When your child accepts a place at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School, you and your family become part of a very special community; which has Christ at its centre. The Chaplaincy is here to enrich this community by ensuring the core gospel values of love, compassion, stewardship, respect and service are at the centre of all our relationships and activities.
Ric and Rachel Slatter are our Lay Chaplains, working in Saint Paul’s and across the Catholic community in Wythenshawe. At Saint Paul’s their role involves collaborating with staff in every aspect of school life to enhance student’s experience of faith, prayer and community.
Ric is based full time in Saint Paul’s and is always available to welcome any member of the school community needs to be listened to or have space. The chaplaincy team are always praying for our whole school community, through the tough times and the ordinary of everyday life. We endeavour to lead by example, equipping everyone to bring prayer into our forms, classrooms, assemblies, sports fixtures and beyond, confident that God hears and answers all our prayers.
We see it as vitally important that students get the opportunity to encounter faith and prayer from a different perspective through a retreat experience. For instance, in Year 7 every form has a day retreat exploring the theme ‘belonging to a community’ and Year 8 go away on a residential retreat to Savio House, a nearby youth retreat centre.
As a school, we have chosen five of the foundational values from Jesus’ teachings in the gospels which we think should form the core of who we are and how we act as a member of this school community.
The values are more than just words and a logo. We aim to put love into action in practical ways. Year 7 have explored some concrete ways we can live this out: