The Common Good

The Common Good (as described by Pope John XXIII) is the, “Sum total of social conditions, which allow people, either as groups or as individuals to reach their full fulfilment”.

The Common Good, can only be truly achieved when we work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society and the wider world. As Catholics, our faith calls on us to love God and to love our neighbours in every situation, especially our sisters and brothers living in poverty.

At St Agnes, we teach our pupils to follow in the footsteps of Christ, giving them the opportunity to show justice, love and the peace of God in our unjust and sometimes broken world. We offer our pupils ownership of this through giving them roles of leadership and responsibility: House Captains, Eco-Warriors, Play Leaders, Anti-Bullying ambassadors, school councillors and our new role the Social Action Leaders. Through these roles, pupils actively engage in charitable outreach projects, which benefit not only those in need but our pupils by developing their own understanding of social responsibility.  

“From her education at St Agnes’, my child has deepened her understanding of how to be a good person. The school puts the children and the dignity of the human person at the forefront of every decision”

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The school’s ongoing focus on Social Action has helped our son to understand his responsibilities as a Catholic, in relation to the local, wider community and the common good. 

Charitable outreach 2021-2022

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LocalOn Friday 24th September, St Agnes’ parents and carers had the wonderful opportunity to support a local charity- Maggie’s Cancer Clinic at the Royal Free. With the help of the House Captains organisation, parents were treated to a coffee morning with some delicious cakes and treats on offer. This morning raised £850 for a worthwhile local charity that provides so much comfort to so many experiencing a difficult time in their lives. During the Season of Advent as part of our local outreach program, pupils from Years 1-6 made Christmas cards for elderly residents at Ashford Place
NationalNational Autumn Term Two Initiative. As part of our 'Express yourself and Mental Health Week' on Friday 4th February 2022, children will be dressing up as their favourite number to help raise funds for NSPCC. The NSPCC are an incredible organisation, working for children to keep them safe both physically and emotionally. They work hard to promote positive mental health, which is so important for all of us, but particularly children.
GlobalUNICEF- Afghanistan: Help the Children Appeal. During the month of October, with a focus on Mary our Mother and the Rosary, the Social Action Leaders: saw, judged and acted, where they created a fundraising appeal to support the Global Charity UNICEF. Pupils, staff and the St Agnes’ community have been donating money towards this worthy cause and all proceeds will be given to support the children of Afghanistan.
On Wednesday 24th November 2021, pupils celebrated Red Wednesday. Red Wednesday is a church event to support Christians who are persecuted for their faith around the world. To mark this in school, pupils and staff members wore something red (over their uniform). During the day, pupils participated in a teacher led collective worship to pray for all those, whatever religion they may be, who cannot practice their faith freely throughout the world.
CAFOD - During the season of Advent, the Eco-Warriors launched a fundraising appeal to raise money for a CAFOD World Gift. They did themselves proud by speaking in KS1 and KS2 assemblies, creating posters to go around the school and generally acting as spokespeople for anyone who had any questions about the appeal. The CAFOD World Gifts help to transform the lives of people living in poverty around the world. We raised a total of £378.65! CAFOD later sent us a thank you card and Certificate in the post.
Messages from Outreach Programmes 2021-2022Ashford Place
Dear Mrs Keogh and the children of St Agnes', Thank you so much for the lovely Christmas cards for our clients. Please give your students a big thank you from all of us. They were a real hit! Valentine's day next! All the best, Ashford Place, Cricklewood.
Trussel Trust
Hi Mrs Keogh and the lovely children at St Agnes, I am sorry for the delayed response, still catching up after the Christmas break!, but I cannot thank you and everyone who contributed to your donation enough! You collected an amazing 192.30kg which is so incredibly generous and will go a long way to help the people we support. Particularly over the winter which is a particularly difficult time for people. Thank yo for your continued support and wishing you all a healthy, happy New Year! Kind regards, Sophie from Trussel Trust

Charitable outreach 2020-2021

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Trussell Trust Foodbank:

The Social Action Leaders decided that they wanted to help support local families who had been implicated due to the Corona Virus pandemic by donating to a local food bank.  They worked hard to promote and motivate each class to donate to this worthy cause. Each week, each year group contributed generously to this cause and as a school we gave a record donation weighing 740kg!

Secret Angels: 

For the season of Advent, the Social Action Leaders wanted to spread kindness and to put into action God’s teaching, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted and forgive one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”- Ephesians 4:32

Each week, children will become Secret Angels, where they will complete acts of kindness for a set person. As well as this, the leaders wanted to boost morale of both staff and pupils, through this Corona Virus Pandemic.

Out Reach to Local Care Homes: 

 During the Advent Season, St Agnes’ pupils joined the outreach event, connecting with a local care home to spread joy and laughter, with letters and Christmas cheer.

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Medical Outreach For the Season of Advent, The Social Action Leaders and the Eco-Warriors joined forces to fundraise and promote an international project.

The Eco-warriors, researched various world gifts and voted for this project as they evaluated the need to help keep other countries safe and clean.

One Eco-Warrior, explained why she voted for the gift: “I voted for the Medical Outreach Team because it helps a community of people. The outreach team can also provide training on local health issues like good hygiene practices, meaning that communities are less vulnerable to disease.”

A message from our local food bank 2020:

Trussell Trust Foodbank:

We wanted to say thank you again to all the children, families, teachers and staff at St Agnes who contributed to last week’s amazing Harvest Festival donation to the foodbank.  It was definitely a record harvest donation – weighing in at 740kg!  This amount of food will directly support around 50 very appreciative families.  We are so grateful for your support at this challenging time.