About our Virtues
Gospel values are at the centre of our ethos and our policies, and run throughout every aspect of our curriculum to encourage our children to be kind, caring, forgiving and respectful.
We are following the Catholic Pupil Profile, which introduces the children to two key words every half term. This is being developed across the Diocese and it ensures we all have a shared understanding of the Virtues.
Each half term, the Head Teacher launches the new words in a special assembly. Classes around the school gather evidence of the children displaying these qualities and place them as leaves on a tree in their classroom. We look at real life examples of people living out the values in prayer time or child led prayer services. We study scriptural readings or Gospel accounts of when Jesus showed or explained the virtues. Art work on the virtues is also created. It’s the importance of seeing and living these virtues in everyday life, which can incorporated through our Spiritual, Moral, Vocational, Social and Cultural (SMVSC) work in PSHE.
Pupils at St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School are growing to be . . .
Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.
Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.
Prayer is an important part of the life of the school - we pray together, use the formal prayers of the Church and write our own prayers.
Children have regular Collective Worship (Assemblies, Class prayers and hymn practice etc.). Our Catholic Life events are celebrated and shared on the Newsletter and via Twitter. Copies are also kept in folders in the classroom.
|Morning Prayers||Nursery, Reception, Years 1 to 6|
|Snack Prayers||Nursery & Reception|
|Grace Before Meals||Reception, Years 1 to 6|
|Grace After Meals/Evening Prayer||Reception, Years 1 to 6|
|An Act of Contrition||All Years|
We are very privileged to be able to celebrate 3 Sacraments with your child as they progress through the school. These are:
|The Sacrament of Reconciliation||Autumn Term Year 3|
|Holy Eucharist||Summer Term Year 3|
|Confirmation||Summer Term Year 6|
The children are very carefully prepared for these sacraments in school and we work very closely with our Parish Priest Father Dominic Kavanagh and with you as parents/guardians.
Our links with St. Augustine's Parish are very strong. The Priests of the Parish are very regular visitors to school to say Mass, hear Confession (Advent, Lent), visit and talk to classes, support the Sacramental Programme and the R.E. Curriculum.
Our Parish is:
Our Parish Priest is: Father Dominic Kavanagh
Supported by: Father Joseph and Deacon Kevin
As a Catholic School we are inspected by the Archdiocese - it was said of our school in a previous inspection:
"St. Augustine's is a very good school based on a strong Catholic ethos. The relationships between the children are very good, with older children readily caring for the younger ones. The strong prayer life of the School has a very positive effect on the children's spiritual and moral development".
A full R.E. Inspection Report is available on request.