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Catholic Ethos

We are proud of the oustanding ethos present at Salvatorian College. It is an ethos developed from our foundation as a Catholic school by the Society of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorians). Today we build on our strong foundations, holding a confident belief in the relevance and value of an education set within the context of Gospel values to contemporary society.

The school is part of the structures of the Roman Catholic Church and is a Catholic in accordance with the Canon Law. At all times the school serves as a witness to the Catholic faith. We very firmly believe that we are a catholic school in the universal sense also – that is that we believe all are welcome in our community, regardless of their beliefs. 

A core function of the school is to assist Catholic parents in fulfilling their obligation to educate their children in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Church; to do this within an environment which will encourage and support the spiritual, physical, moral and intellectual development of the child and help him to grow towards full Christian maturity; and to provide a wide and rich range of educational, cultural and spiritual experiences which will encourage children to discover and develop their potential to its maximum and to strive for high standards of excellence in all activities.

Chaplaincy is provided by the Salvatorian Fathers. A programme of liturgical celebrations and prayer takes place throughout the school year - more information can be found on the Liturgy & Prayer page. Each pupil can expect to attend Mass with his form or year group at least once per half term. Certain pupils showing aptitude and interest are carefully instructed in serving and reading at Mass, and a team of Liturgical Prefects is elected each year. 

The whole school attends Mass at St Joseph's Church on the Holy Days of Obligation which fall during term, and on other important Feast Days. The school's Annual Carol Service is also held at St Joseph's Church towards the end of the Autumn Term.

Pupils at Salvatorian College come from a variety of backgrounds, a variety of faiths, and of no faith. Pupils are expected to sit in on acts of worship (approximately one per half-term), though they will not be made to participate directly, and can sit quietly at the back. Unfortunately we are not in a position to make accommodation to remove individual pupils because of the implications of providing adequate supervision. 

All pupils and staff are expected to embody the attitudes and aspirations as set our in our eight values. These values are derived from the eight beatitudes (blessings) recounted by Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew:

Integrity

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Compassion

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Humility

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Justice

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Forgiveness

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Holiness

Blessed are the pure in heart, for the will see God.

Tolerance

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called Children of God.

Service

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Our Patrons

St Alban

Saint Alban was a Romano-British citizen of the third century in the Roman city of Verulamium (now called St Albans).  During his lifetime, Christians began to suffer persecution.   Alban met a Christian priest fleeing from the Romans and sheltered him in his house for a number of days. The priest Amphibalus prayed and kept vigil day and night, and Alban was so impressed with the priest's faith that he asked to be taught by the priest.  He converted to Christianity just before the authorities came to arrest the fugitive priest.  Alban, inspired by his new-found faith, exchanged clothes with Amphibalus, allowing him to escape. Consequently, Alban was arrested and brought before the city magistrate.   As Alban refused to pay homage to Roman gods, the magistrate ordered that Alban should receive the punishment due to the priest.  He was taken up a hillside to a site of execution where he was beheaded.  Despite escaping, Amphibalus too was later arrested and martyred at Redbourn, a few miles away.

St Edmund Campion

Saint Edmund Campion was an English priest who belonged to the ‘Society of Jesus’, more commonly known as the ‘Jesuits’. Campion was alive at a time where Roman Catholicism was banned in England. Despite the ban, he continued to be a faithful priest to his people, rejecting the validity of the Anglican Church, and conducting an underground ministry. Campion was eventually arrested by priest hunters, convicted of high treason, and hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, close to modern-day Marble Arch in London.

Because he died defending his faith, St Edmund Campion is remembered as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, having been canonised in 1970 by Pope Paul VI.

St Thomas Beckett

Saint Thomas Becket was born in around 1120, the son of a London merchant. He was well-educated and quickly became an agent to Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him on several missions to Rome.  Becket's talents were noticed by Henry II, who made him his chancellor and the two became close friends. When Theobald died in 1161, Henry made Becket archbishop. Becket transformed himself from a pleasure-loving courtier into a serious, simply-dressed priest.

The king and his archbishop's friendship was put under strain when it became clear that Becket would now stand up for the church in its disagreements with the king. In 1164, realising the extent of Henry's displeasure, Becket fled into exile in France, and remained in exile for several years. He returned in 1170.

On the 29 December 1170, four knights, believing the king wanted Becket out of the way, confronted and murdered Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

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Fr Francis 'Mary of the Cross' Jordan was a German Roman Catholic priest and the founder of the Society of the Divine Savior, commonly called the Salvatorians. His life is currently under review by the Holy See, for his possible canonization. During this period, he had a growing conviction that he was being called by God to found a new apostolic work in the Church, which had as its goal the unification of groups of priests and laity in spreading and defending the Catholic faith throughout the world. This conviction became even stronger during a trip to the Middle East in 1880. After returning to Rome, Jordan started implementing his idea of founding a community of members under religious vows and laypeople. This would be organized into three groups, called "grades”: the first would be those who committed to leave everything and, living in community, devote their whole lives to the mission of the organization; the second was to be for academics, who spread the faith by publications; and the third for those laypeople who, remaining in their families and within the reality of their everyday life, would proclaim the Savior through the witness of a good Christian life.

St Gabriel

In Christian tradition Gabriel the archangel is the angel of mercy mentioned by name in the bible.   Spirits who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels and so it is fitting that the archangel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary to announce the greatest of all messages; the birth of our Saviour, Lord Jesus Christ.   During many of the announcements attributed to Gabriel in religious texts, Gabriel presents a challenging message with confidence, authority, and peace, urging people to trust in God's power.  The messages that God assigns the archangel Gabriel to deliver, often extend people's faith in a significant way.  

 

School Prayer

This is our School -
let peace dwell here.
Let each room be full of contentment -
let love abide here;
love of one another,
love of life itself,
and love of God –
We remember, with gratitude,
all that has been achieved in the past years
by governors, staff, pupils, parents and friends.

Remember this:
many hands build a house,
but many hearts make our school.

Deo Duce
Amen.