At St. Teresa’s Catholic School we believe and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. You will find us to be loving, caring and spiritual. We value and respect all; growing and learning together as part of God’s family, to be the best we can be.
The governors and staff of St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School recognise that they work to educate the children in their care in a range of ways, as the centre of this is the spiritual development of the children, particularly in the Catholic faith.
As part of the community of Catholic schools who work alongside the Catholic Church there is a clear purpose for the existence of St. Teresa’s Catholic School.
The children, parents, school and parish work together to prepare the children to receive the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion in Year 3 and the sacrament of Confirmation in Year 5 or Year 6 (this is celebrated in alternate years). The school community works with the parish to prepare and take leading roles in these sacramental masses.
During Holy Week the Year 6 children lead ’The Way of the Cross’; taking those that join us on a journey around the school and its grounds to reflect the journey Jesus took with his cross on his was to be crucified.
During key times of preparation in the Liturgical year (Lent and Advent) children from Year 6 lead a Rosary group open to all each lunchtime. During Lent, after school on Friday afternoons, the children, parents and staff are invited to gather to begin the weekend in a time of prayer reflecting on the Stations of the Cross.
The school has an act of collective worship each day. These include prayers in the morning, before and after lunch and at the end of the school day. Assemblies, Hymn Practices, Class Collective Worship, ‘Congratulations’ or Class assemblies are held each week.
The school shows the importance of its Catholic life through displays and images; from the statue of St. Teresa’s in the entrance area to the stained glass images of the seven sacraments on the hall windows and the display in the entrance hall of the school motto –‘Little flowers growing and giving glory to God’ which echoes St. Teresa being known as the ‘Little Flower’. There are five large images of key times in the life of Jesus in the school hall, and a banner, displayed in the hall, made up of individual squares put together to form a single piece. On the Junior playground there is an image of Christ with his arms extending over St. Teresa’s children and adults.
The school works closely with and are supported in the development of the faith by our parish priest Fr. David Newell. Fr. David celebrates mass in school fortnightly on Thursday mornings at 9.00 a.m. All in the school, parish and beyond are welcome to attend regardless of faith. The children lead the music, serving, technical systems and readings for the mass; these roles – or vocations- are recognised as important in involving the children in the celebration of Mass.
On Friday lunchtimes, as well as serving only vegetarian food, the children are invited to ‘Prayer Time’, led by representatives of the Legion of Mary.
On special occasions the children, from Year 1 to Year 6, walk the three quarters of a mile to St. Teresa’s Church for the celebration of Mass.
The school community works to raise funds for those in need. During this academic year (2012-2013) various causes have been supported. £267 was raised at a coffee morning for McMillan, £51.50 raised for Barnardo’s through a raffle for a teddy bear, £94.75 was raised for CAFOD through a book sale. £194.30 was raised for the British Heart Foundation. £1014 was raised for our Lenten charity; The Good Shepherd Appeal which raises funds for the Fr. Hudson’s Society.
This year in the Spring term a series of ten programmes informing about the Catholic faith were shown to parishioners and staff on Monday evenings.
The Catholic Church provides schools to:
- Assist in its mission of making Christ known to all people.
- Assist parents, who are the primary educators of their children, in the education and religious formation of their children.
- Be at the service of the local Church – the diocese, the parish and the Christian home.
- Be a “service to society.”
(Christ at the Centre: Why the Church provides Catholic Schools – Monsignor Marcus Stock. First published 2005, Revised 2012)
Click here to hear the children of the school sing our school hymn - "We grow together"