St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School, Burnley

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18th December 17

Welcome to St Mary's R.C. Primary School

Our chosen quote from Pope Francis for this week : May the Virgin Mary always be our refuge, our consolation, and the way that leads to Christ.                     Christmas Jumper Day : Friday 15th December. £1 donation. Thank you.                     Christmas Sing-a-long : Friday 15th December at 2:15 pm - all welcome.                     

Reception’s Nativity Play

This afternoon our children in Reception acted out the Christmas Story. Their acting skills were fantastic and the singing was beautiful. It has helped us to all think of the true meaning of Christmas. It was wonderful to be joined by so many family members. 

Carols in the Community

Last night we joined in the Carols in the Community at Burnley Football Club. We enjoyed meeting pupils from other schools and people from other churches and communities across our town. We listened to the story of Jesus’s birth, prayed together, sang carols and reflected on the real meaning of Christmas. It was lovely to be joined by our families too.

New Neighbours Together Launch

     It was lovely to be invited to the launch of New Neighbours Together at their new premises.  We have been connected with this project through our Harvest boxes and Christmas collection of toys and gifts.  We enjoyed meeting our MP Julie Cooper and it was interesting listening to some of the refugees who have been helped by this charity. It was a pleasure to hold the ribbon which was cut to open the launch. The golden balloons are in our chapel so we can remember to pray for all the people who need help and those who work with them.  

Advent Mass

Today Father Peter celebrated our Advent Mass in school and blessed our Advent wreath. Over the four weeks of Advent we will be preparing our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus. As always, it is lovely to be joined on our faith journey by the families of our children.

Year 5 Class Worship

This morning, our Year 5 children celebrated a class worship on the theme of 'Thank you'. They acted out the Gospel of the Ten Lepers and a drama on being thankful regardless of circumstances. Children also read out their own acrostic poems and prayers and each child made a thank you card to show they appreciate their loved ones.

World Religion Week

Last week we had a very interesting, informative and enjoyable World Religion Week which complements our Catholic RE programme ‘Come and See’. We were able to welcome our special visitors: Kash, Madhu, Charles, Sadja and Nav who led some assemblies and then shared with our pupils some of the beliefs and  practices of Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Indian drumming and dancing. Pupils also enjoyed seeing artefacts from different religions, doing some role play, trying on saris, playing Indian drums and lots of bhangra dancing. It was a fantastic week.

Come and Stay for Maths

This morning, our Years 4, 5 and 6 classes welcomed a number of parents and grandparents into their maths lessons.  We showed our parents Mathletics, Number Strength, Maths Rockx and various problem solving activities. Judging by the comments from both children and parents alike, this was a fun and useful event.  Here are a few of them...

  • "I'm really pleased that my mum came in to do maths with me. I really enjoyed it." - Soraia Year 6.
  • "It was fun because I could show my mum what I do in maths. My mum enjoyed it too because she could tell all her friends how good I am at maths." - Owen Year 4.
  • "I really enjoyed maths today with my mum, I taught her how to do the 8 and 9 times tables using Mathletics. I told her what I know about 3D shapes." - Spencer Year 6.
  • "I enjoyed my mum and dad coming in because I showed them lots of activites that help me learn." - Noah Year 4.
  • "It was useful to see what kind of problems the children are expected to do in school." - Parent.
  • "Now I know how I can help my child at home." - Parent.
  • "I've really enjoyed that!" - Parent.
  • "It's great to see the kind of work the children are doing." - Parent.
  • "Please can we stay longer?" - Parent.


When asked to leave, a few parents did not want to because they were having such a good time.

Caritas Days

Autumn 2

This half term our focus has been ‘Family and the Community’.  We started our day with an assembly reminding us that we all need warmth, love and nurture to help us grow.  Throughout the day we worked on many activities in our classes. We focussed on how we are all different and we love and care for each other because we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We learnt about the ways in which we are members of a community. We ended the day with a celebration assembly of our work.

Autumn 1

On Friday we had a special day to focus on the theme 'The Dignity of the Human Person'.  We celebrated the fact that not only are we unique and precious but God loves us all equally.  We worked in our classes and discussed stories, studied some Scripture passages, made talent boxes, created mosaics, shared the gifts we value for ourselves and made friendship bracelets. It was a lovely beginning to our new term.

A warm welcome to our website from all at Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary School


Our school is situated near our parish church of Saint Mary’s and serves the local Catholic community. We are a Voluntary Aided School within Salford Diocese.  We offer a safe and nurturing environment within which we value every child for their unique gifts and talents and help them to grow spiritually, academically, morally and socially.

Gospel Values and our mission statement ‘Love One Another’ underpin everything we do at Saint Mary’s.

We aim to live our school prayer everyday:

Speak with kindness every day.

Take care of others in a gentle way.

Make friends, forgive and show we care.

Always love and help and share.

Reach out to others when we can.

Yes, we are special in God’s plan.

Say ‘thank you, Lord,’ in a joyful way

For now, tomorrow and every day.


Our Mission Statement


      Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School is a place where the Spirit of Christ lives.  It is a caring, inclusive school where all children are welcomed and nurtured in a union of support between school, home and parish.  Our faith permeates a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum which enables each child to reach their full potential. We celebrate the uniqueness of the individual and believe that each child is created in the image and likeness of God and has a spiritual journey to fulfil which is nourished by the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.


Our Mission Statement is ‘Love One Another’ so that our children:

  • feel valued and understand that they are part of God’s loving family
  • fulfil their potential and become the person God wants them to be
  • lead each other to Christ
  • care for, respect and appreciate others and God’s world
  • develop positive supportive relationships
  • have a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith whilst experiencing   and celebrating  God’s love through the sacraments and  meaningful worship and liturgy