At the Rosary Catholic Primary School, our Mission Statement is:
“Jesus Christ, Son of Mary, Son of God, is the centre of the Rosary Community, where we live, love and learn together.”
The Rosary Catholic Primary School is in the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary and St Therese of Lisieux. As a Catholic primary school, we work in partnership with the home and parish. Father Bernard Kelly, our parish priest regularly visits our school to speak to the children. Different year groups celebrate their class masses in our Church and we attend Mass as a whole school for Holy Days of Obligation.
Fr Kelly gave a tour of the statues of Mary in our Church
As part of Year 6's RE Unit, Celebrate the life of Mary and the Saints, Fr Kelly spoke to the children about the images of Mary in the Rosary Church. The children were fantastic at asking questions about the statues and how we use them today.
Facts we learnt:
The statue of where Mary holds Jesus after the Crucifixion is a replica of Michael Angelo's Pieta which translates to pity.
The last photo was given by the nuns who taught at the Rosary School, in the Primary and Secondary School. They are called the Sisters of Charity. The writing on the logo means 'The Love of Christ urges us.'
Collective worship is an integral part of school life at the Rosary. Different forms of collective worship that take place include: whole school assemblies; good work assemblies; prayer services; class masses; whole school masses on Holy Days of Obligation and weekly hymn practices.
Our classroom’s have a dedicated prayer area and time if given throughout the day to for daily prayers and personal reflection.
On Sunday 25th June, our Year 3 and one Year 4 child took the next step in their faith through the sacrament of Holy Communion. It was lovely to see family, friends, the parish community, the staff of the Rosary school and Fr Kelly supporting these children on such a lovely day of celebration.
Recently, on Sunday 26th February 2017, Archbishop Bernard confirmed our Year 6 Catholic children. The service was attended by the families of the children, the parish community, the school community and the liturgical community. Thank you to all of those who supported our Confirmandi.
At the Rosary, we reach out to different charities throughout the year. During October, our children kindly donated tins and packets of food to our Harvest Festival, in order to support the FireSide Centre. In the season of Lent, all of our year groups will be taking part in a Lenten activity to raise money for different charities. Nursery and Reception are raising money for CAFOD; Year 1 and Year 2 are raising money for Mission Together; Year 3 and Year 4 are raising money for Friends of the Holy Land; Year 5 are raising money for Christian Aid and Year 6 are raising money for the Birmingham Catholic Partnership – Rwanda Appeal. All of our children have been given Good Shepherd Appeal boxes, so they donate any loose change they have during Lent.
The month of May is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. On Wednesday 3rd May 2017, Year 5 led our May Procession. Children across the school kindly donated flowers in honor of Mary. Gathering together in the school hall, the children sang hymns and listened to prayers for Mary before, processing over to the Rosary Church where Mary was presented with the flowers. Year 4 flower girls, dressed in their Communion dresses from last year, crowned Mary with a crown of flowers. It was a lovely service shared by the school, parish and community.
Our school are currently reflecting upon the season of Lent. From Nursery all the way up to Year 6, we are recording our Lenten journey through 'Our footsteps through Lent' display which begins at the office and takes us all the way to our chapel. Here are some photographs of our progress so far:
Multi - Cultural Week 2017
As a school, we have been celebrating our Multi - Cultural week over the last two weeks (15th May - 26th May 2017). Each year group has studied a different religion:
Nursery and Reception: Chrisitianity
Year 1: Hinduism
Year 2: Islam
Year 3: Chrisitianity
Year 4: Sikhism
Year 5: Buddhism
Year 6: Judaism
We have researched our religion and either visited the place of worship or had a workshop in class.
Here are a few photos from the week: