Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me.’ We live and learn and love in His way'
Our Value and Virtue for this half term is:
Compassionate and Loving
Pupils in a school in the Archdiocese of Birmingham are growing to be...
Compassionate: We are compassionate when we feel sympathy and concern for other people who are in difficulty, whether they are near to us or far away.
Loving: We are loving when we show our sympathy and concern for other people by our actions and by our words.
A Prayer for Compassion
You are full of compassion and love for us, your children. Help us to be compassionate to our classmates at school and our family at home, so that we can reflect God’s love in our lives.
On Thursday 8th September, we celebrated Mary's birthday by gathering in our prayer garden. We prayed, sang and danced! Each year group presented Our Lady with a card too. Happy birthday Mary!
Pope’s Prayer Intention for September is: Abolition of the death penalty.
"Each day, there is a growing ‘NO’ to the death penalty around the world,” says Pope Francis in the video released on Wednesday announcing his prayer intention for September. “For the Church, this is a sign of hope.”
In The Pope Video, produced by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network, the Holy Father maintains that the death penalty is not necessary “from a legal point of view.”
He argues that “society can effectively repress crime without definitively depriving offenders of the possibility of redeeming themselves.”
He adds that there must be “a window of hope” in every legal sentence. Capital punishment, he says, “offers no justice to victims, but rather encourages revenge. And it prevents any possibility of undoing a possible miscarriage of justice.”
Our Journey in Faith
Our journey in faith starts at home. As parents you are the first and most significant educators in your child’s life. By having your child baptised you have expressed your wish to have them brought up within the Catholic faith. Working closely together, forming a partnership between parents and the school, we aspire to nurture the unique qualities of each child and allow them to flourish and grow throughout their primary years.
Christ is present in our daily lives and through living out our mission statement Jesus said "Let the children come to me" We live and learn and love in His way. It is more than just part of the curriculum, it is the Catholic ethos that makes Holy Family Catholic School a special and inclusive environment where children can learn and grow, with the teachers that offer outstanding guidance and care to your children.
We aim to bring children closer to God by learning and understanding the teachings of Jesus, so that we all can lead a rich and fulfilling life, helping others and bringing ourselves closer to God.
Through our RE curriculum and Sacramental preparation we guide children on their journey of faith. Each year group follows lessons planned from the Diocesan programme ‘Learning and Growing as God’s People’. Children take part in daily collective worship and regular liturgical assemblies, as well as celebrating Mass at Church.
In Year 3 children prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, the Church works closely with parents during this time to reinforce the important role of parents within God’s family during these special celebrations.
Throughout Key Stage Two, pupils are supported and encouraged to become mature and responsible global citizens of the 21st Century. In their final year of Primary School, children prepare to become adults in the eyes of the church, by receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. By accepting the Holy Spirit and renewing their baptismal promises, that were previous made for them, these young adults have the understanding and knowledge within them formed by the Catholic education they have experienced.
Academic excellence for all our children is one of our goals but we also nurture those special God given gifts which make your child unique.
We know that we can only do this by working in true partnership with parents. Holy Family is supported by our parish priest, Fr Pat Brennan, our families and by the parish community. Together we can ensure that Holy Family remains a very special place.