In the Second Century St Iranaeus write: “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” This is the goal of Catholic education to draw out the potential in each person to the full, in a community which recognises the centrality of Christ as our guide and inspiration.
As a Catholic school our Catholic identity is very important to us. Throughout the year we celebrate the Liturgical Year as a school community and we try to involve our families wherever possible. By helping our children to understand the Catholic Christian traditions, they learn to respect and understand the beliefs of other world faiths.
During Advent and Lent we gather together weekly in whole school liturgies to which parents and other family members are invited. Through song, prayer, scripture and symbols, we journey towards Christmas and Easter through the seasons of preparation. Church Feast Days are also celebrated in school with either Mass or a non-Eucharistic liturgy. St Joseph’s feast day (March 19th) is a particularly special day of celebration marked by a liturgy and a ‘treat’ for the children.
Each class has a Prayer space which is decorated to reflect the liturgical year and there are class prayer books which the children take in turns to take home and write a prayer for school. Prayers are said daily at the start of the day, lunch-time and before the children go home at the end of the day. Individual classes also take turns in preparing whole school assemblies or a liturgy for their parents. Years 4,5 and 6 celebrate a Class Mass based on some recent RE work that they have been studying.
Preparation for receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist is not done in school but through the children’s parishes. Traditionally, each Summer, Year 3 go on a pilgrimage with school staff, Parish priests and their families to the beautiful Aylesford Carmelite Friary in Kent.