At St Mary’s Catholic Infant School, Jesus Christ remains at the centre of all aspects of school life. We have taken the Gospel Values and created our very own ‘St Marys Way’ where children live and learn in a community, in a way that Jesus has taught us.
Acts of Worship take place at many times during the day. It may be class prayers, that are shared three times a day, when the whole school or Key Stage comes together for an assembly, Mass or Liturgy or individually, when children or staff decide they would like to take time to reflect or pray in our Prayer area in the hall.
Collective worship is an integral part of our ethos and aims as a school community. It is a way of deepening our relationship with God both together and individually.
Every class has a dedicated ‘prayer area’ where the children pray together three times a day.
Every Year group has a prayer garden that the children have the opportunity to say prayers and reflect in. The children take great pride in maintaining the gardens, keeping them looking nice.
Every class plans and takes part in a class Liturgy where the parents are invited to come and take part by reading prayers and bringing up a candle.
Every class plans and takes part in a class assembly where the parents are invited to come and participate. The class assemblies are linked to St Mary’s Way or to the classes Saints name or to the ‘Come and See’ topic.
On every classes feast day the children visit the church to light a candle and say a prayer.
During the month of the Rosary we come together three times a week to pray. The parents are invited to join the children and staff in this act of worship.
During Lent the whole school comes together for the Stations of the Cross, as we learn the story of the road Jesus took before he died on the cross.
On the last day of term before Christmas we hold Carols by 'Candle Light'. As a whole school community we come together retell the story of 'The first Christmas'.
We say goodbye to our wonderful Year 2 children each year with a Year 2 leavers Mass at school.