St Joseph’s is a voluntary aided Catholic school where ‘Christian Ethics’ permeate the whole curriculum. All children who attend St Joseph’s are expected to participate fully in the religious life of the school. Every age group follows a published religious scheme called ‘Come and See’ which is a structured programme used nationally in many primary schools.
The programme follows the liturgical year of the Church, where the central theme is the Christian belief in Jesus Christ as the word and Revelation of God. Each term basic themes are explored within the Catholic faith tradition, which is complemented by the religious traditions in our homes and parishes. The different themes are studied by the whole school over a short period which provides continuity and progression. These programmes provide opportunities for celebration, prayer and reflection through assemblies, Masses and prayer services.
Children may be withdrawn from Prayer and Worship and R.E. lessons on the grounds of religious belief. However the governors are keen that there should be minimal disruption to the school curriculum. If parents have any cause for concern in this matter, it is essential that this is discussed with the Headteacher before the child is admitted to the school.