“Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth and the life”. 5 Those who profess this faith believe that in Christ the truth about Almighty God and the truth about the human person is revealed.6 The unfolding of this truth constitutes the Church’s teaching. The acceptance of this truth brings true freedom and the fullness of life. Proclaiming this truth, this Gospel (Good News), by making Christ known to all peoples, constitutes the mission of the Church.”
Taken from ‘Christ at the Centre’ Mgr Marcus Stock
5 John 14:6. 6 Gaudium et Spes, Pastoral Constitution of Vatican II on the Church in the Modern World, 7 December 1965, §22
As a Catholic school, we are part of the Church’s mission in education, to place Christ and the teaching of the Catholic Church at the centre of people’s lives. We work closely in partnership with Canon Patrick Hartness and the parish of St. Therese of Lisieux as well as other schools in the Diocese of Middlesbrough: especially the family of school in the Our Lady of Light Catholic Academy; Christ the King, St.Therese’s and St.Patrick’s College.
Daily Collective Worship is crucial in developing a way for children to develop a relationship with Christ and come to know Him better. Whole school collective worship is led by a senior member of staff in the school hall and teachers lead ‘Key Stage’ liturgies and worship each week. Class collective worship is teacher and/or pupil led.
Parents are regularly invited into school to pray and worship with their children and our school community. Half-termly ‘Stay and Pray’ opportunities; special class liturgies and whole school Masses are shared with parents and members of our parish. Pupils who are ‘Prayer Leaders’ in school promote our prayer life in school and make suggestions for ways to approach daily prayer in class, maintain alters and ‘sacred spaces’ in school, as well as leading daily Rosary prayer each morning before school in May and October.
As a Catholic school, we ensure that Religious Education is at the core of our curriculum and 10% of teaching time in each year group is dedicated to the teaching of RE, following the “Come and See” syllabus for RE. We also encourage our pupils to explore and develop their faith and spirituality in all aspects of the school curriculum.
Promoting Gospel values and the teachings of the Catholic Church is an integral part of our mission to develop the potential of each child in our school.