Whole School Retreat
Like all Catholic schools, we exist to serve our Catholic families and local community. Therefore our spiritual life is at the centre of all our work and teaching. Our Building the Kingdom curriculum provides our children with a strong moral basis for their lives and learning , based on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching - creating children who are considerate, supportive and above all social activist.
Our Catholic Virtues and Values are the foundation of our ethos and through these we teach the children to love and respect each and to live out the Gospel Messages.
The prayer life of the school is of great importance to use. In addition to whole school/class/staff worship we regularly celebrate Mass and have class assemblies to which parents are warmly invited. Throughout the year we celebrate many events in the Christian calendar including the Feast of our Patron Saint; St. Francis, Harvest Festival, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, May Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Corpus Christi.
Year 3 ( and sometimes older children ) are prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to receive their 1st Holy Communion ( The Sacrament of the Eucharist). We work closely with our parents and the Parish to ensure that they are fully prepared to receive the Sacraments.
Children in Years 5&6 are prepared biannually to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, which is conferred by the Bishop or his representative. Staff, parents and the Parish including our Governors and Covenant work closely together to prepare the children for the Sacramental Masses.
The children have the opportunity to attend confession during the academic year.
The whole school community, Catholic and non-Catholic are invited to celebrate Mass at St Francis Church at 9.30 on a Sunday morning.