St. Clare's Catholic Primary School A Voluntary Academy

"I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."  John 10:10

Catholic Life at St Clare's

Catholic Life

Here at St Clare's, our faith permeates through everything that we do. We wish for all visitors to our school, pupils, families and others to 'have life and have it to the full'. (John 10:10). 

Why does the Catholic Church provide schools? In his document, Christ at the Centre, Bishop Marcus writes that the Catholic Church provides schools to: 

  • Assist in the Church's Mission of making Christ known to all people.
  • Assist parents, who are primary educators of their children, in the ducation and religious formation of their children.
  • Be at the service of the local Church- the diocese, the parish and the Christian home.
  • Be 'a service to society'. 

At St Clare's this is what we strive to provide. 

Our Mission

"I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." (John 10:10). 

  • We aim to grow in knowledge and firendship with God.
  • We, the governors, the Headteacher and the staff will uphold the Catholic Virtues of our school life.
  • We will feel compassion for others in difficulty.
  • We aim for a welcoming Christian atmosphere.
  • We live our lives accordingto Gospel values, following the example of the saints. 
  • We will achieve the best we can, academuically, spiritually and in everthing we do.
  • We will work in partnership with our families, our parish, other schools, and our diocese, to create a community of faith.
  • We welcome otherfaiths working in harmony with Catholic traditions.
  • We deliver a high standard of Religious Education which will be reflected in our teaching, prayer and social action.
  • Prayer and Collective Worship will be at the heart of our school life, and we will enjoy regular visits from our parish priest, who guides our school community in our spiritual development. 
  • We will care for our world and everything in it, celebrating the importance of our stewardship fo the Earth. 

 

In our latest RE Inspection (January, 2017), inspectors commented that: 

" The commitment to the children's well-being and to the faith life of the school is a priority."

"The 'family feel' and warmth of the school are appreciated by pupils, parents and staff. All member sof the school community live out the school mission, "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." The calm, harmonious community feel of St Clare's is a real strength. Parents, pupils, staff and governors appreciate that St Clare's is a very special place to be."

"St Clare's is a school committed to its Catholic tradition and ethos. Its Catholic character is refelcted in the environment, which is of a very high standard. Display is a particular strenght of the school. It is of a high quality and reinforces the Catholic thos and values extremely well."

For further details, please read the full report here. www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/education/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/St-Clare-Bradford-January-2017.pdf

How We Live Our Faith 

Good Shepherd Appeal 

Three of our Year 6 children represented school when they went to Leeds Cathedrtal to present Bishop Marcus with a cheque for over £300, raised for the Good Shepherd Appeal which supports the work of Catholic Care. They really enjoyed meeting the Bishop and were amazing representatives for our school. Well done, Year 6! 

 

Harvest Appeal

We held a Harvest Appeal to collect donations of foodstuffs for our local Food Bank. A huge thank you to our amazing families who were so generous with their donations.

We then held a Harvest Festival Mass at St Clare's Church to celebrate God's rich bounty. 

Sacrament of First Holy Communion 

In June, we were delighted to help prepare young people from St Clare's parish for their First Holy Communion. We wish them every blessing as they continue their journey in life as young Catholics. 

 

Confirmation 

We were delighted to support our Year 6 pupils in becoming confirmed as Catholics. We wish them every blessing for their future at secondary school. 

 

Remembrance

We have a yearly Remembrance Liturgy to give thanks to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we enjoy today. Each class creates a Remembrance Wreath which they then present in front of our school altar.

 

Prayer

Prayer is a funadamental part of everyday life at St Clare's. Staff and children pray together regularly. Pupils increasingly prepare and lead acts of worship. High quality Collective Worship is central to the life of this school and a key part of every school celebration. A prayer space has been dedicated in the school hall.

 

Other Faiths 

Our latest Section 48 inspection report states that, "Provision for teaching other faiths is good. One day per term is dedicated to either Judaism, Islam and one other world faith. Visits and visitors are planned. Provision is carefully considered to ensure that pupils learn at an appropriate level for their age."

We believe that teaching children about other faiths is fundamental to preparing them for life in modern Britain, helping them to become tolerant and well-rounded individuals who are respectful of the views of others. 

Here are some images from our Judaism day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Remembrance Liturgy

Remembrance Liturgy

First Eucharist

First Eucharist

Harvest Festival Mass

Harvest Festival Mass

Class Collective Worship

Class Collective Worship

Harvest Appeal donations for our local food bank

Harvest Appeal donations for our local food bank

On of our parish sisters, Sr. Catherine, taking our Harvest Appeal donations to the local food bank

On of our parish sisters, Sr. Catherine, taking our Harvest Appeal donations to the local food bank

Children in Year 6 planning and leading their class Collective Worship

Children in Year 6 planning and leading their class Collective Worship

Representatives from Year 6 presenting Bishop Marcus with a cheque for The Good Shepherd Appeal.

Representatives from Year 6 presenting Bishop Marcus with a cheque for The Good Shepherd Appeal.

Year 6 children meeting Bishop Marcus at The Good Shepherd Appeal Celebration at Leeds Cathedral.

Year 6 children meeting Bishop Marcus at The Good Shepherd Appeal Celebration at Leeds Cathedral.

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