At St Mary’s School we have a rich and diverse Catholic Life programme; we believe our faith permeates all we do for and with our children. Prayer, Sacramental Preparation, the lives of the Saints, SMSVC and Collective Worship are all active elements of Catholic Life. St Mary’s has adopted the Archdiocese of Birmingham's Catholic Schools Profile. This means we will be working together across all phases of the school to look at those values and virtues that come from the Gospel and teachings of Jesus.
These values and virtues are taken from the Jesuit Institute which is rooted in the teachings of St Ignatius. They have created a Pupil Profile in which 8 pairs of complementary words have been placed together. The Archdiocese of Birmingham have allowed to use the Jesuit material and have renamed it the Catholic Schools Profile.
St Mary’s Catholic Primary supports the development of the whole child through the adoption of the Jesuit Pupil Profile (as directed by the Archdiocese of Birmingham). The Pupil Profile is composed of 8 pairs of virtues that sum up what pupils (and staff) in our Catholic Schools should be living and how they should be learning, in keeping with St Ignatius Loyola’s own vision that we can show…"improvement in living and learning for the greater glory of God and the common good."
The Jesuit Tag Cloud of Virtues is visible around the school and each half term the children focus on a new pair of virtues. In their classes the children and staff brainstorm what they believe are the actions and words of these virtues and the collective thoughts of our children about what these virtues mean to them can be seen in the documents below.
The Jesuit understanding of education reflects the Church’s vision for all Catholic schools: “There is no separation between time for learning and time for formation.”
It is our hope that we can support the children of St Mary’s, in partnership with the home and the Parish, to show these qualities in their work and play and to grow in understanding of their faith and themselves through reflection, prayer, discussion, academic work and collective worship.
Each half term the whole school will focus on one pair of words; we will spend time reflecting on the meaning of the words; how we see these values in action in our lives and in the lives of others and how we can work to encapsulate these values in our lives.
All classes will discuss the meaning of these words; during whole school assemblies and Masses we will consider what they mean and will take time to reflect, quietly and peacefully, together so that we can listen carefully and try to hear the inner callings of our hearts.