Faith Life of the School
“Faith as small as a mustard seed moves mountains” – Matthew 17:20
Religious Education & Celebrations
St. Philip's is a Roman Catholic school who observe the rites, practices and observances of the Catholic faith. Pupils take a full and active part in the religious life of the school. They gain a strong understanding of the Gospel and are asked to bear witness to the Word of God in their dealings with each other.
10% of the timetable is dedicated to the teaching of the religious syllabus; 'Come and See' and the social justice programme; 'Caritas in Action'. Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural well-being is promoted though this scheme and through links made across all subjects in the curriculum. Prayer and worship is central to school life and pupils are asked to accept the role as God's ambassadors on earth.
The faith life of the school is regularly evaluated against the 5W's framework (Word of God, Worship, Welcome, Welfare and Witness) and has this evaluation validated by regular inspections carried out by the Diocese of Salford.
The Global Servite Community
The patron saint of our school is St. Philip Benizi, one of the founding fathers of the Servite Friars, the Servants of Mary. The Servite priory and our parish church of Our Lady of Dolours, is one member of a global servite community. Servite friars play an active part in school life and enable strong links to be made between the school and parish communities.
Year 3 Sacramental Program
The school supports and guides Y3 pupils through their sacramental programme journey. We work closely with the parish, to prepare the children to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion. Dates and times of meetings and celebrations are available to download by clicking on the link on this page.
Care, Guidance and Support
Gospel values are at the centre of all aspects of school life. Children show respect, tolerance and understanding towards each other and help create an atmosphere of joy and happiness. The welfare of children is always our fundamental priority and staff work hard to ensure the well-being of all within the school community. Parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns they may have, with any issues dealt with swiftly and sensitively.
The school has an active Mission Team which meets regularly each week. They work with pupils throughout the school; supporting them to gain a greater understanding of their faith. We see all within the school community as members of one large Mission Team, striving to live out the Gospel Values and being more like Christ Jesus.
Pupils recognise the responsibilities they have as Catholics and support those in need in any way they can. Each year, pupils help raise money for Cafod, St. Joseph's Penny, Caritas Salford, Loaves and Fishes and Revive. A number of other charitable organisations benefit from the work of pupils and staff, who freely give up their own time for the benefit of others.