, there is no limit to a child’s capacity. Therefore besides aspiring to academic success, we endeavour to develop a school and community of the human person, by the human person, and for the human person.
While our religious community meets all the statutory requirements of the Catholic Church, it also provides an opportunity for pupils to develop a sense of the transcendent, and moreover reflect on the presence of God in their lives. For our pupils, it is equally important for them to seek answers to questions which give purpose and meaning to their being rather than simply aspiring to academic achievement.
The spirituality of the College therefore is the day to day interaction between pupils and staff, pupils and pupils, and our community fosters faith and behaviours which are rooted in moral judgements. Intrinsic to this is reconciliation and forgiveness in our community. Educational provision for spiritual and moral development has a symbiotic relationship with high quality teaching which engages pupils, is challenging, and facilitates enjoyment.
Religious education, worship and prayer enables our students and staff to translate the mission, vision and Salesian values in the wider community, in the diocese and most importantly in their own lives. Outstanding links with parents, governors, parishes, the Salesian Fellowship of Schools and the dioceses are viewed as vital to this mission.
Our chaplaincy team works relentlessly with all sectors of the College, but particularly the senior leadership team and the RE department, to ensure that all College activity, including the curriculum in all its aspects, reflects the Catholic ethos of the College, and Christ as the foundation of the whole enterprise. In line with the College governance arrangements, the chaplaincy team also assists in developing and supporting collective worship across the school including weekly Mass, religious retreats and the management of our chapel: a dedicated space for both collective and private prayer and meditation.
Please click on the below link for our Chaplaincy Bulletin: