At St Bernadette we are proud to be a community of Faith & Learning. As a Catholic school we acknowledge how important it is for our pupils to recognise God's loving presence in their daily lives. Our faith is at the centre of all our work at St Bernadette; everyday starts with prayers during staff briefing, assemblies and registration for pupils led by the form tutors and pupils. We cherish our Catholic belief and identity and at the same time seek to ensure that all pupils have an understanding of the diverse religious cultures in Britain today.
Throughout the school year pupils have the opportunity to participate in the Sacramental Life of the Church; Mass is celebrated weekly and on Holy Days and the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered during Advent and Lent. The seasons and feasts of the Liturgical year are marked by assemblies and services that are planned and led by pupils.
We are a caring community; we provide strong pastoral support and our lay chaplain is a presence with whom pupils and staff can talk. At St Bernadette we take Jesus' call to love our neighbours seriously and we regard works of charity as an essential part of Catholic education. In response to this we support local, national and international charities.
Days of retreat and reflection are considered to be an important part of all pupils' spiritual and moral development and opportunities for retreat are provided for all pupils and staff.
Our chapel lies at the heart of St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School. The chapel is open throughout the school day and pupils and staff are welcome to visit at any time. We are fortunate to have the Blessed Sacrament in our chapel.
Mass is celebrated weekly in our chapel, on Thursdays at 8.45am.
The Liturgy is prepared by a different tutor group each week and all pupils and staff are welcome to attend. The chapel is also used for other services such as adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Whole school Masses take place on important feast days in the Church's calendar.
Faculty Mission Statements
As a community of Faith & Learning we believe that each member of our school community should have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the Catholic life of the school. Each faculty acknowledges its contribution to the Catholic life of the school and has developed its own mission statement.
Please click on the faculty to read their mission statement:
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