Father John's Welcome
'The relationship between the parish and school has, always been very strong and the links that are made allow the child’s faith to grow and blossom. This link begins early in a child’s education and sets a standard of living and believing that will continue as they grow older.
Catholic schools exist to ensure that an education for Catholics will always involve coming to know and live the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Faith. This will start in the family home, but will also find vital links in belonging to a parish and belonging to a school. It begins to create an identity within each child.
At St Lawrence's, both staff and pupils strive to live its ethos daily; the governors have a responsibility of protecting and maintaining that ethos, so that the school can truly be said to be anchored in Christ within the Church. It is an ethos and a responsibility that requires strong, healthy and effective links with the parish.
The links that are well established between families, the parish and the school, find their origin in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the mission of the Catholic Church. We all need to be fully committed to ensuring that this experience of the truths of our faith will be well understood and wholeheartedly lived by future generations, as well as our own.
I know that we shall all work together to give our children the best possible start in life and faith