At St. Francis, we believe that Religion is a relationship, a relationship of love between the child and God, and between the child and other people: in a community. Religious Education fosters this relationship through daily prayer, Acts of Worship and Celebrations of Liturgy. As a Catholic school we feel it is important that children learn how to co-operate with others, respect others and forgive others. Scripture, teachings of the Church and the teachers’ own witness and example are the means by which these are taught in our school.
As a whole school we follow the national Catholic R.E. scheme entitled ‘Come and See’. The aim of this programme is to explore the religious dimension of questions about life, dignity and purpose, within the Catholic tradition. Links are made with the pupils’ own experiences and with universal experience. Links are also made with the experiences of other faith traditions to promote tolerance and mutual respect. The programme is therefore both ‘objective’ and ‘subjective’. It presents a systematic presentation of the Christian event, message and way of life, in contexts appropriate to the age and stage of development of each child.
Father Vincent, Father Blaise and Father Clement from our Parish church, regularly visit the school, and are a link with the wider community of the church. Our children, supported by the school, are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist in their parishes.
Prayer Life and Worship
The school holds collective worship regularly throughout the week; through school assemblies as well as in class. The collective worship includes a class assembly weekly which can be a religious theme, hymn practise, head teachers assembly based on the Wednesday Word, and our Parish priest celebrates year group Masses with the children weekly. This liturgy happens both in school and in Our Lady of Sorrows church. The children are involved in preparing these celebrations themselves and parents/carers are warmly invited to attend and share the children’s work and worship with them.
Collective worship gives us:
- A sense of special time
- A sense of special place
- The intention of focusing on matters of worth ‘beyond the everyday’
- A sense of occasion.
Times of collective worship are educational, planned learning experiences. They contribute to the education of the pupils and facilitate spiritual growth and respect of each other’s religious beliefs and practices. This may be done by evoking the sense of beauty, awe, wonder or feelings of pride, pity, sharing or by exploring the spirituality of life and experience.
Come and See - http://www.comeandseere.co.uk/
Parish Webpage - http://www.ourladyofsorrowspeckham.co.uk/index.htm
Wednesday Word - http://wednesdayword.org/