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Green Lane, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, S62 6JY
RE Policy [Sep 2018]
Relationship and Sex Education [Jun 2017]
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Our School Values [193KB]
"Together, we pledge our commitment to raising awareness about the stewardship of creation." Pope Francis.
We have accepted the invitation from Pope Francis in his Laudato Si' to 'work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted us'. Our live simply aim is to strive in all areas of school life to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with others. Simply, by using fewer resources and being less wasteful. Sustainably, by recycling wherever possible. In solidarity, by reaching out to support others through our actions and prayers. In this way, we will be living out our Mission Statement of following in the footsteps of Jesus.
Through our thematic curriculum studies, Our Eco Warriors, and Gardening Clubs our children learn about sustainability & the importance of the stewardship of our common home. As a school we have embraced Forest Schools to improve mindfulness & first-hand experiences of learning through nature.
We also build into our thematic curriculum learning that reinforces concepts linked to stewardship and our common home. For example, in Key Stage Two the children study recycling through the Geography and Science based project, The Great Paper Caper. In Key Stage One the children learn all about Habitats & Living Things through the Science and Literacy based project, The Deep, Dark Woods.
St Joseph's have a very active Mini Vinnies Group. Throughout the year these children organise & lead on projects related to charitable works within our parish & wider community. This helps to build a deep awareness of our living faith & how we as individuals have a wider responsibility for others less fortunate.
The Mini Vinnies are also available at playtimes via Mini Vinnie 'buddy stops' to support their fellow pupils who need a friend.
There is also a weekly Mini Vinnie kindness award presented by the group to children who have demonstrated Catholic Values around school.
We support lots of charities throughout the year and staff, children and their families are always extremely generous in their support of others. Money is raised through fund raising events and charitable donations from the school community. In recent years we have made donations to: CAFOD; Mission Together; Good Shepherd Appeal Fund and Help a Hallam Child Appeal, The Shylo Homeless Project, Rotherham Foodbank, Rotherham Christmas Toy Appeal & The Mayor's Charities.
We have also supported local care homes via our choir and have also entertained Christmas shoppers in the Parkgate Retail World with our singing. We regularly collect for the local food bank (usually during Harvest, Advent).
In school we pray in lots of different ways:
Every week children from all year groups gather together for collective worship based upon themes related to our school values during which prayer plays an important part.
There are regular child-led liturgies and prayer services in all classrooms during Come and See lessons.
All classrooms have prayer areas that include liturgical images, artefacts and prayers.
Children's own prayers are offered at Mass & our weekly child led Liturgy which is planned & delivered by the children.
Creative prayer is an important part of every classroom and every child is given opportunities to write prayers related to reflection in Come & See sessions.
Time and opportunities are given for personal prayer time (especially during Advent and Lent).
All assemblies and gatherings in school have a religious and prayer focus for the whole community.
We also work hard to include families and the parish in the prayer life of our school. We do this by encouraging parents and families to attend special assemblies, prayer services, collective worship and Masses.
St Joseph's have a close relationship with our parish. Our parish priest, Father Martin Trask, visits the school on a weekly basis spending time in each class with the children.
Many of our parents, families & governors are very active within the school as well as the wider parish community. Many of our families have history & close links which go back to the founding of both St Joseph's Parish Church & school.
We serve our parish and local community in many ways, sharing God's message of love with others whenever we can. Some ways in which we do this are:
Holding special, reflective services and liturgies in our church for our school and parish communities, especially during Advent and Christ The King.
We organise a school-parish Mass at least once every term where children from our school lead the collective worship for the parish.
Carol singing during Christmas time.
Working with Parents as partners through our Parent Voice Group.
Children often offer reflections and say prayers for people caught up in events around the world.
Most recently we have offered prayers for people in Australia caught up in the bushfires.
The flooding in England and Wales was another focus of class prayers as children felt the impact locally but saw on the news the far reaching impact it had further afield.
Those impacted by the devastating effects of Covid-19 both locally and globally.
Working together with our friends at Mission together and CAFOD we provide opportunities for our children to learn about the world around them and also about the hard-ships others face in the world as we work together to raise awareness for God's planet and people everywhere.
At St Joseph's, we believe that each child is created uniquely in the image of Christ and at our school we provide a nurturing environment where children can grow and develop spiritually, moral, socially and academically.
We learn about the Scripture & Gospel values via the Come And See programme. https://www.comeandseere.co.uk
Our Catholic studies mirror those of the Catholic Liturgical Cycles:
At this time of year, we are waiting for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
As we have remembered the welcoming of Jesus at Christmas and celebrated The Epiphany, we now move into Ordinary Time.
This phase of the Catholic calendar is signified by the colour green.
Our children will be thinking about community and how we gather and come together as a faith.
This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the day many Catholics mark as the first day of lent, the time of reflection and penitence leading up to Easter Sunday.
We commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion and sacrifice.
Lent is a journey that leads us toward the cross. It is a time to think and reflect on lives as Catholics, take time to better serve our families and friends and our local community and to give up something we take for granted so we might better appreciate what we have omitted from our lives.
We celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and learning about his gift to us, the Holy Spirit.
Coming 50 days after Easter and 10 days after the Ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Pentecost marks the descent of the Holy Spirit onto the Apostles.
Dear St Joseph,
This is our school.
Let peace dwell here.
Let the rooms be filled with happiness,
Let love be here,
Love of life itself and love of God.
Let us remember,
That as many hands build a house,
So many hearts build a school.