Catholic Social Teaching

Growing in Faith

Together we grow in God's love,
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The school, in partnership with parents and with the parish of St John Fisher, offers to each one of its children a Catholic education centred on Christ, which enables them to develop their talents in accordance with Christian values and principles and which throughout all aspects of school life presents Christ’s ministry of love and reconciliation.

At St John Fisher Primary School we aim to provide a loving and spiritual environment that supports the development of each pupil's journey within the Catholic faith. The religious, spiritual and moral education is at the heart of our school. Religious Education guides all aspects of school life. As a Catholic school, St John Fisher aims to educate the whole child and our ethos is entwined throughout the curriculum.  

Catholic Social Teaching

"Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is the official teaching of the Church on the social order, impacting on all dimensions of society, including the economic and the political. It is an essential part of the Catholic faith." Catholic Parliamentary Office

Catholic Social Teaching is about the good of the community, it is about the common good. St Augustine described the common good as 'one which is not diminished by being shared with others'. 

As a Catholic school, St John Fisher endeavours to embed Catholic Social Teaching into the every day life of our school and the pupils and staff, by actively promoting the goodness of Catholic Social Teaching and the values. We do this in a variety of ways throughout our curriculum and the liturgical year. The pupils and staff at St John Fisher understand the importance of helping others in our parish and local community and following the teachings of Jesus Christ. 

We fully embrace the Church's teaching's on social justice and do everything we can to raise funds for the needy in society both locally, nationally and globally. We raise money during the important liturgical season's of Advent and Lent by the children, staff and school community coming together for various events. The school has a long standing history of raising money for CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) and Catholic Children's Society. Recently, local and global charities include raising funds for Ukraine, Wimbledon Food Bank and St John Fisher Parish.


At St John Fisher Primary, we use CAFOD's mascots to introduce our pupils to the 9 principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Each principle is illustrated with two images. These images are memorable and engaging and aim to provide a visual connection with the principle.  We use the animal mascots with EYFS, KS1 and Lower KS2 and we use and introduce the keys in Upper Key Stage 2. 


Information about the CST Mascot

Prayer for that CST Mascot


Human Dignity

The Common Good

Preferential Option for the Poor
Distributive Justice
Promoting Peace

Catholic Social Teaching and our Curriculum

Please view the below PDF to see where the 'Principles' of Catholic Social Teaching link to our overall school themes and those principles are promoted and reinforced throughout these themes.