The CTK Graces
In the context of our mission, Grace is a divinely given talent, a blessing or prayer. Grace is a virtue and way of being, characterised by courteous goodwill. Our Character Education Programme – The CTK Graces – signifies the character traits that we explicitly develop in students so that they model the expectations, habits and behaviours inherent in an approach to learning. These are:
• G – Grit
• R – Respect
• A – Awareness
• C – Curiosity
• E – Endeavour
• S – Self-control
In doing this we enrich our communities and challenge our students to live a good life in all its fullness. Through the Christ the King initiative, Acts of Charity, students make a significant contribution to the common good through charity and volunteering.
The college charities are Macmillan Cancer Care, Cafod, For Jimmy, You Touch Africa, Ahotokorum and Deptford Reach. Every Christmas and Easter, students create gift hampers to donate to local charities.
Although the initiative is called Acts of Charity, it is not only about charity work. Christ the King students also actively get involved in community work. Christ the King students have taken part in litter collections in local parks, worked in care homes and primary schools and got involved in recruiting new shops to join Lewisham’s water bottle refilling scheme, which allows people to refill plastic water bottles on their premises to reduce plastic waste. Students volunteer to become student ambassadors, receiving training on how to be effective and how to help others.
Through engagement with the range of charity-based activities and those aimed at supporting and building community, students model selflessness and a wider appreciation of others.
The overall effect is that community and CTK values are lived out in a practical, visible way. Kindness and consideration towards others, based on Gospel values, becomes part of students’ thinking and actions.