The responsibility for supporting your children in their faith journey is shared by all in the school community.
As the primary educator, the parent is the first and most constant influence in a child’s spiritual development. At SS Peter and Paul’s we wish to work in partnership with our parents, supporting them and complimenting their efforts with their children. Many of you have had your child baptised. For those of you who have not, but are considering this, we can support you with communication with the Parish Priest.
The class teacher and teaching assistants will be those who directly influence your child on a daily basis. Whether or not a Catholic themselves, the expectation of our staff in school is to help pupils develop spiritually. When we recruit staff, this is a fundamental part of the selection process. We look for characteristics within people who we believe can help nurture children spiritually, contributing to our ethos and supporting our mission as well as supporting children academically. Our staff are also employed on Catholic contracts, which have high expectations for them as professionals in Catholic Education.
The RE Coordinator is Mrs Byrne at the present time. She holds the specific role of ensuring that standards of RE teaching are at least good and continually improving. She also leads the Catholic Life and Mission of the school, fulfils a lead role in sacramental preparation, nurturing the Pupil Liturgy Leaders and evaluating Prayer and Liturgy. She is supported in doing so by other leaders in school, the Parish and the Governing Body.
The Principal, Mrs Byrne, together with the leadership team are responsible for providing prayer and liturgy events across the year and ensuring that the Catholic Life of the school is alive, effective and driving our shared mission. This includes responsibilities such as arranging fund raising events and developing a sense of vocation within pupils.
Pupil Leadership – Liturgy Leaders
At SS Peter and Paul we also have Liturgy Leaders made up of pupils across Year 2 to Year 6 classes. In the Summer term two pupils from Year 1 join this Pupil Leadership group . One of their roles is to take a leading role in ensuring the class prayer areas reflect the Liturgical Calendar and support the prayer life of the school. They also enjoy working together to monitor aspects of Catholic Life and Mission and Liturgy and Prayer alongside the Principal and other leaders in school, suggesting improvements and changes . Liturgy Leaders also help plan and lead prayer and liturgy in class or within phases. These pupils volunteer themselves or are nominated by others and they stay in role for the school year.
All pupils contribute to leading prayer in class, evaluating RE and Catholic Life. They bear witness by living the gospel values that we expect within our school community.