In this section of our school website, we would like to share with you and celebrate many of the elements which make St Mary’s Catholic Primary School so special.
We share the joys and successes of our links with our feeder parishes, especially the Cathedral parish of Our Lady of Sorrows, and show how we work together to support the growth and development of our children’s faith and Religious Education.
We have included the “Come and See” newsletter which explains the work we are covering this year, suggested activities and important dates in the Church year.
Our ‘Messengers of Christ’ are pupils from Year 2-Year 6 who have been nominated by their peers to further enhance the Catholic Life of our school. Minutes from their meetings are also included.
Minutes of Meetings
Collective Worship and Prayer Life
Our slideshow of photographs shows a selection of special celebrations and some of our diverse opportunities for child- led Collective Worship.
Collective Worship slideshow to follow
Other slideshows also show photographs of our school work, links with the parish, displays and charity and social outreach work.
We hope you enjoy sharing in the Catholic Life of our School
Religious Education Policies
Relationships and Sex Education
A Journey in Love is a resource created by Sister Jude Groden of BRES. It is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Relationship and Sex Education, and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PSHE and Science curricula taught within the school. The scheme permeates through all levels of learning throughout the school. It focuses on friendship, family, community, relationships and spirituality; a guide to the children’s development as young Catholics.
As you would expect, not all issues related to personal development are covered by the end of Year 6. The content is age appropriate and is taught with sensitivity, taking into account the children’s level of maturity in regard to the delivery of the lessons.
As with all aspects of learning, children are naturally curious and many will have questions related to their lessons. Opportunities to discuss questions form part of the lessons and again these are treated with care and understanding. ‘A Journey in Love’ highlights the importance of parental input and children will be told to discuss their lessons at home.
As a parent, you have the right to withdraw your child from the non- statutory aspects of Relationship and Sex Education at any time. If you wish to do so however, this is not to be confused with the topics around growing and life cycles within the Science curriculum which is a statutory requirement.
Family Service for use when you can’t get to Mass