Religious Education at St Mary's
As a Catholic community prayer is central to our daily life at school. Every day there is an act of collective worship throughout the school. Each day starts and ends with prayer and Grace is said before lunch.
We follow the liturgical calendar and we celebrate Mass on occasions such as - Epiphany, Shrove Tuesday and Pentecost. During Advent, KS1 and Early Years help us remember the Birth of Christ in the Nativity. Before we break up for the Christmas Holidays, the whole school community gathers together for a Candle-lit Carol Service.
Services are held during Advent and Lent. All children are invited to attend and they are led by our parish priest, Father Steven.
In the autumn term we celebrate Harvest Festival and the food collected is sent to a local food-bank.
We promote stewardship in all aspects of school life and encourage children to think about how they can have an impact on others and the wider world. Examples of this are:
We follow the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth's programme of study - God Matters
Autumn term - Creation, Prayers, Catholic Social teaching and Advent
Spring term - Christmas, Revelation, Lent, Holy Week,
Summer term - Easter, Pentecost, Enquiry and Dialogue
This is a core subject and as such is taught for 10% of the curriculum time.