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St. Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, Walsall

St Thomas Canterbury Catholic School

In God's Love We Flourish
In Amore Dei Floremus

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Our Catholic Mission is to enable every child to have an active mind, a sense of empathy and compassion, aspiration and ambition so that they become what God calls them to be.

Catholic Life

Mission Statement

 

In God’s love we flourish - In Amore Dei Floremus

Our Catholic mission is to enable every child to have an active mind, a sense of empathy and compassion, aspiration and ambition so that they become what God calls them to be

 

AIMS

 

  • To uphold established Catholic values and traditions
  • To provide a happy, safe and secure environment for teaching and learning
  • To nurture and respect every child as a unique individual
  • To value and respect all cultures
  • To encourage growth and independence rooted in relationships
  • To ensure equality for all enabling full potential to be achieved
  • To integrate each individual’s special needs

Our mission statement encompasses our values and beliefs. Our faith is central to all that we do at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School and Christian worship is an integral part of our school life. We aim for children to develop a personal relationship with God, become aware of the Church year and the sacramental links and reflect and respond to the message of the scripture. The children are taught to respect the feelings and thoughts of the school community and involve them in an activity with which they can identify.

As a Catholic school, Collective Worship is an important time during which we can share in celebrating God's love and learning more about our Catholic faith through stories, songs, drama, games and prayer. 

Class teachers pray with their children at the start of each day, at lunchtime and at the end each day and are encouraged to employ a variety of styles of prayer. Progressively, children will be helped towards experiencing short periods of reflection and silent prayer.  Acts of worship in the classroom may only be 5-10 minutes in length but might include: music, a focus / image, a candle, scripture, reflection through thought provoking questions and a song or prayer. We also explore the traditions of other religions in order for children to become more understanding of the beliefs of others.


Catholic Pupil Profile


As a Catholic school we work hard at forming attitudes and values in our pupils which are based on the gospel teaching, values and actions of Jesus Christ. The  Catholic Pupil Profile are  values we promote through collective worship and these values and virtues are the foundation of our school ethos and help us to live by the Gospel Values.

 

 

SMSVC

 

Spiritual, moral, social, vocational and cultural (SMSVC) is an outstanding feature of life at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary school. Children are provided with a wealth of opportunities to develop spiritually through inspiring child led prayer services, outstanding collective worship, use of high quality prayer resources and thought provoking lessons.

From a moral perspective, the children are encouraged to approach problems and decisions focused on 'What Jesus would do?'

Lots of opportunities are provided for pupils to socialise with others from different socioeconomic, ethnic and other religious groups so that children develop a respect for all people as children of God. Students' vocational development is catered for by dedicated mission weeks as a time to reflect on our call to serve others; this encompasses all that we do here at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary school. Children's cultural development is enhanced by our topic work in which we study national and international topics; engaging with the cultures of people who live there.


SMSVC is a central aspect for our school as 'through faith and education we seek to achieve fullness of life' for all members of our community and the world in which we live, as God's people.

Management & Organisation

 

Monday

9.15

 

 

The Head teacher will deliver the whole school assemblies for all children from Reception to Year 6. These assemblies are used to celebrate personal and class success. Parents are very welcome.

Tuesday

9.15

 

Assembly/Prayer Service (led by staff or pupils) -  Key Stage 1

Wednesday

9.15

 

Assembly/Prayer Service (led by staff or pupils) - Key Stage 2

 

Friday

9.20

 

School/parish Mass either in church or in the school hall. Parents and parishioners are kept informed about Mass via the weekly newsletter. Where children are not gathered in the main hall for assembly, an act of collective worship will take place in their own classrooms.

 

Fundraising


At St Thomas of Canterbury, there is a culture of great generosity when it comes to raising money for those less fortunate than ourselves. An example of this is where the whole school, children, staff and parents have contributed to Wolverhampton Homeless Centre, the children make sandwiches and deliver them to the shelter.  They also collect tins for distribution to the homeless on an annual basis. During Lent we raised a grand total of £544.89 which will be distributed to various charities of the children’s choice. A total of £81.00 was raised for Cafod where third world countries benefit by the children choosing various projects.  Each class decided which project they would like their donation to go towards, which included teaching someone to read, a vegetable garden, water for a family and a trio of chickens for a family.  The school also supports the local hospice.

 

To see the latest Walsall Catholic Cluster Letter, click here to view our News & Letters page

 

Wednesday Word

 

The Wednesday Word is a double sided A4 leaflet that the children in school will bring home every Wednesday. The leaflet will support you to prepare your son or daughter for the Gospel at Mass on the following Sunday.

Wednesday Word

Click on the picture above to download this week's Wednesday Word.