Our Catholic Life
St Charles’ is first and foremost a Catholic school.
Our Mission is:
‘Love, Learn, Grow Together’
Our Aims are:
To love, respect and forgive as Jesus taught us
To inspire, nurture and celebrate the unique talents of everyone
To gather, share and value all in our community with an open heart
This is how we live our Catholic Life every day.
Our patron saint, St Charles Borromeo, is the patron saint of apple orchards, so we have taken an apple tree as a symbol to remind of us of his example to us all. You can see all sorts of depictions of apple trees all around the school, and, in the Summer of 2017, we had six apple trees – our own ‘orchard’ – planted at the front of our school.
We teach our children using the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education curriculum.
Parents and carers receive termly newsletters, ‘Come and See At Home’, informing them of what pupils are taught, and how they can be supported at home.
We pray everyday, sharing Collective Worship and learning the prayers of the Catholic Church.
We teach our pupils about Relationships and Sex Education from Reception to Year 6 through the ‘Journey In Love’ programme. Click on the links below to find out more.
Our children support those less fortunate than they are by fund-raising for charities that they choose to support. In the last year those have included: Cafod, Nugent Care, the Red Cross appeal for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, Children in Need, as well as our link parish in Ghana.
We have close links with the parish of St Charles and St Thomas More, and our parish priest, Fr James Preston, is a regular visitor. He spends time in every class and sometimes stays and has lunch with the children.
FIRST COMMUNIONS 2018
Many of our Year 4 pupils received the Sacrament of First Communion in June. We celebrated as a whole school by going to Mass with our First Communicants, and then they had a day of celebrations in school. Have a look at the photos:
ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM’S VISIT TO OUR PARISH
On Sunday 13th May, Archbishop Malcolm celebrated Sunday mass in our church and consecrated the new altar that has just been installed. Some of our Year 4 children who are preparing for their First Holy Communion helped out during the mass, presenting the new altar cloth to the Archbishop and taking up the Offertory gifts.
Here’s a lovely picture of some of the children with the Archbishop and Fr James in the church garden after mass, enjoying the sunshine.
LOOK AT SOME PICTURES FROM AROUND THE SCHOOL
OUR CHILDREN ARE AMAZING AT FUNDRAISING FOR CHARITIES
The School Council helped prepare and wrap Christmas boxes to send to the children in Fr Emmanuel’s parish in Ghana.
The boxes contained pencils and pens for the pupils, which are expensive to buy in Ghana.
Some of our pupils made Christmas cards to send with the boxes.
THE ARCHBISHOP VISITED OUR SCHOOL
WE ALL TRY TO LIVE OUR MISSION EVERYDAY