At Saint Patrick's, our children are at the heart of all that we do as too often we are the only experience of church that they have. We endeavour therefore to show them the love God has for them and this underpins all we do as a school. Liturgy is central to all we are trying to achieve with our children and the opportunities for child led liturgy and worship afford them a variety of opportunities to explore their faith, share experiences and grow in love of self and God.
As a Catholic school we have a duty to ensure that students have the opportunity to take part in Mass on Holy Days of Obligation, to celebrate important events in the life of the school and to give students the opportunity to take part in liturgies which celebrate important aspects of the Church Calendar and which help to promote the school’s Catholic identity, for instance Advent Services, Ash Wednesday Services, Penitential Services, Holy Week Liturgies, Class Masses and class collective worship.
Students are enabled to engage actively in worship and sharing the Word of God. This reinforces the importance and relevance of these within their own lives and gives them the chance to serve and minister to their peers and to staff as well. Children are also encouraged to use their gifts and talents to help the whole community of St. Patrick's to access liturgy through different media e.g. music, dance, art, drama, computing and so on – we all learn in a variety of ways and so need to experience liturgy being presented to us in different ways. This is evident within our Come and See assemblies and Masses.
Our teaching at St. Patrick’s is truly rooted within the teaching of Christ. Our religious life stretches far beyond the RE curriculum and is an integral part of daily life within school. This enables the children to develop a deep faith, respect and love of one another and helps them to understand the world around them. We will update the page throughout the year with how we live out our Faith.
At Saint Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, every child and adult is offered the sense of belonging. They are given many opportunities to grow towards the person God wishes then to be. The school gives many opportunities for parents to accompany their children on their journey of faith.
Spirituality, including the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation lie at the heart of our authentic Catholic community. Mindfulness and meditation further supports the spiritual journey of children and adults.
The school successfully uses the children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning to open up and explore the big questions of life. Children are nurtured and supported and encouraged to reach their full potential. In times of vulnerability they receive outstanding pastoral care. Child protection procedures are clear, known and effective.
The children are given many opportunities for outreach and generosity of spirit towards each other and those less fortunate locally, nationally and internationally. This is particularly evident during our fundraising efforts throughout the year, but intensified during Lent.
Catholic leadership is strong across the governing body and internal leadership. Curriculum Religious Education is very well led and managed. Staff are proud to be beacons of faith to children. Significant resources are given to the development of the catholic life of the school and Religious Education.
Listening to the Word of God, sharing and experiencing catholic traditions, the role of pupil chaplains, and, developing Caritas in action are key experiences across the school.
As a result of the above, by the time they leave Saint Patrick’s Catholic Primary School :