Mission and Ethos
Mission and Ethos
St Mary’s is a Roman Catholic High school with a proud heritage in Chesterfield and within the Hallam Diocese. As a school community we live by the values Jesus taught in the Gospel; values such as humility, patience, tolerance, and unconditional love of others.
Our Mission Statement, which runs through everything we do, is that we will ‘Live, love and learn in the Light of Christ’. This means that as a school we endeavour to give pupils and staff an opportunity to live out the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church; to be witnesses to our shared faith. Alongside this, all members of our community are encouraged to embrace the unconditional love that Jesus speaks of in the Gospels; we are asked to be Good Samaritans to all those we come across, sharing our gifts and talents to help those in need and to be examples of forgiveness. Our school is a place of academic learning, but also an environment where everyone can engage in their own spiritual development and access all the necessary resources to fulfil their own personal vocation.
Our lay Chaplaincy co-ordinator is Siobhan Garth who works with students across all the Key Stages and with staff to develop their spiritual and prayer life and that of the school. Siobhan is full time and can be found in her office which is situated near to the chapel. Pupils and staff can see Siobhan to discuss anything they think she might be able to offer support with; bereavement, prayer, friendship issues etc. Siobhan runs two chaplaincy groups, one in KS3 and one in KS5, she prepares pupils for Form Masses which are celebrated every other week in school on Friday lunchtime. We run retreats in KS3 and KS5 some of which Siobhan plans and runs herself.
Our twitter account is up and running – https://twitter.com/ChaplaincySM
Advent Mass 2017
Each year group is allocated a saint who is patron for their year group. It is someone pupils can turn to and use as a model of prayer and faith. They will celebrate their saint’s feast day in school with prayer and a treat in form time.
|Year Group||Saint||Patron/Reference||Saint’s Day|
|Year 7||St Therese of Lisieux||Doing the little things well||1st October|
|Year 8||St Nicholas Garlick||Padley Martyr||4th May|
|Year 9||St Robert Ludlam||Padley Martyr||4th May|
|Year 10||St Josephine of Bakhita||Overcoming oppression and Slavery||8th February|
|Year 11||St Michael the Archangel||Defender and Protector||29th September|
|Year 12||St Edith Stein||Philosopher and Auschwitz martyr||9th August|
|Year 13||St Thomas Aquinas||Students||28th January|
Further to this, each Key Stage has been allocated an Archangel who we pray will protect that Key stage.
KS3 Raphael – Archangel of Healing
KS4 Michael – Guardian Angel of the Church
KS5 Gabriel – Gabriel is God’s holy messenger
All of us have Guardian Angels.
According to Paragraph 336 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.” Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.
Mission and Ethos Governors Sub Committee
The Headteacher, Leadership Group and Governors of St Mary’s have a vision for Mission and Ethos in school and a committee of the Chair of Governors, Vice Chair, Priest (Foundation Governor) and the Director of Mission and Ethos has been created this year to enable to effective planning and evaluation of who we are as a Catholic school and how we are meeting this vision. If you would like any further information on this, please speak with either Mrs Thurlow (Director of Mission and Ethos) or Mr Molloy OBE (Chair of Governors).
For Parishes in the local area please see the Hallam Diocese website: https://hallam-diocese.com
For information about Catholic Education please see: http://www.catholiceducation.org.uk
Lourdes 2017 – Hallam Diocese Pilgrimage
Year 13 Chaplaincy Team 2017