'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 210 children we are currently full.
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 have a beautiful outdoor prayer area with seating and a very special statue of Mary. 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 different charities throughout the year. We also join in with fundraising activities for charities such as the NSPCC, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness and Children In Need and as well other fundraising events.
Links to these charities:
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.
As part of our RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) Programme we have weekly “Ethos Statements 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Geraldine Tod as our Home School Link Worker. Mrs Tod works on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 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.