Our aim is to be a Church school where matters of faith, service, worship and Christian values are at the heart of everything we do by:
- Helping the pupils and all staff to engage with their feelings, their felt sense of things, their knowledge through their senses and the development of their emerging awareness of faith, morality and responsibility.
- Celebrating Catholic spirituality involving the Eucharist and other sacraments, prayer and the sacramental nature of the Church as well as the place of Our Lady and the saints to ensure it is to be authentically Catholic.
- Nurturing, sustaining and forming the young person, in the Vatican II sense of education as 'the cultivation of the human spirit' within the understanding that Jesus Christ, our Risen and Glorified Lord is the fulfillment of the human spirit.
The Chaplaincy Team
The Chaplaincy Team is made up of members of staff, pupils and clergy who work together to provide the programme of prayer, retreats and away days, liturgy, action, and reflections on the meaning of faith. We are grateful for the support of our local Parish Priests for the regular celebration of Mass, seasonal Liturgies and the Sacrament of Reconciliation in our retreat room (for smaller groups) the Assembly Hall or St Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish Church for larger groups. The Chaplaincy team is led by our Chaplains, Father Jerome Fagan, Mr Murray and Mrs Woods.
Our most regular priest celebrants are Fr Jerome Fagan and Fr Tony Grace. We are also blessed with supportive and dedicated deacons Rev Peter Mascarenhas and Rev Eddie Miller,
Local parishioners work with the RE team to help pupils learn about pray, worship, charity and community.
Faith in Action
This group has existed at St Thomas More for eight years. It is a well-established group which is welcoming, friendly and fun. Any pupil across all five year groups can come along and join us each Thursday lunchtime in C14. The group is staffed by Mrs Barrows and Miss Rushford. Pupils come together and begin by sharing lunch. This is a social occasion and pupils enjoy sitting with and chatting to pupils from different year groups. The next part of the meeting is a minuted meeting involving a discussion of ideas from the pupils about the charities we should support and the ways in which we can fundraise. Pupils enjoy this input and talk through the strengths and weaknesses of the ideas.
So that our pupils are engaged in the Catholic mission of St Thomas More Catholic High School to demonstrate belief in every person; encouraging their love of learning, their love of each other and their love of Christ, we have a liturgical group that is comprised of both pupils and staff.
The mission of the Utopia Group is to celebrate our Catholic Christian heritage by looking at new ways to celebrate our faith tradition.
Pupils and staff meet on a weekly basis to discuss upcoming Catholic celebrations and to plan ways of marking these celebrations in a way that makes them relevant for our school community. A particular project that the group is involved in during this academic year is to design and then have created a new cross for our Assembly Hall. Pupils have been very keen that the image of Christ's crucifixion that is displayed in the Hall should represent their experiences of being Christian in the 21st century.
"Didn't you realise that you were God's temple and that the Spirit of God was living among you?"
(1 Corinthians 3:16)