“Every teacher is responsible for helping our young people grow in faith and love…”
Our aspiration to instil in our young people a strong sense of faith and values is all-encompassing. We look to develop the creative spirit of each pupil through all four other elements of Jesuit education – Intellectual Formation, Magis Curriculum, Pastoral Care and Perspectives and Horizons.
Religious and spiritual formation is integrated into the curriculum and co-curricular programme – it is not added to or separate from the educational process. We teach young people to appreciate the presence of God in their lives, whilst recognising that faith cannot be imposed.
Faith and values should be present in every classroom, and every teacher is responsible for helping our young people grow in faith and love for Christ. Overall delivery of religious formation begins in the Chaplaincy, which coordinates the Christian Formation of the College.
Our retreat programme emphasises the importance of prayer and reflection in day-to-day life. The programme is based on the principles of Ignatian Spirituality and provides a retreat for each year group, during which pupils listen to speakers and share details of their individual journeys of faith. These retreats allow pupils a sense of connection to God, becoming men and women of faith, men and women for others. Staff also take part in an annual retreat, giving time for reflection during the school year.
Arrupe Programme: The Arrupe Programme was established in 2006 and was the first of its kind in the UK. Pupils spend working in nursing homes and schools, and with asylum seekers and charities, giving something back to the community. It is an opportunity for students to use their own gifts and talents for the benefit of others. Named after Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ, this project has become the model for other Jesuit schools in Britain.
Caritas Award: Similar to the Arrupe Programme, the Caritas Award was introduced by the Bishops of Glasgow to keep a legacy of Pope Benedict’s visit to the city in 2010. Senior 6 pupils commit their final year to service in the community, faith learning and reflection.
Children’s Fund: Set up as a Charitable Trust in 1982, the Children’s Fund is run by a group of trustees made up of staff, parents and pupils who provide help, entertainment and holidays for disabled and socially deprived children in Glasgow. Each year, in preparation for the end of year holiday, pupils host Halloween and Christmas parties for the children, whilst fundraising towards the cost of the holiday.
Lourdes Pilgrimage: Pupils fundraise all year round to pay for a group of pupils and staff to take a group of 11 children with special needs on the Lourdes pilgrimage. This not only an enjoyable and rewarding experience for our young people, but also provides an opportunity for essential respite for families. Their reflections demonstrate an understanding of the difficulties faced by the children and their families, and a realisation of what it really means to be men and women for others.
Charities: Our young people demonstrate the community service aspect of Jesuit education through a variety of different charity events and fundraisers throughout the course of the school year. We are regular contributors to Starter Packs, Fairtrade, Salt and Light, Mary’s Meals, Pro Life and the Jesuit Missions, as well and many others.
Centre for Social and Environmental Justice: CSEJ looks to build on the excellent work on religious formation and service by promoting greater awareness of social justice and environmental issues. This is done through various activities and international speakers including Fr Greg Boyle SJ.
Pupils collaborate with staff in the Chaplaincy to bring School assemblies and Mass to life through the liturgy. They work to prepare liturgy for feast days, as well as regular school and class Masses. Offering a means of connecting further with God in their every day school life.