Faith In Action
We support lots of charities throughout the year and staff, children and their families are always extremely generous in their support of others. Money is raised through fund raising events, fairs and charitable donations from the school community. In recent years we have made donations to: Cafod; Good Shepherd Fund and the Manchester Bomb appeal.
We will also be looking to support local care homes by sending cards and messages of good will.
This year, the children at Saint Francis Xavier will be working on the Shared Education Programme. This programme has been devised by Mr O'Connor. It will involve working in partnership with other schools in Doncaster LEA, in a collaborative manner and celebrating this through class work and end of term celebrations. It will also provide the children with opportunities to visit other schools and to attend a lesson in a school different to their own.
In school we pray in lots of different ways:
- Every week children from all year groups gather together at special prayer services.
- There are regular circle times and prayer services in classrooms.
- All classrooms have prayer areas that include liturgical images, artifacts and prayers.
- Children's own prayers are offered at Mass.
- Time and opportunities are given for personal prayer time (especially during Advent and lent).
- Children use our special prayer hand in our prayer garden for quiet reflective time to pray.
- Lunchtime prayer groups are held for children (including Rosary groups during May and October).
- All assemblies and gatherings in school have a religious and prayer focus for the whole community.
We also work hard to include families in the prayer life of our school. We do this by:
- Encouraging parents and families to attend assemblies, prayer services and collective worship.
- Holding one special prayer service every term for parents to attend and join in with.
- Sending prayer bags home containing liturgical materials for families to share prayer time together. This will be done once a month.
- Prayer books are available on the school website and children are encouraged to avail of these at home besides saying them at school .
Serving our parish and school community
We serve our parish and local community in many ways, sharing God's message of love with others whenever we can. Some ways in which we do this are:
- Holding special, reflective services and liturgies in our church for our school and parish communities, especially during Advent and Holy Week.
- We organise a school-parish Mass at least once every term where children from our school lead the collective worship for the parish.
- Class assemblies are held and all children of our community are invited to participate and encouraged. These always have an RE focus.
- Shared preparation in school and in the parish for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. We also hold regular parent meetings to ensure that families are fully involved in preparations.
- Carol singing during Christmas time.
- Working with Parents as partners in our Nursery and Reception classes and throughout the school.