Religious Education is the core of our school. We hold dear our mission statement which forms the basis of all we aim to achieve at St. Martha’s. Our vision is that our children will absorb, learn and be enthusiastic about their developing faith. Opportunities are provided through which children can develop a more comprehensive knowledge of the Catholic Church and its teachings. Through regular worship children are encouraged to deepen their relationship with God.
We have strong links with the local Parish. Children regularly participate in parish services and celebrations and the Parish is encouraged to join in school life. The Parish Priest visits school regularly to take assemblies, to work with specific classes and to celebrate Mass at Holy Family Church. In Year 3, Catholic children are eligible to be prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. This is a Parish run programme, linked to the school’s RE curriculum and involves our Religious Education co-ordinator liaising with the Parish Catechist.
We share prayers daily through Bible stories, assemblies, hymns, celebrations and Masses which follow the Catholic Church’s liturgical year.
Through the Religious Education programme, the children come to know and understand the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church:-
- By experiencing and absorbing the Gospel values of loving, serving and giving as they are lived in the school community through the dedication of the staff and good standards of discipline and care;
- By exploring their life experiences and reflecting upon life as it happens;
- By recognising the unique gift of each person and respecting each person’s talents and individuality;
- By hearing and gradually coming to understand the Christian message by relating daily living to Christian standards, e.g. our prayer and self-sacrifice for those in need;
- By participation in acts of worship, assemblies, daily prayers, Masses and other celebrations (Harvest/Advent).
- Through an awareness of children of other faiths and cultures and showing sensitivity to their needs.
We aim that by the end of their school life at St. Martha’s, the children should have developed a deeper understanding of their faith and relationship with the Lord.Our whole school curriculum is available to view or download at the bottom of this page.