In order to be a catholic school, the school is validated by its diocese. How this came about was that my son has a long term health condition and his local catchment school were not prepared to deal with it or make any allowances for his disability. The 1917 Code of Canon Law, # 1374, clearly stated that Catholic parents could not send their children to non-Catholic Schools. Just to put your mind at ease Catholic schools are lovely - they have a great sense of Family values and Community. They have had a new headteacher this year and it seems like the school is a bit less strictly Catholic now. Equally startling were the figures for teachers, which showed that only 45 per cent of those working in church secondary schools in England and Wales are practising Catholics. I would advise any parent to speak to the schools priest about their child having a blessing, when the other kids have their first Holy Communion. I also just wanted to say that if you were to opt out of going to mass, it may be uncomfortable for your daughter. The five nearest schools to us are all catholic school. They want their children to receive the best education possible, so their child will have a better chance of success as adults. Raised on a rigorous blend of Jehovah's Witness and Baptist piety, Judith Cheatom never imagined sending her children to Catholic school until the day her daughter's public school teacher said the little girl's reading was "excellent." 1 … My own high school seemed more like a prep school with a very strong Catholic flavor rather than a Catholic school as such - I mean, we had school-wide Mass every month or two, and confession and communion available every week, but we also employed a lot of non-Catholic teachers. This is on top of class prayer times, hymn practice and assembly time. So You're Sending Your Child to a Catholic School is a friendly and gentle introduction to a few of the beliefs and values which make Catholics tick. It is a modest overview for people coming in touch with the Church, perhaps for the first time, or refreshing their acquaintance. She might get offers or not but some of our choices (live in v urban area- applied for 5 schools years ago) are Catholic ethos schools. However, there will be some variation from school to school so I would go and see for yourself. The RC school is my 2nd choice - both are 'excellent schools' but I found the RC school to be very catholic when I went round personally. I'm not religious at all but think it's nice that they are learning about a religion. hope you lo gets in x. I would wait and see if you get the offer and the go and see. So You’re Sending Your Child to a Catholic School is a friendly and gentle introduction to a few of the beliefs and values which make Catholics tick. We have been refused a space (due to it being full) and have been told our catchment school is now also full. I did want her Baptised but was not worried which school she went to - non Catholic would of been fine, but that said when it came to choosing the Catholic school was actually the best school in the area so that is where we decided to send her. In 2016, the church supported 43,800 secondary schools, and 95,200 primary schools. After a year of , quite frankly HELL !, we moved my son to a small village catholic school. If you applied for a catholic school even though you are not catholic, do you know that you would get in as usually non catholic children are at the bottom of the admission criteria list. Desperately need advice to get rid of nits/lice. 7 of the top 10 grammar schools in a league table compiled by the Irish News are Catholic. However the school has very few minorities. state funded) Catholic schools.These are theoretically open to pupils of all faiths or none, although if the school is over-subscribed priority will be given to Catholic children.. It varies diocese by diocese. Subject: Question for non-Catholic / non-religious parents sending kids to Catholic school Anonymous Plus I want my children to be exposed to religion and the Catholic schools, particularly at the elementary level, focus on things that I think of as being a good person. We really didn't want to have to find our daughter a new childminder at the same time as her starting school as we feel it would be even more disruptive to her (she has only ever been with this childminder since she was 9 months old and is like part of the family). Secondary School: There is no requirement to be Catholic in order to attend a Catholic secondary school. My children and I are not catholic but my husband is. I'm also a bit worried at how I will be perceived as a non-catholic mother sending her Church of Scotland children to a non-catholic school? What is the child teaching regarding what kind of school Catholic children should or must attend? Hi My children are baptized RC and we go to church a couple of times a month, but I have chosen a non RC school for my DD as I want her to be multi faith educated. Although they do a fair amount of fundraising for catholic charities, chosen by a child led school council, they also raise funds for others. 1. I teach in a catholic primary and we pray before lunch, at hometime, have a weekly gospel assembly (whole school), a weekly key stage assembly (religious), a weekly class worship and a weekly hymn practice. • 20% of pupils at Catholic secondary schools live in the most deprived areas (17% nationally). Also the weeks before christmas and lent are often 100 % ( except maths) religous education.Im not sure what you mean by intense prayers. We live in Ireland (also posted in Craicnet but more traffic here) & choices for non Catholics are very limited. Description. Barely half of the children are Catholic, fewer than that are from families that are practicing their faith and half of our parish is Spanish speaking. This is page 1 of 1 (This thread has 17 messages.). I cannot believe the difference I see in them. But that's not the norm now, it's more usual for those kind of things to be done at Church now and religious education in schools tends to be more low key, or at least that's the case where I live. All in all the ethos of being kind, helpful and thinking of others has been really good for my son and the school and the school community have been accepting of his disability and wee foibles! As an adult, I send my children to our parish school. The mileage may vary for any given Catholic school, but I think you may be right about this, broadly speaking. For example their harvest festival collection was for the local food bank and this weekend there is a fun day fundraiser for Calais. That way your child wont feel left out and its a lovely experience. Although uniforms can be expensive, most Catholic Schools participate in a uniform exchange program. Published. This has been such a stressful time and I just don't know what to do for the best. I also find the schools calmer, with nicer kids and families. The children who are doing it at the local church do their prep in school, in another room once a week, the children who aren't or who are doing it in another parish stay in the classroom & do whatever the lesson is. Al children at our school attend church and any child left out would feel different. She says that Catholic schools offer better discipline and teach better morals, which she believes will help her son. Is there still a place for one religion to retain control over Irish schools?Sharyn Hayden discusses & we'd love to hear your views.RaisingIreland.com Most of all I appreciate that the educators are united in teaching from a moral compass, which includes a routine of praying and respect for God and the Church. Can my child attend Catholic school even though our family is not Catholic? The prayers that are said are only little thank you prayers and I am school that as your child gets older they will take there own decisions about Church just like I did. I like the idea of a private school with some Christian culture, but not evangelical, and there aren’t any legit Orthodox options. They don't sit out at mass etc they just join in, was the best decision for me x. Hi, just wondering if anyone can offer some advice. I am a Catholic and was brought up going to Catholic Schools and Church. save hide report. My youngest child attends a Catholic school, Im not Catholic but I moved to the area and there is no other school around plus I cant drive. 1. I am not Catholic and it would be hypocritical for me to send Johnny or Jane to a catholic school. It is not so much the catholosim aspect it's the fact that the school has a good ethos and morals. down the Catholicity of the School in order to not “offend” non-Catholic. For me, it's lovely that he comes home talking and asking about God, but I'm pretty sure my atheist friends would not be happy with it. The school know we are of no religion so if ds doesn't bother with prayers etc there is no issue.For us personally what we talk about and teach at home is what matters. Its hard to get kids into this school so I was over the moon to get her in, its much better than most schools in my city. 35 comments. … I think it would have been silly to chose the school and then exclude her from a fundamental part of the schools ethos. I don't really know how much they pray tbh, I don't find it overtly religious. No one in their family is. Elementary School: Children who do not have a parent/guardian who is Catholic, must receive special permission from the Director of Education in order to attend a Catholic elementary school. We go to church once a term and the priest comes to us half termly for mass. My sister-in-law wants to send her son to a Catholic school (not that I'm complaining), but he's not Catholic. A letter of interest can be the first step in enrolling children in a Catholic school. But they do! Hi the prayers that are said are normally something like an 'Our Father' or 'Hail Mary' and yes they say a grace at lunch time, in the classroom before going to lunch, any other prayers that are said in school other than them would just really be a blessing for the day/evening etc nothing too dramatic, Hi I am a teacher in a catholic school, You should be aware that catholicism is a big part of school life and everything is based on gospal values. Recently when the little boy from Edinburgh went missing and then was later found dead, my son asked to say a prayer for him, totally off his own bat. Religious education is be catholic and they pray 4 times in the school day. My dd thankfully has no interest in religion or mass but we've made it clear if she changes her mind she can make her Communion.My ds started school in September and I've noticed religion is big this year.. I teach in a catholic primary and we pray before lunch, at hometime, have a weekly gospel assembly (whole school), a weekly key stage assembly (religious), a weekly class worship and a weekly hymn practice. I have also found the schools attitude to be fine and welcoming and no issues re: religion or a lack of. I do not know much about catholicism and my husband does not know the answers to the questions that I ask. In the past things like First Communion and Confirmation used to be done through RC schools, so I would imagine that that a non Catholic child would have felt quite left out under those circumstances. Fair enough we live in a Catholic country, but I find it hard that religion can inform whether or not you get a decent education in today's day and age! By Sean Coughlan Education correspondent. Our lack of religion has never been a problem. NON-CATHOLIC SCHOOLS. Monday, August 23, 1999. This is on top of class prayer times, hymn practice and assembly time. My son went to a Catholic high school. Catholics school have to teach catholicism for 10% of the week - that a whole afternoon minimum. My 2 school age dc go to a Catholic school. I also find the schools calmer, with nicer kids and families. Thank you all for your replies, I am still completely undecided (we may not even be offered a space yet! Your best option will be to go and have a meeting with the school/s as some Catholic private schools have a closed enrolment policy where only practicing Catholics can enrol and admitted. Children are taught daily prayers but they wll also learn traditional and new prayers which they must be able to recite. I attended Catholic school in San Francisco from kindergarten through twelfth grade. and wealthy parents to send their children to the High School and thus water. Although I have to remember if it is a P.E. Apologies for the long post, but if anyone has any advice / has been in a similar situation I would be extremely grateful to hear about it. He wants to send our child to catholic private school. Just that- looking at schools for my dd1 for next year and have some decisions to make. I am Church of Scotland and my son was christened CoS but he attends a catholic school. The public schools in the area were a crap shoot. Parents can compose these letters to outline their desire to enroll their children in the school and begin the application process. A faith school would not have been our first choice, but DD is happy & the school has a sensible approach to other beliefs. We live in London & it was the closest (over the road) school & the others are quite a walk away. They teach about other religions in re as well as Christianity and they do it in an inclusive way rather than looking down on other religions. Ds hates having to go to mass but dd doesn't mind. It will just be based on the bible rather than learning about all different religions. Thanks all for your responses. I would imagine that if there are quite a lot of non Catholic children in the school then the religious aspect is probably not particularly "heavy", but the best way to find out is to go and look around and ask some questions. Are you in the UK? The education seems to be better too. HTH, free my dd is 8, just started 2nd class so we're into communion year..so far we've found out 20 children out of 86 won't be making their Communion. Its hard to get kids into this school so I was over the moon to get her in, its much better than most schools in my city. Any questions, please ask, I agree I am Catholic and my Son is Christened, but not baptised as I did not practise when he was born We are in Scotland so she will be starting in August and with schools finishing for the summer in June I don't feel we have an awful lot of time left to get organised. Would you send your child to a religious school even if you weren’t practising? I often wonder how they have time to actually teach the children! Do you have questions about car maintenance or opinions on your previous experiences when sorting out an MOT or service? We are in Scotland so it will be different than the way things work in Ireland (or the rest of the U.K.), but I know you can request your child be excluded for religious activities. I am not a practising Catholic now - although my DD is now 4 and goes to Catholic School in September so I will be taking her to Church once she is at school. About 1/10 of this time is spent on multicultural units of work like learning about other faiths. Admittedly about 15 year ago, but in munch catholic primary school we did the communion prep at school, but after the end of the school days like a little after school club. The education seems to be better too. By Ann Rodgers-Melnick, Post-Gazette Staff Writer . They've all attended Catholic schools, and some have also tried the public system. This is a good school (they both are) but we are not a Catholic family but I am concerned about how much of the faith will be taught in Primary school (please excuse my ignorance). A Catholic school is a parochial school or education ministry of the Catholic Church.As of 2011, the Catholic Church operates the world's largest non-governmental school system. Non-Catholic families are finding Catholic schools a blessing . I'm just worried about how left out my daughters will feel? Hi Louise I went to a catholic girls school from age 8 -16 - I was not catholic and went to most services etc but have not ended up religious but the ethos of the school and the education was good and I enjoyed it. I'm not Catholic, or even Christian, and after thirteen years of Catholic schooling, would consider myself an agnostic, leaning toward atheism. I am also pleased to see that the students embody so much diversity and multiculturalism. Share. I am really looking for advice on whether we should go ahead with our request for the Catholic school and if she gets a place we will not need to find another childminder or do we try and get into our catchment school (non-denomination) and also find new childcare for before/after school? She joins in with prayers and goes to mass as I didn't want to exclude her from that part of the education. I've been having sleepless night over this! I am really in need of some advice on what to do with regards to my DD's primary school. Catholic school prayers aren't too heavy, they're suitable for the childs age. In order to be a catholic school, the school is validated by its diocese. The only reason my Son could go to the School, not being Catholic himself, is because one of his Parents is Catholic and those children who are baptised or have Catholic parents will be prioritised for places, Thank you all for your replies, I am still completely undecided (we may not even be offered a space yet!) it has fantastic facilities. I have today sent an application for a placement for the Catholic school but I am worrying I am doing the wrong thing for my daughter. It's a great school and a large minority of the children are not catholic. A couple good and some bad. I have heard good things about the ethos of the school and whilst I wouldn't want the children to take their Holy Communion etc, I would be happy for them to take part in Mass, religious education, prayers. Uniforms are also a timesaver in the morning. They don't sit out at mass etc they just join in, was the best decision for me x. Hi, just wondering if anyone can offer some advice. We want DS to have the best education but the nearest outstanding ofsted rated is 2 miles away for a catholic school but for a non religious school it’s 5 miles (where we live that’s about a 20 minute drive). I'm happy to chat if anyone wants to pm me June S. My youngest child attends a Catholic school, Im not Catholic but I moved to the area and there is no other school around plus I cant drive. I think the way it's looking at the moment she will choose not to. Mandy, despite not being religious, says she thinks it's valuable for children to learn about religion. Is your family looking into becoming Catholic or is it purely due to wanting to send your kids to a Catholic school? It is a modest overview for people coming in touch with the Church, perhaps for the first time, or refreshing their acquaintance. Working in a Catholic School • 33.5% of pupils in Catholic primary schools are from ethnic minority backgrounds (27.6% nationally). To think day drinking is acceptable in this situation? Suspect people will drop out when offers are made and she might get an offer in time but not a given as they are good schools and the one in our locality has a great name for itself. HE understands that he is not catholic and will not make communion etc, but his friends who are RC and who have attend separate classes for this anyway. My DD is in a Catholic school & we're very much not Catholic. Each winter when Lexi's school sends home a re-registration form, I tuck it away and wonder if this is the last year. Just that- looking at schools for my dd1 for next year and have some decisions to make. I would say the same as with any other school, go and see for yourself. I don't think that you can generalise about what RC schools are like any more than you can generalise about non denominational, CofE or any other kind of school. I have been told they do prayers in the morning, lunchtime and before hometime and attend chapel once a month or more often if it is a holy day / certain times of the year. My husband is not a practicing catholic and I am the spiritual leader of the home. My daughter attends nursery attached to a non-denomination school and Catholic school they are all in the same building. ), Hi my 2 children go to a catholic school and are non Catholics, I was brought up a catholic but no longer attend mass etc, my husband is a firm athiest. In the United Kingdom, there are many 'local authority maintained' (i.e. With regards to first communion I know that will be something we will need to look at next year. Religion has a very strong presence currently and majority will regularly attend one of 3 linked churches in the area. She goes to class mass & says the prayers, but totally understands that DH & I don't believe. Also as a class we present a mass and a religous assembly whch we spend a lot of time preparing for - would you be happy for your children to miss this. freethebiscuit Thu 13-Oct-16 08:27:01. For Catholic parents, getting their children into Catholic school is an important decision that impacts their children's education. :) xxx, Hi the prayers that are said are normally something like an 'Our Father' or 'Hail Mary' and yes they say a grace at lunch time, in the classroom before going to lunch, any other prayers that are said in school other than them would just really be a blessing for the day/evening etc nothing too dramatic :). I've been having sleepless night over this! Any questions, please ask, I agree I am Catholic and my Son is Christened, but not baptised as I did not practise when he was bornHe is in Reception and there is a huge amount of the Catholic teachings included in all his daily work, for instance they may do a craft project which could be a stained glass church window, or a crucifix This is to be expected as part of the life in a Catholic School, which I also attended Also, as part of parent evening etc they discuss his RE workThe only reason my Son could go to the School, not being Catholic himself, is because one of his Parents is Catholic and those children who are baptised or have Catholic parents will be prioritised for places, From behaviour to bedtimes, school choices to screen time, this is the place to talk all things child-related. She is in yr3 & won't be making her first holy communion, none of the teachers expect her too & everyone is happy with that. I was wondering if anyone was in this situation or had any advice. Al children at our school attend church and any child left out would feel different. Parents, I would like to hear all your opinions.I am not a parent and never will be but I would like to know if sending a non Catholic to a Catholic school.If I were a parent, I wouldn't. Your child will have Religious Education lessions, but they so do all schools. BEST thing we ever did! Have no prejudice and will accept the terms if she goes to a Catholic school while she won't participate in Communion. DD goes to a catholic school and is not baptised. I can remember as a child in grammar school having catholic school friends and being jealous at how at home/comfortable they felt being in church. You can't choose a school which elects to educate it's children in the Catholic faith because it's a good school academically and then discard the (fairly fundamental, actually!) Many thanks. Personally, I wouldn't send my child to a catholic school, but this is because I would be concerned about what my child was missing out on in the 2 hours 40 mins that is dedicated to RE. Would you put your child into a Catholic primary school if you're not religious? We were in the fortunate position where all the schools in our town are rated good or above so we instead chose our nearest community school. Primary school appeal hearing - advice please. Catholic school prayers aren't too heavy, they're suitable for the childs age. 1 December 2016 . In our school the sacrament prep (there are 3 spread out over the time in primary) is done in school. To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. Also the weeks before christmas and lent are often 100 % ( except maths) religous education. About 1/10 of this time is spent on multicultural units of work like learning about other faiths. Or is it just me?! I know Catholic schools accept children of any religion, but doesn't it sound a little strange to send a non-Catholic to Catholic school? I should mention DH is Catholic and I have no religion. If you do not want your child to learn about the faith, you must not send her to the school - it really is a huge part of school life. He shares in their celebrations and is happy for them. Children are taught daily prayers but they wll also learn traditional and new prayers which they must be able to recite.If you do not want your child to learn about the faith, you must not send her to the school - it really is a huge part of school life. I like the catholic way of teaching  and have told my kids that the bible is basically a big book in morals and teaching the difference between right and wrong. to Primary School cannot afford to send their children to Catholic High Schools. We decided to send our daughter to a catholic school and I have gave her the option of being baptised then making the sacraments - she doesn't want to now that its time and there are 8 children not making their reconciliation this year. I have always said she can make the decision herself. This is all a bit crap, isn't it? Hi, She had concern's about my son attending the school because of his current [...] - Poster:Lucy T(494) - Page: 2 - Pages:3 - Last post30-06... Read more on … It was pretty dull and I'm fairly sure nobody felt left out not attending. share. We are not religious and I obviously want her to have the best education in the best school. Curious as to how this community may view pros/cons. Until recently non RC children would not have got a place at the RC primary, or only a handful, as it was oversubscribed and gave practising faith priority but it has just expanded to 3-form intake which will inevitably alter the mix of faiths within the school. They are also at mass almost every week. That way your child wont feel left out and its a lovely experience. He is in Reception and there is a huge amount of the Catholic teachings included in all his daily work, for instance they may do a craft project which could be a stained glass church window, or a crucifix This is to be expected as part of the life in a Catholic School, which I also attended Also, as part of parent evening etc they discuss his RE work Hi I am a teacher in a catholic school, You should be aware that catholicism is a big part of school life and everything is based on gospal values. Muslim families sending children to Catholic schools. Past P4 they celebrate May and October (Mary's months) will a rosary every day. I see them growing up in a parish community, not just our house. Do you have questions about creating positive bathroom habits and routines? im so glad my son goes here and i dont mind him learning about religion it happened and is interesting. 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