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Catholic Life of our school

Welcome to our 'Catholic Life of our school' page. Through this page, we aim to share with you and celebrate many of the elements that make our Catholic school so special. As a Catholic school, spiritual and religious education are central to the life of the school. Our Catholic faith influences all the work of the school as we strive to follow the Gospel values of love, justice and concern for others. We are delighted to have been judged 'outstanding' in a recent inspection for Catholic life of the school.

The Catholic life of the school is celebrated in a number of ways.

Prayer

The school has an Act of Collective Worship each day and each class says prayers in the morning, at lunch and at the end of the day. During Lent and Advent, additional prayer sessions are held both outside and inside the school day. Prayer services are held in school to celebrate Easter and Mary, the patron saint of our school. The staff are invited to weekly prayers. Any member of our school community can submit prayer requests for inclusion on the newsletter.
 


Display
The school shows it's distinctive Catholic nature through the use of display and images. These include a liturgical year display in the entrance, an RE topic display in the corridor and prayer areas in each classroom. Around school, objects and images are used to remind us of our Catholic identity. 



Mass

All of our children regularly participate in and lead mass in church. We are lucky enough to be on the same site as St Mary's Church so our children have the spiritual experience of attending church on a regular basis. Fr Browne also leads a class mass for each KS2 class during Lent. The church website can be found at www.stmaryshighgreen.co.uk


Liturgies

All children experience planning and delivering their own liturgies both as part of their RE curriculum and as part of collective worship. 


Mini Vinnies

We have a children's group which is part of the St Vincent de Paul Society. These children lead on the Catholic life of our school through fundraising, prayer, leading liturgies and links to the community. 


Trips, Visits and Saints Days

Throughout their time at St Mary's, all our children will experience a visit to the Cathedral of St Marie, will participate in a retreat experience and engage in the 'Big Sing, Liturgy Thing' celebration. On St Andrew's Day, St David's Day, St Patrick's Day and St George's Day, the children gather together to work on activities that develop their understanding of the lives of Saints.  

Faith Forest

We have recently developed an outdoor spiritual space to enhance the Catholic life of our school. This area is used for prayer, to celebrate liturgies and to complement the RE curriculum. 


Performances

During key times of preparation in the liturgical year (Lent and Advent), all children take part in a performance to tell the stories of the Nativity, Palm Sunday and The Passion. This is done through drama, dance and song. During Advent, we also hold a Travelling Carol concert in our local churches for the whole community. The choir performs carols at the local nursing home. 


Fundraising

A key aspect of our Catholic ethos is the support we give to others. The children at St Mary's care deeply about others and want to help. Some of the causes we have supported include Macmillan, CAFOD, Children In Need and Mission Together. During Lent, each class organises a fundraising activity for the Good Shepherd collection. During Harvest, the children make donations to the local food bank.


Home - School Links

Parents are invited to join us for masses, performances and prayer sessions, During Lent and Advent, each child has the opportunity to take home a prayer bag containing props, a book, candles and a prayer for families to share together. 
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Lynsie Tuplin,
4 Mar 2019, 01:16