Catholics believe that Religious Education is not one subject among many but the foundation of the entire educational process. The beliefs and values it communicates should inspire and unify every aspect of school life.
At FCJ School we follow God Matters, the Religious Education Programme for Primary schools in the Diocese of Portsmouth. We work on common themes throughout the school and as a result the children experience a programme which enables and supports their faith development.
All children participate fully in occasions of worship through Assemblies, the celebration of Mass, Praying Together activities, prayer before meals and prayer at the beginning and end of the day. The children of Year 6 celebrate a special Leaver’s Mass at the end of the academic year to which members of their families are invited. The school celebrates the Church’s Feast Days and on such occasions the liturgy is prepared by the school actively involving the children. The children are taught a wide variety of liturgical music, which enhances all our worship.
“…It was a pleasure to visit the school building, so neat and communicative of all you stand for. The children were absolutely delightful. We were amazed at how politely they greeted us and how well they communicated. Observing the classes and our discussions with your talented faculty gave us valuable insights regarding your RE program. We love what you have done with religious education and how it integrates with your entire educational project. Even if we can manage only a part of what you have achieved, we will be delighted.
We look forward to examining the material more closely and to discuss with our team how we can integrate your methods in an international and PYP setting. It is very clear to me that your firm and positive approach creates identity, clarity, and tranquility, all so very important for a solid pedagogy and a cohesive team spirit…”
Dr Marjan Blok
St John’s International School, Belgium