Our Catholic Life
The Catholic life of the school is rich in opportunities for children to encounter God and to deepen their relationship with Him as a loving, compassionate Father. Through prayer, liturgies and Religious Education lessons and through the relationships and support for each other we enable children to come to know and love God.
Religious icons can be found throughout the school, often made by the children themselves. Displays of work in RE are of very high quality and can be seen in classrooms and all around the school, including the school’s main reception area. Each class has a prayer focus area, with a liturgical cloth in the appropriate colour.
Statues or crucifixes are present in every room in the school, highlighting the underlying belief that everything that we do at our school is founded on our Catholic faith. The Christian values at the heart of our Catholic faith incorporate the British values and we aim in everything we do to further each child’s sense of commitment and responsibility to themselves, to others and in the wider world.
As our Mission Statement states:
- Guided by Christ’s teaching to love God and neighbour, we strive to create a caring ethos in our school through our teaching, through our worship and by our example.
- We encourage all to recognise their unique God-given talents and we week to work together with our families to envelop every child’s full potential.
- We value each other for who we are and encourage mutual respect and base our discipline on this.
- We aim to promote a spirit of charity, social justice and global awareness in our school.
- We strive to provide the best possible education for our children.
Prayer and worship
Prayer and worship are central to the daily life of our school. We aim to provide opportunities for children’s spiritual growth and development through participation in a variety of forms of worship and through experiencing all forms of prayer: formal, private, shared, petitionary and meditative.
In this way we aim to help the children to come to value and respect the power of prayer and its place in their relationship with God. The key events of the liturgical year are celebrated in many forms such as whole school Masses, Christmas Carol Services, Nativity performances, Lenten liturgies including Reconciliation, Passion play, feast day celebrations, the Rosary and Stations of the Cross.
The school as a Catholic Community
All staff, led by the Academy Principal and Academy Committee Members, are aware that the school’s foundations are built on the Catholic faith and beliefs- and that it is our shared responsibility to transmit the Catholic faith to the children in our care. Staff pray and work together to support each other in providing the very best Religious Education possible for the pupils
Learning in RE is at the core of the curriculum and we ensure that the Bishop’s directive is followed in allocating 10% of curriculum time to RE lessons. The Governing Body, led by the Chair and the Governor responsible for RE, provide outstanding support and commitment to the central place of RE in the school.
Priests from all three parishes (St Thomas, Sevenoaks; St John the Baptist, Westerham and St Lawrence, Edenbridge) are warmly welcomed to the school for all events, not only those of a religious nature.
We hold the belief that we share the role of educators of the faith with the parents of our pupils and we strive to keep them fully informed of what their child is learning at school and to support them in what they can do at home to further their child’s understanding of the faith. Parents are welcomed to assemblies and Masses.
Passion Play 2021
This year we held our Passion Play outside in the playground due to covid restrictions. We all found this to be a very calming space to remind ourselves of Christ's sacrifice. We thank the Y6 children who led us through Jesus' final journey. Thanks also to Fr. David who came for the to bless the children as we reflected on Jesus' death.
Our children created a poster to promote the message from Pope Francis that we are all one family.