St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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Catholic Life of the School

Our Mission Statement

Catholic Life of the School

The Catholic vision of Education promotes the dignity and freedom of every person as created in the image and likeness of God.

This vision inspires and encourages the beliefs and values that are lived out in the daily life of the Catholic school.  Within this vision, Religious Education is very much a journey of formation involving every member of the school community, together with a pupil’s family and parish community.

With RE at our core, we exist in order to "help parents, priests and teachers hand on the Deposit of Faith in its fullness to a new generation of young people so that they may come to understand the richness of the Catholic faith, and thereby be drawn into a deeper communion with Christ in his Church." (Religious Education Curriculum Directory pvii).

We want every child to understand the responsibility that they have to others around them and be the best citizen they can be - we want to truly live out the Gospel Values.

Not everyone in our school community is Catholic and we truly are an inclusive community ensuring that everyone is respected and valued.

The Christian values at the heart of our Catholic faith incorporate the British values and we aim in everything we do to further each childs sense of commitment and responsibility to themselves, to others and in the wider world.

Prayer and Worship

Prayer and worship are central to the daily life of our school. We aim to provide opportunities for children’s spiritual growth and development through participation in a variety of forms of worship and through experiencing all forms of prayer.

In this way we aim to help the children to come to value and respect the power of prayer and its place in their relationship with God. The key events of the liturgical year are celebrated in many forms such as whole school Masses, Christmas Carol Services, Nativity performances, Lenten liturgies including Reconciliation, feast day celebrations, the Rosary and Stations of the Cross.

Religious Education

Learning in RE is at the core of the curriculum and we ensure that the Bishop’s directive is followed in allocating 10% of curriculum time to RE lessons. The Governing Body, led by the Chair and the Governor responsible for RE, provide outstanding support and commitment to the central place of RE in the school.

We hold the belief that we share the role of educators of the faith with the parents of our pupils and we strive to keep them fully informed of what their child is learning at school and to support them in what they can do at home to further their child’s understanding of the faith. Parents are welcomed to assemblies and Masses.