Living in Faith
As a Catholic school, Jesus Christ remains central to every aspect of school life. All pupils are educated in the beliefs and devotional practices of the Catholic church. Participation in daily collective act of worship remains at the helm of every morning and afternoon session, within RE lessons and at the end of each day.
The Catholic RE scheme ‘Living and Growing as the People of God’ is followed throughout the school. This is supplemented by work on the saints and stories from the Old and New Testaments, Circle time sessions and Personal, Social and Health Education. Children participate in special liturgies during the school year which are timed to coincide with events in the Church’s calendar.
Our parish priest, Fr Kaz, works closely with school staff and families, to prepare year 3 pupils for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, whilst pupils in Year 6 prepare for Confirmation.
Relationships and Family Life (Sex Education) is taught formally in all classes and is integrated into Science and RE. Parents and carers are advised that, in desiring a Catholic education for their child, it is expected that all pupils will participate in RE lessons. Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children, although this is strongly discouraged, but may be required to supervise their children during this period, if adult supervision is not available.
All pupils learn about other religions and cultures and are encouraged to show respect and acknowledgement for the beliefs of others through open discussion and shared experiences.
Year 6 pupils are given the opportunity to visit Alton Castle, an education centre which combines a spiritual retreat with outdoor activities. During Lent and Advent, liturgies take place during and after school. These prayer group sessions are led by staff and pupils, whilst after-school prayer sessions are led by a parish Catechist and pupils.
Lord, bless our school
so that working together,
praying and playing together,
we may learn to serve You
and serve one another.
Values and Virtues
The Birth of Jesus- The shepherds and wise men were curious about the new born King and active in their journey to see Him.
The Presentation in the Temple- Mary and Joseph were curious when Simeon said ‘Thy soul a sword shall pierce’ and that Simeon knew that Jesus was the Son of God.
Zacchaeus was curious to see Jesus.
The Baptism of Jesus- Jesus travelled to John the Baptist.
The Call of the Disciples-Jesus was active in calling His disciples to follow Him and the Disciples were active in their willingness to follow Him
Miracles and Parables e.g.
Luke 10: The Good Samaritan actively helped the man who had been attacked
Our school plays an active part in the life of the parish of St Augustine’s. Children at St Augustine’s attend Mass termly where the children take an active part in the liturgy.
Our parish priest Fr Kaz is seen regularly within the school and play a very active part in the catholic life of the school.
A link to our parish website is available here.
Y3 will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We invite familes each half term to celebrate mass together as a community
Family Mass dates:
First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 17th June at 11am
The Wednesday Word is offered to all families as a weekly family time together.
Wednesday Word Family Time presents an opportunity for even the busiest of parents to enrich relationships with their children through spending a very special 5 minutes together each week.
Every Wednesday a ‘word’, inspired by the coming Sunday’s Gospel, will be suggested for families to talk about in the home. We have structured The Wednesday Word around the Sunday Gospel, because evidence shows that Gospel values really do help family relationships to thrive.
The Wednesday Word Family Time leaflet is designed in a family friendly fashion to ensure that all family members feel included. It aims to be informative, enjoyable, and to help families maintain a special closeness throughout the school years.
Please use the following link for any further information or downloads : http://www.wednesdayword.org/home/index.htm