St. Mary’s C.P. School

We are a Catholic School. Everything that happens here is informed by Gospel Values and the teachings of Jesus.

We are a loving community, where all are treated with respect, where a commitment to justice underpins all that we do and teach, and where the presence of God is reflected in our daily routine. At our school each individual grows in the knowledge and love of Christ.

St Mary’s, in partnerships with our parents and whole community provide an education that is based on the values of living life through Christ. The shared dedication of our wonderful staff team is an essential factor in maintaining our excellent standards; we want our pupils to learn, to grow and to be inspired by Gospel values, so that they can reflect God’s love in their everyday lives.

Our Mission Statement

Our school has its own distinctive mission statement which expresses our shared sense of purpose:

 

“At St Mary’s we grow and learn in the footsteps of Jesus”

Fundamental to this purpose is the belief that every person is made in the image and likeness of God and if we follow the gospel values we will become better people.

Our mission is to seek the ongoing development of every pupil and young person and to promote their well-being and freedom. This vision shapes the daily life of the Catholic school as a community in which faith is expressed and shared through every aspect of its activity.

The Creed

To help the children learn ‘The Creed’ and have an understanding of this special prayer the children were asked to create a piece of artwork that is displayed in our school hall.

Prayer and Liturgy

One of the most important tasks of Catholic schools is to lead children, through celebrating liturgies, towards an understanding and appreciation of prayer and the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist. Prayer and liturgy  is an integral part of school life at St Mary’s and  is central to the Catholic tradition.

Symbols in RE

Children across the school learn about the different symbols associated with the Catholic religion such as Lent and Easter. In Year 2 the children found out about the Holy Trinity. They created triangles to help them to remember that God is made up of three parts but is one God.

The Year of the Word

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales  designated 2020 as the ‘The God Who Speaks: The Year of the Word’ to celebrate the 10th anniversary of verbum Domini- Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’.

There was a range of activities that took place over the year based on the gospel of Matthew. Here is an example of some  of the work that the children created based on the ‘Journey of Matthew.’

Holy Week

Children across school have been completing a range of activities around Holy Week. They have retold the Bible stories – such as ‘The Last Supper’, ‘Good Friday’ and ‘Easter Sunday. They have also completed art work based on the Stations of the Cross and will be taking part in Prayer and Liturgy where they will reflect upon the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.

Decorated Egg Competition

We held our decorated egg competition and the entries were amazing. We have some very talented children at St. Mary’s. We talked about the symbolism of the egg. How it symbolises new life.

Father Kevan

Our head boy and head girl interviewed Father Kevan to find out a little more about him and introduce him to our school community. Father joined our parish earlier in the year and we can’t wait to work with him.

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