In order to help continue to foster and deepen children’s personal relationship with God our Father during this time away from school, we will continue to add resources to help support faith based learning at home. All resources added will be clearly labelled with the appropriate phase for your children so please look out for this when accessing materials.
The aim of Jesuit education is ‘improvement in living and learning for the greater glory of God and the common good’. Forming intellectually competent, good and virtuous young people through education has been the work of Jesuit schools since 1548.
The virtues in this profile of a pupil in a Jesuit school have their roots in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the spirit of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Society of Jesus and Jesuit schools, who developed a pathway to God and to human fulfilment which many have found helpful.
Jesuit Pupil Profile
Pupils in a Jesuit school are growing to be . . .
Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.
Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.
Activity mats and Collective Worship Resources will be added to this section periodically to support your children with developing their understanding of the values and virtues beginning with our current focus on being faith-filled and hopeful...
Our wonderful Faith Leaders and Year 4 pupils shared their ideas today to help rewrite our daily prayers. With the current climate and daily changes to our lives, now as much as ever we depend on God to take on some of our worries and continue to guide us with his light, presence and never ending love.
Collective Worship forms a huge part of our faith in school and gives children regular opportunities to give glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our loving response, in word and action to God’s invitation to enter into relationship, made possible through the work of Jesus Christ and the witness of the Holy Spirit.
Your children often lead Collective Worship in their classrooms at school and it would be wonderful for them to be able to continue to celebrate precious time at home. Below are some resources to help facilitate this - it doesn't need to be elaborate or extensive, it could simply be spending a few minutes as a family in quiet prayer. Building Collective Worship with your family into your new weekly routine could also provide precious moments of calm and reflection in a a time which feels chaotic and challenging. I hope you are able to take the time to give some of that back to God and find enjoy moments of quiet as a family.
This year, 2020, is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’.
In school we have been building our understanding of what this means to us and thinking about ways we can celebrate, live and share the word of God each and every day.
On this section, activities will be added to continue to develop your children's understanding of this very special year for you to use at home.
Lent is a period of time when we as Christians think about things that need to change in our lives for us to become more like Jesus Christ. It is a time of preparation for us to get ready for Easter, for us to fast, pray and give to help us to grow closer to God.
The Powerpoint and resources below are suitable for both children and adults at home to guide you in learning and understanding more about the liturgical season we are currently in.