Vive ut Vivas
"Live that You May Have Life"
We believe that that God is always with us, in each moment of each day, shaping and guiding our experiences. That’s why we proclaim our school motto “Vive Ut Vivas” which translates into ‘Live that you may have life’.
You will see these words of Jesus in St. John’s Gospel (10:10) when Jesus says that, in Him, we may live in all its fullness. This is the firm foundation of being at Gumley House. We encourage and support our students to develop a life-long, personal faith, based on their own convictions and life experiences. Our faith infuses the daily life of the school with daily prayer, regular masses, liturgies, annual retreats and pilgrimages.
ChaplaincyIn the name ‘Faithful Companions of Jesus’, the congregation of Sisters who founded Gumley House School 178 years ago, we find our inspiration for what chaplaincy means here. Companionship is central to all that that shapes our Chaplaincy. As companions, we are encouraged to walk alongside our students, to accompany and be present with and for them as they grow in maturity.
Our Chaplaincy seeks to inspire young people to become women and men who live in ways that will benefit others as well as themselves. To grow to be young people who will use their gifts and talents to make the world a better place. We will facilitate spiritual reflection, promote and encourage spiritual awareness and accompany our students as they seek to deepen their spiritual lives and grow to reach their full potential.
Faith on its own is limited without service to others. Students at Gumley are firmly committed to servicing the common good of others and put their faith into action through charitable works for both our local needs – and for needs across the world.
'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)
We seek to embrace and contribute to the mission of the Church by recognising the dignity of all and by recognising opportunities to imitate Christ. Over the past couple of years our school community have supported many different charities (through our various Charity Days every year) including CAFOD, Cancer Research, Acton Homeless Project, Cardinal Hume Centre, and supporting our students’ pilgrimage to Lourdes each year to care for those who need it most. Our ‘Faith in Action’ project led by Year 9 students researches less well known charities who are supported through an entrepreneurial project of fundraising, education and awareness, thus continuing to stretch our awareness as a school to support the most vulnerable in our world.