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"Christ at the Centre" - Ethos, Aims and Values
Our Christian ethos of providing the best education for all pupils embraces Christ’s own call to love God, love self and love others. We believe that an education today in the 21st century is no longer solely founded upon an academic achievement. This is why Bishop Challoner provides students with so much more in meeting the challenges of modern life. We believe our schools offers unique benefits arising out of our Catholicity. As a Catholic school we provide a genuine Christian education through which students recognise the dignity of the person and equality of all. We achieve through establishing a caring community where the uniqueness of each student is acknowledged and their abilities, aptitude and gifts are developed to the full.
Eamon Duffy quotes our patron Bishop Richard Challoner as “the perfect model of a missionary priest”. Bishop Richard Challoner dedicated his life to the scriptures and the education of the youth in London and was famous for saying “True holiness is doing ordinary things, extraordinarily well”. His work’s followed a three-fold path that forms our part of our mission statement:
- seek academic excellence and scholarship
- sustain the well-being and safety of all those with whom we work
- explore the depths of our spirituality and faith
Challoner was indeed a man of vision, giving outstanding leadership and pastoral care. Perhaps this is why then when the Sisters of Mercy arrived in East London from Ireland, they wanted to dedicate a school in his name back in 1933.
We are a proud Catholic Federation that bases its identity, beliefs and actions upon our Catholic Faith and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Our Holy Father provides inspiration and dialogue to young people throughout the whole world.
Like Christ Jesus as our Euangelion, our ‘Good News’, his teachings transcend many areas of our Federation. The example of service that Christ gave us when he washed his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper should be what guides each person in the leadership of the staff and pupils for whom they have a special responsibility. Leadership in the school reflects its Christian nature by putting the welfare and development of pupils and staff first and so putting Christ’s example into practice.
At Bishop Challoner, we have an outstanding achievement through the breadth of opportunity available, the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom and the motivation that comes from good relationships between staff and students. Each student is equally important and this should be reflected in the curriculum where all pupils are encouraged to achieve their potential, and have their achievements recognised and praised.