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The school’s Mission Statement is the focus of all we do at St. John’s. It provides the terms of reference for the school improvement plan, which in turn provides a shared vision for our school community. The Mission Statement appears in all policy documentation and within teacher’s planning files to reflect its central place within all we do on a daily basis. The whole school community was asked to contribute to its formulation, parents, governors, welfare, kitchen and cleaning staff, as well as teachers and children.

 

We at St. John’s strive for excellence in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where individuals are valued and respected, enabling them to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Catholic Faith.

 

Our school motto, ‘To Live in Love’ (understood and verbalised by all ages), serves to support our mission statement affirming that everything we do at St John’s is to protect children and maximise their potential in light of the gospel values.

Our children ‘live in love’ on a daily basis.

 

The Aims of Religious Education

 

The outcome of excellent religious education is religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.

 

Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools 2012

 

The following strategies and aims underpin the effective delivery of religious education in St John’s Catholic Primary School.

• Religious education will be taught discretely and developmentally. It will include the deepening of knowledge, and understanding of key theological ideas and their application to life.

• Ample opportunities will be offered for children to apply and use their knowledge and skills in cross-curricular studies to deepen their understanding of religious truths and think creatively.

• Engagement with their own and others’ beliefs and values will help to develop good attitudes and dispositions so that children are instilled with a love of learning and a desire to go on learning.

•  Engagement with difficult questions of meaning and purpose which everyone has to face will enable them to think critically about their own questions of meaning and purpose.

• Offer the children a sense of self worth through their experience of belonging to a caring community and an awareness of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.

 

Aims and Objectives

 

At St. John’s we have devised a set of aims and arising from them a set of practical, achievable, objectives that can be used to assist us in fulfilling and judging the effectiveness of our mission statement.

 

  1. To foster the spiritual, social, moral, emotional and cultural development of the children enabling each to develop his/her full potential through:

 

  • The planning and delivery of the ‘Come and See’ programme.
  • Collective Worship and Prayer.
  • The examples set by adults working in the school who help the children to live the Gospel values.
  • The Code of Conduct, which is designed to develop within each child a sense of responsibility towards others.
  • Cross-curricular links e.g. English, art, music, P.S.H.E. (via Jigsaw) which help to foster a respect and understanding of other faiths, beliefs and cultures.
  • Support for local and national charities leading to an appreciation of the needs of the wider community; Nugent Care (Good Shepherd) is our home charity, whilst CAFOD is our chosen overseas charity.
  • Pupil voice mechanisms, council representation.

 

  1. To develop individual members of the school staff, supporting personal and professional growth through:

 

  • Staff meetings/ informal awareness raising sessions
  • In-house/external INSET training
  • Appraisal procedures
  • Providing opportunities for reflection and celebration of all that is good.   

 

  1. To enable St. John’s to develop its own distinctive Catholic identity celebrating the involvement of all in a caring and worshipping community through:

 

  • Religious Education Handbook. 
  • Monitoring and evaluation of R.E.
  • Attendance at relevant R.E. courses, meetings and CCRS
  • Termly Religious Education newsletter
  • Weekly school newsletters and termly topic planners
  • Assemblies, masses, seasonal/ liturgical celebrations for children, staff, governors, parents and parishioners.    
  • Collaboration with the Archdiocese, the CES and other agencies.   
  • Links with the Parish through catechists, deacons and the parish priest.

 

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