St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Live, Love and Learn with the Lord

Station Road, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 9JG, United Kingdom

01937 832344

Faith and Values

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'Live, love and learn with the Lord'

St Joseph’s has a distinctive caring ethos, which is rooted in the Gospel Values and virtues. Our vision is to be a fully inclusive school, offering all who work and learn here the best possible opportunity for nurturing learning and self-development. All of the staff in school work hard to develop the potential of each child to the full.

Catholic Life

Our faith is central to all that we do at St Joseph's and Christian worship is an integral part of our school life. We aim for children to develop a personal relationship with God, become aware of the Church year and the sacramental links and reflect and respond to the message of the scripture. The children are taught to respect the feelings and thoughts of the school community and involve them in an activity with which they can identify.

As a Catholic school, Collective Worship is an important time during which we can share in celebrating God's love and learning more about our Catholic faith through stories, songs, drama, games and prayer. 

Class teachers pray with their children at the start of each day, at lunchtime and at the end each day and are encouraged to employ a variety of styles of prayer. Progressively, children will be helped towards experiencing short periods of reflection and silent prayer.  Acts of worship in the classroom may only be 5-10 minutes in length but might include: music, a focus / image, a candle, scripture, reflection through thought provoking questions and a song or prayer. We also explore the traditions of other religions in order for children to become more understanding of the beliefs of others.

We meet as a school for Collective Worship twice a week. On Mondays we base our worship around the gospel and on Fridays we consider the virtues and celebrate the children's achievements.

Gospel Virtues

Pupils at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School are growing to be:

Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.

Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.

Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.

Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.

Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.

Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.

Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.

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.

Diocese of Leeds

St Joseph’s is part of the Catholic Diocese of Leeds.

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