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As a Catholic school, we aim to give all our children an experience of a caring Christian community that will influence and shape their future lives. It is often commented that the school has a family atmosphere. This is, we are sure, a result of the love, respect and care which Staff and pupils show for one another as they try to follow the Teachings of Jesus.

Each Class joins together in prayer throughout the school day and this is an important demonstration to all that the Christian faith is at the centre of our school community. See the ‘Prayer’ downloads for some of the prayers used.

Our Assemblies are used to unite the school. Individual and group achievements are celebrated, news from other parts of the school is shared, current issues are discussed and the need for positive qualities, such as kindness and honesty, are stressed.

The Church’s Liturgical Year is reflected in our Assemblies and Acts of Worship. Particular emphasis is placed on the celebration of Advent, Lent and Easter. Children have the opportunity to join the Parish Church for Mass. During Lent, the children enthusiastically organise and take part in fund-raising activities within the school. Year 5 perform a moving Passion Play for the rest of the school.

Parents of children in Year 3 should approach their local Parish Priest for details of the Sacramental preparation programme. As a school, we liaise with the Churches to ensure the children are fully prepared to receive the Sacraments. A special Mass is celebrated by the whole school community, shortly after the children have taken their First Communion in the Parishes.

A group of parents meet regularly in the school to pray for the community and requests for prayers can be left in a special box in the Main Entrance Hall, or children can put them in the prayer boxes in their classrooms.

Our school Chaplain is a Governor and celebrates school Masses and the Sacrament of Reconciliation at special times.