Our Lady's School is a welcoming Catholic community where we pray, live and learn together following the example of Jesus Christ.
This is a phrase from our Mission Statement that encompasses our faith. The spirituality of our school is enriched by daily prayers, collective worship and regular masses.
Children say prayers at the beginning and end of the morning and afternoon sessions. These are suited to the growing spirituality of the children.
We have Key Stage assemblies on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and these have a focus around the theme of Friday's Mass, usually based on Gospel stories and children are invited to think about the message and respond.
Golden Book assembly takes place on a Monday, led by the Headteacher and we celebrate the achievements of our talented children!
Mass usually takes place every Friday, prepared by each class on a rota basis.
In addition to learning and deepening in the Catholic Faith the children also learn about other faiths especially during Multi-Faith Fortnight when each KS1 and KS2 class specialises on a different world faith.
During the Spring Term 2006, an Arts Project was started in order to provide an 'El Salvador' inspired cross for our school hall. We liaised with Wigwam Arts who had previously helped to produce the mosaic of Our Lady.
It was decided that the cross would be made up of seven tiles, one for each class. Each class were given a theme and each child then designed a mosaic around that theme. The best designs were then chosen by Wigwam Arts and a tile was produced by each class.
The top tile was produced by Year 6 symbolising the Sacrament of Confirmation. Underneath there are three tiles. From left to right they represent the Sacrament of the Eucharist (by Year 3), our school badge (by Year 1) and a tile representing our parish church/community (by Year 2). The last three tiles represent learning (by Year 4), unity (by year 5) and finally play, produced by our Reception class.
This cross now provides us all with an awe inspiring symbol of Catholic education.
Our Jubilee Cross was blessed by Parish Priest, Father David Lacy, on Friday 10th November 2006.
Catholic children receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in Year 3 and the Sacrament of Confirmation in Year 6. They receive formal tuition in and outside of the classroom. Children learn about the importance of the sacraments through drama, story telling and writing, singing and dancing.
The children are supported in their preparation and celebration of the sacraments by the school, parents and the parish.
The school and parish have strong links. Regular weekday masses are held in which parishioners are invited to attend, whilst on feast days the school attends the Church for Mass.
The Parish Church is called Our Lady Help of Christians and it is a short walk away from the school. Our Parish Priest is called Father Paul Haines.
Parish Masses on Sundays are at 10.00am and 6.00pm. Weekday Masses are at 9.00am (with the exception of Tuesdays 6.30pm)
A family Mass takes place once a month, organised by parishioners and some of our children are responsible for readings, bidding prayers and the offertory.
Several boys and girls are altar servers on a regular basis. Each year we train new 'hopefuls' to be altar servers.
At our school we follow the Birmingham Diocesan Strategy. It makes learning about our Faith lively, interactive and relevant.
We view religious education as a journey of faith formation involving every member of the school community, together with pupil's family and parish community.
This religious ethos is found across the whole curriculum and not just within the formal RE timetable.
The Blessed Virgin Mary was born to St. Joachim and St. Anne, to be the famous woman promised in the Proto-evangelium who would crush the head of the serpent. By being exempt from original sin and living a life in perfect fulfilment of the Will of God, She was visited by the Archangel Gabriel with this message:
"Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever."
She conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit the Saviour of the world Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Lady lived a humble life as the Mother of Our Saviour, and as the spouse of St. Joseph, She lived the most virtuous life, and accompanied Jesus all the way to Calvary.
The Blessed Virgin Mary didn't die in the human way because She was exempt from original sin, and She was immaculate. She passed from this physical existence into the realm of the spirit in an ecstasy of love. The Fathers of the Church speak about her 'dormition', and that after three days She was assumed in body and soul into Heaven.
She is the Queen of Heaven and the Queen of all Creation, her holiness surpasses the holiness of all the saints and angels put together. By her dignity of being the Mother of God, She is our advocate before Him and at the foot of the cross She was given to us in the person of John as our Mother. " Behold your mother".
A true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary will lead us to Jesus.
Her message is "Do whatever He tells you".
Our Williams house name originates from Archbishop Thomas Leighton Williams.
Born: 20th March 1877
Ordained a priest: 24th August 1900
Consecrated Bishop: 25th July 1929
Died: 1st April 1946 (in office)
Our Masterson house name originates from Archbishop Joseph Masterson.
Born: 29th January 1899
Ordained a Priest: 27th July 1924
Consecrated Bishop: 19th March 1947
Died: 30th November 1953 (in office)
Our Grimshaw house group originates from Archbishop Francis Joseph Grimshaw.
Born: 6th October 1901
Ordained Priest: 27th February 1926
Consecrated Bishop: 25th July 1947
Appointed Archbishop: 11th May 1954
Died: 22nd March 1965 (in office)
Our Ilsley house name originates from Edward Ilsley, who became the first Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham.
Born: 11th May 1838
Ordained a priest: 29th June 1861
Consecrated Bishop: 4th December 1879
Appointed Archbishop: 27th November 1911
Retired: 13th June 1921
Died: 1st December 1926
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