The Catholic Life of St Mary’s is at the heart of everything within school. The quality of relationships at all levels, our connections with the parishes and local communities, our care and consideration for others, the high standards fostered here – these are all reflected in the manner in which we welcome, support, share and forgive others, linking us to the Gospel values we hold dear.
Jesus said ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ We take this as a basis for our Golden Rules, which help us all to work together so that everyone has a happy and a safe day, every day. The Golden Rules are revised each year with the children. They are displayed in classrooms and around the building so that all can share and celebrate successes.
We will be gentle – we won’t hurt anyone.
We will be kind and helpful – we won’t hurt people’s feelings.
We will work hard – we won’t waste our or other people’s time.
We will look after property – we won’t waste or damage things.
We will listen to people – we won’t interrupt.
We will be honest – we won’t cover up the truth.
Our calling to be people of charity enables us to further the Catholic Life of the school. Each year, we support CAFOD throughout the school – but we also draw a charity to link with each of our classes. The children love to research, promote, support and fund-raise for their charity – and they show dedication in this work! For further information about our charity work, see Our Charities page.
The Year of Mercy
Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy from 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016. During this special time, we explored the theme of ‘mercy’ in school, learning about how we can increasingly show mercy to others, to ourselves and to the planet. In keeping with the idea of a pilgrim passing through the holy door of the cathedral during a time of pilgrimage, signifying moving into the presence of God and receiving God’s mercy through forgiveness, we created our own Holy Door in school. Here we encouraged everyone to leave troubles and worries behind, walk through the Holy Door and make a fresh start each day in an atmosphere of acceptance and nurture.
We should accept people more – not treat them differently.
We should be more forgiving, not fall out with people, and choose to be friends with more people than before.
We won’t judge people by how they look.
We will try always to give people a second chance.
It is a time to be Peacemakers.
We will show compassion – which means we will show love to others.
A heart which sees
The legacy of our Year of Mercy work should be seen in the care shown and the relationships cherished in our school family – and beyond. We now turn our focus to ensuring that we develop hearts which see where love is needed and act accordingly. In 2017 we are thinking about the reality of using our hearts, and love, to make a positive difference. Mother Teresa said:
“If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”
Watch this space for updates!
In January we asked our families to decorate a heart shape and return it to school, so that we can display them as a sign of our joint partnership.