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Catholic Identity: Staff Professional Day

Academic Event

On Monday 5 January, all of the Vaughan’s teaching and support staff took part in their first in-service training or 'Inset' day of 2015.

The theme of the day was ‘Catholic Identity’ with keynote speakers including Director of The Catholic Education Service (CES) Paul Barber, Director of Education JP Morrison and the Principal of Heythrop College, Father Michael Holman. We were also delighted to be joined by colleagues from across the Diocese with St Francis of Assisi, Servite Fulham, St Vincent's Marylebone, St Joseph's SW3, St Vincent's Acton, Newman Catholic College, Our Lady of Dolours and Sacred Heart Hammersmith visiting us for the day’s extensive programme of workshops and assemblies.

As Pope Francis reminds us:

To educate is an act of love, it is to give life. And love is demanding, it calls for the best resources, for a reawakening of the passion to begin this path patiently with young people. The educator in Catholic schools must be, first and foremost, competent and qualified but, at the same time, someone who is rich in humanity and capable of being with young people in a style of pedagogy that helps promote their human and spiritual growth. Youth are in need of quality teaching along with values that are not only articulated but witnessed to. Consistency is an indispensable factor in the education of young people! Consistency! We cannot grow and we cannot educate without consistency: consistency and witness!

For this, an educator is himself in need of permanent formation. It is necessary to invest so that teachers and supervisors may maintain a high level of professionalism and also maintain their faith and the strength of their spiritual impetus.

Our Catholic identity pervades every aspect of our schools and Father Holman’s speech highlighted the importance of finding ways in which “we can offer the benefits of a Catholic school experience to young people who otherwise would never have the chance to hear the Gospel”.

Please use the links below to access some of the presentations and speeches given by our keynote speakers.

The Future of Education (PowerPoint Presentation) by Father Michael Holman

The Future of Education: A Personal Education (Reduced Speech Notes) by Father Michael Holman

The Vision for Catholic Education in the Westminster Diocese (PowerPoint Presentation) by JP Morrison 

The Origins and Nature of Catholic Identity (PowerPoint Presentation) by Paul Barber

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