The heart of our school
The teachings of the Catholic Church underpin everything at St John's. There are daily opportunities for prayer and worship, where children learn the traditional prayers as well as being encouraged to develop their own prayer life. There is no requirement for children to be Catholic to attend St John's. Children can have a different faith, or have no faith at all. They are simply introduced to what it means to have a faith and are encouraged to ask questions, to be curious and to reflect on their personal spiritual or faith journey. There are daily Acts of Worship; some planned more formally and many completely designed and led by the children. Father Jarek is the Parish Priest and regularly visits the school for these events. He leads regular liturgies and Masses, where scripture is celebrated in a child-friendly and age-appropriate way.
The school teaches RE through a scheme called Come and See, which follows the church's liturgical year. It is a series of topics to teach elements of the Catholic faith, as well as other main religions of the world: Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam.
There are 8 values, based on the Beatitudes in Matthew's Gospel. They are explored and practiced every day in school, in order for every child and adult to be the best person they can be, following the teachings of Jesus.
Humility - seeing life as a gift
Compassion - having empathy
Kindness - gentleness
Justice - working for a fairer world
Forgiveness - reconciling with self and others
Integrity - do what you say
Peace - committed to peace making and non-violence
Courage - standing up for the truth
St John's is proud of its tradition in supporting charities, both locally and worldwide. The School Councillors decide with the staff the charity to support each year and a variety of events are held to raise money for them. St John's is particularly recognised for its support and contributions towards Fairtrade, CAFOD and Mary's Meals.