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Gunnersbury Catholic School

Catholic Life

"Gunnersbury Catholic School is a thriving, vibrant and caring learning community within which pupils are stretched intellectually and foster a love of learning, whilst feeling valued, happy and safe" (OFSTED)

Catholic Life

Gunnersbury Catholic School strives to educate all its pupils within an environment where the Catholic traditions of learning, truth, justice, respect and community are promoted.

 

Gunnersbury Catholic School Mission Statement

So as to realise our mission, Gunnersbury works towards three aims:

We seek to achieve these aims by:

  • to build a community based on Christian values
  • demonstrating fairness and justice in all school systems
  • to maximise the potential of each individual within the school in academic, personal, physical, social and spiritual terms
  • promoting relationships based upon respect, tolerance and understanding throughout the school
  • to produce young men and in the Sixth Form, young women who will take those values beyond school to promote a better, more just society
  • creating a partnership in learning which identifies and develops the talents of each individual

 

  • Learning, living and celebrating our Catholic tradition

 As part of the mission of the Archdiocese of Westminster to educate young people, we see our task as a shared endeavour, a partnership between school, home and parish, working together for the benefit of all students at Gunnersbury.

At Gunnersbury Catholic School our Catholic identity and mission is central to all that we do.  Our Senior Leadership and Chaplaincy Coordinator work with many local parishes and organisations to promote an active and varied Christian life for the school and wider community. Service is an integral part of a Gunnersbury education and the curriculum allows students to participate in a range of community volunteering activities.  Providing a wonderful opportunity to learn and understand issues affecting people in local, national and global communities, our Sixth Form volunteering programme, for example,  is a way for senior students to use of their God-given talents to help others.  Prayer and Liturgy are central components of life at Gunnersbury and individuals, form groups and the entire school have opportunities to gather together for prayer and to receive the sacraments.  Our work with parishes and a wide range of organisation furthers our reach in our work promoting and living the Gospel values.

Mass

Holy Mass allows pupils, staff, and the extended school community (parents and families) the opportunity to come together to hear and reflect on the word of God and receive the sacrament of the Eucharist.  Mass is offered weekly at lunchtime in the school chapel  and each Year Group attends termly Mass at our local parish church, Our Lady and St John's.    In addition, we welcome all new Year 7 pupils and families to a special Mass of Welcome in the autumn term and Sixth Formers and their parents celebrate Leavers' Mass prior to the summer examination period.  We are fortunate to have staff, as well as senior students, who are trained as Eucharistic Ministers and who assist at school Masses.

Morning Prayer

Each tutor group begins the day with morning prayers.  We pray for the school community, and ask God’s help in meeting the needs of the wider Gunnersbury community and the world at large.  During Advent and Lent special prayers and reflections are used by pupils.

Reconciliation

We strive to give all of pupils a true appreciation of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and, with the support of the many parish priests who say Holy Mass for us each Friday, this is made available.  In addition, at key times in the school calendar, there are special reconciliation services for year groups.

We are fortunate to have a beautiful Chapel at the heart of the school which is open for all members of the school community. Staff and students are welcome to take time to reflect and pray in this sacred space.