St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School Teaching School Alliance Blog and Stars of the Week

Faith in Action

Charities

We support lots of charities throughout the year and staff, children and their families are always extremely generous in their support of others. Money is raised through fund raising events, fairs and charitable donations from the school community. In recent years we have made donations to: Cafod; Aquaaid; Mission Together; St Mary's Hospice; Macmillan Cancer and appeals in Rwanda and Tanzania.

We also support the local Brushstrokes charity by collecting and donating food during Harvest time and Easter eggs during Lent.

Muvalia School

For a number of years we have had extremely close links with the Muvalia School in Dahod, India. The Muvalia School is a very deprived school for tribal children. It relies on charitable support in order to be able to stay open and provide hundreds of tribal children a place to stay and an education that they would otherwise not receive.

Every year our school's Fair Trade Team purchase fair trade items from the Sahaj (a women's fair trade organisation in Dahod) and sell the items to our school and parish communities. The profit made is donated to the Muvalia School.

Our work with and support for the Muvalia School helps our children to reach a greater understanding of life for those less fortunate than ourselves, and how we can help and support children on the other side of the world.

Prayer

In school we pray in lots of different ways:

  • Every week children from all year groups gather together at special prayer services.
  • There are regular circle times and prayer services in classrooms.
  • All classrooms have prayer areas that include liturgical images, artefacts and prayers.
  • Children's own prayers are offered at Mass.
  • Time and opportunities are given for personal prayer time (especially during Advent and lent).
  • Children use our special prayer hand in our prayer garden for quiet reflective time to pray.
  • Lunchtime prayer groups are held for children (including Rosary groups during May and October).
  • All assemblies and gatherings in school have a religious and prayer focus for the whole community.

We also work hard to include families in the prayer life of our school. We do this by:

  • Encouraging parents and families to attend assemblies, prayer services and collective worship.
  • Holding special prayer services every term for parents to attend and join in with (these are always well attended).
  • Sending prayer bags home containing liturgical materials for families to share prayer time together.
  • Prayer books have been sent home to every family so that families can learn and use common prayers at home.

Serving our parish and school community

We serve our parish and local community in many ways, sharing God's message of love with others whenever we can. Some ways in which we do this are:

  • Holding special, reflective services and liturgies in our church for our school and parish communities, especially during Advent and Holy Week.
  • We organise a school-parish Mass at least once every month where children from our school lead the collective worship for the parish.
  • Class assemblies are held on Fridays every two weeks and all members of our community are invited and encouraged to attend. These always have an RE focus.
  • Shared preparation in school and in the parish for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. We also hold regular parent meetings to ensure that families are fully involved in preparations.
  • Carol singing during Christmas time in Oldbury town centre.
  • Attending and supporting Remembrance Day services at the cenotaph in Oldbury.
  • Working with Parents as partners in our Nursery and Reception classes.

We also send a copy of the Wednesday Word home to every family in our school community. The Wednesday Word is a double-sided A4 leaflet which carries the Sunday Gospel into school family homes. The children receive the leaflet in school each week for them to take home with them to read with the rest of their family. This creates a new opportunity for the Word to be present in the homes of families connected to our school. It also acts as a regular invitation to the Eucharist throughout the time that the family is connected to the life of our school.