St. Gregory's Catholic Primary School Mission Statement
Our Mission Statement is:
Together we love, learn, create and celebrate!
Welcome to our 'Catholic Life of St. Gregory's School' page.
Through this page we aim to share with you and celebrate many of the elements which make St. Gregory's Catholic Primary School so special.
On this page you will find information to help families, the Parish and school work together in supporting Religious Education and development of our children's faith journeys.
We have included the 'Come and See' newsletters which explain the work we are covering this year, suggested activities and important dates in the Church year.
We have also included our school's Mission Statement, which is embedded throughout everything we do at school.
You will also find photographs showing special celebrations and moments for Collective Worship.
There are also photographs of our school work, displays, charity work and clubs.
We hope that you find this page informative and interesting.
St. Gregory’s Catholic Primary School
St. Gregory’s Catholic Primary School seeks to be a Christ centred community where all are enabled to develop their full potential.
Aims and Objectives
To be a Christian community living the Gospel values of love, justice and peace
By being a welcoming and caring community
By being positive role models who treat each other with respect and fairness & being willing to forgive and be forgiven
By respecting and promoting each child’s innate capacity for the spiritual whatever his/her faith background
By providing opportunities for quality Collective Worship and enriching liturgical celebrations suitable to the age and ability of pupils
By enabling our children to acquire an excellent religious education through a well taught and well resourced ‘Come and See’ programme
To provide a broad, balanced and creative education
By recognising the needs of individual children and providing a creative, differentiated and challenging curriculum
Through effective planning and delivery of a rich variety of learning experiences
By using assessment, monitoring and evaluation to inform and enrich future teaching and learning
By tracking each pupil’s progress as they move through school
By providing opportunities for children and staff to develop and share their gifts and skills at our school
To work in partnership with home,Church and the wider community
By supporting parents in their role as ‘prime educators’ of their children
By developing positive links between the school and the parish community
By using our talents to enrich the lives of others and encouraging active participation in community events
By making effective use of the wider community as a learning opportunity
By developing our responsibilities as citizens in the local, wider and global community
By learning about and respecting other faiths and cultures
By working together to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people within the school, raising any concerns following school protocol/procedures
The prayer of CAFOD’s Live Simply campaign:
Compassionate and loving God,
you created the world for us all to share,
a world of beauty and plenty.
Create in us a desire to live simply,
so that our lives may reflect your generosity.
you gave us responsibility for the Earth,
a world of riches and delight.
Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
so that those who follow after us
may enjoy the fruits of your creation.
God of peace and justice,
you give us the capacity to change,
to bring about a world that mirrors your wisdom.
Create in us a desire to act in solidarity,
so that the pillars of injustice crumble
and those now crushed are set free.
The children, staff and community of St. Gregory's Catholic Primary School are working towards achieving the CAFOD 'LiveSimply' award through their actions to:
live simply, live sustainably with creation and to live in solidarity with the poor.
'Come and See' Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme
What is ‘Come and See’?
It is a Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme for Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. It was published in July 2012 and we have successfully implemented the programme throughout the school.
Every term each class studies 3 topics and one of those topics is assessed formally so we know how the pupils are progressing in RE.
We have attached for your information the overview of the topics which are covered for every year group.
Here at St. Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, we follow the Come and See religious programme. Come and See is an invitation and a promise of life for everyone.
Jesus invited his disciples to ‘Come and See’ (John 1: 39). The disciples went with Jesus and ‘spent the rest of that day with him.’
There are many more references to ‘come and see’ Jesus in the Bible, and children are especially welcome: Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me.’ (Mark 10:14).
Through our Come and See programme, we offer the opportunity to search, to explore, to discover and to respond; this is part of what it is to be human. Children come and see the wonder of all that is within them and beyond them.
During their religious education lessons, children might undertake activities such as discussing in pairs, groups or whole class, reading from Scripture and the Bible, making posters, paintings and recordings of their knowledge and understanding and interacting with different environments, including outdoors.
However, we believe that religious education permeates all that we do in school. Our mission statement is lived out by all members of the school community every day. Collective worship, planned partly or fully by the children themselves, forms an important of the children’s spiritual growth. Links with St. Gregory’s Church and Our Lady’s Church are also made and strengthened every year.
'Come and See' Topics and Parents' Newsletters
As a school we have decided to implement the 'Journey in Love' developmental programme to cover the RSHE (Relationship, Sex & Health Education) curriculum. We also use the 'HeartSmart' Emotional Learning curriculum and our 'Steps to Success' Well-being programme with all year groups.
For the 'Journey in Love' programme, the authors have collaborated with teachers and advisors and produced a resource for primary schools on sex and relationship education. It is intended that it will support teachers and parents to enable the holistic growth of children.
NURSERY - Wonder at God's Love
RECEPTION - God loves each of us in our uniqueness
YEAR ONE - We meet God's love in our family
YEAR TWO - We meet God's love in the community
YEAR THREE - How we live in love
YEAR FOUR - God loves us in our differences
YEAR FIVE - Gods loves me in my changing and development
YEAR SIX - The wonder of God's love in creating new life
JOURNEY OF LIFE
SOME PERSPECTIVES ON MARRIAGE
Children engage in daily Collective Worship. Sometimes this takes place during Assemblies, and at other times in class. We encourage children to take as much part in the planning of each session as possible. The approximate timings for the length of the sessions are one minute for every year of a child’s life. Collective Worship consists of four elements, which mirror those of the Mass. These are:
In each classroom, a box of inspiring resources, such as material, candles, pebbles and prayer books is available to create a prayer focus. The class or group then gather together in a chosen way, listen to the Word of God, respond with prayers, singing, actions or silence, then find some way to share their experience with the wider world.
ST. GREGORY’S CHILDREN’S EQUALITY CHARTER
(Written by pupils of St. Gregory’s School Council)
What we, as a school want to achieve at St. Gregory’s School in including everyone and treating everyone equally:
Our talented choir performed 'The Stone was rolled away' musical for parents and families as part of our Easter celebrations.
Assemblies & Special Visitors
St. Gregory's Community, growing in faith, will love and support each other as followers of Jesus.
Sunday: 1st mass of Sunday 6.30pm (Sat evening) and Sunday 8.00am and 11.00am.
7.30pm (previous evening). 9.00am
Monday – Friday 9.00am, Saturday 10.00am
Saturday 10.30 – 11.00am
Address 94 Liverpool Road, Lydiate L31 2NA
St. Gregory's Church webcam.
Our Lady's Church
Address Southport Rd, Liverpool L31 4HH
Our Lady's Church, Lydiate