Our School Prayer
Please guide us through our education at school and at home.
May Jesus, our families and our friends inspire us to do good things for others.
Help us to celebrate the love, kindness and respect that we share.
May St Thomas More guide and protect us always.
At St Thomas More Catholic Primary School children and adults are invited to participate in collective worship daily. It is a core part of the school day and is led by both adults and children.
Children, staff and parents participate in Collective Worship throughout the year. These include:
Today was a very special day at St Thomas More. Bishop Declan visited our school to officially open and bless our Prayer Garden. We began the service by amazing him with our singing in a Liturgy led by Mrs Tippen.
We then lined a path for Bishop Declan to walk down to our prayer garden for the opening and blessing.
It was a truly beautiful service. We are very thankful to Bishop Declan for making the visit to our school.
He then visited us in our classrooms to see the wonderful work we do in our school.
On Wednesday the 22nd June, we came together as a school to celebrate the Feast Day of St Thomas More. This is an important day to remember the unwavering faith the saint of our school showed to God. We spent the morning learning about St Thomas More. Some classes created timelines, while others created self -portraits with stained glass windows, and others looked at the qualities of him to create meaningful wordles. We then came together as a school in a service dedicated to St Thomas More. To finish our day, each class visited the prayer garden with an offering, which was left at the foot of the St Thomas More statue. It was the perfect way to end our day of reflection!
As part of their RE lessons, Year 6 created Modern Day versions of the Stations of the Cross. They are displayed alongside the traditional stations of the cross.
On Tuesday 8th March we came together as a school to reflect during our Lent Reconciliation Service led by the Chaplaincy Team. We gathered together to ask God’s forgiveness for any wrong that we may have done. We listened to the story of Zacchaeus and thought about the changes we can make.
Each member of staff and child began the year by looking at the structure of a psalm to then write their own. Here are a few that have been displayed.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. From Matthew Chapter 5: Verse 9
Year 4 led a beautifully reflective Remembrance Day Liturgy where we focused on what we remember, why we remember and how we remember. We talked about the difference between service and sacrifice. We led remembrance prayers and read scripture. Our favourite part was the Poppy Prayer:
A Poppy prayer
Poppies are bright and cheerful flowers: say thank you to God for the lives of those who have died in war, remembering all the joy they brought to families and friends, and all the good things they did for their home and their country.
Now look at the red petals: red reminds us of danger and harm. Ask God to be close to those who are still facing danger each day, to give courage to the armed forces, and compassion to all who help others.
Place your whole hand over the poppy: poppies are also fragile and need to be handled gently. God cares for those who are hurting and those who are sad. Ask God to comfort all who are grieving the loss of someone they love.
Finally place a finger on the centre of the poppy: ask God to help you play your part in working for peace in the world.