Welcome to our "Catholic Life of the School" page.
Through this page we aim to share with you and celebrate many of the 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. You will also find photographs showing special celebrations and some of our diverse opportunities for Collective Worship. There are also photographs of our school work, displays, charity work and celebrations, Masses and special events.
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.
In class, the children help to prepare and participate in masses and assemblies. Not only in the teaching, but also in the daily practice of the faith, our children are helped by the personal example of the staff. 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 in the name of Jesus the Christ’.
We believe that the school alone cannot undertake a child’s religious education. Religious Education begins at home; the parents are the child’s first teachers and support the child with his/her first religious experiences. The school works in partnership with parents and parish to enrich the lives of our children.
We distribute newsletters each term to inform parents about the forthcoming events and notify parents of Masses and liturgies both in the school and the Parish. St.Joseph’s regularly supports Parish events and fundraising e.g. CAFOD, Apostleship of the Sea shoebox Advent appeal and Lenten appeals.
Liturgy and Collective Worship
Our Catholic faith is central to day to day life of our school and all aspects of the curriculum, and pupils are encouraged to recognise the importance of their faith and they respond to all forms of liturgy and collective worship with respect and reverence.
We have a rich liturgical life in that the experiences we provide are wide ranging and take place in school, out of school, in Church and the wider community, and engage and involve pupils, parents, staff, governors and the parish. The Celebration of the Eucharist and prayer are central in our school. Our Parish Priest regularly celebrates Mass in School. In addition, we celebrate School Masses at the beginning and end of term and on other significant occasions such as All Saints. Our Parish Priest makes regular visits to classes which further enhances children’s knowledge, skills and helps them to develop a deeper understanding of their faith.
At St Joseph’s we strive to create a stimulating environment so that by learning, playing and working together, we openly follow Christ’s teachings. We seek to offer every person the opportunity to be a unique and valued individual, sharing and developing belief in the teachings of Jesus through everyday relationships and mutual respect in our dealings with one another.
As part of this we aim that our Academy offers:
- A welcoming, secure and caring environment in which all can happily work;
- A broad, balanced and relevant curriculum of the highest standard to meet their spiritual, emotional, moral, intellectual and physical needs and to prepare them for the responsibilities of adult life;
- A spirit of care, generosity, forgiveness and equal opportunity within our multicultural community through prayer and living our faith.
- A a worshiping community by celebrating meaningful and appropriate liturgy and ensuring that prayer life is nourished, guided and developed.