The Avila Partnership welcomed eighteen Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools for the ‘What Makes Great Catholic Schools’ first seminar. At etc.venues Pimlico on Thursday 19th September. The programme will have five seminars over the course of the academic year ending with a publication on what makes great Catholic schools. It began with guest speaker, Professor Tina Beattie from Roehampton University opening the series of seminars with a talk on Catholic Social Teaching, giving the delegates much to discuss. One delegate commented, “The speakers were all thought provoking, I really enjoyed listening to them and I felt inspired to continue”
In the programme, Senior Leadership from Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Southwark discussed the research and reading they had done in order to promote Catholic formation in their schools. In particular St Teresa’s Primary in Morden shared their work on how they implement Catholic Social Teaching across their school and community. St Michael’s College Bermondsey outlined their specific approach to revitalising their Salesian charism through a House System.
Gathering ideas and arranging to observe and learn from each other over the course of this year. Many schools discussed they might add Catholic Social Teaching as a priority to be embedded in the curriculum and some schools discussed the practices associated with their Charism. How it could be adapted to suit other school settings, adding to the Catholic formation of it’s staff and students.
The overarching aim of the programme is to provide time for discussion and reflection whilst sharing good practice, this will lead to our publication what makes great Catholic schools. It is the hope of the Avila Partnerships this will contribute to the aims of the Diocese in providing great Catholic education for all in our care.
For further information about the programme, please email Rebecca.Paterson@avila.education