St. Mary's Catholic Primary Voluntary AcademyCATHOLIC LIFE
There are many elements which make our Catholic school so special. Here 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.
In Catholic schools, as in any school, Religious Education is taught as an academic subject. However, the whole life of a Catholic School has to be an expression in practice of Catholic belief and Catholic tradition. As they grow, the children are encouraged to put their faith into practice in their own lives.
We encourage children to ask questions about the teachings of Christ and to develop enquiring minds. By working together for the children, parents and teachers make this school a place which we can truly say that ‘We value all children, family and visitors who enter our school’.
The school follows the Come and See Scheme for the teaching of religious education. Please see the ‘Religious Education’ page for further details. Parents receive a letter outlining the topics covered at the beginning of every term.
The school follows ‘A Journey in Love’ for Sex and Relationships teaching. Parents have the opportunity to examine the materials every year.
Our Parish Priest Father Benedict visits school to celebrate Mass with us. Parishioners attend our masses. Children in our school make the First Holy Communion and we celebrate this in school.
Father Benedict also comes into school to celebrate special occasions such as Ash Wednesday and Adoration. He has delivered teaching on some topics in ‘Come and See’ such as ‘Anointing the Sick’.
During the Autumn and Summer Term classes take part in a Parish Mass at church every week.
We are involved in the community in lots of ways.
Our Year 6 children take an active role in the town’s Remembrance Day Service by reading prayers and poems.
Our choir often visits and sings for residents in local homes.
In school, children work together to support each other. They raise money together to make school trips affordable for everyone.
We collect donations for our local food bank.
ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY VOLUNTARY ACADEMY
We celebrate Collective Worship every day. Please see the ‘Collective Worship’ page for examples of what we do.
ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY VOLUNTARY ACADEMY
Our job is to:
- To help the school be a community of faith.
- To encourage the pupils to live their faith in daily living.
- To develop good relationships within and beyond the school community.
- To involve pupils in fundraising for charities.
- To support Liturgy, prayer and the spiritual life of the school.
- To continue to develop strong links with the Parish.
- To support the school in its Mission Statement.
The children represent one of four houses. Our houses relate the four evangelists. St Matthew, St Mark St Luke and St John.
Each house has its own captain and vice-captain. All children vote for these at the beginning of the year.
Our Year 6 visit The Briars every year to work with the Diocesan Youth Service.
Here they spend 3 days on retreat.
We support a range of charities as a school including Mission Together, Shoebox Appeal, CAFOD, Easter Eggs for the ‘Apostleship of the Sea’ and Macmillan.
Our prayer group meets weekly and is run by Mrs Jackson. Mrs Jackson is a foundation Governor.
You will find at least one area in each classroom devoted to prayer. Children are encouraged to develop their own prayer spaces by providing scripture and artefacts/icons to display.
Our Chapel was developed in 2015. It gives us a special place to be closer to God.
Head Teacher: Mr. J. Leech
Deputy Head: Mrs. A. McIntyre
Address: St. Mary's Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy, Grammar School Road, Brigg, North Lincs DN20 8BB