St John The Baptist Catholic Primary School We pray together, work together and always do our best, following the example of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The Dignity of Work and Participation

"Work is important in God’s plan for adults and their families, so jobs and pay should be fair."


The dignity of work has been a key principle of Catholic social teaching from the very beginning.


In 1891, Pope Leo XIII issued Rerum Novarum (On Capital and Labour). He shone a light on the injustice and exploitation of workers by the rich during the Industrial Revolution. He advocated for workers to join forces and fight against inhuman conditions.


As our Mission Statement says, "we work together".  Developing the skills to work as a team, alongside people who we know well and those who we don't is an important life-skill to learn.  Our pupils are also encouraged to look outside of their immediate community (school and family) to see the injustice in the world - past and present - and to challenge this.