“The learning environment of St Joseph’s reflects the school’s mission as soon as you enter. All classrooms have reflection tables and high quality religious artefacts which are used daily by the pupils.” Diocesan Inspection 2018
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.
Statements to Live By
KS1 and KS2 gather weekly to listen and act upon a weekly statement to live by. Pupils plan the Collective Worship by considering how they will gather, listen, respond and go forth. They read Scripture passage linked to the statement. Children then follow the statement to live by in school. Each week a different statement such as ‘I try to be just and fair’ is displayed in every classroom and around the school. Children are encouraged to think about the statement at the beginning of the school day, it is reinforced throughout the day and reflected upon before going home.
The resource is rooted in nine guiding principles which support the distinctive nature of Catholic schools. The statements make the Catholic values of the school explicit, promote a positive and caring Christian ethos that is understood and communicated to everyone, promote emotional literacy and contribute towards community cohesion and the common good. They ensure that children and young people are given opportunities to:
- Hear the Christian story and encounter the person of Jesus
- Understand their uniqueness as made in the image and likeness of God
- Experience a sense of belonging within a range of communities, including the local Eucharistic community
- Know, appreciate and understand the importance of social justice
- Know that our limitations are also opportunities for growth
- Understand the connection between knowledge and living
- Know that everything has the opportunity to reveal God’s presence to us, ie to see the divine in the ordinary
- Forgive and be forgiven, to reconcile and be reconciled
- Experience fun, humour, imagination, creativity, play and excitement in life
Throughout the week children are provided with opportunities for daily reflection after dinner. This may be in the form of simple activities linked to ‘Breaking the Word’ or ‘Collective Worship’. It may also take the form of prayers, music, exploring religious paintings or watching video clips. This provides children with the opportunity to further develop their faith on a personal level.
Breaking the Word
At the beginning of each week children are given the opportunity to reflect upon the Gospel reading that has been read in Church. The whole school comes together to Worship in prayer, song and private reflection. Children read the Gospel and lead prayers.
On this page you will find information to help families, the Parish and school work together in supporting the development of our children’s faith and Religious Education. We have included the “Come and See” newsletter which explains the work we are covering this year, suggested activities and important dates in the Church year.
Each half term the whole school come together to share Mass. Fortnightly, each class will also have the opportunity to lead a class Mass in the Chapel. This is celebrated with members of the parish and the school community. The Eucharist remains at the heart of our schools identity. It is an essential foundation upon which our Catholic ethos is built. By this sacramental act we fulfil the command of the Lord Jesus to celebrate the Eucharist in memory of Him. The mystery of His saving death and resurrection is made present for us as the living Lord speaks through the Scriptures and gives Himself in the bread that becomes His Body and the wine that becomes His Blood. The purpose of every school Mass is to unite all present, especially children and young people more closely to Christ.