Faith Inspiration Caring
‘Follow me, I will make you fishers of men’
(taken from the coat of arms of St John Fisher).
In our school we want to follow the example of St John Fisher. He was known for his holiness, his faithfulness to the Church and for his learning and his work opening Universities.
We put our faith into action by helping the poor in Leicester and our brothers and sisters in the Third World.
Each child is trusted to use their unique abilities and this is shown through caring for one another.
The children said:
“Learn how to love like Jesus.
We love one another like Jesus loved us.
Love everyone not just yourself.
Listen to everyone and love them every day.
Don’t fall out, be nice to one another.”
Faith Inspiration Caring
Year of Mercy 2015-2016
Closing celebration Mass at St Barnabas Cathedral
18th November 2016
On Friday 18th November, schools from all over the Diocese were invited to share in the closing celebration Mass for the end of the extraordinary Year of Mercy. Mrs Hirst and Mrs Moloney, along with the three year 6 chaplains travelled to St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham to share in the Mass celebrated by Bishop Patrick. They were lucky enough to meet Bishop Patrick after the celebrations. It was a fantastic way for all schools within the Nottingham Diocese to gather together and close this extraordinary year.
Harvest Mass 2016
Thank you to all the families who contributed to the Harvest Mass.
To read the JUBILEE OF MERCY Prayer for Diocese of Nottingham
The Jubilee of Mercy, given to us by Pope Francis, invites us to contemplate the mercy of God revealed to us in the face of Jesus, his Son. The Year runs from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016 and offers us the opportunity to reflect on how we might better radiate and reflect the tender love of God in our world and to seek to draw others into experiencing that love and mercy.
This designation as an "Extraordinary Jubilee" sets it apart from the ordinary cycle of jubilees, or holy years, which are called every 25 years in the Catholic Church. During these Jubilee years the Holy Door is opened.
A Holy Door refers to an entrance portal located within the Papal Major basilicas in Rome. The doors are normally sealed by mortar and cement from the inside so that they cannot be opened. They are ceremoniously opened during Jubilee years designated by the Pope, for pilgrims who enter through those doors may piously gain the plenary indulgences attached with the duration of the Jubilee year.
Listen to Bishop's Advent reflections on the Year of Mercy Here
Sister Dorothy and the Senior leaders led the school in an opening liturgy for the Year of Mercy.
As a school we will be working towards our own 'Holy Door'.
Click Here to learn more about the Year of Mercy.
The RE Programme: Come and See
Religious Education is at the centre of all we do, here at St John Fisher. It can be seen throughout our school, not just in our RE lessons, but through Collective Worship, our links with our local parish and our behaviour towards one another.
RE is a core subject and, in line with the Bishops' Conference recommendations, 10% of teaching time is allocated to RE.
In September 2012 the school, like all of those in the Nottingham diocese, replaced the ‘Here I Am’ syllabus with a new programme called the ‘Come and See’.
The new programme invites pupils to explore the religious aspects of life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Pupils reflect on personal experiences and links are made with the Catholic faith as well as other faith traditions.
A variety of teaching methods and resources are used, including stories from the Bible, songs and hymns, role play, liturgical dance, creative activities, videos and CDs and discussion.
The pupils study three themes each term and 63 topics in total from Reception through to Year 6.
The themes are:
Autumn term: Our church - family, Baptism and Confirmation - belonging, Advent and Christmas - loving.
Spring term: Local church - community, Eucharist - relating, Lent and Easter - giving.
Summer term: Pentecost - serving, reconciliation - inter-relating, universal church - world.
All of the topics are rooted in the children's own experiences in life and our teachers then extend the learning further through reflection and purposeful activities. We look at scripture passages that match the topic being covered and unpick the meaning and talk about how we can use this Scripture to enhance our lives and help us to be better Christians.
During the academic year, two other faiths are also taught; during the autumn term we learn about Judaism and during the summer term we discover more about another world religion such as: Islam, Sikhism or Hinduism.
Each term parents receive a letter that details what the pupils will cover as well as some suggested activities that can be done at home to support pupils.
Our Chaplaincy team is made up of two pupils from year 3 to 6. They meet for half an hour every Monday with Mrs Cartwright, who is our School Chaplain.
Children are currently in the process of applying for this year's Chaplaincy team and the team will be selected very soon.