Welcome to St. Teresa of Calcutta MAC
Inspired by the example of St. Teresa of Calcutta (click here for biography) our family of schools are underpinned by the virtues of Courage, Compassion and
The St Teresa of Calcutta MAC is courageous in its ambition to provide excellent experiences and the delivering of outstanding outcomes for all young
people aged 4-19 that we are privileged to serve.
High expectations are found in all of our schools, which are characterised by the commitment to an innovative approach to high quality curriculum
provision and teaching and learning. It is through this principle that children develop a love of learning and discover their vocation and calling from God.
Each young person has unique talents that are nurtured and encouraged as they discover their path in life.
Our MAC is compassionate and understanding to the variety of needs that of our young people bring. In this inclusive academy, everyone is valued as a child
of God and nobody gets left behind or forgotten.
We very much look forward to growing and expanding our family of schools within the next 12 months. I would recommend that parents who are
interested in sending their children to learn in our academy take some time to explore this website and that of our individual schools. Prospective members
of staff interested in joining an academy that is committed to professional development please do not hesitate in making contact to find out more.
1 st September 2020
St Teresa of Calcutta Newsletter June 2021
Dear members of our community,
I write this message, at a time when we again, adjust to further changes in response to the challenges of this pandemic. Like you all, I am sure, I was looking forward to June 21st and life resembling more of the ‘normal’ we once knew and perhaps did not fully appreciate until it was taken away. We pray that the current postponement proves to be temporary and we hope that all of our freedoms will once again return to us.
As we progress through these challenging times together, we are mindful that our continued collaboration and strong working partnership is the only way in which we can overcome the challenges that we encounter. We look forward to officially welcoming The Rosary Catholic Primary School, St Chad’s Catholic Primary School and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School into our MAC on September 1st.
Our Academy ‘Mission’ has been strengthened during this pandemic, which is to provide all of our pupils with an excellent education, to support them in achieving absolutely anything that they set their ambition for. We fully support the spiritual, academic, social and emotional development of all young people entrusted into our care. There are ‘no limits’ to what can be achieved in our Academy.
Following a Directors Meeting on Thursday 10th June, I am delighted that the following Academy ‘Mission Statement’ has been chosen to inspire and lead our work together in the months and years ahead:
The Saint Teresa of Calcutta MAC exists to serve and encourage young people to discover their God-given gifts and talents. With the example of Christ as our centre, we focus on what unites us as children of God and the messages of love, service, mercy and compassion found in the Gospel to create a caring and loving environment in which the children of our communities can become spiritual, inspired, successful citizens of the world.
A huge thank you to School Chaplain’s and members of our Chaplaincy Teams, for collaborating to produce such a clear and well defined message to guide us forward as we move forward together as a family of schools.
Our recent pupil competition to create a new ‘Academy Motto’ brought spectacular results, with 484 youngsters submitting an entry! I hope participants enjoyed their Easter Egg reward! Following a rigorous process of selection, 6 entries made it to our grand finale and final judging stages in our Directors Meeting on the 10th June. Following lengthy discussion and deliberation, I am excited to reveal that the following motto has been selected as our winner:
‘Dream. Believe. Achieve’.
Georgia Cain who attends Holy Souls Catholic Primary School in Year 4 produced this motto. This will now replace our existing ‘Courage. Compassion. Vocation’.
In addition, Georgia produce these supporting statements to explain her thinking behind the motto:
DREAM of being excellent in all that we do.
BELIEVE that with Gods guidance we will grow.
ACHIEVE our full potential and be the best we can be.
A huge well done to Georgia for her powers of creation and we are thankful for the very pleasing conclusion to what has been a lengthy but ultimately, rewarding, process of collaboration to get to this point.
Following the success of this competition, I am very pleased to announce the evolution of our first Pupil Chaplaincy Team in our MAC! All 6 of our competition finalists will be meeting via Zoom prior to us breaking up in the summer to discuss further things we can do as a family of schools to work more collaboratively and to strengthen our shared mission together. I look forward to sharing the minutes of this first but most valuable meeting together with you all in due course.
In further wonderful news, I am delighted to announce that the St Teresa of Calcutta MAC will be a ‘Communication Partner with CAFOD during Lent 2022. Our CAFOD colleagues in Sierra Leone will still be working to prevent childhood malnutrition and we are keen to share the stories of the communities we work with in Sierra Leone whilst engaging young people and their families in action and prayer. Taking inspiration from our patron St Teresa of Calcutta, we will aim to do our best to support the most disadvantaged people of our world. We will be sharing updates of this valuable work, with our MAC supporting through prayer and other initiatives. I am attending a first planning meeting in July to discuss this collaboration further.
With so much good news to celebrate in this update, I am compelled to share this short reflection from Pope Benedict XVI to young people in his ‘Big Assembly’ in September 2010:
‘In Catholic Schools, there is always a bigger picture over and above the individual subjects you study, the different skills you learn. All the work you do is placed in the context of growing in friendship with God, and all that flows from this friendship. So you learn not just to be good students, but good citizens, good people’.
As a Catholic MAC, we are immensely proud of the work of our young people and the development of their growing friendship with God.
As we approach the final weeks of a hugely challenging year, on behalf of Directors and I, thank you for all of your continued support.
Interim Accounting Officer
17th June 2021
Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School
Justus et Tenax Propositi - Just and Firm of Purpose
Holy Souls Catholic Primary School
A place where we pray together and everyone is important
Holy Trinity Catholic School
Learn to Love - Love to Learn
St. Chad's Catholic Primary School
from September 2021
St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School
from September 2021
The Rosary Catholic Primary School
from September 2021
A breakdown of our academy.