Catholic Life of Our School

Our Catholic Curriculum

 

At St. Mary's, we want all our children to live out our school mission statement: Called to Make  a Difference. We want to grow to be more like Jesus in our everyday actions with each other, our local community and our global family. We can do this by growing in the knowledge and understanding of Jesus' life and teachings-these are an example to us. We will experience prayer and liturgy that builds on learning in RE and Catholic tradition and develop children's spiritual and religious dimensions of life through awe and wonder. We recognise the importance of helping children to understand God's plan for them and to live a life of action. We want our children to confidently know that God has chosen them to make a difference in our world and to flourish as the unique creation  they have been born to be with many gifts and talents to help them thrive in our world. We want our children to live out the Gospel values and make that difference in our world.

 

We use several resources to enrich our RE curriculum. 'Come and See' is a Diocesan approved scheme. We also use Caritas in Action resources to strengthen our commitment to social justice and our Gospel values underpin every aspect of our day to day lives. We also teach our children about the Church's liturgical year and this is delivered through Building the Kingdom work. Each class is named after a saint-these are our Heroes of Faith and our ultimate role models.

Please click on the links below to discover more about our journey with God.

Welcome Mass September 2021

A lovely Mass in school today and it was wonderful to be able to welcome members of the parish in for coffee and cake afterwards. Our whole school family said farewell to Canon Cooper. We thanked him for all his service to our parish and we wish him a very happy, and well deserved, retirement.

WELCOME Fr. Darren

 

We would like to welcome Fr. Darren to our school family. We look forward to sharing all aspects of school life with him.

Building the Kingdom

At St. Mary's we want to be Kingdom builders and grow spiritually through learning about key events in the Church's liturgical year. We use the example of saints and feast days to help us be more like Jesus and we do this so that we can help grow our school family and the wider community. We have many role models to help us: many saints to guide us. The Church's liturgical year includes many celebrations and we enjoy taking part in these and spreading the Good News to all we meet.

Mary's Birthday

Thank you Mary for saying 'yes' to God. Help us to be a school family who also say 'yes' to God's calling.

 

On Mary's birthday we think especially about one of her titles: Mary, Untier of Knots. We present our worries to Mary because we know she can help us.

 

We pray to you, Mary our Mother, to receive in your hands all the worries of St. Mary's, to free us from the knots in our lives. Amen.

 

Happy Birthday Mary!

The Angelus

Margaret came in to teach the whole school how to pray The Angelus. The Angelus 'interrupts' our day so that we can stop the busyness of life and turn to God. She told us the story of The Annunciation and how Mary said 'yes' to God. We can be like Mary too. Margaret taught us some actions for the Hail Mary. We enjoyed learning our new prayer.

 

In KS2, The Angelus  is prayed the first Monday of every month at 12noon and is led by our prayer leaders.

Thank you Margaret for sharing the Hail Mary with us in prayer and in action

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Harvest with CAFOD

It was so lovely to welcome Carol back into school to share this year's CAFOD Harvest Project: Go Green.

Watch this space to find out what we do as a school!

Update!

Our Go Green group organised a mufti-day for the whole school. Children could dress up in green or as a rainforest animal. Some children brought in their ideas about what they will try to do at home to be more green.

We raised £125! Well done everyone!

The Feast of Guardian Angels

Did you know that we all have a guardian angel? Someone to watch over us, protect us and guide us. We learned the Guardian Angel Prayer and Year 6 made a special card for their buddies in Reception.

 

The Guardian Angel Prayer

Angel of God

My guardian dear

to whom God's love

Commits me here.

Ever this day

Be at my side,

To light and guard

To rule and guide.

Amen.

Wednesday Word

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Laudato Si

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The Vatican released the much-anticipated encyclical by Pope Francis, 'Laudato Si' - Care of our common home

Fratelli tutti

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Pope Francis has written a letter to everyone, asking us to reach out to our sisters and brothers in need, whoever they are, wherever they may come from. We are all challenged to think of ourselves as a single global family living in a common home, and neighbours to all.