Statements to Live By

At the heart of Catholic education lies the Catholic Christian vision of the human person. All of our schools work to foster this understanding of the human person as made in the image and likeness of God. The ‘Statements to Live By’ resource was written by a group of Catholic Head Teachers from the north eastern dioceses in England. The resource is specifically aimed at Catholic primary schools.

Here at St Benet’s, each week during the school year, we shall explore a different ‘Statement to Live By’. These statements help children, families and staff think about who we are, what we believe and what we hope to become. We hope that together, we will nurture a sense of what it is to be fully human and alive as children and adults sharing in this Christian community.

The statements are based on principles rooted in the Christian faith. They ensure that children and young people are given opportunities to hear the Christian story and encounter the person of Jesus; understand their uniqueness as made in the image and likeness of God; experience a sense of belonging within a range of communities as well as experiencing fun, humour, imagination, creativity, play and excitement in life.

The statements link with our curriculum for Religious Education as well as the CAFOD resources and the Parables of Jesus.

At St Benet’s, the statements will be introduced during Collective Worship on a Monday morning. Our Reception and Nursery children shall also be introduced to these statements at some point during the week.

Parents will be informed of the weekly statement through the weekly newsletter with a suggested activity that they could complete with their child at home to consolidate that week’s statement.