St Edmund's RC Primary School

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Queen Street, Little Hulton, Salford M38 0WH

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0161 921 1940

St Edmund's RC Primary School

Faith In Action

At St Edmund's, we are dedicated to putting our faith into action in our school, our homes and our community. Through our links with our Parish of Holy Trinity, Worsley, and with numerous other community groups, our pupils are encouraged to spend time sharing their faith with others through their words and actions.

The support that we as a school give to our families through the work of our Family Support Worker, our CARITAS counselling service and numerous other links to external agencies also ensures that we live out our Mission Statement every day: 'We are a family, where everyone is loved, respected and cared for.'

In the run up to Christmas, our choir and GIFT Team went out to visit two local care homes, Pemberton Fold and Amblecote Gardens. The GIFT Team delivered some of our Advent prayer stations for the residents, and the choir entertained them with a range of carols and Christmas songs. It was lovely to see the residents joining in with some of the songs and it was an excellent opportunity for us to bear witness to our faith in the wider community.

Through our links with CommUNITY Little Hulton, we have been working hard to improve our school allotment and the community gardens at Peel Park. Pupils have worked tirelessly in all weathers to make both areas look much better and they have been proud to share their hard work with members of the wider community. We have also been able to visit the IncrEDIBLE Education community gardens in Eccles and have been able to learn woodworking skills to build workbenches for our school polytunnel and bug hotels for the new Gardens at Peel Park.

Our Christmas Celebrations are always an excellent way for us to share our faith with the wider community. Children in EYFS and Key Stage One show their God-given talents through a range of wonderful Nativity Plays which are attended by parents, governors and parishioners. Pupils in Key Stage Two share the Christmas story through prayers, readings and songs at the annual Carol Service in St Edmund's Church.

Once a term, pupils from each phase lead a Parish Mass in St Edmund's Church. We also attend Whole School Masses on Holy days of Obligation, Special Saints days and at Christmas and Easter.

For Harvest this year, we held a food collection which was donated to CommUNITY Little Hulton's Harvest Hamper campaign. Local residents are encouraged to nominate people to receive a hamper, which also comes with advice from different agencies on keeping warm and safe through winter, along with invitations to various community groups to minimise social isolation among older members of our community. We were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of generous donations which were sent in by our families, and the GIFT Team were proud to collect these up and send them off with Emma from the CommUNITY Little Hulton Team.

During Lent, we focussed on giving our time to help in our local community. Pupils across the school gave 781 hours of their time to complete various tasks during this time including: litter picking in the local area, visiting care homes, helping at the local food bank and making Easter Cards for residents at care homes and at St Ann's Hospice.

Pupils from the school choir share their faith with our community across the school year, most importantly at Christmas Time, when they visit numerous local care homes and charitable organisations to sing and entertain people. We were also invited to sing at Brierley House as part of their Summer Showcase for adults with learning disabilities.

Pupils in Lower Key Stage Two lead the school community, parents, governors and parishioners through the Stations if the Cross each Easter. This is always a very special time of peaceful reflection where we can share our faith with others.