We love and grow in Christ
We live and learn in partnership
We build and share together
Our mission statement sums up all that we try to achieve in our school.
We are, first and foremost, a Catholic school, living out the Gospel values of forgiveness, kindness, love and respect for others. We follow the example of our patron St. Francis of Assisi, in the care that he showed for all of God's creatures, his love of the environment and his dedication to those who are less fortunate. Our faith underpins and shapes the way that we relate to each other, develop ourselves as lifelong learners, aspire to be responsible members of our community and we seek to engender a sense of tolerance and respect towards people of other religions, races and beliefs.
It is our aim to work in the partnership of home, school and parish to ensure that children learn to apply these values consistently throughout their lives.
Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation takes place outside of school and is organised and delivered by members of the Parish, with whom we work closely in order to ensure a consistent approach to these important milestones in the children's lives. As a school family, we join in celebration with the children as they take these Sacraments for the fist time.
There are a number of occasions throughout the year when children at our school attend Church. These include:
We hold regular assemblies, which reinforce our Catholic values and the importance of these in making the right choices in the way we conduct ourselves. Some assemblies are a celebration of the topics covered in our R.E. curriculum and are delivered by specific classes. Parents are invited to these assemblies.
The teaching of R.E. forms a vital part of our school curriculum and we deliver this subject through the Archdiocesan scheme entitled 'Come and See.' As a Catholic school, at least 10% of curriculum time per week is spent on R.E. from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6. Through topics taught at each year group, children use their own experiences as a starting point from which to consider a range of issues. We then explore these more deeply, developing an understanding of the teachings of Jesus and the perspective that this gives.
Below, you will find some links that give greater insight into the Catholic life of our school. Please explore them and feel free to contact us with any feedback you wish to provide.
The Collective Worship Council
We are the Collective Worship Council. Every year group has a representative on the Council.
It is our role to help make R.E. enjoyable in our school. We do this by suggesting and writing prayers and music for Collective Worship, planning assemblies, masses and services, holding regular meetings where we discuss ideas and give feedback, inviting visitors into our school, planning display, and giving important input into the planning and creation of our school Prayer Garden. We also help with fundraising for our local and wider community.