“We’re not a religion,” said the headteacher of St Mary’s Primary School in the UK.
“We’re in this world together.
We’re here to help them, and to support them, so they’re going to get an opportunity to explore their faith, and they’ll see that there are great people in this room.” “
So, we don’t want to alienate them and say, ‘You can’t come and sit in the chapel’.
We’re here to help them, and to support them, so they’re going to get an opportunity to explore their faith, and they’ll see that there are great people in this room.”
The principal, the Rev Peter Cusack, said the school was trying to make it “totally Catholic”.
“It’s about teaching students to be more of a person, not just a religion, but to learn to love each other and to think about the world in a different way,” he said.
Cusack said the pupils would be expected to keep to the traditional liturgy.
But the school’s headteachers said the focus on the faith was important.
“We don’t do liturgy, we’re a church school, so that’s the main focus for us,” Cusak said.
“And then there’s a bit of social aspect to it, as well, so there are different rituals to the Catholic liturgy.”
“We’ve been in the community for almost 20 years, and we’re not going to stop there.”
St Mary’s is one of two Catholic primary schools in the country, along with the St Patrick’s Primary in Dublin and the St Columba’s Primary near London.
St Patrick’s has been in existence since 1851.
The school’s Catholic staff have been welcomed by the school and its parishioners.
“I feel very proud that the staff at St Marys have welcomed us into their school and made us feel welcome,” said teacher of the year, Joanna McCall.
“It means so much to me, because it’s a community that’s so open and so welcoming, and that’s something I love about this school.”
So, to come and visit and see the students, it’s very special.
“The St Mary’S primary is one among three in the county, with the others being St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary in Northampton and St Francis Catholic Primary on the Isle of Wight.