Saint Oscar Romero
Aspire not to have more, but to be more.
In November, we started a new journey together by becoming part of the Romero Catholic Academy Trust.
Saint Oscar Romero stood our for his unwavering commitment to living out the Gospel, to providing a witness to the love of God in the face of violence. He was the Archbishop of El Salvador and he was murdered for criticising the government that kept people very poor.
Saint Oscar Romero shows us that we must see God in all people and work together to build God’s kingdom of mercy, justice and love on earth.
St Joseph's has been awarded the Participator Level of the Oscar Romero Award for our commitment to Catholic Social Teaching.
The award recognises schools that place Catholic Social Teaching at the heart of its strategy, curriculum and practical work.
We are delighted to achieve the award. We are the first school in the north to achieve the award and we are now looking at ways in which we can support and work with The Oscar Romero Award.
Below is the feedback we received on our application:
This is a detailed application which reflects the wide range of activities undertaken by the staff and students at St Joseph’s. It is encouraging that you have in place people who take a strategic lead for Catholic Social Teaching, their involvement in various charitable groups is to be applauded and that opportunities have been used to promote an understanding of the principles of CST with staff. Your exemplars including photographs in the Curriculum strand from English and RE are to be commended, in particular the examples from student’s own work is inspiring and to be encouraged. Your work in the Practical strand is impressive. The involvement of the Mini Vinnies and the GIFT Chaplaincy Team in charitable endeavours is to be strongly encouraged. The fact that you are raising awareness of the needs of others locally through your work with the food bank and internationally through CAFOD and Aid to the Church in Need is a role model for others to follow.
Congratulations on achieving the Participator Level.