Prayer is an important part of class and assembly time. Children learn formal prayers and are encouraged to write their own.
In assembly we gather together and celebrate through hymns, prayers, sharing learning from class and studying local and global themes.
Mass in School and Church
Mass is celebrated regularly in school with children taking a leading role. The children celebrate Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church throughout the school year.
Father Paul Fitzpatrick
Father Paul is our Parish Priest. He visits school each week to celebrate Mass and he also visits individual classes and meets parents after school.
- First Communion and Reconciliation
- During Year 3, children have the opportunity to prepare for their reception of the Eucharist and First Reconciliation with the support of the Parish Priest and Parish community. Enrolment takes place on the first Sunday of Advent. There are further celebrations throughout the year, culminating in the Celebration of First Holy Communion in the Summer term.
- Year 6 have the opportunity to prepare for their confirmation. This sacrament is taught at school including a community project. The sacrament is conferred by the Bishop.
Catholic Schools' Pupil Profile
Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Birmingham ensure that as part of their Catholic teachings from Learning and Growing as the People of God, Virtues are a key focus. These virtues show how pupils are growing in their faith, as well as how schools help children to grow. Every half term there is a different focus.
These virtues are taken from the Jesuit Institute which is rooted in the teachings of St Ignatius. They have created a Pupil Profile in which eight pairs of complementary words have been placed together. The Archdiocese of Birmingham have been allowed to use the Jesuit material and have renamed it the Catholic Schools Profile.
Each half term the whole school will focus on one pair of words; we will spend time reflecting on the meaning of the words; how we see these virtues in action in our lives and in the lives of others and how we can work to encapsulate these virtues in our lives.
Work on the meaning of the words is carried out in class and in assemblies. The work of the children is celebrated and at the end of every term each teacher nominates a child in their class to receive the virtues and values award.