Living Our Faith
Our Catholic faith is at the very heart of our school and is evident as soon as you step through our doors in what you will see, hear and feel inside St. Chad's. Our Faith permeates every aspect of school life and we are proud to be a Catholic School within The Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Treating everyone with care and respect in our community is of the highest importance. Everyone is made to feel special and helped to realise their God-given talents. Every member of our school community, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, is welcomed and valued. Everyone is treated with love and everyone is treated equally.
The school curriculum and culture is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ through the Catholic Schools Pupil Profile and children are taught to become kind, respectful, forgiving and caring young people. Treating people equally is a very important value of the school, its culture and curriculum. Great care is taken to make links between the teachings of Jesus and how we behave and treat others.
Our close link with the parishes of St Chad’s Church Sedgley and St Peter’s Church Lower Gornal is very important to us and our school chaplain is the Parish Priest, Father Paul Edwards. All of our assemblies and prayer services throughout the week are rooted in the teachings of Jesus.
We have daily acts of collective worship, assemblies, hymn practices and prayer services. Children have regular opportunities to organise and lead their own acts of collective worship. Our children also pray regularly throughout the day in their classrooms. Parents are normally invited to join us throughout the year for special focused assemblies led by different classes. Parents and the Parish community are also normally encouraged to join us for our whole school and weekly class Masses, which are at the heart of our worshipping community life.
Whole school and weekly class masses are an integral part of educating our children in the faith and preparing them for the eucharistic celebration. Children are encouraged to actively participate in Mass by reading, singing and praying together. They learn the Mass responses and show reverence and respect at Mass and therefore benefit from the uplifting celebration of the Mass.
Mass at St Chad’s Church celebrating the lives of St. Chad and St. Maximilian Kolbe.
Father Paul celebrating a Year 6 Mass in school .
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: raffles, sales, sponsored events, and community collections.
We have supported charities such as NSPCC, Cafod, Macmillan Cancer, Father Hudson's Society, Samaritan's purse, and appeals in Rwanda and Tanzania. We have also collected tins of food for The Good Shepherd Shelter in Wolverhampton. When the children raise money through activities like sponsored events, they take some responsibility for helping to decide which charities are supported by their fundraising.