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Our Catholic Ethos

The Chaplaincy is open to staff and students throughout the day. It is a welcoming space where students can relax and spend time away from the stresses of college life. Students can play board games, chat to friends and there is always time for a cup of tea! There is also space for students to work during their study periods.

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The Chaplaincy exists to serve our students and staff, and witnesses to our mission statement, that “the person and teaching of Christ” is at the centre of college life.

By living out this mission, the Chaplaincy supports the whole college community, welcoming and showing love to all, regardless of an individual’s faith.

Through involvement in the Chaplaincy, our students can get involved in charity and outreach work, seeking to put our “Leadership in Service” motto into action in the local community. There are opportunities for students to explore and develop their faith through courses like Sycamore, as well as opportunities for Sacramental preparation.

Chaplain

We have a full-time Chaplain at St Charles who is available for anyone who needs a listening ear. Whether our students or staff have concerns about their college, home or spiritual life, the Chaplain’s door is always open!

The Chaplain’s office is in the Chaplaincy – pop in if you want to speak to him! If you’d like to get in contact with our Chaplain, James Holland, his email is: 

The Chapel

Next to the Chaplaincy, at the heart of our college, we have our Chapel, where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved.

The Chapel is a place where both students and staff can come throughout the day for quiet prayer, to light a candle, or to just sit and be still. It is a beautiful part of our College!

Every morning there is prayer in the Chapel, open to both staff and students. And each Friday
we have an extended period of Adoration.

Retreats

Each year the Chaplaincy takes students away on retreat to St Cassian’s Centre in Kintbury,
a Catholic retreat centre in West Berkshire. The open countryside and relaxed environment allows our students to be still, take stock and grow closer to God, without the distractions of everyday life.
 

Kintbury was an amazing experience, it helped me develop and grow closer to God. 


 

Student Leadership

"Leadership in Service"

From our Mission Statement, the college has taken the motto Leadership in Service. For the Chaplaincy, this means two things. Firstly, our Chaplain’s job is one of service, to lead our students in prayer and reflection. Primarily, our students are here to receive guidance and pastoral care from the Chaplain. But for those students who desire to go deeper, the call for them is to also lead through service. Below you’ll find some ways our students respond to the college’s call for Leadership in Service

Chaplaincy Committee

Meeting once a month, the Chaplaincy Committee is a group of students and staff who work collaboratively to discuss how the Chaplaincy can better serve the college community. Led by the Chaplain, the Committee meets to discuss upcoming Chaplaincy events, exploring ways to better engage and connect with the student body.

Tutor Reps

Each Tutor Group appoints a Tutor Rep, a member of the Tutor Group who works with the Chaplaincy and Student Council to help organise and run Tutorials.

Tutor Reps are often asked to lead prayer in Tutorials and take a lead in organising fundraising events for our chosen charities. They meet once a half term with the Chaplain and members of the Student Council, to receive training and to have an opportunity to give feedback from their Tutor Groups.

This year our five Halls have been given a charity to fundraise for throughout the year:

            Bakhita Hall:               Bakhita House

            Soubirous Hall:          The Cardinal Hume Centre  

            Romero Hall:              The Grenfell Foundation

            Aquinas Hall:              The Catholic Children’s Society

            Alexandria Hall:         Age UK Kensington and Chelsea

Halls

One of our Tutor Reps also acts as the Chaplaincy Rep, sitting on the college’s Student Council. This ensures that the Chaplaincy has a student presence on the Student Council.

Outreach and Community

St Charles is situated in an area of great need. As such, we encourage our students to go out and help our local community. This year we are supporting the Dalgarno Trust, who run a soup kitchen and foodbank serving North Kensington. Over the Autumn Term, we are looking to collect for their foodbank and, once restrictions allow, we’ll be providing students to volunteer in their soup kitchen.

St Charles had a great zeal for charity, for helping those with a need greater than his own. That charitable spirit has permeated the long history of charity at St Charles and continues to drive the Chaplaincy today.

 

 

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Liturgical Life

The College’s mission is to enable all its students to achieve their greatest potential, inspiring them to wisdom, compassion and leadership in service to others. We aim to achieve this in a community defined by Catholic values which has the person and teaching of Christ at its Centre.

Morning Prayer

Before college each morning the Chaplain leads morning prayer in the Chapel for any staff or students who wish to come along.

There’s times of Lectio Divina, Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, reflections, meditations and each Friday, an extended period of Adoration.

Coming before the Lord each morning provides an opportunity for our Chaplain to lead others in prayer, and to lift the college’s intentions to the Father.

Chapel

Tutorial Prayer

Each morning in Tutorial, Tutors or Tutor Reps lead prayers, written by the Chaplain. These are either themed around the Liturgical or College calendar.

Mass

We regularly have Mass in the Chapel at college – staff and students are always welcome to join us!

St Charles Week

Each year the college dedicates a week to celebrating the Feast of St Charles (4th November). The highpoint of this week is our Feast Day Mass.

This year, Fr Peter celebrated Mass for us in the college Chapel. We were particularly blessed to have a relic of St Charles with us for the Mass! It was a joyous occasion for all and the perfect way to celebrate our patron, St Charles.

St Charles, pray for us!

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Ethics in a Catholic Context

St Charles strives to support students to explore their own faith journey. We encourage them to reflect on their personal relationship with God and recognise the value of faith in other world religions. Students are encouraged to make links between the teachings of the Catholic faith and their everyday actions and decisions. We aim to challenge and inspire students to become religiously literate by giving them opportunities to put their faith in action.

The RE department provides a weekly compulsory lesson of core Religious Education to all Year 1 and Year 2 students. This consists of a structured programme titled Ethics in a Catholic Context, where students are able to articulate in a verbal and written format. 

The Ethics in a Catholic Context Programme

Research, Reflection and Discussion on some of the worlds biggest questions!

Each week you will have the opportunity to review research papers and current articles on one important ethical issue or dilemma. 

Then you will have the opportunity to debate it from your own perspective.

Key questions include:

  • Is Science & Technology destroying the planet?
  • Are we supposed to love one person forever?
  • Does cosmetic surgery do more harm than good?
  • Does social media damage your mental health?
  • Can war ever lead to peace?

The outcome of excellent Religious Education is religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills - appropriate to their age and capacity - to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life

Aims of RE - Religious Education Curriculum Directory

 

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St Charles Borromeo

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St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College is named after the counter-reformation saint, St Charles Borromeo, whose Feast Day is celebrated on the 4th November each year. Below is a brief history of St Charles’ life and his relevance to our college today…

Born almost 500 years ago, St Charles Borromeo might seem an unlikely saint for our time, but his ministry in Milan in the 1500s speaks directly to our life in college today.

St Charles was born to a noble family near Milan in Italy. From a young age he dedicated himself to a life of service in the Church. At the age of 24 he became a priest and by 25 he was the Archbishop of Milan. Despite coming from a family of great wealth, St Charles was clear, this wealth should be used to serve the Church, not to serve himself. 

Indeed, he wrote that:

“Charity is that, with which, no man is lost, and, without which, no man is saved”

This reminds us that charity is therefore not only part of our Christian duty to help those in need, but it is somehow also necessary for our own salvation. If we are to make it to heaven, we must look at our less fortunate brothers and sisters with eyes full of mercy. We must love them just as we love our friends and family.

When famine struck the city of Milan, St Charles fed thousands of people daily out of his own wealth. In fact, there are stories of him using his own tapestries to make clothes for the poor. St Charles clearly recognised that God dwells in every single person and so gave of himself for the greater good of others.

As Archbishop, St Charles embarked on some important reforms within the Church – he shut down corrupt monastic orders (which led to a failed assassination attempt on his life) and demanded that priests should take pastoral care of those entrusted to them. He saw that many of the clergy at the time were ignorant, and so he founded schools, colleges and seminaries for clergy to be educated in the truth of the Church.

But perhaps more than anything else, St Charles is a saint for our time because of his actions during the pandemic in Milan in the 1570s. In a pandemic not too dissimilar to the one we are facing now, St Charles led his priests to care for the people of Milan. When the city officials had ran away from danger, St Charles ran towards it. He prepared himself for death, wrote his will, and went to the hospitals where cases were worst. In today’s terms, St Charles was most certainly a “key worker”!

As a priest, St Charles administered the Sacraments to those who were dying. He gave the Eucharist to plague victims through their open windows. There’s even a story of him climbing a mound of dead bodies to give the Sacrament of the Sick to a man dying at the top.

St Charles had an unshakeable belief that God was who He said He was, that this life was not the end, and that the presence of God would comfort those dying. And he was right. The sorrow we experience in this life will not last, because we belong in heaven, where God will wipe away every tear from our eyes and there will be no more pain, death will be no more. St Charles’ life reminds us of the truth of heaven and sets out an example of how we, who take him as our patron, can get there.

Priest

So now, perhaps you might like to take a moment to ask St Charles to pray for you. Ask that he might pray for your protection during this pandemic and that you might follow in his holy example and become a saint!

St Charles, may you always watch over our little college, and guide us into the heavenly glory that God desires for us. May we follow your path and become the saints of our generation! Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

 

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Diocesan Inspection Report

The purpose of inspection is to report to and advise the Archbishop on the quality of classroom religious education and the Catholic life of the school. Inspection also provides an opportunity to inform parents and the wider Catholic community on the quality of religious education and the school’s efficacy as a Catholic community.

Inspection provides an opportunity to support, challenge, evaluate and promote the work of Catholic schools and colleges. It also assists schools and colleges in the work of self-evaluation and improvement, and enables the Diocese to celebrate with schools their sense of identity and their strengths as Catholic schools. Diocesan inspection also provides parents and carers with an assessment of how well a school is performing as a Catholic school.

Source: Diocesan Framework for Inspection

 

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Our Charities

For our students, it is important that they not only spend time on their academic work, but that they also take time to put themselves at the service of our local community through fundraising, volunteering and outreach work.

Fundraising

One of the way students do this is through fundraising for charity. This year, we have linked each Academic Hall to a local charity, which students have opportunities to raise money for throughout the year:

Bakhita Hall:

Bakhita House: Human trafficking is a ‘crime against humanity’, and it is happening right here in London. Caritas Bakhita House offers emergency support for victims of human trafficking, providing them with the safety and support they need to begin the process of recovery and rehabilitation.

Soubirous Hall:

The Cardinal Hume Centre: The Cardinal Hume Centre enables people to gain the skills they need to overcome poverty and homelessness.

Romero Hall:

The Grenfell Foundation: The Grenfell Foundation was set up at the request of some survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire. They provide independent support to the former residents of Grenfell Tower, their families, dependents, and the local community.

Aquinas Hall:

The Catholic Children’s Society: The Catholic Children’s Society supports disadvantaged children and families across London, Hertfordshire and the South East. They work with individuals of all faiths and none. Their sole aim is to help those in greatest need.

Alexandria Hall:

Age UK Kensington and Chelsea: Age UK Kensington & Chelsea is an independent, local charity working at the heart of the community to make sure that older people’s voices are heard, their needs are met and their independence is supported.

Volunteering & Outreach

As well as fundraising opportunities, we encourage our students to engage in local outreach and community projects. For instance, every Thursday there is the opportunity to spend time serving a local foodbank at the Dalgarno Trust, or handing out teas and coffees to the homeless at the Bay20 Community Centre in Ladbroke Grove.

There are also opportunities to donate items for the foodbank throughout the year. At Christmas, we donated over 20 bags of essential supplies and Christmas treats to both Bay20 and the Dalgarno Trust, which were given out on Christmas Eve.

St Charles

St Charles himself had a great zeal for charity, helping those with a need greater than his own. That charitable spirit has permeated the long history of charity at our college and continues to drive the Chaplaincy today.