The catholic nature of our school is central to our philosophy and informs every aspect of the life of the school.
At St. Teresa’s, one way we live out our faith is though our actions. Over recent years, we have supported a range of charities, particularly during our Lenten and Advent fundraising activities. We are very grateful for the great generosity of our families in all of our fundraising.
Charities we have supported in the past:
- East End Food Bank
- West End Refugee Service
- Christmas Shoe Box Appeal
- Mary’s Meals
- St. Cuthbert’s Care
- Malawi Appeal
- Ethiopian Deaf School
- Youth Ministry Team
Serving our Parish and local community
We have developed strong relationships with the parishioners of St. Teresa’s Church, as well as the wider community of Heaton. We very much value our close links with the community and continue to nurture them through our involvement in community projects such as the Heaton Churches Together Festival, Christmas and Summer fayres, and Heaton Churches Together Good Friday liturgies.
Over recent years, St. Teresa’s pupils have enjoyed building personal relationships with parishioners through various activities, including visiting them at Christmas to deliver Christmas hampers and cards, carol singing in our local shopping centre and hosting an afternoon tea for parishioners.
As a school, and as individual classes, we regularly attend Church Masses, liturgies and services. Mass is also celebrated within school once a half term. We actively encourage family members and parishioners of St. Teresa’s to come into school to celebrate with the children. Some of the liturgies include daily acts of worship during Holy Week, Advent liturgies and the Holocaust Memorial Liturgy, as well as daily acts of worship throughout the year.
Please visit the website to find out more about the parish of St. Teresa’s. http://stteresasheaton.org.uk/
During the month of May, children from across the school gather on a Tuesday lunchtime for Rosary Club. This is an opportunity for the children to offer up their own prayers and personal intentions to God while praying the rosary.
Prayers are led by the children and the children take pride in choosing the prayer focus for the next meeting. The children thoroughly enjoy using a range of mediums to make rosary beads.
At St. Teresa’s, we are very proud to be part of the St. Vincent de Paul Society- Mini Vinnies, which is the junior section of the SVP. We have representatives from Y6 who follow in the footsteps of St. Vincent in helping local charities and looking after other people in our school and church community.
As Mini Vinnies, the children have their own ‘treasured’ Prayer, Pledge and Badge, helping and enabling them to become in every sense, young Vincentians- or Mini Vinnies.
Our Work at St. Teresa’s is to promote awareness about how we can all make a difference to our school, local and global community.
Find out more about the Mini Vinnies by visiting the website http://www.minivinnies.org.uk/
Faith in Action Award
The children of St. Teresa’s school go the extra mile to put their faith and belief in the word of God into action. This is done in a number of ways, including through their fundraising efforts, their work in the local community and their prayer life. This award allows the participants to reflect on their actions and how they impact their lives. Successful participants will complete a diary of their efforts and will receive their PIN badge. This is a stepping stone for the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards available in high school. Work towards this award is completed in conjunction with Mini Vinnies, Well-Being and whole school initiatives. This award in completed in Year 6.
Find out more information about the Faith in Action Award by visiting the website: https://faithinactionaward.co.uk/pin