St. Philip's Catholic Primary School, Messenger Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 3DU

Introduction to Our Faith

Father Erasmus.

Our Catholic faith is at the very heart of our school and is evident as soon as you step through our doors in what you will see, hear and feel inside St. Philip's school.

We work very hard to treat everyone in school with care and respect just as Jesus taught us to 'love one another as I have loved you'.

Our close link with our Parish is very important to us and our school chaplain is the Parish Priest, Father Erasmus. All of our assemblies and prayer services throughout the week are rooted in the teachings of Jesus and the Gospel values.

St. Philip's serves a vibrant multicultural and multi-faith community and care and respect for individual differences is very much at the heart of our ethos. This is emphasised regularly throughout the day. As well as the daily acts of collective worship our children also pray regularly throughout the day in their classrooms.

Our entire curriculum and school culture is based on the teachings of Christ and children are taught to become kind, respectful, forgiving and caring young people. Great care is taken to make links between the Gospels and our day to day behaviour and treatment of others.

Jesus is at the heart of our school and as such we welcome and value equally all members of our school community, Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

A Message from Fr Erasmus

St. Philip's Catholic Primary School, is a school where Catholic ethos is held in high esteem.

Being part of St. Philip's Church family, they enjoy the pastoral care of the priests in the parish during their weekly Thursday mass, Holy days of obligation, preparation for and reception of the sacraments.

We believe that the upmost concern for the children lies with their personal and spiritual growth. The school plays an active role in the life of the parish and the parish community is so delighted seeing the pupils guided by their teachers who read, serve and do collections on the parish/school Sunday masses. The difference which their presense makes in the activities of the parish is most desired.

It is amazing the unity that exists between the parish and the school - this is echoed through the words of the Psalmist, "behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity" 131:1.

Fr. Erasmus Egenonu CSSp