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St John the Baptist Primary School, Belfast
Notice of School Closure Parent Consultations are taking place on Thursday 22nd November. The school will be closed to facilitate this.
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Mission Statement

St. John the Baptist Primary School works in partnership with families, the parish and the community. In our day to day life we try to put into practice our Catholic beliefs and come together regularly as a community to worship.

Inspired by St. John the Baptist, we;

"Work together in Love
Play together in Harmony
Pray together in Faith
Aspiring to Happiness & Achievement for all."

Aims Of The School

  • To see at work in our school community the values of God's kingdom, prayer, truth, holiness, justice, love, forgiveness and peace
  • To promote an ethos of caring concern and love in a school which looks to Christ for the basis of its existence. Anyone in need should be made to feel the loving concern of those around him or her.
  • To deepen the relationship between the home, school and the parish of St Michael the Archangel.
  • To use the school's Mission Statement as a basis for ensuring personal growth and professional development within our community.
  • To give children an awareness of their own abilities and powers, of their relatoinship with and towards others, and to develop their capabilities in reaching their full potential as responsible caring adults.
 

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 and charitable donations from the school community.In recent years we have made donations to Trocraire, Homeless shelter, Macmillan Cancer, St. Vincent De Paul and appeals.

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) 
  • Prayer groups and rosary groups are held for children especially 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 the classes.
  • Sending prayers home 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 school attend and participate in the collective worship for the parish.
  • Preparation in school 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 the local community.
  • Working with Parents as partners in our early years classes.

Sacraments

Children in Primary 3 receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and in Primary 4 children receive First Holy Communion . These Sacraments form an integral part of the life of the whole school and parish community.

In Primary 7, children receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in June.

Children attend a special service of commitment before starting their preparation for receiving these Sacraments and special Masses are led by and held for these children throughout the year. Special prayers are also said for the children every week at Mass and in class.

 

Fair Trade

Fair trade means when we buy things, we buy fairly. It means that we pay people who have worked hard growing and collecting the food or materials well.

We believe that we should treat other people fairly and, that includes when we buy things from them. If we buy food, drinks and clothes which have been unfairly traded, that means most of our money goes to the people in our country who are selling the items and only a little bit of our money goes to the people thousands of miles away who did all the hardest work by caring for them, growing and picking them.

When we are in the shops we know that if we see food, drinks or clothes that have the Fair Trade Mark on them, this means that the people who did all the work were given a fair price for the things they are selling.

Throughout the year there will be many times when we will think and talk about being fair:

  • Fair Trade Fortnight takes place during 24th February to 9th March 2014.
  • Ash Wednesday 5th March.
  • Earth Hour 29th March.
  • Earth Day 22nd April.
  • World Fair Trade Day is 10th May.
  • World Blood Donor Day 14th June.