Our Faith

As a voluntary aided Roman Catholic School, Religious Education is an integral part of our ethos, aims and relationships.

Our faith permeates all aspects of school life. We believe that links between home, school and parish are vital.

Liturgy and Collective Worship

Our Catholic Faith is central to the day-to-day life of our school and all aspects of the curriculum, and pupils are encouraged to recognise the importance of their faith and they respond to all forms of liturgy and collective worship with respect and reverence.

We have a rich liturgical life in that the experiences we provide are wide ranging and take place in school, out of school, in Church and in the wider community, and engage and involve pupils, parents, staff, governors and the parish.

The Celebration of the Eucharist and prayer are central in our school.

Our Parish Priest regularly celebrates Mass for us. Each class takes on the responsibility of planning their own celebration of the Mass. In addition, we celebrate special Whole School Masses at the beginning and end of term, our school feast day, holy days of obligation and other significant occasions.

All acts of worship have a liturgical structure and are thoroughly planned and delivered.

Religious Education

We use the curriculum strategy for Religious Education in the Catholic Primary Schools 'Living and Growing as the People of God' is the curriculum strategy for Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. It makes learning about our faith lively, interactive and relevant.

It lays out clearly the steps to be taken in the teaching and learning of RE in Key Stage 1 and 2. It is an essential guide for what it to be covered in RE lessons. Its content also provides the foundations for a partnership between school, home and parish, a partnership that lies at the centre of Catholic Education.

There are numerous opportunities for cross curricular activities that link with and often stem from RE lessons.

We use the internet, we visit places of worship and we invite people to speak about their faith.

At St Jude's, RE is not simply one subject among many, but the foundation of all that is done at school. The RE strategy provides a curriculum that addresses pupils' intellect, hearts and imagination. It covers a systematic study of Catholic faith and life.


One of our RE focus areas, which reflects our faith.
 
Prayer is central to all that we do in school.

Catholic Schools' Pupil Profile

St. Jude's School has a rich and diverse Catholic Life programme; we believe our faith permeates all we do for, and with, our children.

In other sections of this website we have discussed Prayer, Sacramental Preparation, Saints and Collective Worship - all active elements of Catholic Life. From the academic year 2015/16 we have adopted the Archdiocese of Birmingham's Catholic Schools’ Pupil 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, rooted in the teachings of St Ignatius. A Pupil Profile has been created in which 8 pairs of complementary virtues have been placed together. The Archdiocese of Birmingham is using these Jesuit materials and have renamed them as the Catholic Schools’ Pupil Profile.

Each half term our school will focus on one pair of virtues; we will spend time reflecting on the meaning of these virtues; how we see them 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 meanings of the Virtues; during assemblies and Masses, as well as during RE lessons, we will take time to consider and reflect upon them. We will reflect quietly and peacefully together so that we can listen carefully and try to hear the inner callings of our hearts.

The pairs of Virtues are:

Grateful and Generous
Attentive and Discerning
Compassionate and Loving
Faith-filled and Hopeful
Eloquent and Truthful
Learned and Wise
Curious and Active
Intentional and Prophetic

Gospel Virtues

Jesuit Virtues

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Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, now and in the future. By encouraging them to know and be grateful for all their gifts, developing them to the full so that they can be generous in the service of others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices. By promoting the practice of attentive reflection and discerning decision making: in teaching, in the examen, prayer and retreats; and through the practice and example of school leaders and staff.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words. By being compassionate and loving in the way pupils are treated, especially when a pupil is in trouble; and by opening pupils’ eyes to those who suffer poverty, injustice or violence.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future. By passing on the living and faith-filled tradition of Jesus Christ; by having persevering faith in the pupils, and by encouraging them in turn, to have faith and hope in themselves and others.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.  By developing an eloquent language which pupils can use to understand and articulate their emotions, beliefs, and questions, encouraged by the example of their teachers to be truthful in the way they represent themselves and speak about the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good. By the breadth and depth of the curriculum; by excellence of teaching, and the creation of opportunities to become more learned and wise.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better. By leading pupils to be curious about the universe and all human activity, and to take increasing responsibility for their own learning, and by providing opportunities for them to be active in the life of the school, the Church, and the wider community.
Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others. By being a school community which is intentional in its way of proceeding to build-up quality of life; and which is prophetic in the way it offers an alternative vision of education and the human person rooted in the gospel.