Religious Education

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Catholic Identity

The most important feature of our curriculum is the Religious Education of our children. Our aim, as expressed in our Mission Statement, is to foster and deepen the children’s faith, to help them to enter into a personal relationship with God and to respond to Him through prayer, worship and Christian living. Everything we do at Thomas Becket is an expression of our Faith. We try to live as Jesus would want us to by showing the personal qualities of caring, sharing, love, trust, honesty and mutual respect. We strive to make our school community one in which everyone is valued and seen in the image of Christ.

We aim to be a welcoming school and part of the wider community. We have strong links with our parish church, Our Lady of the Annunciation, Addiscombe. Fr Joe, our Parish priest, and Fr. Keith, assistant priest, are engaged in a programme of classroom visits. Our children visit the parish for masses and we have masses in school. During Lent Years 4,5,and 6 are able to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and each year a Nativity and Passion play are performed for parents and parishioners. The Sacramental programmes of The Eucharist and Reconciliation are organised by the parish but fully supported by the school.

Religious education in each class is based upon the Diocesan supported programme, ‘Come and See’. We support parents through our sex education programme called Journey in Love. There are books and other materials freely available for parents to help them in this task as part of the personal and social education of children.

We also teach our children about other faiths because we live in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic world and we value the contributions these groups make to our society. We strongly believe in the tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and Collective Worship.