Faith is an integral part of More House School. In fact, at More House we run a very exciting Faith In Action Project (FIA). We believe that faith is a single step on a great adventure with God and education helps shape the lives of our pupils and how they participate in society. As such, school life at More House aims to educate pupils to live justly in their own lives and to strive for peace and justice for others. We encourage our pupils to think and to act compassionately within the school, the local community, and society.
The pupils take pride and ownership of At More House, we want our pupils’ gifts and talents to be developed and celebrated, both for the pupils themselves and for others. In this vein, the pupils are provided with a plenitude of opportunities to showcase their God-given potential and to promote their leadership skills through a variety of ways. Pupils decide each term about which projects they feel passionate before determining how they will fundraise to support various charitable endeavours such as local homeless people, the Cardinal Hume Centre, Saint Vincent De Paul, CAFOD, and others. Moreover, FIA enables our pupils to raise awareness about the importance of buying Fairtrade products by selling Fairtrade Divine chocolate during Fairtrade Fortnight. We believe that our pupils should be educated to become ethical leaders and our pupils are actively involved in the Send My Friend To School campaign whereby they raise awareness about the importance of children worldwide receiving an education – one of the world leaders’ Millennium Development Goals. Our pupils are very keen to work on protecting and preserving our ‘Common Home’ in keeping with Pope Francis’ instructions in encyclical – Laudato Si’.
Ultimately, we want our pupils to grow and develop spiritually, morally, academically, socially, and culturally. We are hopeful that through FIA, the graduates of More House will emerge committed to promoting social justice for all and working towards the Common Good of all.
An important part of this is our charitable fundraising, an aspect of our education of which we are particularly proud. We feel that an important part of our Catholic ethos is to ensure that the privileges that we are fortunate to experience are shared with others.
Each form is responsible for a fundraising event per term, with members of the class choosing the recipient charities. Often a form will develop a relationship with a particular organisation and continue to donate to them over successive events. Other events may be run as a response to national or world crisis appeals such as our most recent fundraising event for India where our pupils ran an extremely successful ice lolly sale that generated much needed funds for UNICEF’s COVID relief programme for India.
Our pupils take ownership and pride in their form assemblies and these are often based around charities that the pupils feel passionate about and would like to help. We understand the importance not only of giving monetary aid, but also of raising awareness as to the background of problems and the work various charities undertake. This year assemblies have focused on CAFOD, local food banks, Cardinal Hume Centre, to name a few.