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The teaching of Religion is at the core of everything we do at St Thomas of Canterbury.
“We are a Catholic family and welcome all into our vibrant community. We strive to make Jesus the centre of our lives. Each person is unique and we seek to inspire each other towards knowledge and joy as children of God. We nurture everyone to reach their full potential.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church addresses the search for meaning in our lives and we do this through the programme ‘Come and See’. Each term, the children are taught through three topics, as shown in our long term plan.
Each topic is opened up through; Explore, Reveal and Respond sections. During the teaching of each one, children are invited to reflect upon their own experiences and then to use scripture to help them develop their understanding and responses within their daily lives as guided by the teachings in the Old and New Testaments.
At St Thomas’, we are committed to promoting the teaching of the Catholic Church, not just during lesson times, but in those moments of awe and wonder that are present in each and every day. We use our Christian values to shape and nurture our children both in times of celebration and in times of need. We place the love that Jesus has for each and every one of us firmly at the heart of all that we do.
After a whole school assembly to introduce the season of Advent, the whole school set to work to create interactive prayer stations to allow ourselves to reflect on Advent as a time of waiting.
Each morning we said an Advent prayer, as we lit the Advent candle. This gave us an opportunity to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
During Advent, we explored the 4 themes (Hope, Peace, Love and Joy) in a variety of ways including listening and responding to Holy Scripture.
As a key theme this year, we focussed on how we at St Thomas' can live the Gospel Values daily;
Hope, resilience. Perseverance
Compassion, kindness, service of neighbour
Simplicity, non-attachment to wealth
Humility, lack of ego, disinterest in status, dependence on God
Integrity, honesty, truth-telling
Preferential option for the lost and the least
When we displayed a particular value, adults gave us 'Advent Tokens'. These advent tokens were put into a raffle and, on the last day of term, over 15 Advent hampers were handed out! The hampers were created with staff donations.
Year 5's Advent Messages
During Advent, Year 5's Big Question was 'Is Commitment Important?'
We looked at what our mission is and how it related to the mission of the Church. As part of our mission at St Thomas' we decided to write Christmas cards to parishioners. We didn't simply wish them a merry Christmas, but really thought about the true meaning of Christmas.