Corpus Christi is a Catholic school in which each individual grows in the knowledge and love of being a part of the family of Christ. Children and families benefit from the Catholic Life of the school in many ways. We see our school as family and like all families we share in the joys and sadness and are there to celebrate with and support families and each other through both.
At the heart of our school lies our mission statement;
“We live our lives like Jesus.”
In everything that we do, we remember that we are each called by name to lead a life as brothers and sisters in Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit, in the service of 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 prayer space in our classrooms and around School. The children are aware of the liturgical changes with the changing colours of our cloths and displays.
At key times of the Liturgical Year, as well as the beginning of a new term, we gather in School as a community, along with parents and family, staff and parishioners to worship together in a Mass. All in the school, parish and beyond are welcome to attend regardless of faith. Recognising the importance of involving children in the celebration of Mass, our children lead the serving, technical systems, singing and readings for the Mass.
Prayer is central to the life of the school and the school day is punctuated with prayer. Through opportunities of meaningful worship, children are supported in strengthening their own and others’ faith and are able to explore their faith further. Through whole school and class worship, our children are given time to reflect and pray.
During Advent and Lent, our children are given opportunities to take part in penitential liturgies These moments of reflection also provide a time for our children to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation with our local Parish Priest. These opportunities enable our children to strengthen their relationship with Jesus through a time of both personal and guided prayer and reflection.
We are privileged that our school has strong links with the parish and are able to work closely with and be supported in the development of the faith by our parish priest, Fr Rinda Emmanuel. He is a regular visitor in school and welcomes the children into the Church to celebrate liturgies and Masses.
The children at Corpus Christi receive a high quality of R.E education, are engaged and take pride in their work and achieve high standards. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. R.E is the centre of the life of the school and it has a strong impact on the children’s values, interaction with community and the world around them.
Through fundraising events for local and international charities and links with homeless shelters and care homes within our community, the children at Corpus Christi are encouraged to put the themes of Catholic Social Teaching into action in their own lives. These fundraising events are often planned and organised by our Year 5/ 6 Corpus Christi University group, who set an example of how to apply what they have learned in R.E lessons to their life around school.
Catholic Social Teaching
"Serve one another with the gifts you have received."
1 Peter 4:8-11
This term we will be reflecting on the theme of Family and Community during our Catholic Social Teaching lessons. This theme will help us understand that as human beings we are made in the image and likeness of God and are to be respected as sacred. It recognises that all people are social beings who communicate and relate to one another; we are made for community and communion with one another, living and sharing our daily lives, hopes and dreams.
We understand this to mean that " We live our lives like Jesus" by caring for each other and being active in sharing our gifts with our community.
In our work we will be learning:
Years 1 and 2
Years 3 and 4
Years 5 and 6
Pope Francis wrote; "Local individuals and groups can make a real difference."
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Annual Schools Mass
Eight children from Year 5 represented our school at the Annual Schools Mass at St John's Cathedral. Mass was celebrated by Bishop Philip and was a joyful celebration of the Eucharist where he reminded the children that Jesus wants to be their friend and is close to them.
Lent is time for us to get closer to God and grow in love with Jesus. We have set some prayer stations where children reflected on the ways they can get closer to God and thank Him for his love and for blessings we receive everyday. We would like to thank our parish priest who led the service and for the other priests from the cathedral who offered individual confessions with the children.
Support for Ukraine
During Lent, families have been generous in their support of the people of Ukraine, especially those who find themselves as refugees fleeing conflict and war.
On Friday 22nd March, our whole school came together to pray for peace in the Ukraine and in other areas in our world where there is conflict and war.
Catholic Social Teaching teaches us about SOLIDARITY and the COMMON GOOD - which is based on the belief that we are all responsible for one another because we all belong to one human family created and loved by God. We understand this to mean that we must take care of each other and be committed to working for justice and peace.
When we support those in need, like the people of the Ukraine we are living out our Mission "To Live our Lives like Jesus," by showing solidarity to our brothers and sisters across the world.
This year, our families and staff shared the gift of Christmas with the residents of two local Care Homes - Meadow House and Bluewater. The children even managed to sing a Christmas Carol! Our community were incredibly generous in providing a present for the residents and sharing the gift of Christmas.
Our Key Stage 2 children took part in a reflective Advent Penitential Service and in series of Advent prayer stations to reflect on our need for forgiveness and reconciliation, ourselves and our wrong doings. Fr. Emmanuel offered the Sacrament of Confession for all the children who have made their first Holy Communion. We believe that to be truly ready for Jesus' second coming, we must be at peace with others and with God.
Year 5 children have set up and led different remembrance prayer stations in the church.
Each station helped our children remember those people who sacrifice their lives for our freedom and future, to pray for people we miss and to pray for the world peace.
It was a mixture of activities; quite reflection and writing their own personal prayers. Children and staff were respectful and reflective.
Corpus University Group (Faith In Action) led our Harvest Appeal this year. They did a short liturgy about the appeal and wrote to the parents asking their support by donating food to school.
The children set up the church for our Harvest Thanksgiving mass and in the afternoon, they helped the Portsmouth Food bank representative in packing and transporting.
On 22nd September, we shared a liturgy in the church to Welcome our Early Years children and their families into our school Catholic community. As part of the service the children were all invited forward to receive a blessing from Father Emmanuel and a school Mission Statement to take home.
Year 5 and 6 Eucharistic Adoration.
Once a fortnight, the children from Years 5 and 6 spend time and reflection in front of the Blessed Sacrament for Eucharistic Adoration.
The children know the importance of this special moment - being with Jesus in the form of the Blessed sacrament. They show respect by kneeling down and praying, thanking Him for the opportunity to be with him.
On Saturday 17th September, 36 of our children received the Sacrament of the Eucharist. It was a beautiful and blessed celebration attended by many. We are thankful for the all support of our parish priest - Fr Rinda Emmanuel and the catechist in preparing and guiding these children with their journey of faith.
Walk for Water
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, 17th February, (during half term).It is traditionally a day which starts our 40 day journey with Christ to Easter.
During Lent, we ask for God’s grace and mercy and aim to spend the next 40 days doing something to show we “Live our lives like Jesus” through how our actions, thoughts and prayers. This year, I would like to encourage everyone to take up CAFOD’s “Walk for Water” campaign. This challenges us all to walk 10,000 steps a day – about 5 miles! But could you commit to doing 5 miles over each weekend in Lent – that would be 60,000 steps or 30 miles in total! We will not be asking for a charitable donation for this campaign but would ask families to find out why we are taking part in the walk for water campaign.
The Early Years children had so much fun today raising money for CAFOD on 24th March. They were so motivated to put their faith in action and help the people in Ethiopia. The Early Years children raised over £260 for the 'walk for water' campaign so thank you so much for your generosity.
The children made posters and flags to help spread he message to help others. They have lived out our school Mission statement - of 'live your lives like Jesus.' One child said, “This has been such a fun way to give kindness to others even though we haven't met them."
During Advent, Corpus Christi University Stars organised a collection of Christmas gifts for the elderly residents of Meadow House and Bluewater Care Homes. Some of the children delivered the gifts and spread God's message of joy to the residents.
Corpus Christi University Stars made lavender bags using lavender from the school grounds and raised money for the food bank. They also organised the Harvest Collection and donated 72kg food to the Food Bank.