“My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10)
At St. Mary's we place high value on the development of each and every child. At the heart of all we do in school, we not only develop our pupil's values to live successful and fulfilled lives but we also emphasise the children's spiritual development.
At St. Mary's there are many ways in which we aim to develop spirituality. These include:
- the use of calming or thought-provoking music
- experiencing silence and the impact this can have on emotions, thoughts and feelings
- building time into every day to reflect on what has been and what is to come
- sharing 'Big Questions' and building in time to ponder -
- Is it possible to think yourself happy?
- Why do people often say their favourite colour is blue?
- Can kindness really change the world?
- yoga and meditation - we also run a yoga club after school
- time to develop thoughts and beliefs
- space to write prayers and think more deeply
All classes throughout our school contain a Spiritual Area. Each area is a focus within the room and is utilised each day with the pupils. The Spiritual Area in your child's class is central to the class worship each Tuesday.
The children write prayers, reflect and learn about the life of Jesus and his teachings, through the gospels, in their Spiritual Areas. Some children like to take the time to be silent in their busy lives in their Spiritual Area; each area is personal to that class and the children who use it.