Cherry Orchard, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9AN
Growing with Jesus
Pupils at St. Joseph's are growing to be:
Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.
Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.
The values which guide and inspire us in our Christian lives are those given to us in the Gospels. They are our Gospel values.
The core Gospel values based on the Beatitudes may be summarized as follows:
Gospel values "...are a guarantee of peace and of collaboration among all citizens in the shared commitment to serving the common good".
British values have evolved from these and have been most recently defined by Ofsted under four headings:
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:
We also send a copy of the Wednesday Word home to every family in our school community. This 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 their family. This creates a new opportunity for the Word to be present in the homes of families connected to our school.
We recently had a visit from Dan Callow and Emily Clark from 'One Life Music' who led us in a day of prayer and retreat on the theme of Discipleship.. We learned many new songs and thought about how we can serve others. We ended the day with a wonderful collective worship, led by the children's Liturgy Team and enjoyed by parents, governors and parishioners.
Dan asked the children, "How can we be a good disciple of Jesus?" Here are just a few of their answers.
Be loving. Care for others. Be grateful and generous. Lead by example. Follow the beatitudes. Help others. Be tolerant. Follow the 10 commandments. Be an altar server. Pray for others. Be dedicated.
...and most importantly...No biting!
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, Mission Together, Father Hudson's, The Poppy Appeal, Samaritan's Purse.
We also support the local Pathways Project charity by collecting and donating food during Harvest time.