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St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools Trust

The Catholic Life of our Junior School

At St Mary’s Catholic Junior School, our children continue the lifelong journey of faith that they began in the Infant School.

We take pride in the prayerful way that children conduct themselves every day, and their growing understanding of prayer as an encounter with The Lord.


Year 3 is an important year for our children, as the majority receive formation in their parishes in preparation for receiving the Blessed Sacrament for the first time. They are supported in school by our learning scheme, ‘Come and See’, as they encounter the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Blessed Eucharist.

In Year 4 our children begin to take on more responsibility for liturgy; as they plan, rehearse and present the Nativity to the rest of the school. The children interpret the different familiar strands of The Nativity of The Lord from the Gospel sources and combine them into a narrative for the other children.

In Year 5 our children are encouraged to look outward into the wider community and share their faith. As part of the ‘Mini Vinnies’ initiative children have the opportunity to work for social justice and share their experiences. The older children are also asked to engage with other faith communities in our neighbourhood.

In Year 6 our children become leaders in faith and learn to take responsibility for leading prayer and celebration. The children in Year 6 are responsible for reading the Gospel every Friday, celebrating the successes of others in assembly and leading the whole school in a Leavers’ Mass every July.


The pattern of the week allows children to engage in prayer and reflection each day.

Every Monday the Head of School leads the children in a reflection, based on the particular week in the Liturgical Year. The opening prayer for the week is led by children from Year 3 and Year 4, and the children ask Mary, the Patron of our schools, to intercede for us. The theme for the assembly each Monday looks back to the Gospel and readings from the previous day, and challenges the children to live out our Gospel values in the coming week.

On Tuesdays the school meets for a simple Liturgy before all the children gather together to praise The Lord in song, as they practise hymns for the other assemblies of the week. The teaching assistants plan and lead the hymn practice for the children, and the children are encouraged to think deeply around the lyrics to the hymns and how they relate to the time of the Church's year or the current theme of learning.

On Wednesday a class teacher leads an assembly on a theme from either our RE learning or PSHE curriculum. This is on a rota basis so that the children have the opportunity to meet all the teachers.

Each Thursday the children from one class present an assembly to the rest of the school which includes prayer, praise and reflection. Parents and carers are welcome to join in and the dates for each class are advertised in advance in our weekly newsletter. The assembly alternates with a weekly Liturgy, to which the parents are also invited.  The children take a role in planning the content of what they share with their parents and the wider community.

Every Friday we come together to celebrate the successes of the week in a special Celebration Assembly which is led by our Head Boy and Head Girl.  Every Friday the Gospel for the forthcoming Sunday is read by the Year 6 children and the Head of School or a member of the Senior Leadership Time leads a reflection on the main theme.  The Head Girl and Head Boy read the names of the children who have been singled out for great achievement for the week.  Each Friday, we sing Happy Birthday to all the children who have had a birthday that week.

Our School Council is a key part of the way that we reach out to the wider community, and for children taking responsibility for their faith journey.  Each September the children from each class vote for two children to represent them as members of the Council. They are asked to consider when voting which children are best able to represent them in community work and leading the spiritual development of the children. 

The children elected to the Council learn that communication is a two-way process. They are guided to listen to the needs of the children, and prompted to encourage children to bear witness to their faith.

In September, the School Council Members introduced themselves to the school and wrote introductions to be shared.

In October, they led the children in choosing charities for the coming months and organised a food collection for Harvest.

In November, the plan is to ask the School Council members to direct our acts of Remembrance by gathering names of loved ones to be recorded on our altar in the School Hall.

In December, the Year 4 children take the lead in Advent by preparing, rehearsing and presenting their interpretation of the Nativity Story.

In January, the School Council ask for suggestions of our new charity from all the children. They also invite people from the wider community in to school to meet them so that they can find out about different people and vocations.

In February, our Year 3 children start the Season of Lent for us by preparing and leading a liturgy. The whole school prepares Lenten promises. In 2024 the areas that we are thinking about are: PRAYER, SCRIPTURE, CHARITY and PLANET.

Please take time to read the School Council's minutes at the foot of this page, which give more detail (in their own words) about their activities.