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At St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, as our Mission Statement suggests, we are learning to become more like Jesus Christ. We follow his example and try to do what He asks us to do. In short, we try to live our lives following Gospel values. These Gospel values can be summed up by the 'Sermon on the mount' where Jesus explained to those present how they should attempt to live their lives.

 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven”

Values: Faithfulness & Integrity

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”

Values: Dignity & Compassion

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”

Values: Humility & Gentleness

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”

Values: Truth & Justice

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”

Values: Forgiveness & Mercy

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”

Values: Purity & Holiness

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God”

Values: Tolerance & Peace

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the

kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter

every kind of slander against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice for your reward

is great in heaven; they persecuted the prophets before you in the very same way”

Values: Service & Sacrifice

 

 

Religious Education is central to our whole school curriculum and is about the development of a way of living which improves the quality of life for all.

 

The Religious Education scheme followed at St Thomas’ is the ‘Come and See' Scheme recommended by our Diocese. It is supplemented by other RE schemes and materials and accounts for 10% of the entire curriculum time excluding liturgies, assemblies and collective worship.

 

Through these schemes the children are taught the basis of the Catholic Faith, spirituality, morality and social issues which are constantly related to their own life experiences. Children are helped to come to a fuller knowledge and love of God which will develop into mature Christian living. On Holy Days of Obligation and at the beginning and end of each term, we celebrate the Eucharist as a School. Each week Fr Brian celebrates Mass in a Key Stage 2 class. Year Three children are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist within the parish.

 

Other faiths are taught in keeping with Diocesan requirements. 

 

There are weekly school assemblies and liturgies, when groups of pupils take it in turn to lead the rest of School in prayer and reflection. The pupils are fully involved in the preparation of both Mass and Liturgy. Each day pupils pray together as a class.

 

There is an open invitation to all parents to celebrate any school Mass with us.

 School Aims
 

At St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary school, we aim to create and sustain a stimulating Christ centred environment, where everybody involved, children, staff and parents, may grow in their faith and their love of God, developing respect for themselves and an awareness of the needs and gifts of others.

 

We aim to create an environment where children will be happy, independent and will be able to achieve their full potential, spiritually, academically, morally, emotionally, socially and physically.

 

We aim to provide children with the experiences, knowledge and skills necessary:

 

  • To deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith.
  • To read fluently, accurately and for enjoyment.
  • To write clearly, fluently and accurately for a variety of purposes.
  • To communicate clearly and confidently in speech.
  • To listen attentively to others.
  • To develop mathematical concepts and skills and apply these to real life situations.
  • To develop scientific knowledge and skills.
  • To develop the ability to plan and organise their own learning using a range of resources and skills.
  • To become observant and curious of the world around them and develop a respect for their environment.
  • To develop the skills, knowledge, understanding and confidence to express their thoughts and feelings creatively.
  • To develop agility and physical co-ordination and to encourage team skills.
  • To learn to recognize, respect and value the cultural, racial and sexual differences in our school and society.
  • To learn to work and play harmoniously and tolerantly with others.
  • To develop self-discipline, self-reliance, self-esteem and self-regulation.
  • To develop an understanding of the need for personal safety.
  • To use technology appropriately to support their development.
  • To stay safe, be healthy, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution to society and achieve and encourage well being.
  • We aim to celebrate and share successes and achievements, both individually and collectively.

     

    The school undertakes to work to complement the home and church environment by setting before the children the ideal of Christian life.

     

     

     


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