Catholic Education Week

THE THEME FOR 2024/2025

“Pilgrims of Hope”

“We must fan the flame of hope that has been given us, and help everyone to gain new strength and certainty by looking to the future with an open spirit, a trusting heart and far-sighted vision. The forthcoming Jubilee can contribute greatly to restoring a climate of hope and trust as a prelude to the renewal and rebirth that we so urgently desire; that is why I have chosen as the motto of the Jubilee Pilgrims of Hope

Pope Francis


Catholic Education Week  takes place each year from the Feast of St Margaret of Scotland (16th November) until the Feast of St Andrew (30th November).  Schools and parishes are asked to consider which week within this fortnight best suits their local community for marking this important aspect of the school year.

The Catholic Church in Scotland encourages schools, parishes and other agencies to work closely together in order to celebrate the successes of Catholic education particularly during one week each year.  The purpose of Catholic Education Week is to highlight the significance of education, not only for young people but for society as a whole.  Students, parents, teachers and others are asked to reflect on their own roles in the education process –  at home, in school, in the local parish and in other educational settings.

SCES provides support materials linked to each year’s chosen theme to assist schools and parishes in their own plans to draw attention to the added value which Catholic schools bring across Scotland. Promotional events, liturgical celebrations, particular classroom lessons and school activities are encouraged in schools and parishes throughout this week.  The materials provided can be used at other times of the year.

 theme for the Jubilee year 
Letter from Pope Francis for the Jubilee Year
Vatican Website for the Jubilee Year
The Jubilee Year Prayer
The theme for 2025/26 is “Pilgrims of love”