St John Fisher: Our Mission
‘Believe in the light so that you will be children of the light.’
A Child of the Light
A School in the Light
A Community in the light
St John Fisher: Our Vision
At St John Fisher, we strive to create a school community where children and adults achieve their full potential and SHINE! We will achieve this through engagement, high expectations and by treating all with respect and dignity.
- We will be consistent in all we do, fulfilling our mission inspired by the image of Christ, promoting the fullness of Christian life.
- We promote respect for ourselves, for others, their cultures and for the environment.
Y2 took part in a pilgrimage to the statue of Our Lady in our church grounds. They reflected on her importance to us in so many ways and prayed together.
Our Shining Lights went on a mini-retreat to the Missionary sisters in Seel Street. While they were there, they thought and talked about the work of the Sisters and prayed with them in the grotto. The Sisters found our children to be very reflective and thoughtful. While they were there, our Shining Lights donated food from our Harvest Festival that would be shared amongst the homeless and in need in our city centre.
Some of our children have also made a pilgrimage to the Metropolitan Cathedral. The walked around the Stations of the Cross, prayed and talked about their mission to spread the light of Jesus.
Each week, every child in our school takes home a copy of the Wednesday Word. This is a newsletter based on the Gospel in church that week. It is for families to share the Word of God together at home.
Some of the key aims of The Wednesday Word include:
- to serve the Catholic dioceses of England and Wales and further the mission of the Catholic Church’s new evangelisation by enabling schools to spread the Word of God (Sunday’s Gospel) – Good News – to primary school parents, carers and their families
- to make real the Diocesan mission statement: “taking to heart the last words of the Lord Jesus, we will go into the world to proclaim the Good News to the whole of creation”
- to create a new form of lively weekly contact between the Church and parents which includes a weekly invitation to the celebration of the Eucharist whilst their child is connected to the life of the Catholic school
- to help school parents and families to draw closer to Christ and his Church by educating them about scripture and Catholic faith through The Wednesday Word ensuring that all supporting material is overseen by Catholic scripture scholars
- to strengthen the school’s Catholic ethos and promote this new way of collaborative ministry which enhances the home, school and parish partnership and encourages Christian unity in mixed denominational school families through a shared reflection on the Gospel
- to create a new weekly opportunity for Christ centred family conversation, evening prayer and relationships to be strengthened through The Wednesday Word a “Sunday Gospel Family Time” which is based on the Benedictine prayer custom of Lectio Divina
Below are a few examples of the many events we hold in school, celebrating and strengthening the Catholic life at St John Fisher
Bags to School
We had a visitor who explained how we could raise money for others by recycling some of our older clothes, curtains and so on. We were amazed by how generous our families are. Thank you so much!
Come Be My Light
Mrs Ross and her extra curricular club enjoyed icing biscuits with religious symbols. Come Be My Light is a religious after school club, inspired by Mother Teresa.
Missionaries of Charity
As the month of October is dedicated to the rosary, we invited the Missionaries of Charity into school to pray with us. They visited each year group and generously provided each child with their own set of rosary beads to keep, alongside a special image of Mother Teresa.
In October, we ‘Brightened Up The Harvest’ alongside CAFOD and thought about how we can play our part to build a brighter world. We know that EVERYBODY has the right to nutritious food, therefore we generously donated to our local community.