Saint Mary's CatholicVoluntary Academy


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Catholic Life

Our new school moto

Our school mission statement.

As the new school year begins, let us pray that it will be a time to love and serve the Lord.  May it be a time to serve one another and to do the best we can.

We ask Mary, Mother of Jesus, to pray for us all.

Our Catholic life


Whole school and Class assemblies

The headteacher, who is also the religious education lead, leads the children in whole school worship on a Monday morning, which are usually based on the Gospel from the Sunday before or have themes, which focus on our school ethos and Catholic identity.

On Tuesday morning the headteacher leads Come and Sing, in which the children worship through the singing of hymns.

On Wednesdays there is a liturgy for each keystage, planned and delivered by the children themselves.

Thursday is the day for class worship if they are not at church or involved in the class assembly. Once again, they are planned and delivered by the children. Keystage 1 base theirs on a parable whilst keystage 2 choose their own theme.

On a Friday afternoon we have our ‘Star of the Week’ assembly. It is a beautiful celebration of the children and their many gifts, talents and achievements.


Vocation and Mission

Our children are encouraged to lead the school in acts of charity and mission that supports others.


Celebration of Mass

We celebrate Mass in church at the beginning and end of every school year; on all special feast days if we are in school and special times in the liturgical year of the church. Each class takes it in turn to join in mass on Thursday morning, with the parishioners.


The Chaplaincy Team

The chaplaincy team spend one lunchtime per week reading bible stories, discussing the message and engaging in fun activities associated with the story. This takes place in the Rainbow room. This room is also available during other lunchtimes for prayer and quiet reflection if the children wish.


Statements To Live By

Each week, one of the statements to live by is distributed to each class at the end of Monday worship. They are then discussed within each class and annotated with all the ways in which the children plan to live out those statements in their daily life.


Mini Vinnies

Please see the Video Resource Centre for Mini Vinnies worships presented by our Key Stage 2 children.

Well-being Buddies

School Council

School Chaplains

Eco Warriors

Pupil Parliament Representatives; Congratulation's to both representatives who went through a democratic voting process on 8th March 2021

Bishop Mc Kinney completes a virtual mass with all the pupils 19/3/21

Message to Fr. Daniel from CAFOD representatives.


Livesimply Assessor of the Diocese of Nottingham:


I'm contacting you to let you know that yesterday, St Mary's Primary School, New Mills became a Livesimply School. My colleague Liz Bonner and I did the assessment and we were hugely impressed with the work that the school had put in to get the award, Perhaps even more importantly however, we both felt that the ethos of living simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with the poor had been truly embedded into school life and the school curriculum, and was constantly being reinforced. We wish to offer our warmest congratulations to Mrs Chapman and everyone involved on their outstanding achievement. 21/3/21

Live Simply Certificate CAFOD

 St. Mary's CVA New Mills is now a Livesimply registered school.

Thank you to Mrs Reynolds for all her work in helping school to achieve this award. Mrs Reynolds has been teaching Global Learning to kS2 pupils which evidences this award. We are also in the process of undertaking other awards to support our understanding of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Maria Elena Arana

Livesimply Award Coordinator


The three entries chosen by the School councillors to represent our school in the CMAT Christmas Card Competition.

15/12/2020 The Fairtrade Committee select the final 12 days of Fairtrade. Well done to all the pupils who took part. The posters produced where of exceptional quality- we have some really talented artists.

The 12 days of Fairtrade! As part of Hayfield and New Mills Fairtrade group the pupils have been designing their posters.

KS1 councillors collect Christmas decorations donated to the school by one of our neighbours. Thank you so much. The pupils will use these to decorate our tree in the school hall.

#hearts for care homes. As a school we are aware that during COVID we have many lonely people in care homes . All the pupils in school have been making hearts that will be delivered (in due course) by our Chair of Governors to all out local care homes to remind them that we are thinking about them especially over Christmas time.

Remembrance Day

14/10/2020 School councillors voting on ideas for new mission statement. Final selections will happen in due course. We hope to have a new mission statement for next term.

St. Mary's CVA Chaplains 2020-2021. Fr. Daniel blessed the Chaplain's crosses on Sunday 27/9/2020 after mass. The Chaplains were presented with their crosses to day Tuesday 29/9/2020.

29/9/2020 Fairtrade Committee 2020-2021

29/92020 School Councillors 2020-2021

The Wednesday Word

Chaplaincy links and prayer resources

6/7/2020 The Big Schools get Together celebrating mass with Bishop McKinney.

SOCIAL DISTANCING IN CHURCH. - Keyworker group B walked down to church to participate in a group worship. We observed the social distancing measures, but look forward to returning when restrictions are lifted

Pentecost Liturgy

Pentecost 2020- The children have been preparing for Pentecost by acting out the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Mary's Grotto

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The keyworker B group have written letters as if they are St Paul and placed them on our new Mary's grotto to ask for her intercession.

UNICEF - 17 sustainable development goals



Class 3 cake sale

A fantastic £204.53 was raised by the Class 3 cake sale. Class 3 have chosen to donate it to CAFOD, Manchester children’s hospital, the RSPCA and the charity C-R-Y in memory of Charlie Craig from Hayfield, in equal parts. Please see the photo's from the sale below.



Our Harvest donations were very gratefully received by the local foodbank. A huge thank you to everyone who kindly donated gifts of food.



We are pleased to report that £95.14 of the money raised from our enterprise project last term has been donated to the charity C-R-Y, in memory of Charlie Craig from Hayfield.


Children in need ramble

On Friday 19th October 109 children from the ages of 4-11 went on a ramble to Mousley Bottom Woods to raise money for Children in Need.

It was a beautiful sunny autumnal day when we set off on our walk. Reception children walked with their year 6 special friends. The children waved their flags and chatted happily with each other as we rambled one and a half miles through the woods and back to school.

It was wonderful to see all ages of children enjoying walking in the country side whilst reaping the benefits of fresh air and exercise whilst raising money for this great cause. Thank you for all your kind donations. To date we have raised £111.67.



Thank you very much for your generosity, witnessed in all the CAFOD boxes returned so far. We will let you know the total as soon as we have it. If you still have your box at home, do not worry- there is still time to return it.

Fundraising certificates

Class 3 cake sale

Joe’s retreat

On Thursday we were lucky enough to have our lay chaplain spend the day with us. He shared a Liturgy with Key stage 1, held a retreat on vocations with Class 4 and did some training with the Chaplaincy team and year 2 Liturgy leaders. Everyone enjoyed the day, especially singing new hymns accompanied by Joe on his guitar.

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