"Stay with us, Lord, on our journey"
Our journey in faith starts at home. As parents, you are the first and most significant educators in your child's life. By having your child baptised, you have expressed your wish to have them brought up within the Catholic faith. Working closely together, forming a partnership between parents and the school, we aspire to nurture the unique qualities of each child and allow them to flourish and grow throughout their primary years.
Christ is present in our daily lives and through living out our mission statement. It is more than just part of the curriculum - it is the Catholic ethos that makes St Dunstan's a special and inclusive environment where children can learn and grow, with staff that offer outstanding care and guidance to your children.
We aim to bring children closer to God by learning and understanding the teachings of Jesus, so that we can all lead a rich and fulfilling life, helping others and bringing ourselves closer to God.
Through our RE curriculum and Sacramental programme, we guide children on their journey in faith. Each year group follows 'Come and See' programme; all children take part in collective worship, liturgical assemblies and attend Mass in school or at church. All children also have the opportunity to learn about other faiths as part of our curriculum.
In Year 3, children prepare to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion - the Church works closely with parents during this time to reinforce the important role of parents within God's family during these special celebrations.
St. Dunstan's is very well supported by our parish priest, Father Saunders, our familes and by the parish community. Together, we can ensure that our school remains a very special place.
Our Patron - St.Dunstan
Dunstan (909 – 19 May 988)[ was an Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey, a Bishop of Worcester, a Bishop of London, and an Archbishop of Canterbury, later canonised as a saint. His work restored monastic life in England and reformed the English Church. His 11th-century biographer, Osbern, himself an artist and scribe, states that Dunstan was skilled in "making a picture and forming letters", as were other clergy of his age who reached senior rank.
Dunstan served as an important minister of state to several English kings. He was the most popular saint in England for nearly two centuries, having gained fame for the many stories of his greatness, not least among which were those concerning his famed cunning in defeating the Devil!
Caritas in Action
St Dunstan's have invested in a new set of teaching and learning resources which look at seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. The lesson plans are to be used alongside and to support 'The Way, the Truth and the Life' and our new scheme (to be introduced next academic year, 'Come and See).
Each week, St Dunstan's sends out The Wednesday Word, aiming to help all school families draw closer to God, to the Church and to each other. The Wednesday Word particularly seeks to reach the parents who are not always able to take their baptised children to church or read the Bible together.
The primary school version of The Wednesday Word is a double-sided A4 leaflet which carries the Sunday Gospel into school family homes. The children receive the leaflet in school each week for them to take home with them to read with the rest of the family.
This way, the Word will be sent out (as in the Parable of the Sower and the Seed), creating a new opportunity for the Word to be present in the homes of school families connected to participating primary schools.
Other Faiths Week - 8th - 12th June 2015
In our community, we are fortunate to have lots of different faith communities who have a belief in God.
As Catholics, we have a great deal in common with people of other faiths, and it is important that we learn about, and from, each other. It is our duty to respect our brothers and sisters of faith and one way is by learning about their faith and practices.
This week, each phase studied a different religion - Judaism, Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism. It was very interesting to meet up at Friday assembly to share our newly found knowledge with each other.