The 5 Ws
The 5 Ws
The 5Ws are: Word; Welcome; Welfare; Worship and Witness. It is the framework by which our effectiveness as a Catholic school is assessed.
For our Children, these translate as
- Word (talk) - we talk together as a word of God's community
- Welcome (come) - we come together in welcome
- Welfare (walk) - we walk together as a welfare community
- Worship (pray) - we pray together as a worship community
- Witness (work) - we look at our School mission statement and work together as a witness community
You will see these displayed around the school. You will also hear about these being discussed in assemblies and in class.
Our Religious Education is at the foundation of our school and its principles are maintained across the whole curriculum and life of the school. We try always to be Witness' to the Word of God in our daily lives towards each member of the community. We learn about stories from the Bible that tell us how Jesus acted and how God wants us to try to be. Children are encouraged to engage in 'Big Questions' and higher level thinking generated from our faith, and also about our faith. We celebrate the Word of God in worship and liturgy in class, during assemblies, at Mass in school and at Mass at St James' Church.
We are all welcome in God's name, as God's children. We try to include everyone within our community and celebrate who they are and where they come from. We try to look after and respect each other like God asked us to. When we think about how we want Holy Family to be, we think about the Kingdom of God. Along with our children, staff, parents and parish - we are a sign of Good News that speaks and listens to God.
At Holy Family, we see each individual child as a child of God. We want to enable every child and adult to 'have life to the full'; cultivating an attitude of respect for each other among the whole community. We all have a responsibility at Holy Family to follow Jesus and help and support each other in our community. We try to be fair, we care about each other and always try to help, including those less fortunate than us and those outside of our community. We are all stewards of our lovely school and help the adults look after and take care of it.
At Holy Family our prayer can be traditional prayer of the Church, meditation, imaginative prayer or reflection on the Word of God. We aim to provide as many worship opportunities for our community as possible throughout the school (prayer, reflection, liturgies, assemblies, Mass) including small groups, year groups, the whole school, parents and parishioners. We hope that this develops, nurtures and deepens our relationship with God and with each other.
God is central to everything that is done throughout our school and we recognise God is with us in every aspect of our lives. All the family of our school bear witness to our Mission Statement which informs everything we do in our community. We are all witnesses to the values of the gospel such as love, forgiveness, respect, peace, tolerance, dignity and justice. We nurture, support and challenge the children to live out and to give witness to the Gospel values in their everyday experience of school life and by developing their sense of responsibility to play their part in caring activities for good causes in the wider community. We are witnesses to our environment and all God's world by being good stewards of Creation.