Catholic Life

A vocation is our calling from God. Fr Paul felt God’s calling to be a priest. 

In their recent topic Y6 studied ‘Vocation and Commitment’ and explored the sacrament of Ordination. 

 What do you think your calling from God is? 

 How will you be committed to that role?

  Our pupils live out their vocations in ways which include:

· Prayer Monitors

· Y5 Retreat

· Collective Worship leaders

· Classroom monitors

· Y6 House captains, Vice captains, clerk, Sport captains

· Anti-Bullying ambassadors

· Health and Safety Junior Committee

· Digital Leaders

· Play Leaders

· Buddies for younger pupils during Collective Worship and throughout the school day

 We are very proud of the roles and responsibilities that our pupils lead the school, We are one family- our children look after each other just like Jesus looks after each member of His family.

School ‘Buddies’ in Action

 St. Patrick’s School ‘Buddies’ help, support and guide the younger members of St. Patrick’s School Community.

‘Minnie Vinnies’

 ‘Minnie Vinnies’ support school and community projects. They are currently leading ‘well being warriors’ at lunchtimes, supporting groups of children in developing their relationship with God through prayer.

House Teams

At St. Patrick’s  Primary School we believe all children should be given a sense of belonging within our school community through encouragement to be positive role models and part of a supportive team.

The House system creates friendly competition, promotes good work and behaviour, encourages teamwork, provides opportunities to take on responsibilities and brings everyone in the school together.

Every child who attends our school is assigned to one of four ‘houses’. Each house is made up of pupils of different ages from Year 1 through to the Year 6.

There are four houses at St. Patrick’s, which are each led by children elected from Year 6.

School Council

Our school council has worked very hard as part of the Maun Valley Citizenship Group. This dedicated group of local schools, churches and other organisations came together to campaign for safer roads around school and to support the local community ‘Loneliness’ campaign.

“Where two or more are gathered in my name,

I am there among them.”

Matthew 18:20

All classes participate in a daily act of collective worship.  This may take the form of class prayers, liturgies or assemblies. This is also linked to the Word of the Week (WOW), which are an integral part of school life, and used by staff and pupils to promote and develop whole school and class-based collective worship in an innovative and reflective way.

We celebrate achievements for Heart of Gold, Special Effort, Presentation (of self and of work) and the use of our talents, through awards from home for sports, drama, etc.  Children actively lead and participate in prayers, liturgies, Masses and House Meetings, where we teach them to be responsible, reflective, aware of others and aware of God’s world; in which we are children with a voice and all have a potential to strive for good, work for a better world and always see the best in ourselves and in others.

In order to fulfil its mission statement, the school places great importance upon the daily act of worship- just like Jesus gathering with His disciples.

Aims:

  • To provide experience of a loving and worshipping community
  • To provide the opportunities for pupils to worship God
  • To provide the opportunities for spiritual and moral issues
  • To explore own and others beliefs/values
  • To encourage ownership and participation through active involvement in presentation of worship and listening/joining in worship

We follow the Word of the Week planner and use the format below to guide us through the week as a school, class and as a community.  If a key feast day or liturgical event falls on one of these days, this will replace the timetabled worship below.

Monday
Whole school collective worship led by one of the classes each week

Tuesday
Class-based collective worship focused on prayer development and linked to the Word of the Week – class masses will take place on Tuesdays from mid-September

Wednesday
Class-based collective worship planned by the Chaplaincy Team

Thursday

Class-based collective worship focused on worship through music and hymns

Friday
Whole school collective worship in Celebration Assembly or Saintly House Team Meetings 

We look forward to welcoming you to as many events as possible, so that you can share in these special times of prayer and worship that unite our school parish community.  So, watch out for newsletters and Parent Mail updates on this front. 

Word of the Week 2021-22

St. Patrick’s School Prayer

Lord, bless our school,

so that by working together, playing together and praying together,

We may learn to love one another and serve you through Jesus Christ Our Lord,

Amen.

Prayer for the Beginning of the School Day

O my God you love me,

You’re with me night and day.

I want to love you always,

In all I do and say.

I’ll try to please you, father.

Bless me through the day.

Amen.

Prayer before Lunch

Bless us O God

As we sit together.

Bless the food we eat today.

Bless the hands that make the food.

Bless us O God.

Amen.

Prayer after Lunch

Thank you God

For the food we have eaten.

Thank you God

For all our friends.
Thank you God for everything.

Thank you God.

Amen.

Prayer at the End of the School Day

God our Father,

We come to say,

Thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family

And all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night

And in the morning send your light.

Amen