Catholic Life

Vision: All we do at Annecy Catholic Primary School is based on the gospel and inspired by faith. Our vision is of a loving, safe and welcoming school where everyone has the opportunity and support to grow in their faith and to recognise and fulfil their God-given gifts and talents. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with pupils, parents, the parish and our wider community to provide outstanding Catholic education for our pupils. 

Mission Statement:  "With God all things are possible". At Annecy, we believe in God. We praise Him and learn to follow His ways, growing in our Catholic faith and in our love for one another. With Jesus to guide our thinking and learning, we celebrate our uniqueness and our distinctive gifts, achieving our best in a variety of ways. With the Holy Spirit helping us to make the right choices, we seek to become better disciples of Jesus and show the love of God to the world.

Annecy is a warm, welcoming, friendly and open environment, where we are true to our Vision and Mission Statement, both in our words and actions. Each child is precious to us and we strongly believe that every child is uniquely created by God and given their own gifts and talents.

We aim to nurture each individual so that they can reach their full potential and go on to become life-long learners; spiritual, confident, independent and creative. Our curriculum is fun and engaging and through it pupils will experience working in a range of contexts in a variety of groupings, working to the best of their ability. We believe in strong and effective communication and this is evident with our links between home, school and Parish.

As a Catholic school, we aim to give all our children an experience of a caring Christian community which will influence and shape their lives. It is often commented that the school has a family atmosphere. This is, we are sure, a result of the love, respect and care which Staff and pupils show for one another as they try to follow the teachings of Jesus. Each Class joins together in prayer throughout the school day and this is an important demonstration to all that the Christian faith is at the centre of our school community.

Below are examples of the prayers we say with the children each day:

Morning Prayer

Good morning Lord
This is your day
I am your child
Please show me your way.
Amen

Grace before meals

Dear Lord
Thank you for our food
Thank you for the hands that make our food
Please look after all the children that haven’t got enough to eat.
Amen 

Prayer for the end of the school day
Father God, we come to say
Thank you for your love today
Thank you for our families
And all the friends you give to me.
Guard me through the dark of night
and in the morning send your light.
Amen 

These prayers are in addition to the ‘Our Father’, ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘Glory be to the Father’.

Collective Worship

Worship at Annecy Catholic Primary School is more than just a legal requirement. It is an integral part of school life and central to the Catholic tradition. We believe that Collective Worship in our Catholic school is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our loving response, in word and action, to God’s invitation to enter into a relationship, made possible through the work of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. 

As a Catholic community we endeavour to support our pupils in the development of their spiritual life, so that through reflection, pupils will gain insights and attribute meaning and purpose to personal existence.  We believe that this begins with a personal invitation and call from the living Christ and that once experienced this needs to fostered and nurtured. 

Our Assemblies are used to unite and celebrate our school. Individual and group achievements are celebrated, talents and interests of individuals are observed, news from other parts of the school is shared, current issues are discussed and the need for positive Christian qualities are emphasised.  The Church’s Liturgical Year is reflected in our Assemblies and Acts of Worship. Particular emphasis is placed on the celebration of Advent, Lent and Easter. The Parish Priest, Fr Paul is closely involved in the spiritual life of the school.  We join the Parish community for Ash Wednesday and the pupils of Key Stage 2 celebrate Mass with the parishioners three times a year.  We have Liturgies and Mass in school to mark seasons and festivals and these are frequently shared with our whole school family.

As a school, we liaise with the Churches to ensure the children are fully supported in their preparation for the celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. A special Mass is celebrated by the whole school community, shortly after the children have celebrated their First Communion in the Parishes.