Welcome from the Headteacher, Mrs Ella Brett
I am delighted to welcome you to Bellerive FCJ Catholic College: an inspirational place where young people thrive in faith, respect, academic excellence and love. I feel very privileged to be able to lead our wonderful school and I look forward to meeting you and working alongside you over the coming months.
As you peruse our website you will see that, inspired by the Gospel and by our founder Marie Madeleine, the vision is for FCJ schools to be communities of personal and academic excellence.
We are proud of our dynamic curriculum, our strong pastoral care and our traditional, high expectations.
Our school mission is:
- To help everyone within a caring community to grow in faith
- To respect and value other cultures and faiths
- To make the most of every given ability
- To enjoy and achieve personal growth and academic excellence
- To prepare pupils for their adult life, playing a full part in a modern global society.
Bellerive was founded in 1844 by Marie Madeleine D’Houet, the foundress of the religious order Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). The FCJ sisters are still involved in our school today contributing to the spiritual life of our school, teaching and serving on the Governing Board.
Marie Madeleine instilled in her pupils a sense of moral purpose and self-worth and this is reflected in our school motto – ‘Suaviter in Modo Fortiter in Re’, literally meaning strong in action, gentle in manner.
FCJ schools are communities of personal and academic excellence. Strong in companionship, the unique giftedness of every person in our faith community is recognised, nourished and celebrated. Our hope and expectation is that, through God’s grace working in us all, each young person grows into their best self, with a zest for life and the generosity and confidence to use their talents and gifts in the service of others.