Catholic Life of the School
Welcome to St. Raphael's Catholic Primary School
A Catholic school is a community of love and hope. It provides young people with a Catholic education, which perceives life as a faith journey. The ultimate aim of a Catholic school is to develop the full potential of all young people, leading to their life-long activities being guided by the Spirit and presence of Christ, in the service of God and of others.
Catholic education is distinctive in placing all learning and teaching in a Catholic moral context and in both challenging and supporting young people to develop in mind, body and spirit. The role of a Catholic school is to help everyone in the school community to discover the true value and dignity of each and every human being who, loved by God, has a mission on earth and a destiny which is eternal.
The Catholic school is an open community, concerned with the education of the whole person. It presents a unique, clear vision of God, people and life, centered on Gospel values and reflective of the teaching of the Catholic Church. Hence, the formation of each person is regarded as being as important as the information which is transmitted through the teaching offered.
The Catholic school is supported in its mission by the active partnership of the home, the school and the parish. Together, they provide support for the faith community, helping to form and develop in all a mature Christian conscience, and in addressing the increasingly secular influences of popular culture.
As an integral part of our Catholic ethos, all pupils are made aware, throughout the school year, of the changes and celebrations relating to the Church's Liturgical Year. These events are highlighted in our sacred space in our assembly hall and in every classroom’s personal sacred space. The children are aware of the liturgical changes with the changing colours of our cloths and displays.
KS1 Gospel Assembly - Monday 8:50 -9:20am
Year 3 and 4 Gospel Assembly - Monday 10:20am
Year 5 and 6 Gospel Assembly - Monday 2:40pm
EYFS & KS1 Well done assembly - Friday 2:20pm
Year 3 & 4 Well done assembly - Thursday 2:40pm
Year 5 & 6 Well done assembly - Friday 2:40pm
Each KS2 class has a class mass each half term which children, parents, staff and parishioners come together in Church to worship together in a pupil-led service.