Catholic Life of the School
Our School Mission Statement flows through all that we do at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School:
"We are learning to Grow and Love Like Jesus"
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School is a school in which each individual grows in the knowledge and love of Christ. In partnership with parents, the parish and the whole community, our purpose is to provide a high standard of education, giving the maximum opportunity to realise each person’s potential. Our Catholic faith is experienced and reflected in the way in which all members of our community treat each other. We place great importance on relationships and positive behaviour, encouraging respect, co-operation and consideration.
RE is taught for 10% of the weekly timetable. The curriculum is based on the delivery of the Curriculum Directory supported by the Margaret Carswell Units. We also teach other major faiths across the school in Multi-Faith Weeks that reflect the diverse world in which the children live.
RE is also a focus in our fortnightly newsletter.
The Christian values at the heart of our Catholic faith incorporate the British values and we aim in everything we do to further each child's sense of commitment and responsibility to themselves, to others and in the wider world.
At Our Lady of Grace we strive to live and learn through our Gospel values and the teachings of Jesus Christ in all that we think, say and do.
Prayer and Liturgy
At Our Lady of Grace, collective worship plays a fundamental part of daily school life and enables us to all join together as one in prayer and worship. Sometimes this will be in class prayer, other times it may involve children in the year group joining together in prayer or it may be in a year group assembly or a whole school mass.
Children are encouraged to learn a selection of traditional prayers in each year group, but are also encouraged to devise their own personal prayers. A list of prayers can be seen here for each year group. Prayers take place at the beginning of the school day, before lunch and again at the end of the school day. Every classroom has a focal point for prayer, which is appropriate to the liturgical season.
Classroom Prayers - please click here
The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. Mini Vinnies are children in Year 2 who meet once a week to reflect on the Gospel and pray together. They think of ways to help others in school, in the locality and in the wider world through fundraising. The Mini Vinnies have their own 'treasured' Prayer, Pledge and Badge. It is an important way of developing the children’s faith and sense of mission as Christians, as well as an awareness of social justice. All children in Year 2 are given the opportunity to be a Mini Vinnie during the year.
As an integral part of our Catholic ethos, all pupils are made aware, throughout the school year, of the changes and celebrations relating to the Church's Liturgical Year. These events are highlighted in our sacred space in our assembly hall and in every classroom’s personal sacred space. The children are aware of the liturgical changes with the changing colours of our cloths and displays.
We spend time in our Religious Education lessons looking at the events in the churches calendar and we celebrate many of them together through collective worship.
Autumn - Prayer tables and displays across the school are green at the start of the academic year. These are changed to purple during Advent.
Spring - Prayer tables are gold for the Christmas season then green for Ordinary Time after the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. These are changed to purple during Lent.
Summer - Prayer tables are gold for the Easter season until Pentecost where they change to green for Ordinary Time.