8:10pm Sunday 27th October 2013
By Michael Benke
AS THE fastest growing school in the Clifton Diocese, Holy Family Catholic Primary School is one of the most popular schools in Swindon.
A key factor in this is the importance placed on children taking responsibility for their own learning.
Each pupil is aware of their own learning needs and a plan is developed to help them through the school. The teachers meet with children three times a year and set targets for them to achieve.
Headteacher Karen Bathe said: “We try to make their learning as fun and practical as possible, from the reception children re-enacting baptisms to using cookery with the older children as a means to develop instruction writing.
“Through our International Primary Curriculum topics, the children have a clear understanding of the learning goals they need to achieve each lesson and also the personal goals they are developing through their learning.
“The children are encouraged to reflect on their learning each lesson and support each other in meeting their success criteria.”
As a Catholic school, religion plays an important part but with a pupil body of many different cultures everybody is made to feel welcome.
Karen said: “This is an inclusive school where all are valued and allowed to grow in God’s love.
“We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment in which we can all work and learn together to fulfil our potential and where Gospel values are at the heart of all that we do.
“Our mission statement begins with Jesus’ words –love one another, as I have loved you.”
“The school plays a large part in the community and regularly raises money for a number of charities. “For example, the children recently collected food to make harvest boxes for the elderly of our community which were then delivered by the chaplaincy team.
They also took food parcels to Women’s Aid and the Swindon Foodbank. Recently, £1,000 was raised for CAFOD, a charity which works with under-privileged children around the globe, through a sponsored walk and the school presented Mission Together with a cheque for £500.
There is also a range of extra-curricular clubs, from football through to gardening.
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