The Catholic Faith at St Patrick’s permeates every aspect of school life. We have excellent relationships with our families and across the wider community. The Gospel values and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development at the core of our curriculum, vision and mission statement.
WHAT IS SMSC?
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education is about educating and developing pupils understanding of who they are as individuals, their purpose in life and their role in the community both now and in the future.
This focuses on what pupils believe and what Christians believe. It encourages them to discuss the meaning and purpose of life and engage in ‘Big Questions’.
Based on what pupils believe they are asked to consider the difference between making right and wrong choices. They are encouraged to discuss issues and develop their understanding of the principles society live by. They are also asked to consider – ‘What would Jesus do?’
Considering their spirituality and morality pupils consider their relationships with others and reflect on their own behaviours. Pupils learn about community and develop their sense of belonging.
We look at the traditions of the Catholic faith and the local community. Pupils learn about the customs and practices of the Catholic Church as well as those in their local community. They look at the history of how cultural capital develops and influences their own and others’ lives. Pupils learn that it is our culture that gives expression to a community’s spirituality, morality and social values.