As a voluntary-aided Roman Catholic School, the basic religious ethos is to be found across the whole curriculum and not just within the Religious Education timetable.
Monday whole school assemblies are based on the previous Sunday’s Gospel and Friday assemblies have a celebration and achievement focus.
There is a school Mass at the beginning and end of each term and on special feast days, to which parents and friends are invited. There are also Class Masses and other liturgies throughout the year.
During certain times of year voluntary prayer groups are held at lunchtimes.
There is a parish-centred programme of preparation for First Holy Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation involving the whole family. Good home, school, parish and community relationships are built up through these programmes. The children are prepared for the sacraments in school and there are a series of evening meetings organised for parents.
As a Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, we have embraced the Catholic Schools’ Pupil Profile, which teaches the children a set of eight pairs of virtues to be internalised and cultivated – enabling them to grow in wholeness as fully rounded individuals in the image of God. The pairs of virtues are:
- Grateful and generous
- Attentive and discerning
- Compassionate and loving
- Faith-filled and hopeful
- Eloquent and truthful
- Learned and wise
- Curious and active
- Intentional and prophetic
At St John’s, we expect our children 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, now and in the future… by encouraging them to know and be grateful for all their gifts, developing them to the full so that they can be generous in the service of others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices… by promoting the practice of attentive reflection and discerning decision making: in teaching, in the examen, prayer and retreats; and through the practice and example of school leaders and staff.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words… by being compassionate and loving in the way pupils are treated, especially when a pupil is in trouble; and by opening pupils’ eyes to those who suffer poverty, injustice or violence.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future… by passing on the living and faith-filled tradition of Jesus Christ; by having persevering faith in the pupils, and by encouraging them in turn, to have faith and hope in themselves and others.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world… by developing an eloquent language which pupils can use to understand and articulate their emotions, beliefs, and questions, encouraged by the example of their teachers to be truthful in the way they represent themselves and speak about the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good… by the breadth and depth of the curriculum; by excellence of teaching, and the creation of opportunities to become more learned and wise.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better… by leading pupils to be curious about the universe and all human activity, and to take increasing responsibility for their own learning, and by providing opportunities for them to be active in the life of the school, the Church, and the wider community.
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… by being a school community which is intentional in its way of proceeding to build-up quality of life; and which is prophetic in the way it offers an alternative vision of education and the human person rooted in the gospel.#