Our Catholic Life and Identity
St John’s Catholic Infant School owes its existence and special character to the fact that it was established by the Church to nurture Christ’s Kingdom in its children and through the nature of its teaching in all subjects, to bring them to a deeper knowledge of and belief in God and a commitment to Him.
Our school is not an environment for providing a series of lessons; instead we share an educational philosophy, which aims to meet the needs of the young people of today in light of the Church’s faith in Jesus Christ.
Every child is of equal importance and unique. Children and members of our community are valued for what they are rather than what they can do and are given every opportunity for educational development to the highest level possible. We are all equal in the sight of God. The features of a Catholic community include as a first premise – “Prayer and worship threaded through its daily life”. We aim to demonstrate the Gospel in action through every thought, word and deed.
As Catholics we believe that Religious Education is not one subject among many but the foundation for the entire educational process. The beliefs and values it communicates should inspire and unify every aspect of school life. It should provide the context for and substantially shape the school curriculum and offer living experience of the life of faith in its practical expression. Religious Education is not only communicating knowledge – it is educating for a way of life which is Christ centred.
RE is taught throughout the school from the National Programme “The Way, Truth and the Life”, which is recommended by the Shrewsbury Diocese. Although RE occupies a specific slot on the weekly timetable, its development continues through assemblies and other liturgical celebrations, and it influences every aspect of school life. It follows that daily collective worship has always been at the centre of school life. Children are encouraged to be responsible, participate and lead in this reflective experience.Traditional prayers and hymns are used as well as prayers written by the children. The school takes an active part in Church liturgy, with the celebration of Mass, assemblies and special services to which parents and governors are invited to attend. Children are prepared throughout Key Stage 1 for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. However, the main emphasis of Sacramental preparation and celebration takes place in Year 3.
We respect the beliefs of others within our community and across the year the children are introduced to different religions and cultures. We are also very proud to have been awarded the Silver UNICEF UK Respecting Schools Award
Parents have the right to withdraw children from both Religious Education and Collective Worship. However, it is anticipated by the Governing Body that those specifically choosing Catholic education will wish to lend their support to maintaining both the full spiritual life of the school, and those aims set out in its Mission Statement.
Please click on the links below to look at our RE and Collective Worship Policies as well as our Curriculum plan and School Prayers.