Spirituality

'Learn, Love and Live with the Lord'

We take children from aged 4, and at 11 most of the children move on to St Peter’s Catholic Secondary school in Guildford.  We are the parish school of St Edmund, King & Martyr in Godalming and with 206 children have two spaces in Year 5 and 1 space in Year 3 and Year 1.

The Catholic Life of the School

We hold Masses in school, and also Reconciliation Services in Advent and Lent, during which children and adults are able to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We have also Lenten and Advent Masses before school which parishioners are most welcome to attend. Every day we have a collective act of worship or assembly, as a whole school, key stage or class,once a week the Headteacher leads a collective act of worship which is based on the weekend’s Gospel. We have regular celebration assemblies and Golden assemblies.

We celebrate events in the life of the school – we hold Masses at Ladywell Convent in May and at the end of the school year, and our spiritual moving on day for Year 6 is also held there. We host the First Holy Communion sessions throughout the year and celebrate their work in regular assemblies. We have school trips to Life of Christ at Wintershall and Worth Abbey for the Good Shepherd Mass. Parishioners visit us each Spring to see Year 6 perform a Passion Play and parishioners joined us for our Carol concert and our Grandparents' Day.

Along with this busy schedule, we do find regular time for prayer and liturgy. We start and end each day with a prayer. There is a dedicated area each classroom devoted to worship and prayer and we hope to improve our wildlife garden to form an outdoor prayer area. We aim for all classes to have a warm, emotional climate where God’s love is visible.

Supporting others and almsgiving is an important part of the Catholic life of the school. We support various charities on an ongoing basis. Our secretary, Mrs Gillie Nicholls, has a number of projects in Burkina Faso through her charity Les Amis.  We have a Lenten collection for Mission Together and we support CAFOD through their annual fast day.  The School Council supports charities through the House Charity scheme.  We also join in with fundraising activities for charities such as Children In Need and the NSPCC as well other fundraising events.

Links to these charities:

http://www.les-amis-bf.org.uk

http://www.cabrini.org.uk

http://www.cafod.org.uk

Religious, Social, Moral and Cultural Education

Currently 90% of our children are Catholic and a vital aspect of our mission is the educating of our children to the faith. How do we help the children grow in their Catholic faith? We have a comprehensive RE curriculum which is taught throughout the school. This curriculum is taught using the 'Come and See' programme.

See http://www.comeandseere.co.uk

As part of our EPR (Emotional, Personal and Relationship Education) Programme we have weekly “Statements to Live By” sessions where moral and ethical issues are discussed in a “circle time” setting.

We learn about World Faiths as part of our Come andSee' programme. The whole school studies Judaism in the Autumn term, and Islam in the Summer term.

The life of the Parish

The parish website can be found at http://www.stedmundgodalming.btck.co.uk/.

There are three Sunday Masses in our parish:

6 pm (Saturday vigil) at St Edmund’s in Croft Road, Godalming

8:45 am at St John’s Anglican Church, Farncombe

10:15 am at St Joseph’s, Milford

The 10:15 am Mass often has a Children’s Liturgy and it is this Mass that the First Holy Communion group attend in the run up to their Masses in May.  School Masses are held termly at this Mass also.

Children in year 4 and above are invited to attend First Holy Communion classes.  Details can be obtained from Mrs Castle on communionatsteds@gmail.com

Children from our school regularly attend Woowza, an after school club run by The Trinity Trust Team, who also conduct a termly assembly in school. http://www.trinitytrustteam.co.uk

Support for parents and children

Bringing up children is never easy and, here at St Edmund’s, we are privileged to have Mrs Leila Barzey as our Home School Link Worker. Mrs Barzey works on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning and her role includes supporting parents in whatever way she can. In addition, she and Mrs Paiano run our Rainbows programme, where children receive excellent support if they have suffered loss in their life, be it death, divorce or separation.  Many parents comment on how effective these sessions are to help their children.