Godly play

In our prayer room classes share a weekly Godly play session. Godly Play, uses a method founded by Jerome Berryman and based on the theory of children discovering God for themselves. Godly Play is based on long established, tried and tested approaches, using symbols and objects as well as words and encourages people to make meaning for themselves. It invites listeners into stories and encourages them to connect the stories with personal experience. Godly play has a liturgical structure, we gather in a circle, share a story, respond through questions and in various creative ways and come together to share a final prayer and blessing. 

Prayer group

Our well attended lunchtime prayer group journeys through the seasons of the liturgical year, recognising and celebrating different feasts and holy days. Children create their own sacred space using music and religious artefacts to help focus minds and hearts on God. We share prayers from our rich Catholic tradition as well as having time for personal and spontaneous prayer. 

 

The greatest among you will be your servant.
Matthew 23:11

The children of St Pius have been inspired by the NPCAT initiative ‘Called to serve.’
As a school family we are always keen to help those in need: be that locally, nationally or internationally.

We are called to feed the hungry…
As a school we celebrate Harvest time: giving thanks for all that we have been provided with by God our Father. It is also a time when we look outwards and help those around who are less fortunate than ourselves.
We collect tinned food and take them to the local foodbank.

Each year we support the fundraising campaign run by CAFOD.

We are called to honour the dead…

In November, the St Pius family remembers all of those who have passed away. We organise a ‘book of remembrance’ where we can all write down our dedications, thoughts and feelings.

On or around the 11th November, the school is represented at the ‘laying of the first poppy’ ceremony to remember all the service men and women who sacrificed their todays for our tomorrows.

We are called to bring joy to others…
The children thoroughly enjoy sharing their talents and skills with others – spreading joy and happiness.  This is especially appreciated by the old folk, who the children visit.

A particular highlight of the year for our whole school family is our nativity productions. The children love sharing the story and meaning of Christmas with their families.

We are called to spread the Good News…
At key moments of the Liturgical year, we gather as a school community. Advent and Lent enable the children, parents and staff to collectively remember the people and events at these special times so that we can go forth and tell others all about the reasons why we have these great celebrations.

We are called to care for the sick…
Children from the school go to the James Cook University Hospital to visit children who are sick and unwell.

We are called to be faithful…
When we can, one of our Key Stage 2 classes walks to St Alphonsus Church to take part in mass with our parish family.