Trinity is a Catholic learning community devoted to the common good, which calls all by name to knowledge of the Father, love of the Son, enriched by the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We seek to develop values in students that are rooted in our Catholic faith and a clear moral purpose. We are committed to nurturing educated, informed, creative, fulfilled and socially responsible citizens. Together we learn with a religious and spiritual purpose and strive towards personal excellence, acknowledging that all are made in the image of God.
Our Mission is to ensure that Jesus Christ is made known to all our students by placing Christ and His teaching and the teaching of the Catholic Church at the centre of students’ lives. We do this by making an adherence to the common good the driving principle of our interactions.
How the school’s Catholic Mission is expressed
Expressing mission as a Catholic School means much more than attending Mass. Trinity Catholic School’s mission finds it voice through the aspirations and activities of its community.
Canon Law insists that Catholic schools offer an education that is holistic, consultative and outstanding. At Trinity, we commit to this: but also to the specific mission of supporting the common good. All members of the community agree that our mission cannot be separated from a desire to offer outstanding education.
We commit to the following principles as non negotiables as starting points for supporting Canon Law and the common good:
As custodians and agents working on behalf of the Archbishop, Governors commit to the primacy of Canon Law, and the realisation of the school mission statement in all actions.
Senior and Middle Leadership:
As the visible agents of the mission of the school, all Trinity’s leaders will seek to model an aspiration to the common good – underpinned by religious and spiritual understanding.
Teachers and Teaching Assistants:
As the key agents of delivery and change, teachers will accept, vocally support and work towards the mission of the school, ensuring activities that support positive pupil progress.
The full document that outlines how school monitoring, mission and reporting align can be read here.
What is the common good?
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales describe the notion in terms of interdependency: ‘Because we are interdependent, the common good is more like a multiplication sum, where if any one number is zero then the total is always zero. If anyone is left out and deprived of what is essential, then the common good has been betrayed.’ (Choosing the common good, paragraph 8)
The common good is the complete development of all the people of the world. John XXIII describes it as ‘the sum total of conditions of social living, whereby persons are enabled more fully and readily to achieve their own perfection.’ Mater et Magistra – “Mother and Teacher” (1961, paragraph 65).
The idea therefore differs from that of pursuing the ‘greatest good for the greatest number,’ with which it is sometimes confused, because the pursuit of the common good entrusts, both to the government and the Church, care for the greatest good of all persons, not just the greatest possible number. No individual is excluded from the common good. It is also therefore linked to the ideas of human dignity and authentic and integral human development, making them central aims of all societies.