Religious Education is the very core and essence of our existence as a Catholic School and plays a key part in the curriculum. It is expected that the children admitted to the school will take a full and active part in the religious life of the school. Religious Education is undertaken according to the doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
Our aim in Religious Education is to lead the children to a living faith through prayer, the Mass, the RE Programme, school assemblies and the liturgical life of the Church. The school currently uses the ‘God Matters’ Scheme of Work and resources. Regular whole school or class assemblies take place each week and each class is involved in preparing and taking part in class Masses or Liturgies during the year. Our children also study other faiths to create an understanding and tolerance of other peoples’ beliefs.
Assembly and class time is used for collective worship, and to support and encourage Christian values. Assembly time is also used to share and celebrate success, special occasions, e.g. birthdays and achievements – presentation of certificates and awards.
Parents are invited into school on regular occasions to share Class Masses, Liturgies and Whole School Masses. They are also invited to specially prepared productions and to services for special occasions e.g. Christmas, Easter and Harvest. Notice of such events is given in advance, either by a general letter of invitation, or through individual class invitations. The children are taught and say each day the traditional prayers and also write and read their own prayers on different topical themes.
Children are also invited to write reflections on different aspects of the liturgical year and children are actively encouraged to lead class prayers, acts of worship and class liturgies. There is a close co-operation between the school and the Church. The Parish Priest visits the school on a regular basis for assemblies, Class Masses, Whole School Masses and other liturgical celebrations to which everyone is welcomed.
The children of St John’s School start preparing for their First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Holy Reconciliation when they are in Year 3. The preparation is done in the Parish in partnership with the School and with great involvement from the parents. The Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place during the season of Lent and Advent and the First Holy Communion Service usually takes place in May.