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Catholic Schools are Bringing Values to Life

Throughout Catholic Education Week (1st to 7th February 2009) Scotland s Catholic
schools will celebrate their achievements in Bringing Values to Life for young
people. A variety of support materials have been sent to all 393 Catholic schools
and every one of Scotland s 500 catholic Parishes.

Commenting on the week, Michael McGrath, Director of the Scottish Catholic Education
Service, said:
At this time it is most appropriate that pupils, teachers and parents in Catholic
schools are being urged to reflect on the values which young people need as the
foundations of their lives, especially given the current global financial crisis
which highlights the folly of building dreams on the promise of material success.
Core values which will be highlighted include: wisdom, justice, compassion and
integrity. In schools, parishes and Dioceses, across the country, various resources
and opportunities have been provided to support this reflection.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning said, that
Catholic schools had always, sought to influence and develop the character,
conscience and conduct of young people in ways which reflect religious values. This
takes place through the example of those who work in our schools, the prayer life of
the school and the opportunities provided for young people to become involved in
meeting the needs of others. Ms Hyslop added that the Scottish Government
recognised the work of Catholic schools in helping young people to acquire values
and this will be enhanced through Curriculum for Excellence.

Bishop Joseph Devine, President of the Catholic Education Commission, said: "Our
young people are growing up in a world of conflicting values. Excellent Catholic
schools play a significant role in helping young people understand how to act
justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God and thus to find true - and eternal
- happiness.

ENDS



Notes for Editors: events
Saturday 31st January 2009 10.30am to 12.30pm
University of Glasgow's Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, Gibson Street, Glasgow
Cardinal Winning Education Lecture will be given by Archbishop Mario Conti on the
theme ˜Catholic Education and Catholic Social Teaching

Tuesday 3rd February, 9.30 to 10.30am
St Andrew s Primary School, Hawley Road, Falkirk
Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop will visit St Andrew s Primary school and meet
pupils, teachers and parents.
Rt. Rev. Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell and President of Catholic Education
Commission will also participate in this visit.


For more details on Catholic Education Week:
¢ visit the SCES website www.sces.uk.com
¢ telephone Michael McGrath 0141 556 4727 or 07793 746094



Peter Kearney
Director
Catholic Media Office
5 St. Vincent Place
Glasgow
G1 2DH
0141 221 1168
07968 122291

pk@scmo.org


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