Catholic Life and Mission
The college judges its Catholic life to be outstanding. This is broadly reliable, because the college makes extensive and effective provision, with links to the framework of the Jesuit Institute integrated within its life as a diocesan school…….The vibrant Catholic life of the college is evident through opportunities for collective worship or quiet reflection, displays around the building, and all interpersonal contacts... Works of charity are encouraged across the college, and each year group has a responsibility in this.
Diocesan Inspection Report April 2016
The distinct Catholic ethos of the college creates an environment where all pupils are enabled to thrive. We wish our pupils to be grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day. We want them to be generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others. We hope to develop daily habits which in turn will become the values that will sustain them for the rest of their lives.
Our mission is to produce well rounded, well-educated and mature men and women of conscience, compassion and competence who are committed to follow the example of Christ living their lives as “Men and Women for Others”.
Living out our Mission Statement
We are an inclusive college and families of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome here. Our mission is to know our pupils, understand them, challenge and support them so that they grow to be fulfilled, purposeful and happy members of society who care in the proper sense for others and themselves.
As an associate Jesuit school, our model of chaplaincy stems from The Characteristics of Jesuit Education, published in 1986 but has been specifically developed to meet the needs of students and staff at Cardinal Griffin Catholic College.
There are eight key areas that we identify:
- Spiritual and Pastoral Care
- Social Outreach
- Involvement in the Life of the Church
- Encounter with the person of Jesus Christ
‘Reigniting our Mission’ - Monday 13th September 2021
On Monday 13th September the whole college took part in activities throughout the day in evaluating our mission as a Catholic community. We were supported by Sr Judith Russi who, with the support of our Sixth Form students led us in our reflections during the day.
Sr Judith began the day sharing our mission as a catholic community to care for the common good. We reflected on key inspirational young leaders in the world such as Great Thunberg and Francisco Vera. Sr Judith shared ideas around ‘What is a Mission Statement?’ Pupils across the college were then asked to come up with 6 ‘driver words’ to form a mission statement and developed these words into straplines.
Over lunchtime a writing group comprised of; staff, pupils, Sixth Form Council, Lay Chaplain, PICCL, Headteacher and governors worked to decide upon two statements which we then put to a whole college vote. We were delighted to welcome our chair of governors virtually and Angela in person during the day.
The statement that received 75% of the vote was:
Serve with compassion.
Inspire through action.
Create a better today!
Sr Judith then asked pupils to reflect on the day and start to think how they can demonstrate the message within statement; either through art, ICT or music. This activity is ongoing in form groups.
It was lovely to witness our Sixth Form students in a leadership role. They really did drive the day and acted as wonderful role models to our pupils.