Catholic Life of the School
The Catholic school is an open community, concerned with the education of the whole person. It presents a unique, clear vision of God, people and life, centered on Gospel values and reflective of the teaching of the Catholic Church. Hence, the formation of each person is regarded as being as important as the information which is transmitted through the teaching offered.
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Liturgical Parent Newsletter
Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday is such a foundational cornerstone of our faith that we don’t just celebrate it on Easter Sunday, but for 50 days called ‘Eastertide’. This year, liturgical prayer assemblies are exploring the overarching theme ‘We are an Easter people and “Alleluia is our song!”’
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Liturgical prayer takes place weekly and are where the whole school family, key stage family or individual class families come together to listen to scripture and prayer.
|Whole School Liturgical Prayer based on the previous Sunday's Gospel.
|Key Stage 1 and 2 Liturgical Prayer
|Whole School Celebration Assembly
|Throughout the week
Class family reflections
Whole school family masses take place throughout the year and each class has a class mass (Y1-Y6). Staff, parents and parishioners come together in school to worship together in a pupil-led service.
There are many other opportunities across the year for children to join together in prayer. To find out more click here.
As an integral part of our Catholic ethos, all pupils are made aware, throughout the school year, of the changes and celebrations relating to the Church's Liturgical Year. These events are highlighted in our reflection areas around the school and in every classroom’s personal RE display and reflection area. The children are aware of the liturgical changes with the changing colours of our cloths and foci for reflection areas.
Virtues @ St. Teresa's
A virtue is a habitual way of behaving, a disposition, that forms good character and, at the same time, constitutes a particular kind of community. Virtues build ethos. Virtues show us the way in which we should live our lives.
Here at St Teresa’s we aim to not only teach every single child about the meaning of each of our school virtues as set out above, but also to provide opportunities for children to demonstrate that virtue in the way they behave because virtues only exist in their performance. Virtues make a person both who and how they are. Through understanding and performing the virtues, children will have the opportunity to ‘live life to the full’ (John 10).
To find out what virtues are taught across the school year, click here.
We focus our work to help others through the priniciples of Catholic social teaching. Catholic social teaching (CST) is rooted in Scripture, formed by the wisdom of Church leaders, and influenced by grassroots movements. It is our moral compass, guiding us on how to live out our faith in the world.
'Our faith calls us to love God and to love our neighbours in every situation, especially our sisters and brothers living in poverty. Following in the footsteps of Christ, we hope to make present in our unjust and broken world, the justice, love and peace of God.' (CAFOD)
We want our pupils to learn that those, who can, should give to help those in need. This may take the form of donations and fund-raising, but there are other ways of helping. For example, the choir sings at Christmas for the residents of our local care home and patients of Southmead Hospital.