Catholic Life of the School
We aim to support, extend and clarify our children’s faith by:
- developing spiritual, social and moral behaviour based on firm Christian ideals.
- providing the experience of living in a community within the framework of home, school and parish.
- preparing our children for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
- enabling children to develop an understanding of our faith and love of liturgy, sacraments and prayer through a variety of celebration and worship.
- enabling children to acquire the foundations of faith through the teaching of doctrine in the context of their own life experiences and stage of development.
- sharing gospel values, and bringing the children to a deeper understanding and love of God.
- striving to foster a living faith, which will touch every aspect of their lives.
The Way, the Truth and the Life
We follow the The Way, the Truth & the Life scheme of Religious Education, recommended by the Diocese of Shrewsbury. The partnership between home and school is further developed through the half termly newsletter outlining which topic each year group will be studying.
The key focal point in each classroom is a dedicated prayer focus area. The children are encouraged to take responsibility for ensuring this area reflects the liturgical year, as well as planning and preparing their Acts of Collective Worship.
The Angelus is prayed each day at St Luke's before the children have their lunch. A bell is rung in each classroom before the children lead the prayer.
Our Patron Saint
Saint Luke is often portrayed with pen in hand, reflecting the fact he recorded the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He is often shown with an ox, which is a symbol of sacrifice – the sacrifice Jesus made for the world. As the first Christian physician, Saint Luke is the patron saint of physicians and surgeons. For this reason, we honour Saint Luke on his feast day, 18th October, by praying through his intercession for doctors and those who care for the sick.
At St. Luke’s Catholic Primary School, Gospel Values and our mission statement underpin all aspects of school life. Like our Patron Saint, our pupils are encouraged and empowered to take an active part in the spiritual life of the school and by doing so provide example to others through their words and deeds. Each week, in our Celebration assembly, we give out our Pride Awards; this is where we celebrate those children who have been living out the Gospel Values within school over the past week.
September 2021: Liturgical Year
At the beginning of the school year, each class looked at the liturgical year and created their own versions to help them understand about the different seasons within the church's year.
29th September: CAFOD Assembly
Toni from CAFOD spoke at our assembly about how CAFOD are helping people in South America and what we can do to help.
31st September: CAFOD 'Go Green' Day
Following our assembly with Toni, we joined in with CAFOD's Go Green Day where all of our donations went towards purchasing some World Gifts. All of the children came to school wearing green and we shared some of the incredible work that the children produced during last week's 'Big Green Week'. The children also wrote prayers asking God to help us to protect our common home; these prayers were added to our School Prayer Tree in the school grounds.
October 2021: The Rosary
On 7th October, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and throughout October, each class has prayed The Rosary using Rosary Beads, thinking about each of the mysteries and reflecting on them during Collective Worship.
19th October 2021: Shoebox Appeal
Doreen from Teams4u came to speak to the children in assembly about how we could 'send love in a shoebox' to children in Eastern Europe. Our Ministers of Charity distributed leaflets to all of the children and promoted this good cause.
November 2021: Remembrance Day
On Thursday 11th November, at 11 o'clock, each class fell silent to remember all those who have sacrificed their lives for us. On behalf of our school community, members of our Junior Leadership Team laid a wreath at the Remembrance Services held in Frodsham.
13th November 2021: World Kindness Day
Our school community were reminded about the importance of kindness. Year 6 learnt about St. Therese of Lisieux, who spoke not of doing great things, but of small things with great love.
20th November 2021: Enrolment Mass
Our Year 3 and Year 4 pupils received their medals at their Enrolment Mass at St. Luke's Church with Father James.
9th December 2021: KS1 Nativity
Our KS1 children perfomed 'Hey Ewe!' in the morning and the afternoon for their parents and grandparents. We were extremely proud of their acting, narrating and singing skills!
10th December 2021: FS2 Nativity
It was the turn of our youngest children to perform their lovely performance of 'It's a Baby!'
14th December 2021: CAFOD Christmas Raffle
Our CAFOD group raised funds throughout this week to buy some CAFOD World Gifts. They sold raffle tickets to each class and the winners won a delicious selection box!
17th December 2021: Advent Service
Our final Advent Service was a virtual gathering with members of Year 6 leading it. The children reflected on making their hearts warm and ready to welcome Jesus.
17th December 2021: Christmas Card delivery
The whole school created Christmas cards for our neighbours and for the residents of Chapelfields care Home in Frodsham. Our children in Year 3 helped to deliver the cards to the local residents.
6th January 2022: The Feast of the Epiphany
Our school community gathered together to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. Like the wise men, we honour the baby Jesus with our gifts of love, peace and joy.
2nd March 2022: Ash Wednesday
On Ash Wednesday, we gathered together to pray and reflect on ways that we can pray, give and act during Lent. Pope Francis invited us to offer this day as a day of prayer and fasting for peace for communities around the world affected by war, particularly for the people of Ukraine. In classrooms, all children made Lenten promises during their Collective Worship.
9th March 2022: Sacrament of Reconciliation Service
In St. Luke's Church, the children in Years 3 and 4 celebrated their First Forgiveness with Father James and their parents and families. They read beautifully and acted out the parable of the Prodigal Son.
11th March 2022: Year 6 Class Mass
Year 6 celebrated the first Class Mass of the academic year with Father James at St. Luke's Church. It was a special occasion as, for many children, it was the first time that they had returned to church since the coronavirus pandemic. They reflected on their Lenten promises and prayed for peace throughout the world. Reflection cards were given out to parishioners and parents reminding them to 'not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest...'.
12th March 2022: CAFOD Family Fast Day
All classes watched the CAFOD Lent National Assembly to see how they can 'walk against hunger' this Lent. The children, dressed in blue and yellow, linked arms in a special service, lead by our CAFOD group, for the people of Ukraine to show that we stand united with them during these difficult times.
May 2022: Congratulations to this year’s First Holy Communicants