Our Mission Statement makes it clear that the values expressed by Jesus in the Gospels are central to the life of our school. For the children, we aim to provide them with an experience of belonging to a Christian community, in which our faith is both explicit and implicit.
Religious Education is taught according to the doctrine of the Catholic Church, as required by the school’s Trustees. Teachers use a scheme called The Way, the Truth and the Life and lessons focus on both providing the children with a knowledge of the Catholic Faith and leading them to an understanding of the significance of religion in their lives. They are encouraged to give a variety of responses to what they have learned and to measure their own development as Christians by reflecting on their relationships with others and with God.
Assemblies are another important part of the religious life of our community. Every child attends assembly every day – with all the other children on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; with children in their Key Stage (either Infants or Juniors) on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and sometimes in their own classrooms. At assembly we pray together, sing hymns together and reflect on aspects of our Faith within the context of our own experiences.
We also regularly celebrate Mass together as a community – on certain feast days, at the beginning or end of the term, and on Sundays throughout the year at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Church in Folkestone. In addition, both parish priests are frequent visitors to the school. Fr Stephen leads the Junior Assembly on Wednesdays.
When they get to Year 3 (Class 4 at Stella Maris), the children are able to make their First Holy Communion – their preparation is provided by the school, and the whole school community joins in the celebrations when they receive the sacrament for the first time.
Note: All parents have a legal right to withdraw their child from the daily assembly or from religious education. Any parent wishing to withdraw a child from either assembly or religious education should contact the head-teacher. Pupils who are withdrawn from assembly or religious education are provided with appropriate alternative activities.