Our Catholic School
Our Catholic School
Christ and his teachings are very much at the heart of all that we do at St Philip Evans. Together with parents and parish we seek to develop and nurture the Catholic faith of our children and bring them to a fuller understanding and knowledge of Catholic teaching and tradition. The vital partnership of home, school and parish provides the context for the lifelong process of religious formation
At St Philip Evans we recognise the importance of parents as the child's first teacher and their role in faith development.
We aim to work in partnership with parents and seek ways in involving them in the religious life of their children by providing opportunities for them to engage in school life.
Parents are invited to attend class assemblies, whole school and class Masses. They are kept informed of what their child will be learning in Religious Education lessons and the events taking place in school through weekly newsletters and termly Religious Education newsletters.
Prayer is central to life in our school. The day begins and ends with a prayer in each class. Children participate in various forms of prayer throughout their school life (spontaneous prayer, traditional prayer, modern prayer, biblical and liturgical, silent prayer, hymns and praise.) Prayer can happen anywhere and should be a true relationship between God and the child.
Learning traditional prayers begins in the Nursery. As the children move through the school they learn new prayers each year, these prayers can be found in the class prayer books.
Children attend Mass in our parish church on Holy Days of Obligation that fall in term time, and at the end of term. Whole school and Class Masses are celebrated in school at regular intervals throughout the year as is the Sacrament of Reconciliation. During other times of the liturgical year children visit the church for an Advent Service, Stations of the Cross as well as visits that link to the current RE topic.
Father John Boye visits the school to celebrate Mass and children take part in parish liturgies acting as altar servers. The school supports the First Reconciliation and Holy Communion programme in the parish and this special day in the lives of our children is celebrated by both the parish and school communities.