Catholic Life of the School

Through this page we aim to share with you and celebrate many of the elements which make our Catholic school so special and show how families, the Parish and the school work together in supporting the development of our children's faith and Religious Education.

 


 

DIOCESAN INSPECTION OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (February 2016):

In February 2016, the school's provision of Catholic Education and the Catholic Life of the school was inspected by the Diocese. We were delighted with the outcomes. To read the report, please click here.

 

RE NEWSLETTER 2017/18:

Please click here for the Autumn (1st half) 2017 newsletter for parents.

 

PRAYER BOOK 2017/18:

To develop knowledge of a range of prayers, we have developed a school prayer book for use by everyone in the school community. We encourage parents and carers to share these prayers with their children and pray together as a family. A copy of the prayer book can be found by clicking here.

 

MORNING PRAYER:

Every morning at 8.45am, parents, children and staff join together in prayer as a school community. In October and May, we begin each day with a reflection on one of the Mysteries of the Rosary followed by prayers dedicated to Mary, our Mother.  


    

 

WORSHIP AT ST. PAUL'S:

We are lucky enough to share our site with St. Paul's Church and the parish priest, Fr. Perry, regularly visits our school. We also come together as a community in the church as mass and through the Stations of the Cross.


                      

We mark special liturgical celebrations in the Church's calendar such as Holy Week, Easter, Advent and Christmas.


    

After the children receive their First Holy Communion, we hold a celebratory mass at school.
    

 

MARIAN DEVOTIONS THROUGHOUT MAY AND OCTOBER:

During May and October, we focus our prayers and devotions on the Blessed Virgin Mary. We mark this in a number of ways.

Reflection on the Mysteries in the playground each morning:                                                      

We will begin each day in the school hall with a reflection of one of the Mysteries of the Rosary. The Mysteries of the Rosary are designed to help focus our prayers on the life, ministry, and Passion of Our Lord. We would like to invite parents, carers and other members of the school community to join the staff and children each morning in the hall at 8.45am.

Lunchtime Rosary Prayer Group

During lunchtime, staff will lead the children in praying a decade of the rosary. Children will have the opportunity of attending these prayer sessions each day and reflecting further on each Mystery. We are also encouraging children to bring in a set of rosary beads to assist in their prayer.

Crowning of Mary

During May, we will also celebrate the Crowning of Mary in our Parish Church. We ask all members of the school community to bring in flowers to help create the crown and we process from the school playground to the church. 

We encourage all parents and carers to share in these Marian devotions with the school and at home, for example, by saying a decade of the rosary together as a family.

      

 

ASSEMBLIES:

Each Monday morning, Mr. Curry or Mr. O'Shannessy lead the whole school assembly. On a Wednesday afternoon, we celebrate the children's learning with our class assemblies. Friday afternoon is a special time for celebrating children's achievements in our awards assembly which parents are warmly invited attend.

     

 

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING:

We have continued to embed the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) into the ethos of our school. CST is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan to build his kingdom of peace, love and justice. It holds that God has a special place in this story for each of us, whoever we are. Our part in this plan is not just limited to things ‘spiritual’, or things we might do on Sundays, but that it involves every aspect of our lives, from the things we pray about, to how we live as responsible global citizens.

As part of our Catholic Social Teaching, we believe it is important to support people in need throughout the world. In the last year, we have raised money for CAFOD, Red Nose Day and Save the Children (to name but a few).


 

COMMUNITY LINKS:

Our local community is also important to us. Each Christmas, our choir sings in the local residential home and delivers mince pies.

 

MINI VINNIES AT ST. PAUL'S:

Our Mini Vinnies continue to flourish in the school and meet regularly to further develop the positive impact that they have made on the Catholic life of the school.

 

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education for many years, which can be highlighted through the development of the 'Mini Vinnie' programme. Mini Vinnies are seen as having, "the potential to significantly contribute to the future of our Society." This aim also fits in perfectly with the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching which we are teaching at St. Paul’s.

 Our Mini Vinnies, who will be represented by pupils from Years 3 to 6, will be elected at the end of September 2017. They will be were presented with their own 'treasured' Prayer, Pledge and Badge in our initiation ceremony.

MINI VINNIE PRESS RELEASE:

We were delighted to see that the hard work  of our MinI Vinnies in promoting the Catholic Life of the school received 'official' recognition from the Diocesan newspaper, the Westminster Record (May 2016 edition). You can read the article by clicking on the following link.

Mini Vinnies Press Release - May 2016