Catholic Life  

As priests, we value immensely the close relationships we enjoy with Cottesmore and with the children, families, teachers and staff. Parents are the first teachers of their children in faith and, with the school, we pledge to support you in this very important task.  May your time in Cottesmore be happy and fruitful.
With God’s blessing,
Your Parish Priests,
(St Peter’s, Scared Heart, and St George’s)

Exploring our spirituality

We pray and worship together, supporting one another towards a closer relationship with God. Throughout the school, we have quiet places we
can visit alone or gather together to spend some time, reflecting on our faith. We meet together each day for worship.

In a busy world full of distractions, it can be challenging to make space for God. In addition to daily prayer, we make space through Christian mediation. We light a candle, play music and focus on the phrase, ‘maranatha’, meaning ‘Come Lord’. 

Our Religious Education curriculum is central to the life of our school. We explore the mystery of God, through the Bible and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We reflect on what this means for our own lives. We also develop respect and sensitivity to others through the teaching of the symbols and traditions of other world faiths.

We come together as a community to celebrate events such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter. The parish priests regularly take masses in school and one of the most special times is when we gather together for our annual Mary mass in the summer. 

All children care for each other and our eldest become spiritual ambassadors for the youngest. As they buddy up, the children develop a
relationship of guidance as they work and celebrate together.

Building Community

Our Catholic Community starts at home …

We all have a role to play in our school. A child in each class is voted to sit on the School Council, where decisions about the school can be discussed and new ideas put forward. Other children volunteer to be Play Buddies who help children at breaktimes. Both sets of children also promote a culture of anti-bullying and work with leaders to ensure all children feel safe at school. There are also opportunities for children to become Sports Leaders and Digital Leaders, taking responsibility for Sports events and Computing in the school whilst Office Angels and Helping Hands make a difference by supporting staff. Children on our Eco Council guide us on our sustainable journey whilst overseeing the school vegetable patch and pond area.

Families have a role to play too and we support working parents through our daily Breakfast Club and after school provision. We are pleased to benefit from a vibrant parent association called SOCS, the Supporters of Cottesmore School. There is also a Parents’ Forum, where parents can influence the latest developments in the school.

It extends to our local area …

Parishes
We believe that the education of children takes place at home, in school and in the local Catholic community. We are privileged to serve three local parishes: St Peter, Sacred Heart and St Georges. It is a joy to watch our children as they learn more about their faith through the process of taking their First Holy Communion and we support the celebrations with our special Communion Breakfast. We also gather with other parishes in the diocese when we celebrate the annual Good Shepherd Mass at Worth Abbey.

Mini-Vinnies
This is our St Vincent de Paul Group, who meet regularly to organise ways of helping others in our local school community. They promise to make a difference in the world by strengthening their relationship with Jesus and being a friend to those who are alone, in need or in trouble.

Anti-freeze
Children support this local homeless charity by making sandwiches for their soup kitchen each week. 

Our sense of responsibility for others reaches around the world …

Fairtrade
With Fairtrade we have the power to change the world every day. With the choices we make, we can get farmers around the world a better deal, so they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves. Our Fairtrade Council meets regularly and they encourage us to support Fairtrade through stalls at our Summer Fair, our Fairtrade Tuck Shop and activities during Fairtrade fortnight. We have been awarded the Fairtrade Mark for our work.

Love in a box
Every winter families put together their ‘Love in a box,’ a shoebox of small gifts that the Mustard Seed charity sends to underprivileged children throughout Eastern Europe.

We are part of the B&H Catholic Schools

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