Outstanding RE Inspection 2019: Following our recent RE Inspection (Section 48) we have been graded "outstanding" overall and "outstanding" for each element judged, namely: Catholic Life, Religious Education, and Collective Worship. The school was also judged to be "outstanding" for each aspect of those three elements. We are very happy with this report, which reflects how well we all work together (school, home and parish) to promote the Catholic ethos and teachings. Below you can read and enjoy our glowing report!
RE Report 2019
Virtue Award Winners 2019: A child was chosen for to win our person of ..... for each virtue (eg. Person of Faith) at the end of year. Well done to all of our winners.
Advent Presentation 2019: The whole school performed beautifully in the, "Sign of the Cross," our Advent Presentation for 2019-20.
Crosses from around the World: To decorate our hall for Advent 2019, the whole school made crosses of different kinds in may different materials. Some of these were International crosses including from: Australia, Salvador, Mexico, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Mini Vinnie's Christmas Appeal December 2019: The Mini Vinnies once again collected presents for the Radio Aire appeal, bringing in presents for children who otherwise would have none.
Big Sing 2019: Class 5 joined pupils from other primaries and Corpus Christi High School at the Big, Sing Liturgy Thing at Corpus Christi Church in November 2019. Everyone had great fun.
Summer 2019: Y6 visited St. Anne's Cathedral in Leeds, alongside the Y6 pupils from St. Joseph's, Tadcaster. This both formed part of their RE studies and part of the Faith in Action Award obligations.
Y6's portrayal of the Passion of Christ was both beautiful and moving. (Easter 2019)
Lenten Activities 2019: Each class ran activities during Lent as part of our Lenten Almsgiving duty. The School Council will decide where the funds raised will go (even our school cook helped out!)
Lent 2019: the Mini Vinnies made Easter baskets and ran a tombola stall with them. They raised over £180 which they decided to divide between Water Aid and the Disasters Emergency Fund>
December 2018: This year's Advent Presentation was titled, "Jesus is a Friend of Mine," and was based heavily on Jesus' own words from the Gospels.
December 2018 - Our Digital Leaders and Mini Vinnies worked together to find and choose symbols for each of the Virtues.
Leading Whole School Prayers: Some of our KS2 pupils continue to lead whole school collective worship, planning and preparing it themselves
Day of Mercy: In November 2018, we held a themed Day of Mercy, to re-highlight this theme. Pupils did lots of cross-curricular, creative work around this theme during the day.
Our group of Y5/6 Mini Vinnies were commissioned or re-commissioned by the Bishop in a special mass at St. Anne's Cathredral for all the Mini-Vinnies of the Diocese. Two of our pupils served mass for the Bishop while two also acted as welcomers. It was a beautiful celebration.
During the school year 2017-18, we piloted the Diocesan scheme, "Faith in Action" for them. It is a great testament to the children's commitment to living out their faith that 14 of the 19 pupils eligible to take part volunteered to do so. In June some of the group were able to attend a special celebration mass lead by Bishop Marcus, and receive their awards directly from him. During the year they gained credits for actions they completed under 4 headings: Parish Participation, Prayer, Pilgrimage and Procession, and Social Action. Congratulations to all of them.
During this year, we have held three separate themed "Days of Mercy." On these days pupils have done lots of creative and cross-curricular work on the theme of mercy. Here they are shown making up their own liturgical dance to a mercy hymn on the first themed day, and creating crosses out of nails and wool on the last themed day.
The school was turned into a card making "factory" near the end of December as all the children spent a fun time making a Christmas card to give to every member/family in our parish. The finished cards were given out at masses before Christmas.
On Sunday 12th October the parish came together to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of St. Edward's opening on its current site. A huge party was held and enjoyed by many. Then on 13th October, St. Edward's feast day, we held a special celebration mass in school, to which all our parishioners and families were also invited.
(Current Head, Miss Gilpin, pictured with former Head, Mr. Carter)
Diocesan inspectors visited the school on the 5th and 6th February 2014, to inspect the Religious Education and the Catholic life of the school. The school was rated as Outstanding for overall effectiveness, as well as for each of: Outcomes for pupils, Provision for Catholic Education, Leadership and Management. Congratulations to everyone involved with the school.