Welcome to St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
A Catholic school is a community of love and hope. It provides young people with a Catholic education, which perceives life as a faith journey. The ultimate aim of a Catholic school is to develop the full potential of all young people, leading to their life-long activities being guided by the Spirit and presence of Christ, in the service of God and of others.
As a Catholic school, our belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and in his teachings as the right way to live, are fundamental to the entire ethos of our teaching, care for and attitude towards the children. It is integral in all aspects of school life and is outlined in our mission statement, it means that in Religious Education we are not just teaching a curriculum subject but also a living faith which we are encouraging children to share in.
The Catholic school is supported in its mission by the active partnership of the home, the school and the parish. Together, they provide support for the faith community, helping to form and develop in all a mature Christian conscience, and in addressing the increasingly secular influences of popular culture.
Catholic social teaching (CST) is rooted in Scripture, formed by the wisdom of Church leaders, and influenced by grassroots movements. It is our moral compass, guiding us on how to live out our faith in the world. Please click on the link below to find out more, including prayers to guide us.
Below is our RE action plan and most recent Section 48 Ofsted report.
- Catholic Life, Collective Worship and Religious Education Action Plan Update Jan 2022
Our special Vocations Day is where we celebrate the vocations of the people in our community. We ask the children to think about the vocations of their parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. God calls us to use our gifts and talents to enrich the lives of those around us and for us to grow as a person spiritually.
A vocation (from the Latin word vocātiō meaning a calling) is a job that suits a person best. It is also the desire to do a particular job, especially a religious career like being a priest. For religious people, a vocation is often something they feel God has asked them to do. A vocation is followed more for spiritual or emotional reasons than for money, which is a helpful extra benefit from a vocation but not the reason for it.
Christians believe God has created each person with gifts and talents designed for a reason. Christians can be called to vocations that are faithful to Christian teachings, such as marriage, or to be a priest, monk or nun, as a single person or the general calling to live a life that is right, for the good of the Church or humanity.
Journeying Together in Faith this Lent
The Holy Father, Pope Francis has invited the entire Church to take part in preparing for a Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 2023. The Pope has asked the whole Church to take part in a Synodal Journey. The term “Synod” is derived from a Greek word meaning journeying together. The Pope invites us to recognise that the whole Church is on a journey together until the Lord comes again. At this time, we are asked to listen attentively to the Holy Spirit and to one another so that we can discern what God is asking of his Church as we journey together into the future.
This prayerful listening exercise is an invitation for people to come together to reflect on the life of the Church under three key headings:
Communion – the life of faith we share together as God’s Holy People, what it means to be part of the Church.
Participation – the way in which we actively take part in the life of the Church,
Mission – the way in which the Church makes Christ present and brings the Good News to others.
Schools are a very important part of the life of the Church so it is essential that they contribute to this Synodal journey. Our Archdiocese has invited all schools to take part in listening exercises. On Wednesday 2nd March pupils representing all four Key stage 2 classes (Year 3 to 6) gathered together with the RE Coordinator Mrs Long and took part in a Synodal Journey Prayerful Listening Exercise. The children were very responsive and reflective and gave many thoughtful insights into questions about faith, mission and participating in the life of the Church. We have already sent our responses to the Diocese and are proud to be part of such an important process.
The children take part in a variety of charity events throughout the year. For example we raise food for the local food bank Shelter at Harvest and Christmas. The children choose which charities they wish to support and raise funds for them. Most recently was a cake bake sale raising funds to help build wells for people to have clean water. The school community supports the Father Hudson appeal every year by sending donations into school during Lent.
Parish Mass and School Collective Worship
Collective worship is at the heart of our role as a Catholic School. Our coming together to worship and pray is that golden moment in each day when we are drawn together, enabling the spiritual development of each child and providing opportunities to develop a personal relationship with God.
|As an integral part of our Catholic ethos, all pupils are made aware, throughout the school year, of the changes and celebrations relating to the Church’s Liturgical Year. These events are highlighted in our sacred space in our assembly hall and in every classroom’s personal sacred space. The children are aware of the liturgical changes with the changing colours of our cloths and displays.|
Worship takes many forms, including:
Class, key stage and whole school assemblies
Whole school and class Masses
As a school we are committed to including the children in all that we do. The children lead prayers and prayer services and many take an active role in the preparation and delivery of other acts of collective worship. The Year 6 children have returned to their role as Catholic Ambassadors (after Covid) and lead whole key stage and whole school assemblies. They have actively encouraged children to pray for others by creating a prayer box for children to use. They have adapted our collective worship through the use of music, drama, prayer and visual cues to support more meaningful engagement through the assemblies.
At St Thomas More we are proud of our of our faith. This is reflected in our learning environment, seen in corridors, classrooms and in our hall.
Other forms of worship are arranged at special times during the school year with opportunities to take part in Carol Services, celebration Masses, including Holy days of Obligation, Stations of the Cross, Reconciliation or other traditional devotions and services.
Learning in a Caring Christian Community
Each child is unique and comes with their own gifts of the Holy Spirit. We seek to develop each child’s individual talents by nurturing them academically, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually. The delivery of a wide and thorough curriculum helps inspire and excite enthusiasm to learn and prepares the children for the responsibilities and experiences of life.
The school works closely with the Parish catechists involved with the preparation of children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. Catholic children in our school receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist in Year 3 and the Sacrament of Confirmation in Year 6.
St Thomas More Parish Church
Our church, St Thomas More Parish Church, is situated at
142 Oxford Road,
OX5 1DZ. Tel: (01865) 377093
Fax: (01865) 842265
Our Parish Priest is Fr (Dr) Prem Fernando, serving also in Woodstock, at the parish church of St Hugh of Lincoln.
Sunday Masses: St Thomas More Saturday Vigil 6pm, Sunday 11.00am St Hugh of Lincoln Sunday 9.30am
Holydays: St Hugh of Lincoln Vigil of Holyday: 6pm St Thomas More: 9.30am 7.30 pm
Weekday Masses: St Hugh of Lincoln: Wednesday 12.00 noon St Thomas More: varies Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: after Mass on Friday at St Thomas More
Sacrament of Reconciliation at St Thomas More; Saturdays 5 – 5.30 or by appointment
Baptisms – by appointment.
Links with School
The pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 attend Parish Mass once every two weeks on a Thursday morning. Father Prem gives the pupils in these year groups the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation every term. All term time Holy days and school celebrations, including Harvest Mass and the Feast of St Thomas More, are celebrated in Church by the whole school. The school works closely with the catechists involved with the preparation of children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.
Go north along the A4260 through Kidlington. Turn into the service road that runs parallel to this road and keep going north. The church is situated at the end of this service road at the junction with Bicester Road.