The Catholic School's Profile

From September 2015 St Mary’s adopted the Archdiocese of Birmingham's Catholic Schools Profile. This means we will be working together across all phases of the school to look at those values and virtues that come Gospel and teachings of Jesus.

 

This half-term's virtues :

 

       attentive  and  discerning 

 
St Mary’s Virtue Certificates are issued to pupils who have all exhibited something really special that has impressed and inspired a member of staff. Through their actions these children have displayed one of the virtues of Catholic Schools Profile. They may have been kind and thoughtful, generous compassionate or loving. But whatever they did, they showed they are growing in Christ’s love!
Religious Education

As a voluntary aided Roman Catholic School the basic religious ethos is to be found across the whole curriculum and not just within the RE timetable

The whole aim of the school is the Christian growth of the children, not simply their growth in Faith but their growing awareness of the world as a maturing Christian.

The school will foster in children respect for the value of their own culture and the culture of others and help them to live harmoniously in society.

Racism and racial prejudice will be challenged with positive attitudes.

As a Catholic school there is a consensus among parents about our basic values and therefore it is the norm that all children take part in Religious Education and collective worship. In the unlikely event that parents would wish to withdraw their child form these activities, as is their parental right, they would be advised to discuss this with the Head Teacher. 

Diocesan RE Scheme

Teachers have adopted the Diocesan Scheme “Learning and Growing as the People of God”. The beliefs and values studied in Catholic religious education inspire and draw together every aspect of the life of the Catholic School.

In the unlikely event that parents would wish to withdraw their children from these activities, as is their parental right, they would be advised to discuss this with the Head Teacher. 

The Catholic Life of St. Mary's

Sacramental Preparation

First Holy Communions are usually celebrated at parish Masses early in the Summer Term and Confirmation is normally celebrated later in the Summer Term.

Preparations for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion are undertaken in Year 3 and for Confirmation in Year 6, forming part of the School’s RE programme.

Days of reflection, visits to Harvington Hall, Oscott College and St. Chad’s Cathedral, are arranged as part of these sacramental preparations. The School works closely with the Diocese in the preparation of pupils undertaking the holy sacraments.

Father Benedict Thompson, OSB our School and Parish Priest has a strong connection with everyone at St. Mary’s School. Parent’s evenings for sacramental preparation are both welcoming and well supported. Every faith tradition is respected at St. Mary’s.  

School Masses

Father Benedict comes to our school regularly to say School Mass. All pupils and staff attend. Parents and Parishioners are most welcome to attend. Key Stage 2 pupils serve at the altar and perform bidding prayers and readings throughout the mass. Please check the School Diary for dates and times.

Religious Events Celebrated in our School

  • Lent & Easter
  • Festivals & Saints Feast Days
  • Holy Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Holy Sacrament of First Holy Communion
  • May Crowning of Our Lady
  • Holy Sacrament of Confirmation
  • Remembrance
  • Advent & Christmas
  • St Mary's RC Catholic Primary School
  • Ofsted
  • International School Award
  • Eco-Schools
  • Green Tree Schools
  • The Forest School
  • Rainbows
  • Healthy School
  • BDA Quality
  • NACE, National Association for Able Children in Education
  • Little Oaks