St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School, Burnley

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23rd January 19

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

Our chosen quote from Pope Francis for this week : Holy Spirit, you who sustain the Church, come down upon us again, teach us unity, renew our hearts, and help us to love as Jesus taught us.                      Sacramental Programme Meeting : Thursday 24th January @ 7pm in school. Parents only.                      

Harvest Mass

Today we went to Saint Mary's Church to celebrate our Harvest Mass with Father David.  It was lovely to be joined by some of our families.

Harvest Collection

       Thank you for your very generous response to our Harvest Collection. it is much appreciated.  Everything will be distributed to local  people in need this week.

Caritas Day

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, worked as teams, acted out scenarios, wrote prayers, drew pictures  shared the gifts we value for ourselves and made friendship bracelets. At the end of the day we held a special assembly to share what we had learnt.   It was a lovely beginning to our new term.



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Our  School Prayer

Speak with kindness every day.

Take care of others in a gentle way.

Make friends, forgive and show you 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.


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Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Today Father Peter celebrated Mass with us for the Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.  It was a special occasion because our children who have made their First Holy Communion were able to receive Jesus for the first time in one of our school Masses.  It was lovely to be joined by family members and parishioners. We are sad that it is the last time Father Peter will say Mass in the school building but we will continue our faith journey building on the love and guidance he has given us. 

First Holy Communion

Children from the Sacramental Programme made their First Holy Communion in a wonderful celebration at Saint Mary's Church.  Every child took part in the Mass celebrated by Father Peter and Father Challoner. 

Your Mile Your Way

     On Friday every pupil took part in the 'your mile your way' challenge. Some jogged, some walked, some danced and  some did a different action each lap. It was great fun.

Celebrating the Royal Wedding

       Yesterday the whole school had a special outdoor lunch to celebrate the Royal Wedding. The children were served their food by the staff and everyone had a lovely time. 

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today. Queen of the angels and Queen of the May.

This morning was a very special one. We held our annual Crowning of Our Lady. We had a procession past our grotto and into the hall. Father Peter celebrated Mass with us and in accordance with our tradition, a year 6 pupil crowned Our Lady. The pupils brought in many beautiful flowers.   It was lovely to be joined by some of our families.  

Delivering Flowers

       This afternoon members of our Chaplaincy  Team delivered flowers to our elderly parishioners and neighbours. The flowers  were very much appreciated and brought a lot of happiness to everyone who received them.  We visited our local care home, Lower Ridge, where the team enjoyed chatting with the residents. Some of the flowers have been taken to the Hospice and some to our church. Thank you very much to everyone for sending in such beautiful bouquets. 



Our Lenten Liturgy

           Our Lenten Liturgy of the Stations of the Cross was led by Year 3 children and the Chaplaincy Team.  We reflected on the last few days of Jesus' life through drama, readings, reflections and prayers.We  thought about how we can make changes in our lives. We truly entered into the spirit of Holy Week. 

First Reconciliation


             Last night the children on the Sacramental Programme celebrated their First Reconciliation. We listened to the story of the Prodigal Son followed by an examination of conscience.  Father Peter, Father Mackie and Father Blaise heard the children's confessions.  Families joined their children for a family blessing. The children then lit candles as a reminder that they have been forgiven. Please continue to pray for our children as they continue their journey of faith towards First Holy Communion.  

Sacramental Programme 

      Father Peter and Saint Mary's  Church Sacramental Programme Team joined us in school to prepare our children and parents for the celebration of First Reconciliation. We all enjoy being part of the children's faith journey. 

Enjoying World Book Day

Many thanks for your support for Ethan. Thanks to your generosity, you've helped us raise over £500.

If you wish, you can donate on the Go Fund Me website - New legs for Ethan Hunt. Your prayers and well wishes have been passed on to Ethan's family.

Three Kings’ Collection

Thank you very much for all the gifts we received for the Refuge. They were very much appreciated.  Our non - uniform day to help St Mary’s parish Community Group resettle a refugee family raised £200. We ask God to bless you and reward you for your generosity and on - going support of everything we do.

Three Kings

Our three kings have been very busy. They performed the ancient Christian practice of ‘chalking the door’ with the year and the letters CMB (Christus Mansionem Benedictus: Christ bless our home). The kings and whole school blessed candles and then they presented each class with a candle for their prayer tables and for use in class worship. They have even been calling into the dining room at lunchtime. Finally they have been busy collecting items for their charity collection for people who have had to leave their homes or countries because they are no longer safe. Their final duty will be at our Three Kings’ Mass.

Three Kings’ Mass

On Monday Father Peter celebrated our Mass of the Three Kings in school.  We have been collecting items through the month of January for families, like the Holy Family,  who have had to leave their homes because they felt unsafe. We had a magnificent response. We also held our non-uniform day on Monday. The money raised is to help the parish community group resettle a refugee family in the local area. Thank you everyone for your generosity. It was lovely, as always,  to be joined by the children’s families. 


Today in school we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany in our assembly and followed our usual tradition of choosing our own three Magi.  Eleven boys from Year 5 applied for the role. All the boys were given a scroll and three contained the  names of the Wise Men.  Our Wise Men will be busy in the month of January blessing classrooms and chalking the door; collecting for a charity and taking part in our Three Kings’ Mass at the end of the month.

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.  

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.

Caritas Days

Spring 1

The new term got off to very good beginning with our special Caritas Day.  This term our theme is ‘Solidarity and the Common Good’.  We started the day with a special assembly led by Mrs Tomlinson. She spoke about Justice and peace. We thought about Gospel Values and how they include British Values. We listened to a reading from the psalms and heard about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.  Every class enjoyed different activities  such as discussions, role play, researching people who are great examples, designing posters, making friendship  bracelets  and learning how to take turns and share.  We then celebrated our work by sharing it with everyone in a special assembly.

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