Living Our Faith
At Saint Gabriel’s we believe that our faith shapes how we live our lives. Here are some of the ways in which our faith is lived out in action:
Our curriculum plan and extra-curricular activities are all shaped by our vision, that we will all fulfil our unique God-given potential.
Student welfare is a primary concern and our 2018 OFSTED report states that our ‘work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.’
In order to help our students have a sense of hope and aspiration for the future, we have a full time careers officer who can mentor each of our students help them discern their future plans.
Our students are encouraged to be courageous advocates for change in many of ways: our participation with London Citizens, volunteering in the local community, involvement with charities, and our Service to Others club are examples of this.
Saint Gabriel’s has a system of Restorative Justice which promotes Forgiveness and Reconciliation. This is part our Behaviour and our Exclusions Policy and allows students to get the chance to reflect on mistakes they have made, and seek restoration. Forgiveness and Reconciliation are explored as worthy ways of living in PSHE lessons and through Collective Worship.
The school is viewed as an exemplar in its approach to behaviour, inclusion and reconciliation by other local schools and London Citizens. SGC is helping London Citizens put together a training programme for governors of other schools in the local area.
Our PSHE curriculum has been developed so to help students with their character development by allowing them to express and critically reflect on their views, and encourage them to engage with core ethical and existential questions. Through PSHE students are able to learn more about healthy relationships and develop a good understanding of themselves and others, and grow emotionally and spiritually. It is structured on core themes that promote community and living well together. St Gabriel’s in an inclusive school and LGTB+ education and provision is key to our identity as a school.
London Citizens Report
Saint Gabriel’s College is an active member of London Citizens. Each school year, students have been involved in Campaigns for social action and justice. We have an afterschool club with London Citizens which is dedicated to campaigning. Saint Gabriel’s have led the way with a Refugees-Welcome programme, and following this action won the award for London Citizens’ school of the year in 2017. Recently we have been involved in the campaign against childhood citizenship. Students regularly participate at Citizens assemblies where they are part of campaigns for a number of issues, including housing, clean air. They have taken part in demonstrations and actions at the Houses of Parliament and at the Department for Education.
We have over a hundred (close to one fifth of the school population) students from Spanish speaking background that have English as an additional language (EAL). In order to provide them with support, SGC has a full time EAL coordinator for raising achievement. Part of their role is to help students expand their horizons and have greater aspirations. They work closely with the students and their family. Here is some of the provision they are given: EAL lessons; support with understanding the British Education system; help registering with medical services and bank accounts. We have a Latin American Group for Girls to educate, empower and inspire, and and Latin American Group for Boys. Both regularly have inspiration speakers coming to talk to them. There are regular cultural visits and trips both in London and further afield. They are involved with the local community with links to Latin American Police Association, taking part in actions and demonstrations with London Citizens, talks on the local radio. The also have a link to British Latino Network, and the Baytree Centre in Brixton. SGC has hosted some research projects by London universities, KCL and UCL.
We have a partner school in Sweden - the Viksjöskolan School. Staff and students have visited them in Sweden and we will be hosting their school council in the 2019-20 academic year.
We also have a good link with the Ejuraman Anglican Senior High School, Ghana, and with clergy from their diocese - Asante Mampong.
Through SGC’s programmes staff have visited India, along with the charity ‘Christians Aware’. We have an annual staff trip to Spain for staff to learn Spanish, and we also have a link with a Spanish school who have visited us to learn about British schools.
Black Lives Matter
We are a happy harmonious school community. Our mission is that ‘We will all fulfil our unique God-given potential.” We will always seek to unite people and work together with others to help our children succeed. However, we know that we live in adivided world and, let no one doubt that, we are on the side of the disadvantaged and oppressed; we are on the side of victims of racism and prejudice; and we stand with those who say, “Black lives matter.”
This is what the Lord Almighty said: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.” Zechariah 7.9
At Saint Gabriel's College, we believe we are all made in the image of God, and that we want all people to fulfill their unique God-given potential. This means that racism is an affront to all God's people. We are proud of our diverse community, but also aware that the racism that is prevalent in society harms the members of our school family. At this time, there is a great need for us to support one another, and stand together and build students and staff who can help transform this world to a just and equal society. In the spirit of our school values of Service to Others, Generosity of Spirit, and Commitment to Excellence, we ask all in our community to join us in challenging racism and holding ourselves and others to account.
As a school, and in support of the principles behind the Black Lives Matter movement, we recognise we have a role to play in sending a message that racism in all its forms can never be tolerated. Overt and covert racism exists and persists in society and we intend to play our part as best we can as we have done in the past by working with organisations such as London Citizens in changing this. To stand against racism means that all members of our community must be confident and bold enough to challenge racism and that we also continue to reflect on our own actions and behaviour.
- Do not tolerate racism
- Adopt and act on anti-racist policies that form part of our school rules
- Encourage all members of our community to discuss ways we can eradicate racism
- Promote listening, reasoned engagement, and positive action in response to injustice, while condemning aggression and violence in all its forms
- Are an Equal Opportunities employer and do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment in our workplace.
- Consider and act up on ways in which we can further educate our community so that its members are empowered to act against racism
- Engage further with those inside and beyond our community to understand their views and those of others on this topic
- Consider how we can amend our approach to further reflect our support for eradicating racial injustice.