God our Father,
Thank you for our school, our community and Your unconditional love which brings us all together. Help us to be kind and fair, giving everyone the respect and dignity they deserve.
Mary, our mother, and Jesus, Your son, showed us a loving example of courage and strength. We will use their example to be the best that we can be. We will not give up, finding strength in You to guide us. We will be brave, standing up for what is right, even when we are in doubt. We will be loving, as the Holy Family are loving.
With Your help, our loving hearts and strong minds will grow, so we can
be living examples of your message to everyone we meet.
We have strong links with our local Parish, St Joseph the Worker, and our Parish Priest, Fr Neil Peoples, who is a Foundation Governors and a regular visitor to Holy Rosary. Children enjoy celebrating Mass at St Joseph's where they are joined by staff and parishioners. Holy Rosary collaborates with the parish in organising many social events. Click on the link below to go to the Parish website:
Our RE lead, Mrs. Dyche, and our Chaplaincy group, known as ‘The Messengers,’ lead the children in worship based on the Gospel readings each Monday morning. This is called the 10:10 Assembly.
The Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher lead assemblies on Wednesday afternoons with themes that focus on our school ethos, Catholic identity, and worship. These assemblies are sometimes led by external agencies such as CAFOD or missionary workers and serve to further develop our pupils' Personal, Social, Moral and Physical development.
On a Friday afternoon, we have an Achievement Assembly. A beautiful celebration of the children led by the children. The assembly focusses on pupils' accomplishments both in and out of school, and gives an opportunity for parents to share in our school life.
During the year, each class leads their own act of worship/assembly to the whole school community. This reflects an aspect of the liturgical year or follows the work they have done within their RE lessons.
Our children are encouraged to lead the school in acts of charity and mission that support others. Each year our classes choose a vocational intention of their own. Such events and activities are shared via our school newsletter, Twitter and within the school reflection journal.
This year, in line with the vision of the St Ralph Sherwin CMAT, we are focussing our Vocation and Mission on our local communities and we will be supporting the YMCA, the Star Foundation, the Winshill Resource Centre and CAFOD.
Our 'Praise and Worship Assembly' takes place every Friday afternoon and is an opportunity for our children to learn new songs for collective and personal worship.
We celebrate mass as a school in the hall at least once a half term. Classes take it, in turn, to join the parish community at St. Joseph's on Monday mornings throughout the year. We also join our parish community once a term to celebrate Sunday mass.
‘The Messengers’ also work with children in other classes to develop their class liturgy and understanding of worship. These acts of worship take place in classes each week and are led by our children.
We encourage the children to take time for spontaneous prayer. There are various areas around the school and within classes for the children to take this time to pray.