Catholic Social Teaching

Learning Council led staff meeting 22.02.23

The Learning Council led a staff meeting on the 22nd February to the full staff around Sustainability. They are working on Sustainability as it is part of the School Development Plan and is key in trying to keep costs down and keep the school site tidy.

The pupils led the staff meeting extremely well and presented key findings from their pupil questionnaires. They challenged staff to think about ways we can improve the provision for Sustainability further.

Sustainability Staff Meeting.pptx (2).pdf

Catholic Social Teaching at STM

Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan to build his kingdom of peace, love and justice.

It holds that God has a special plan for every single one of us, whoever we are. Our part in this plan isn’t just limited to things ‘spiritual’, or times when we do “religious things.” It involves every aspect of our lives, from the things we pray about, to how we live as a responsible global citizen.

Our part in this is a vocation for the common good, a call to treat everyone as our brothers and sisters.  It is something that we all share.

The Catholic Church has principles of social teaching that we share with our children through all that we do, through the curriculum, special events and activity and through our ordinary actions in school. These principles include:

Human Dignity

Common Good





Preferential Option for the Poor

Distributive Justice

Promoting Peace

The animal mascots are used throughout the school during whole school assemblies, class worship and teachings in RE.

Catholic Social Teaching at STM

Human Dignity – Everyone is Special 

“Human person are willed by God; they are imprinted with God’s image. Their dignity does not come from the work they do, but from the persons they are” Saint Pope John Paul II, On the Hundredth Year #11.

At STM we recognise the human dignity in others by:

The Common Good– Taking Part in our Communities 

‘All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would...distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.’ Acts 2:44-45

At STM we show we are part of a community by:

Participation – The dignity of Work 

‘Each of us has a part to play, a gift to share, a service to offer, for building up the Body of Christ in love.’

Pope Francis, June19, 2013

At STM we recognise the dignity of work by:

Subsidiarity– All people Should have a Say 

‘...together we want to give voice to all those who suffer, to all those who have no voice and are not heard.’ Pope

Francis, September 20, 2016

At STM we acknowledge our rights and responsibilities by:

Stewardship – Caring for God’s Creation and Gifts 

Our earth is talking to us and we must listen to it and decipher its message if we want to survive.’

Pope Benedict XVI, July 24, 2007

‘...the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us.’ Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ (Praise

be), #159, 2015

At STM we show care for creation by:

Solidarity – We are One Big Family 

‘The word ‘solidarity’...refers to something more than a few sporadic acts of generosity...[it is about] community and

the priority of the life of all...’ Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), #188, 2013

At STM we show solidarity by:

Option for the poor – Some People need Extra Help 

“The [Option for the Poor] affects the life of each Christian as he or she seeks to imitate the life of Christ” St Pope

John Paul II, On Social Concern #42

At STM we show preferential option for the poor and vulnerable by:

Distributive Justice – Being Fair 

‘...we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.’

Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ (Praise be), #93, 2015

At STM we recognise the need to share the worlds resources by:

Promoting Peace – We can be God’s instruments of Peace 

‘Today the world has a profound thirst for peace. In many countries, people are suffering due to wars which, though often forgotten, are always the cause of suffering and poverty.’ Pope Francis, September 20, 2016

At STM we show we are people of peace by:

CST work at STM

Year 6 - The current topic for Year 6 is Justice. The children have been looking at Oscar Romero and how he fought for justice for the homeless and poor. In our lesson, we have linked what Oscar Romero has fought for to our own lives and how we can use our rights and aspects of Catholic Social Teaching to help and make a change. We used readings linking to Human dignity, Solidarity and the Common Good.  We have also completed work on Martin Luther King and linked our dreams to aspects of Catholic Social Teaching and our UNICEF rights. 

Catholic Social Teaching in Year 2

In Year 2, Catholic Social Teaching is being linked through the topic of the Mass. Here is a Year 2 child linking her knowledge of the Mass to Human Dignity.

Assembly Reflections

Each week we reflect on a principal and sometimes respond as a class. See below our thoughts as a class on the questions posed by Mrs Coward during Expectations Assembly.

Copy of Advent 2021 Reflections