National School Governors Awareness Day serves as a reminder of the vital roles that school governors play in shaping the educational landscape of our communities. The role of school governors extends beyond administrative duties; it encompasses the sacred mission of nurturing young minds and shaping souls.

At the heart of Catholic education lies the principle of stewardship – the recognition that education is a precious gift entrusted to us by God. School governors, as stewards of this gift, are tasked with ensuring that every child receives an education that nourishes their mind, body and spirit.

In the footsteps of Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve, the governors of our Academy embrace the ethos of servant leadership. Their role is not one of authority and control, but of humble service and selfless dedication to the well-being of students, families and staff. Rooted in the Gospel values of love, compassion and justice, servant leaders prioritise the needs of others above their own, seeking to create inclusive and supportive educational communities where all can flourish.

In discerning the direction and policies of a school, Catholic governors are guided by the Holy Spirit and the teachings of the Church. They are called to discern God’s will for the school community, seeking wisdom and insight in prayer and reflection. By grounding their decisions in Gospel values and the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching, governors ensure that the mission of Catholic education remains central in all aspects of school life.

Our governors play a pivotal role in fostering a sense of community and unity within the Academy. They collaborate with parents, teachers, clergy and the local authority to create an environment where all members feel valued, respected and supported. Through their leadership and example, governors cultivate a culture of solidarity and cooperation, working towards the common good and the flourishing of every individual entrusted to their care.

On National School Governors Awareness Day, let us give thanks for the dedication and service of our Academy governors who labour tirelessly to uphold the mission of Catholic education. May their leadership be guided by the principles of stewardship, servant leadership, discernment and community-building, ensuring that every child receives an education that nurtures their mind, body and soul. Together, let us continue to work towards the transformation of hearts and minds, building a world where education is a pathway to holiness and human flourishing.

There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. – 1 Corinthians 12:6