Rooted in Love
We began the new school year with an assembly to introduce our new CST programme: Rooted in Love. The theme for this half-term is Care of Creation. Pupils were able to make links between Scripture (Genesis), Pope Francis' message (Laudato Si) and our mission to care for God's creation. They had many suggestions for how we can act on this and build on the fantastic work that took place in the Summer Term.
Catholic Social Teaching (CST)
As Christians, we are called by God to work towards a common good. Caritas states that:
‘Every person should have access to the goods and resources of society so that they can live fulfilling lives. The common good is reached when we work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society and wider world.’
The key themes of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) guide us on how to respond to God’s call. They are: dignity, the common good, solidarity, peace, option for the poor, distributive justice, stewardship, participation and subsidiarity. Every half-term, pupils explore a different theme or themes. They consider what it means, how it is based on Scripture, how we currently live it out in our school and how we could deepen our engagement with it.
At St. John Fisher School, our pupils are encouraged to take an active role in improving the well-being of others, be it in our local community, or on a national or global scale, through the regular fund-raising activities and community events. In RE lessons, pupils learn about care for creation and about the shared responsibility of being part of God’s global family, through the work of CAFOD, as one of their Come and See topics in Summer Term.