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  • Values and Vision

    Our School Mission Statement

    At St Anne’s we are encouraged to grow in God’s love, respect ourselves and others and do our best in work, prayer and play.

    Our School Values

    At St Anne’s, we always seek to act in a way which is spiritual, aspirational, truthful, collaborative, respectful, courageous and loving.

    Fundamental British Values

    Our school values link well with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We take our responsibility to promote these seriously. You can read more about this by clicking here.

    Our School Vision Statement

    Our vision is for St Anne’s to be a vibrant and happy learning community that helps all children to become the people that God calls them to be.

    Our School Aims

    • To make our pupils aware of their true dignity as children of God and to teach and promote respect for other races, religions and cultures;
    • To continue to develop strong moral values and a sense of right and wrong;
    • To know our children personally and build relationships of mutual trust;
    • To be a caring community involving children, parents, staff, governors and priests in the development of the whole child;
    • To create a climate of successful learning and teaching in which children are encouraged to develop enquiring minds and work to the best of their ability;
    • To stimulate in children a sense of awe and wonder, excitement and enthusiasm about the world around them;
    • To encourage children to value their personal contribution to the school and community;
    • To encourage children to become active and caring members of the wider community. 

    We aim to achieve our Mission by providing excellent education and strong support for School-Home-Parish links.

    School

    We believe that Christ is at the centre of all that happens within the St Anne’s school family. We grow in God’s love by living according to the practices and teachings of the Catholic Church and by praying together as a school community. We encourage every individual to develop as a whole person: academically, spiritually, physically, socially and emotionally.

    Home

    We strive to support and understand children and their families, particularly in times of difficulty, and treat them at all times with a sensitivity that maintains the dignity of the individual.

    Parish

    We expect that the children’s faith journey, which starts at home and is nourished at school, will be supported by the whole parish community.

  • Pastoral Care

    Pastoral care

    Our high level of pastoral care is an important feature of the school. We make great efforts to ensure that every child feels happy and safe at St Anne’s. Through 'prayer partners', each class makes links with another, so that older children can support and care for younger ones. Standards of behaviour are consistently high and children learn the importance of respecting everyone. 

    We are committed to meeting the individual learning needs of every child in our school. We are dedicated to continually developing our approaches to teaching and learning. Should a child need additional support (academic, social, emotional, behavioural), this will be addressed sensitively. We have a variety of support we can offer and we ensure we communicate effectively with children, parents and outside agencies. Please see our SEND policy here and some of the tabs below for further information, e.g. Rainbows, ELSA, Well-being Wednesdays & Feelings Fridays. 

  • Liturgy and Collective Worship

    Liturgies, prayer and collective worship are at the centre of every school day. 

    “Let us commit ourselves afresh this day to prayer.  The conversation that is prayer will form us.  Silence and wonder in the presence of God will form us.”

    Bishop Richard at Festival 50

    The Bible tells us to bring everything to God in prayer. At school, we gather together each day to give thanks and spend time with God.

    We are very lucky that Fr John (St Ann’s) also helps us to pray. Fr John regularly comes into school to celebrate Mass and works with our children to lead liturgies.

    The children learn a variety of prayers and different ways they can pray. One of the children’s favourite ways to talk to God is through spontaneous prayer.

    Spontaneous prayer

    The children in our school learn spontaneous prayer right from the beginning of Reception. Spontaneous prayer can have a specific theme, for example, praying for the needs of their families, celebrating the joys in life. Most importantly, due to the spontaneity of it, it is a prayer from the heart. It is very important to teach children how to talk to God in their own words and spontaneous prayer helps them to do this. We remind children that God hears them and cares for them.

     “Remember our Nanny and Grandads.”  Leo

    “I like spontaneous prayer. It means I can ask God to look after people I love.”  Joshua

    Our School Prayers

    Morning prayer

    O my God, you love me.
    You’re with me night and day.
    I want to love you always
    in all I do and say.
    I try to please you, Father.
    Bless me through the day.
    Amen.

    Grace (lunchtime prayer)

    Bless us, O Lord,
    as we sit together.
    Bless the food we eat today.
    Bless the hands that made the food.
    Bless us, O Lord.

    Amen.

     

    End of day prayer

    God our Father,
    we come to say
    thank you for your love today.
    Thank you for my family
    and all the friends you give to me.
    Guard me in the dark of night
    and in the morning send your light.
    Amen.

    School prayer

    Heavenly Father, we know you are with us.
    Help us to always love and care for each other.
    Give us the confidence to have faith in ourselves and to do our best.
    Teach us to respect one another
    as we work together to make St Anne’s
    a happy and welcoming place.
    Strengthen our faith as we grow in your love.

    Amen.

    Hail Mary (especially in May & October)

    Hail Mary, full of grace.
    The Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou amongst women,
    and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners,

    now and at the hour of our death.
    Amen.

     

     

    Our Father
    Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name;
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread,
    and forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us;
    and lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
    Amen.

    Please find our collective worship policy here

  • RSHE

    Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

    At St Anne’s, we believe that RSHE is an essential part of holistic education. Our RSHE is taught in accordance with the teaching of the Catholic church.

    It is important that we support children in:

    • having good mental and physical health
    • keeping themselves safe
    • forming healthy, loving and respectful relationships with themselves and others
    • embracing our world that God has created

    Part of our Relationship Education is taught through Statements to Live by. These statements help the children to think and learn about who we are, what we believe and what we hope to become. We hope that together we will nurture a sense of what it is to be fully human and alive as children and adults sharing in our Catholic community and in our wider community – locally, nationally and globally.

    Each Statement is celebrated during Collective Worship each week and taught in RSHE lessons. The statements are displayed in each class, on our weekly newsletters and around the school. 

    Our Statements to Live By are grouped under the following themes:

    ‘Understanding our uniqueness as made in the image of God and developing self-awareness, positive self-esteem and confidence’

    • We are all special
    • I can say one good thing about myself
    • I can say how I feel
    • I can laugh and have fun

    ‘Knowing, appreciating and understanding the importance of social justice and developing independence, interdependence and responsibility’

    • I know what to do if I see anyone being hurt
    • I understand that rights match responsibility
    • I try to stand up for myself and others without hurting others
    • I try to be just and fair

    ‘Growing towards human wholeness and developing a healthy life style in the body, mind and spirit and understanding the connection between knowledge and living’

    • I can tell how I look after myself
    • I think before I make choices that affect my health
    • I can work, rest and pray each day
    • Simple things make us happy

    ‘Experiencing a sense of belonging within a range of communities, including the local Eucharistic Community, and playing an active role as members of society’

    • I try to love others as I love myself
    • I try to follow our school and classroom rules
    • I know I belong in a community that includes my school
    • I know we are happiest when we are united

    ‘Knowing that everything has the capacity to reveal God’s presence and in the light of this developing effective and satisfying relationships’

    • I listen to what you say. I show that I am listening to you
    • I co-operate with others in work and play
    • I try to use words that make the world a better place
    • I try to appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world around me

    ‘Knowing that limitations are also opportunities for growth and making the most of our abilities’

    • I know that it is OK for me to make mistakes
    • I can learn from my mistakes and failures
    • I try to keep going when things are difficult and not give up hope
    • I know what humility means

    ‘Growing towards human wholeness in body, mind and spirit and learning to keep themselves and others safe’

    • I know when to ask for help and who to ask for help
    • I can recognise comfortable and uncomfortable feelings
    • I know how to help others when they are in trouble
    • I understand what trust means

    ‘Experiencing a reconciling community’

    • I try to forgive people when they hurt me
    • I try to accept forgiveness from others
    • I know how to show I am sorry
    • I understand the importance of peace

    ‘Acknowledging the unique giftedness of each individual as made in the image and likeness of God and learning to respect the differences between people’

    • I know what human dignity means and I show that I respect others
    • I stand up for people who are being treated unfairly
    • I notice that we are the same and we are different
    • I try to be accepting of others

    Part of our RSHE is delivered through ‘A Journey in Love’ created by Sister Jude Groden of BRES. It is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Relationship & Sex Education by Arundel and Brighton Diocese and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PSHE and Science taught in school. The scheme caters for all levels of learning throughout the school. It focuses on friendship, family, community, relationships and spirituality.
    See our RSHE policy here for further information.

    You can find the DfE statutory guidance here.

  • ELSA

    ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. In schools, there will always be children facing life challenges.  These situations and the emotions that follow can detract their ability to engage with learning effectively - our ELSA’s in school help our children get through these struggling times.

    We are very lucky to have two fully trained ELSA’s in our school, Mrs Harrington and Ms Moy. They have both been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support for children who are experiencing temporary or longer term emotional needs. 

    The majority of ELSA work in school is delivered on an individual basis and sessions are based in our Rainbow Room, a calm, welcoming, safe space for the children to feel supported and nurtured. The sessions are fun and use a range of activities such as games, role-play or therapeutic activities such as mindfulness or arts and crafts.  

    ELSA sessions aim to provide support for a range of emotional needs such as self-esteem, social skills, anger management and recognising emotions. Mrs Harrington and Ms Moy establish a warm, respectful relationship with children and provide a reflective space where they are able to share their thoughts and feelings honestly.

    Children are usually referred to ELSA by the class teacher or the SENDCo. This will always be done in liaison with parents. We understand that some children may display different behaviours at home than at school, and welcome parental concerns to be shared with the class teacher. Every half term, teachers meet with the ELSAs and SENDCo to discuss referrals and identify and prioritise which children require the six-week programme. Targets are then set and discussed with parents and reviewed after the six-week programme has finished.

  • Rainbows

    Rainbows Bereavement Support

    Rainbows is a programme that fosters emotional healing among children who are grieving a death, or any other significant loss in their lives. At St Anne’s, we have a trained Rainbows facilitator who delivers planned programmes to peer support groups of children who may have suffered different losses in their lives. The children are able to share their feelings in a secure environment, with other children in the group, with our caring and compassionate trained adult. Confidentiality is kept at all times unless a child is at risk. The Rainbows groups strictly adhere to the school’s safeguarding policies and procedures. Children have said that Rainbows has helped them with how to deal with the anger they feel and how it is important to share how they are feeling and that they felt more confident and less worried about things.

    Class teachers will approach parents if they feel this programme would support a particular child. Parents are also very welcome to approach the class teacher or our SENDCo (Mrs Smith) if they believe Rainbows would benefit their child. 

    Please visit the Rainbows website (link below) for more details.  

    What we do. - Rainbows Bereavement Support GB (rainbowsgb.org)    

  • Wellbeing

    At St Anne’s School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our children. Supporting and promoting wellbeing, building resilience and good mental health will improve outcomes for all the children in our school. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. To support our children’s well-being and mental health, we have ‘Well-being Wednesdays’ and ‘Feelings Fridays’ lessons each week. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that the children learn in these lessons can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their emotions throughout their lives. We strongly believe that helping children identify their feelings is the first step in helping them to manage them. These weekly sessions combine stories, drama, art and discussions and the children thoroughly enjoy them.

    ‘I like Feelings Fridays because I can talk about how I am feeling and it makes me happy.’  Chester, Year 1

    ‘We talk about keeping ourselves happy and healthy, by eating healthily, having a positive attitude and exercising regularly.  We always try to say nice things about ourselves and set ourselves little goals to achieve each day!’ Xena, Year 6

  • Prayer Prefects

    We introduced Prayer Prefects in 2015 to give the children greater responsibility and ownership of their RE learning and the school environment. Each year, two prayer prefects are chosen from each class and are commissioned in a special liturgy.

    Our Prayer Prefects have been very busy so far this year!

    Their role includes giving advice to children and staff on their prayer focus areas. For example, they help to ensure the correct liturgical colours are being used, check that any artefacts are appropriate for the liturgical season or topic and help keep the areas tidy and fresh. The Prayer Prefects are also responsible for setting up the prayer focuses for phase liturgies and some whole school liturgies.

    Year 5 and 6 Prayer Prefects support Fr John in preparing for school Masses and Reconciliation services.

    This term, our Prefects have helped to organise a very generous Harvest collection for Epsom and Ewell Foodbank, have spoken to prospective parents at open mornings and led on organising the Poppy Appeal in school.

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