St Teresa’s School community
St Teresa’s is a Catholic school, originally founded to educate Catholic children in the local area. Today, our school community reflects the wider world, welcoming children and families of any or of no faith. Our Catholic ethos continues to underpin all that we do.
Prayer and reflection are integral parts of our day at Pre-School. We pray at the start of each day, at lunchtime and before we go home. We also take time for quiet reflection during our daily ‘quiet time’ when we ask the children to stop for a while and think about the many gifts that we have been given. Children never cease to amaze us when they share their thoughts; telling us that they are thankful for their families, for food and friends and for the natural world, amongst many other things. Our Reception class teacher joins us once a week to teach RE through stories and activities in a way that is meaningful and fun for such young children. Our School Chaplain visits on special occasions to share stories and to teach us more about Christianity and Catholicism. She also tells us about other faiths and ways of life and this is extended further when we find out more about the lives of the children in Pre-School, perhaps celebrating a special festival with them or sharing food, stories or crafts that link to their family’s beliefs and customs.
St Teresa’s Church is an important part of life at St Teresa’s Pre-School and we want the children to understand the value of being part of the church community. We visit the church often. When children first join us, we take them in small groups to see the church, when it is not being used. This gives them the chance to take in the sculptures and art work that make St Teresa’s Church such an amazing building as well as enabling us to explain some of the routines that they will experience during Mass. Pre-School join the main school for a Blessing at the end of Mass on a number of occasions throughout the year and because the church is familiar to them, they take pride in being part of the church community.
Many of our staff and governors are also members of St Teresa’s Parish and take an active role in both school and parish life. Our governors are also ‘prayer friends’ for each class in the school. In this role, they follow their class from Pre-School until the end of Year Six, regularly sharing prayers and thoughts with the children and providing an additional constant support as they grow and learn.
At St Teresa’s Pre-School, we encourage children to consider people in the wider community who may be less fortunate than themselves. Each year, as Christmas approaches and the children become excited at the prospect of presents and good food, we organise a reverse Advent calendar when children provide small gifts to share with other children who are experiencing difficult times. They learn so much from this as they begin to understand and show empathy for other people. We also join in with some of the activities organised by the main school in support of charities, including CAFOD (the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development).
Our mission statement: Inspiring and achieving together, using our unique gifts given to us by God.
We want every child to become the best that they can be. We understand that each child is unique, with their own particular needs, interests and strengths and we pride ourselves in ensuring that every child’s efforts and achievements are recognised and celebrated. At the end of their time in Pre-School, children are confident and ready for the next stage in their education. Many of our children move seamlessly up to the Reception class in the main school.
St Teresa of Lisieux
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux , born Marie Françoise-Thérèse Martin (2 January 1873 – 30 September 1897), also known as Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, was a French Carmelite nun who is widely venerated in modern times. She is popularly known as “The Little Flower of Jesus”, or simply “The Little Flower”. Thérèse has been a highly influential model of sanctity for Catholics and for others because of the simplicity and practicality of her approach to the spiritual life, referred to as The Little Way.
Thérèse felt an early call to religious life, and overcoming various obstacles, in 1888 at the early age of 15, she became a nun and joined two of her elder sisters in the Carmelite community of Lisieux, Normandy. She died of tubercolosis nine years later, aged only 24.
Her feast day is 1 October.