Catholic Life

Living in Faith

As a Catholic school, Jesus Christ remains central to every aspect of school life.  All pupils are educated in the beliefs and devotional practices of the Catholic church. Participation in daily collective act of worship remains at the helm of every morning and afternoon session, within RE lessons and at the end of each day. Every class prepares and leads Mass once a term, with parents, families and parishioners warmly welcomed.

The Catholic RE scheme ‘Living and Growing as the People of God’ is followed throughout the school. This is supplemented by work on the saints and stories from the Old and New Testaments, Circle time sessions and Personal, Social and Health Education. Children participate in special liturgies during the school year which are timed to coincide with events in the Church’s calendar.

Our parish priest, Father John Gilbert, works closely with school staff and families, to prepare year 3 pupils for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, whilst pupils in Year 6 prepare for Confirmation.

Relationships and Family Life (Sex Education) is taught formally in all classes and is integrated into Science and RE. Parents and carers are advised that, in desiring a Catholic education for their child, it is expected that all pupils will participate in RE lessons. Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children, although this is strongly discouraged, but may be required to supervise their children during this period, if adult supervision is not available.

All pupils learn about other religions and cultures and are encouraged to show respect and acknowledgement for the beliefs of others through open discussion and shared experiences. This is reflected through the involvement of Muslim and Sikh pupils, both within school and the wider local community, who have worked with other schools by leading assemblies during Eid and Ramadan.

Year 6 pupils are given the opportunity to visit Alton Castle, an education centre which combines a spiritual retreat with outdoor activities. During Lent and Advent, liturgies take place during and after school. These prayer group sessions are led by staff and pupils, whilst after-school prayer sessions are led by a parish Catechist and pupils.
 


School Prayer:

Lord, bless our school
so that working together,
praying and playing together,
we may learn to serve You
and serve one another.
Amen

 

Psalm 23 - Written by Elijah Ohlweiler-Seabridge

Formal Prayers

Values and Virtues

MAC Mission Group -  Pupil Voice Values and Virtues

Mission Statement 

St Gregory's Section 48 Diocesian Inspection 2017


Values and Virtues

Each half term we look at different virtues of Jesus that we share with the children during assemblies and collective worship. This half term we are looking at being attentive and discerning.

We ask the children to be :

 

Summer 2 Half Term

Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.  By passing on the living and faith-filled tradition of Jesus Christ; by having persevering faith in the pupils, and by encouraging them in turn, to have faith and hope in themselves and others. 

Matthew 5-7 The Sermon on the Mount (The Beatitudes)

Matthew 7: 7-9 “Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock.”

Matthew 17:20 Parable of the Mustard seed

Matthew 24:42-51 Parable for the Faithful Servant

Matthew 8: 23-26 Jesus calms the storm

The Miracles of Jesus (healing)

Matthew 25:21 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”

John 14: 27 “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Acts 2 The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost

Romans 5: 5 ‘And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.’

 

 

Summer 1 Half Term

Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.  By being compassionate and loving in the way pupils are treated, especially when a pupil is in trouble; and by opening pupils’ eyes to those who suffer poverty, injustice or violence.

Love is the greatest commandment ( Matthew 22:37-40)

Feeding of the five thousand ( Matthew 14:13-21)

Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

Parable of the Forgiving Father ( Luke 15:11-32)

Healing of Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10: 46-52)

Touching the Hem of Jesus' Garment (Luke 8:40-49)

Jesus passion and death on the cross for our Salvation

St. Paul Corinthians 13

Woman at the Well John 4:1-30

The Ten Lepers Luke 17:11-19

Parable of the Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-32

 

Spring 2 Half Term

Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and Discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.  

We believe parents also play a great role in sharing these virtues with their children. Here are some Bible stories that you could read together to look at being attentive and discerning.

Be ready (Matthew 3:1-3, Mark 1:1-3)

The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids (Matthew 25:1-13)

The Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:3-9)

The Man who built his house on rock Jesus Calls His Disciples (Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-34; Luke 5:1-11)

Saul’s conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-20)

Call of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

The conversion of the thief on the cross (Luke 23:32-46)

We are called to specific vocations to live out an abundant, fruitful life in light of our God given gifts and personalities (John 10:10)

 

Spring 1 Half Term

Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and Generous with their gifts, now and in the future.

We believe parents also play a great role in sharing these virtues with their children. Here are some Bible stories that you could read together to look at being grateful and generous.

God so loved the world he gave his only son (John 3:16)

The Wedding Feast at Cana (John 2:1-12)

The Story of the Ten Lepers – only one was grateful (Luke 17:11-19)

The Feeding of the 5000 (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44)

We all have different gifts and different parts to play in the Church (1 Corinthians 12: 14-27)

Let others see the good you do (Matthew 5:14-16)

We should be content with what we have rather than complaining and looking at how generous He has been to others. (Matthew 20:1-16)

Christian giving:  both giving money and sharing what we have and by forgiving those who have hurt or upset us. (2 Corinthians 8:1-7.)

 

Values and Virtues Planning Documentaion

Grateful & Generous

Attentive & Discerning

Compassionate & Loving

Faith-filled & Hopeful

Eloquent & Truthful

Learned & Wise

Curious & Active

Intentional & Prophetic

 

Parish

Our school plays an active part in the life of the parish of St Gregory's.  Pupils and Staff celebrate mass in the school hall and at St Gregory's Church at various times during the academic year in which the parish and parents attend.

Our parish priest Fr John Gilbert are seen regularly within the school and play a very active part in the catholic life of the school.  Please click on the following link for parish informtaion, including mass times.

http://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/parish-directory/st-gregory-parish-stoke-on-trent/


 

Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental Sign up FHC

Fr John Gilbert Letter

Do This in Memory Family Masses

 

Wednesday Word

The Wednesday Word is offered to all families as a weekly family time together.  

Wednesday Word Family Time presents an opportunity for even the busiest of parents to enrich relationships with their children through spending a very special 5 minutes together each week.

Every Wednesday a ‘word’, inspired by the coming Sunday’s Gospel, will be suggested for families to talk about in the home. We have structured The Wednesday Word around the Sunday Gospel, because evidence shows that Gospel values really do help family relationships to thrive.

The Wednesday Word Family Time leaflet is designed in a family friendly fashion to ensure that all family members feel included. It aims to be informative, enjoyable, and to help families maintain a special closeness throughout the school years.

Please use the following link for any further information or downloads :  http://www.wednesdayword.org/home/index.htm

 

 


                                              

         Prayer Room                               Vocations talk led by Mr Chadwick                          Christingle

 

                                       

        Harvest Food Bank                                     KS1 Prayer Focus                                  Rememberance

 

God's Family Assembly led by Mrs Yates

                                       

 

For Jimmy - MAC Forgiveness Talk

                       

 

Class Assembly - St Therese of Lisieux       

                                    

 

 

Y5 Harvest Assembly

                             

     

Remembrance Day Parade

 

Advent

               

                       

 

Mini Vinnie

                       

 

Y5 Vocations Talk - Anthony Colclough

              

 

FS1 Church Role Play

                  

 

CAFOD Assembly - Power To Be

 

            

Video - Please watch the following:

Year 4 Baptism  -    Year 4 video where Pupils led their own Baptism.

Collective Worship

Vocations

 

Staff Testimonials

Mr Chadwick - Chair of the Local Academy Representatives

Mrs Yates - Executive Headteacher

Mrs Cooper - Head of School at St Maria Goretti Catholic Academy

Mrs Till - Teacher

Mrs Mould - HLTA

Mrs Smith - Education Associate 

Catholic Life

Living in Faith

As a Catholic school, Jesus Christ remains central to every aspect of school life.  All pupils are educated in the beliefs and devotional practices of the Catholic church. Participation in daily collective act of worship remains at the helm of every morning and afternoon session, within RE lessons and at the end of each day. Every class prepares and leads Mass once a term, with parents, families and parishioners warmly welcomed.

The Catholic RE scheme ‘Living and Growing as the People of God’ is followed throughout the school. This is supplemented by work on the saints and stories from the Old and New Testaments, Circle time sessions and Personal, Social and Health Education. Children participate in special liturgies during the school year which are timed to coincide with events in the Church’s calendar.

Our parish priest, Father John Gilbert, works closely with school staff and families, to prepare year 3 pupils for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, whilst pupils in Year 6 prepare for Confirmation.

Relationships and Family Life (Sex Education) is taught formally in all classes and is integrated into Science and RE. Parents and carers are advised that, in desiring a Catholic education for their child, it is expected that all pupils will participate in RE lessons. Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children, although this is strongly discouraged, but may be required to supervise their children during this period, if adult supervision is not available.

All pupils learn about other religions and cultures and are encouraged to show respect and acknowledgement for the beliefs of others through open discussion and shared experiences. This is reflected through the involvement of Muslim and Sikh pupils, both within school and the wider local community, who have worked with other schools by leading assemblies during Eid and Ramadan.

Year 6 pupils are given the opportunity to visit Alton Castle, an education centre which combines a spiritual retreat with outdoor activities. During Lent and Advent, liturgies take place during and after school. These prayer group sessions are led by staff and pupils, whilst after-school prayer sessions are led by a parish Catechist and pupils.
 


School Prayer:

Lord, bless our school
so that working together,
praying and playing together,
we may learn to serve You
and serve one another.
Amen

 

Psalm 23 - Written by Elijah Ohlweiler-Seabridge

Formal Prayers

Values and Virtues

MAC Mission Group -  Pupil Voice Values and Virtues

Mission Statement 

St Gregory's Section 48 Diocesian Inspection 2017


Values and Virtues

Each half term we look at different virtues of Jesus that we share with the children during assemblies and collective worship. This half term we are looking at being attentive and discerning.

We ask the children to be :

 

Summer 2 Half Term

Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.  By passing on the living and faith-filled tradition of Jesus Christ; by having persevering faith in the pupils, and by encouraging them in turn, to have faith and hope in themselves and others. 

Matthew 5-7 The Sermon on the Mount (The Beatitudes)

Matthew 7: 7-9 “Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock.”

Matthew 17:20 Parable of the Mustard seed

Matthew 24:42-51 Parable for the Faithful Servant

Matthew 8: 23-26 Jesus calms the storm

The Miracles of Jesus (healing)

Matthew 25:21 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”

John 14: 27 “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Acts 2 The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost

Romans 5: 5 ‘And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.’

 

 

Summer 1 Half Term

Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.  By being compassionate and loving in the way pupils are treated, especially when a pupil is in trouble; and by opening pupils’ eyes to those who suffer poverty, injustice or violence.

Love is the greatest commandment ( Matthew 22:37-40)

Feeding of the five thousand ( Matthew 14:13-21)

Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

Parable of the Forgiving Father ( Luke 15:11-32)

Healing of Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10: 46-52)

Touching the Hem of Jesus' Garment (Luke 8:40-49)

Jesus passion and death on the cross for our Salvation

St. Paul Corinthians 13

Woman at the Well John 4:1-30

The Ten Lepers Luke 17:11-19

Parable of the Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-32

 

Spring 2 Half Term

Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and Discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.  

We believe parents also play a great role in sharing these virtues with their children. Here are some Bible stories that you could read together to look at being attentive and discerning.

Be ready (Matthew 3:1-3, Mark 1:1-3)

The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids (Matthew 25:1-13)

The Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:3-9)

The Man who built his house on rock Jesus Calls His Disciples (Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-34; Luke 5:1-11)

Saul’s conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-20)

Call of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

The conversion of the thief on the cross (Luke 23:32-46)

We are called to specific vocations to live out an abundant, fruitful life in light of our God given gifts and personalities (John 10:10)

 

Spring 1 Half Term

Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and Generous with their gifts, now and in the future.

We believe parents also play a great role in sharing these virtues with their children. Here are some Bible stories that you could read together to look at being grateful and generous.

God so loved the world he gave his only son (John 3:16)

The Wedding Feast at Cana (John 2:1-12)

The Story of the Ten Lepers – only one was grateful (Luke 17:11-19)

The Feeding of the 5000 (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44)

We all have different gifts and different parts to play in the Church (1 Corinthians 12: 14-27)

Let others see the good you do (Matthew 5:14-16)

We should be content with what we have rather than complaining and looking at how generous He has been to others. (Matthew 20:1-16)

Christian giving:  both giving money and sharing what we have and by forgiving those who have hurt or upset us. (2 Corinthians 8:1-7.)

 

Values and Virtues Planning Documentaion

Grateful & Generous

Attentive & Discerning

Compassionate & Loving

Faith-filled & Hopeful

Eloquent & Truthful

Learned & Wise

Curious & Active

Intentional & Prophetic

 

Parish

Our school plays an active part in the life of the parish of St Gregory's.  Pupils and Staff celebrate mass in the school hall and at St Gregory's Church at various times during the academic year in which the parish and parents attend.

Our parish priest Fr John Gilbert are seen regularly within the school and play a very active part in the catholic life of the school.  Please click on the following link for parish informtaion, including mass times.

http://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/parish-directory/st-gregory-parish-stoke-on-trent/


 

Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental Sign up FHC

Fr John Gilbert Letter

Do This in Memory Family Masses

 

Wednesday Word

The Wednesday Word is offered to all families as a weekly family time together.  

Wednesday Word Family Time presents an opportunity for even the busiest of parents to enrich relationships with their children through spending a very special 5 minutes together each week.

Every Wednesday a ‘word’, inspired by the coming Sunday’s Gospel, will be suggested for families to talk about in the home. We have structured The Wednesday Word around the Sunday Gospel, because evidence shows that Gospel values really do help family relationships to thrive.

The Wednesday Word Family Time leaflet is designed in a family friendly fashion to ensure that all family members feel included. It aims to be informative, enjoyable, and to help families maintain a special closeness throughout the school years.

Please use the following link for any further information or downloads :  http://www.wednesdayword.org/home/index.htm

 

 


                                              

         Prayer Room                               Vocations talk led by Mr Chadwick                          Christingle

 

                                       

        Harvest Food Bank                                     KS1 Prayer Focus                                  Rememberance

 

God's Family Assembly led by Mrs Yates

                                       

 

For Jimmy - MAC Forgiveness Talk

                       

 

Class Assembly - St Therese of Lisieux       

                                    

 

 

Y5 Harvest Assembly

                             

     

Remembrance Day Parade

 

Advent

               

                       

 

Mini Vinnie

                       

 

Y5 Vocations Talk - Anthony Colclough

              

 

FS1 Church Role Play

                  

 

CAFOD Assembly - Power To Be

 

            

Video - Please watch the following:

Year 4 Baptism  -    Year 4 video where Pupils led their own Baptism.

Collective Worship

Vocations

 

Staff Testimonials

Mr Chadwick - Chair of the Local Academy Representatives

Mrs Yates - Executive Headteacher

Mrs Cooper - Head of School at St Maria Goretti Catholic Academy

Mrs Till - Teacher

Mrs Mould - HLTA

Mrs Smith - Education Associate 

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