Ethos & Values
You are God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
1 Peter 2:9
Our School community believes its mission to be as follows:
Holy Trinity is a Catholic School and seeks to develop the unique nature of all the members of its community by upholding the Gospel values of love, tolerance, respect, understanding and forgiveness. As a community the school recognises the equality of all people in the sight of God and each should be treated with the respect and dignity such worth dictates.
Holy Trinity Catholic School was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. The school is conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with the canon law and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. In particular that religious education is in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church. Also that religious worship is in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and general and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church.
At Holy Trinity we believe that the Mission Statement, which has been in place for many years, shapes the direction of the whole school.
The school aims stem directly from the Mission Statement and are used to evaluate the effectiveness of our practice and procedures. Our aims are:
Place Christ at the centre of our lives, so that our children may
be the leaven of the Gospel promoted in our Mission;
To promote aspects in all aspects of school life, developing each child’s
ability to recognize and strive for this;
To recognize that all members of the community are lifelong learners,
prepared to accept challenges with confidence and determination;
To promote self-disciple and respect, never accepting bullying of any kind
and to communicate this belief in a positive and proactive manner;
Form pupils’ consciences, nurturing their relationship with God through prayer
and fostering a sense of social responsibility to the school and wider community.
Stemming from our Mission Statement and aims are the nine core values of the school. These are the foundation of our classroom and school rules. They are:
We value ourselves
We value each other
We believe in justice
We believe in truth
We believe in taking care of our environment and belongings
We value being trusted
We forgive each other
We believe in being the best we can be
We are faithful to Christ.
As Catholics we desire to follow the teachings of the Gospel revealed through the Church. We look to scripture for revelation from God which will guide us in the way he wants us to live. In the Gospels and our Church tradition we find the person of Jesus, through his teachings and interactions with people, showing us the way to live our lives. The Beatitudes (Matthew 5) encapsulate the values we want to live by and that we would want to nurture and develop in the children in our care.
As Catholics we also believe in the importance of developing a virtuous life. The Catechism describes a virtue as “an interior disposition, a positive habit, a passion that has been placed at the service of the good.” Cardinal Vincent, as Archbishop of Westminster, in an address to Head teachers affirmed this and also recognised the role the school plays: “But such a conviction, such a supreme advantage of knowing Christ, gives rise to a way of life which we believe fosters true virtue, true steady life-building habits of mind and action. That’s what virtue is. It’s those habits of mind and action which genuinely serve the common good….Schools are the places where such virtue is generated or where it is neglected.”
Note that whilst the development of these virtues is in the service of God that does not mean service which is exclusive only towards other Catholics. When Jesus talks of love it is love for all: Jesus teaches us to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’; in the new commandment Jesus instructs the Apostles to ‘love one another as I have loved you’ and to make that love know to all: ‘Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News.’ The virtues we practise and teach to be in Holy Trinity are
Grateful and Generous
Attentive and Discerning
Compassionate and Loving
Faith-filled and Hopeful
Eloquent and Truthful
Learned and Wise.
Curious and Active
Intentional and Prophetic