Our aspiration for pupils learning R.E. at St Peter’s:
R.E. in action:
Religious Life At St Peter’s Primary School
We are a family at St Peter’s and together we nurture and value our friendly and supportive ethos within the school.
At St. Peter’s we follow the ‘Come and See’ Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme. ‘The programme has been developed to respond to the needs of children today in their faith journey, to enable them to grow in their religious literacy and understanding in a way that is coherent with current educational principles.’ (Rt. Rev. Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton, 2012)
The school seeks to foster and encourage a Christian atmosphere and promote the Catholic Faith and a love of God. Whole school Acts of Worship are held on a Monday morning and these follow the church’s liturgical year. These are delivered by the Headteacher and the yr 6 chaplaincy team. Each class also plans and delivers its own Acts of worship using a resource called ‘Let Us Pray 2’, this is a child friendly resource which supports pupils in planning a well structured Act of Worship.
At St. Peter’s we follow the ‘Come and See’ Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme. ‘The programme has been developed to respond to the needs of children today in their faith journey, to enable them to grow in their religious literacy and understanding in a way that is coherent with current educational principles. (Rt. Rev. Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton, 2012)
Father Frank Daly, our parish priest, Supports us with Worship where he can. Links are made between the school and church, particularly regarding the preparation for the Sacraments. Mrs Connor, our school chaplain, and Mrs White organise and manage the year 6 chaplaincy teams.
“The overall effectiveness of the Catholic life of the school and its provision for community cohesion are outstanding. St. Peter’s is a welcoming inclusive school where everyone is valued as a creation of God formed in His own image and likeness. The Mission of the school is a lived reality where God is at the Heart of St. Peter’s School.”
(Section 48, Denominational Inspection Report, 2015)
Our Mission Statement is prominently displayed in our Welcome Area. It serves as a constant reminder that ’God is at the heart of our school’.
The Mission Statement is displayed in every classroom. The children in each class have made a commitment to actively ‘live’ our Mission Statement throughout our school lives.
Each class has a prayer focus table. We display work from our current theme from “Come and See” and provide opportunities to explore Scripture and meaningful prayer in our daily lives.
We have a dedicated Prayer Room which the children can use as they wish. Mrs Connor, our school chaplain, is based in this room where she runs regular prayer groups. She also coordinates our ‘student chaplaincy team’ who plan and run whole school celebrations. There are religious artefacts in the Prayer Room for the children to take back to their classrooms.
The “Come and See” topics are displayed in the Welcome Area. The children can identify that a common theme runs throughout the school. We display photographs of liturgies and celebration, alongside evaluations from those who took part. We celebrate our successes and constantly work towards improving Collective Worship within school.
Our amazing P.T.F.A has helped turn our dreams of a prayer garden into a reality. The Prayer Garden was officially opened and blessed in October 2015. Each class designed a stepping stone on a prayer theme, and these were added to the Prayer Garden throughout the opening day.
Our Prayer Garden is dedicated to the memory of our wonderful former school secretary, Mrs Saunt, who sadly passed away in 2014.
Whole School Prayer
Each Class has contributed to a whole-school prayer for our school. You will see the prayer attached below. There is a copy of the prayer for each class on or by the Class Focus Table. One of the Chaplaincy Team took photos of the beautiful statue of St. Peter that local artist, Carmel Cauchie, sculpted for our school and each class has a photo of the statue on the copy of their class’s whole-school prayer.
‘Come & See’ Parents Information
Each term we look at 3 different topics as part of the ‘Come & See’ R.E. programme. We also look at 2 other world faiths during the year as part of the programme (Judaism in the Autumn Term, and another faith in the Summer Term).
Below you will find a link to our Parent Handbook which will give you information all about RE at St. Peter’s.
Each term there will be a ‘Come & See’ letter outlining the R.E. topics that your child’s class will looking at that term, and important liturgical dates during that term. You can find a digital copy of that letter by clicking on the link below.
If you would like a paper copy of the Parent Handbook or any of the ‘Come & See’ Parent letters please let us know.
Cup of Kindness
Each month in Achievement Assembly, the Cup of Kindness is awarded to the child who has shown outstanding kindness. Nominees are suggested by teachers and grown-up’s who have spotted them engaging in kind acts which go above and beyond the everyday kindness that is shown around the school. We feel that this is something to be celebrated and, therefore, every month the recipient of the Cup of Kindness will be celebrated here on the website.
‘Come & See’ Award
The ‘Come & See’ award was launched to celebrate the outstanding pieces of work that are produced by our children in their RE lessons. At Diocesan meetings the quality of the work of our children has often been commented on, and we felt that we wanted to celebrate this with the children. During Achievement Assembly at the beginning of each month, a recipient of this award is announced. Teacher’s nominate outstanding pieces of RE work that they have seen during lessons, and a winner is decided following discussions and looking at the work that has been nominated. Each recipient receives a certificate and a fish pin showing the symbol of Christ. This is an award which we are very proud of, which is why every month we shall be sharing the winner of the award on the website.
Quinn won the ‘Come & See’ Award at our April Achievement Assembly for going above and beyond in his lovely retellings of stories from the Bible.
Our Chaplaincy Team is led by our school Chaplain, Mrs. Connor. They work very hard helping to promote and develop the Catholic Life within our school, from launching our new school prayer to outstanding charitable work for may worthwhile causes. Please click on the link below to find out more about the amazing things that they do.