'But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works' (James 2:18)
Service is not something to be tacked onto our schedules when we can spare the time. It is the heart of Christian life and Gunnersbury life. Jesus came 'to serve' and 'to give' and by these two verbs we aspire to define our work at Gunnersbury. The school has a strong tradition of service and pupils are encouraged to be 'men and women for others'. This idea of service to others is at the heart of a Catholic education and we strive to offer a wide variety of different opportunities for service. A number of our students spent their summer in Lourdes with ACROSS. This charity is created specifically to provide transport and support to enable those with special care needs to go on pilgrimages to Lourdes.
All pupils are embedded in the life of the school and support a wide range of school community events; our vibrant Chaplaincy team is highly visible across all areas of daily school life and younger learners benefit from regular collective acts of worship devised and delivered by their senior peers; together with an enthusiastic team of lower school pupils. Partnerships have been developed locally, nationally and internationally which extend opportunities for all pupils to nurture and develop their talents. The enthusiasm shown by our pupils to take part in these activities allows them to discern their God-given gifts and grow in self-confidence, independence and compassion.