School Ethos

At St Mary’s our mission is to be a community which offers the best possible education based on Christian values.
Every child is valued, cared for and encouraged to reach his/her potential in an atmosphere of warmth, care and hope.

God bless our school
that by working together and playing together
we may learn to serve you and serve one another
for Jesus’ sake

Amen

As we are a Roman Catholic school, the foundation of our work is based on the messages we hear in the Gospels. In our aims and daily practices we strive to  fulfil our belief in the teachings of Christ and how we can adapt such teachings in a way that is meaningful to our children and useful regarding the society in which we live. Our school caters for and welcomes Catholic, non-Catholic and of course children of other faiths whose parents, in exercising their right of parental choice, desire such a church education for their children. This helps to develop a rich and diverse school population where all children are treated equally and can make a positive contribution to the ethos and mission of the school.
Although we can do everything in our power to ensure your child receives the best possible education, we know we cannot do it alone. Therefore, we encourage and require the support of parents if we are to fulfil our mission. The contribution of parents should never be underestimated and because of this we try to involve them wherever possible. When your child becomes a pupil at St Mary’s, you become a teacher working with the staff of the school.

The Average Child
by Mike Buscemi

I don’t cause teachers trouble;
My grades have been okay.
I listen in my classes.
I’m in school every day.
My teachers think I’m average;
My parents think so too.
I wish I didn’t know that, though;
There’s lots I’d like to do.
I’d like to build a rocket;
I read a book on how.
Or start a stamp collection…
But no use trying now.
’Cause, since I found I’m average,
I’m smart enough you see
To know there’s nothing special
I should expect of me.
I’m part of that majority,
That hump part of the bell,
Who spends his life unnoticed
In an average kind of hell.

There are no average children in our school