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Catholic Life at St John Bosco
At St John Bosco everything we do is centred on our special Catholic Identity. We focus on the Gospel values and teaching children the importance of loving and respecting everyone as Jesus taught us. We follow the Come and See programme as recommended by the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. We want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of RE. The beliefs and practices of our faith lay firm foundations to our entire curriculum and permeate the day-to-day life of the school.
Our mission as a Roman Catholic primary school is to provide a Catholic education that puts the word of God at the centre of school. Our purpose is the happiness of all of our community through the pursuit of school-wide excellence; with success measured on our ability to sustain and enhance our position as a thriving example of Christ-centred education.
At St John Bosco, our mission statement forms the absolute heartbeat of our school.
Caring for each other as we Live, Learn and Grow in God’s Love
It underpins our whole school culture and ethos; something which we are extremely proud of.
In everything that we do, we remember we are blessed to work, pray and celebrate learning together.
We provide many opportunities to enhance and develop the Catholic Life of school including
Advent projects – St. John Bosco Advent Our children have been tasked with spreading HOPE via our Christmas baubles found around the local community, to help share hope with each other.
We also share the travelling Advent Crib, Lenten Bags , Bible Bags with the whole school community.
We endeavour to support a range of charities throughout the school year, much of the work is driven by our school council who work with children throughout the school to plan which charities to support. The children make their decisions based on research and take into account the impact they can have on other children and families across the school community, and the world.
Through works of charity our school community is able to live out their faith through helping others and becoming aware of the social injustices in the world. We provide many opportunities to enhance and develop the Catholic life of the school including:
- Advent projects
- St Benedict’s Hospice
- First Holy Communion
- Hospice day
- Ukraine Support
- St Aidan’s food bank
- CAFOD Club
- Faith in Action
- Mini Vinnies
- Liturgical Prayer Leaders
Please see a sample of stakeholders opinions on the Catholic life of St John Bosco. It would be impossible to share all of the comments, but we have included some of our favourites:
‘We learn the importance of kindness, fairness and respect. Every single person here is respected.’
‘We regularly have liturgical prayers where everyone comes together as a school family. Everybody loves God and each other.’
100% of our parents / carers strongly agree or agree that as a family they feel welcomed and are valued members of the school community and that the school has a strong commitment to supporting those who are less fortunate than themselves.
We work continuously to support the catholic social Teaching principles.
First Holy Communion – we work in partnership with Fr David, our parish priest, and a team of dedicated catechists to prepare our Year 4 pupils to celebrate and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
Our Year Five children experience a residential retreat at the YMT village to develop their faith journey building on their sacramental preparation. Our Year six children attend the YMT faith day continuing in their formation.
Every year we have a whole-school feast day where we celebrate our mission and reaffirm it with fund raising and awareness through creative tasks.
Collective worship at St John Bosco
As a Catholic primary school collective worship plays a fundamental part of daily school life and enables us all to join together as one in prayer and worship.
Growing Closer to God
In its simplest form, prayer is defined as “talking to God.” It is a personal time of opening our hearts to our Heavenly Father and bringing everything in our hearts to Him. Through the Apostle Paul, God asked us to pray. Prayer can be a powerful force for change in our lives, and the importance of doing it on a daily basis should be instilled in our children.
Communication is the foundation for success in any relationship. When we communicate openly and freely with each other, we learn to know each other as individuals. This principle also applies to our relationship with God. By talking to God, we can learn more about who He is and what plan He has for us.