As I welcome you to another school year, I would like to introduce you to one of our key priorities this year:

 To strengthen the Catholic identity of St Mary’s as an active and prayerful, contemporary faith community.

Catholic identity is a keystone for the evangelising mission of all Catholic education communities. It is expressed in structures and processes; in curriculum and the learning environment; in the formation of staff to support, teach and lead; in strategic planning and community culture; the wellbeing of students; and the engagement of parents, parish and wider community.

We have decided to focus on PRAYER for 2022 as our way in which to strengthen our Catholic Identity as we listen and talk to God. Prayer is at the heart of Christian spirituality and teachers and parents can help children and young people to be aware of the presence of God in everyday life and to become persons of prayer.

Our goal is to: Further develop and strengthen the prayer life of the school

As a Catholic school we endeavour to give students opportunities to:

  • learn about prayer in the Catholic Tradition
  • listen and respond to God
  • embrace the beauty and richness of prayer in the Catholic Tradition
  • develop skills for personal and communal prayer and Liturgy.

We would like to be able to confidently say that in our Catholic school community of St Mary's, everyone is encouraged to set aside time for personal prayer and to pray together with others. Further, we would like all members of our community to be able to articulate ways in which they see, hear and feel there is evidence of this in our school.

I leave you today with our school prayer and best wishes for a safe and blessed year ahead.

Yours in Faith
Matthew Taylor
Religious Education Leader

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