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Catholic Life

At St Walburga’s, the teaching and practice of the Catholic faith lies at the heart of all we do in school – it is the basis of our school ethos and curriculum.

 We want our children to achieve well, to become well rounded, caring individuals with a sense of social justice, who are constantly striving to be the best they can be. We see every member of our school family as a unique individual, created in the image and likeness of God. We want our children to know that they are loved and chosen by God to do His work in the world. 

 We strive to live by our school motto and like our Patron, St. Walburga, by ‘Putting Others First’. This can be seen, heard and felt in the welcome all receive at our school - whether that be their first visit or in their daily experience.

 

Worship and Prayer

 

Worship and prayer is central to our daily activities at St. Walburga’s: Ranging from the celebration of Mass on feast days, holy days of obligation and special occasions such as leavers Mass, through Key Stage or class led Collective Worship, to daily morning, lunchtime and afternoon prayers. Children’s faith practice builds through each year group until they are confident to plan and deliver their own liturgies in Key Stage 2.

 

During the seasons of Advent and Lent, children have the additional opportunity of participating in voluntary prayers, as well as celebrating special liturgies with the school community such as ‘Prayers around the Wreath’ or ‘Stations of the Cross’. Families also enjoy praying together at home with travelling rosaries and cribs during these seasons.

Virtues Education 

 

The virtues of the Catholic Church are at the heart of all we do, and can be witnessed in the interactions and relationships within the whole school community. They link closely to our simple but effective behaviour system and children are rewarded for their virtuous behaviour by staff and their peers.

Fundraising and Charity

 

Our RE Councillors / Minnie Vinnies regularly organise and participate in fundraising events supporting The Good Shepherd Appeal for Catholic Care, local food banks and our trust Charity - the Friars of St. Pio. These events include harvest food collections, bun sales, Lenten stalls and non-uniform days, to name but a few.

 

The children also support the local community with seasonal cards, flowers, singing in care homes and hosting pensioners tea parties.

Sacramental Preparation

We are delighted to support our children and families through their journeys of faith in the preparation for first sacraments. Children from the wider parish are also welcomed to join us.

Children are prepared for first sacraments in the following year groups:

Reconciliation - Year 3

First Eucharist (Holy Communion) - Year 4

Confirmation - Preparation begins in Year 5 and children receive the sacrament in Year 6