Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)
St Francis Xavier’s School is a Catholic School which seeks to live out the gospel values of Jesus Christ. We promote these values by our words and our deeds, and our Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of the school’s activity. We provide a Catholic curriculum which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Gen 1: 27). Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to grow in the love of Jesus, share that love with one another and be tolerant, show respect and excel in their citizenship.
Please also refer to British Values Documentation.
Eco Council: Water Bottle Challenge
As part of our moral responsibility to care for our planet, the Eco Council have set us a mission... to ban single use plastic water bottles in school. Plastic takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment and it poses a great threat to animals that may mistake it for food or become entangled in it. Therefore, at St Francis Xavier's it has become our challenge to bring only reusable bottles to school. Have you spotted any of the Eco Council posters around school?
Year Two: Thanksgiving
During their R.E topic, Year Two have been learning all about the importance of showing gratitude and giving thanks to others. They even learnt how to say 'thank you' in a range of languages!
Children in every year group completed their Lenten Promises this week. This has encouraged children to think of those less fortunate than themselves and to sacrifice something like Jesus did during his fasting for forty days and nights.
As part of R.E, children in Year 6 have been discussing how friendships can flourish. They discussed the qualities of a fantastic friend, including humility, loyalty and kindness.
Throughout the school, children spent the week learning about a the beliefs and traditions of Judaism. We discussed how people's different viewpoints and traditions should be celebrated. Year Two make Challah breach which Jewish people eat when they celebrate Shabbat.
In Year 5, children have been writing and performing speeches based on 'Azzi in Between'. This is the tale of a girl who flees her war-torn country to find a safe new home. Year 5 children demonstrated their respectful and caring attitudes through discussing how we welcome new children into our school and how differences between us should be seen as a cause of celebration.
In Year 6, children have also been writing from the perspective of a child seeking refuge in our country. Through discussions and a range of literature, children discussed how children must be feeling and the support we can offer to those in need.