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). 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. im so glad my son goes here and i dont mind him learning about religion it happened and is interesting. Would you send your kids to a Catholic school if you weren't of that faith? My sister-in-law wants to send her son to a Catholic school (not that I'm complaining), but he's not Catholic. 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. 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. This helps keeping the cost down for many families. 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? Parents can compose these letters to outline their desire to enroll their children in the school and begin the application process. Isn't the place coming down with Educate Together schools these days?? Desperately need advice to get rid of nits/lice. 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. Catholic schools are always happy to welcome children from all backgrounds whose parents seek a Catholic education for them, where there are sufficient places to … • 20% of pupils at Catholic secondary schools live in the most deprived areas (17% nationally). It's a great school and a large minority of the children are not catholic. I know if she did make the choice to get baptised and do communion then MIL would be ecstatic and has offered to pay for the communion dress etc. Past P4 they celebrate May and October (Mary's months) will a rosary every day. We applied for a place at the non-denomination school (this is not our catchment school) as it is the closest school to our childminder. Al children at our school attend church and any child left out would feel different. 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. By Ann Rodgers-Melnick, Post-Gazette Staff Writer . She says that Catholic schools offer better discipline and teach better morals, which she believes will help her son. 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. while, at the same time, the High School is recruiting non-Catholic athletes. Although I have to remember if it is a P.E. Can anyone give advice on how non-catholic children today feel at catholic schools? ), 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. 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. That way your child wont feel left out and its a lovely experience. 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. 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. 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 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 was wondering if anyone was in this situation or had any advice. 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? 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 I think the way it's looking at the moment she will choose not to. However, there will be some variation from school to school so I would go and see for yourself. Would you send your child to a religious school even if you weren’t practising? We've just moved house and realise that there is a very good catholic school in the area. 35 comments. down the Catholicity of the School in order to not “offend” non-Catholic. Thanks all for your responses. I also just wanted to say that if you were to opt out of going to mass, it may be uncomfortable for your daughter. I honestly would say Catholic schools are lovely so would put your child there and not worry! I don't really know how much they pray tbh, I don't find it overtly religious. Hi Louise I also find the schools calmer, with nicer kids and families. 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. Have no prejudice and will accept the terms if she goes to a Catholic school while she won't participate in Communion. 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! Does anyone know how intense the prayers are or if they would be 'little' prayers (like saying grace before eating lunch)? The public schools in the area were a crap shoot. By Sean Coughlan Education correspondent. We have to teach 2 hours 40 mins a week of re. my son is not a catholic and started school in september at a catholic school. 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. close. We have been refused a space (due to it being full) and have been told our catchment school is now also full. I should mention DH is Catholic and I have no religion. She'll be expected to join in, I'm afraid . However the school has very few minorities. Our lack of religion has never been a problem. I think it would have been silly to chose the school and then exclude her from a fundamental part of the schools ethos. 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 … the school is so homely and child friendly and the children are happy. The 1917 Code of Canon Law, # 1374, clearly stated that Catholic parents could not send their children to non-Catholic Schools. We have no family support in the area at all and had a terrible time finding our childminder in the first place (long story!) I’m talking about K-12. Its not some bible bashing cult or anything like that!!! This has been such a stressful time and I just don't know what to do for the best. A letter of interest can be the first step in enrolling children in a Catholic school. 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. Monday, August 23, 1999. 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. 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? Al children at our school attend church and any child left out would feel different. All the prep for holy communion is done outside of school, in church on a Sunday. It is a modest overview for people coming in touch with the Church, perhaps for the first time, or refreshing their acquaintance. To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. 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. She goes to class mass & says the prayers, but totally understands that DH & I don't believe. I attended Catholic school in San Francisco from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Hi to Primary School cannot afford to send their children to Catholic High Schools. 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. Ds1's classmates who are Catholic did their first communion recently, they announce whe the prep classes are in the newsletter but it is all after school time. It is a modest overview for people coming in touch with the Church, perhaps for the first time, or refreshing their acquaintance. Primary school appeal hearing - advice please. Religion has a very strong presence currently and majority will regularly attend one of 3 linked churches in the area. 7 of the top 10 grammar schools in a league table compiled by the Irish News are Catholic. It was a second home to them. 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.. My 2 school age dc go to a Catholic school. Okay, so this may seem like an odd reason to send my child to Catholic School, but hear me out. They are also at mass almost every week. About 1/10 of this time is spent on multicultural units of work like learning about other faiths. 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. Can they attend a Public School? 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.. save hide report. A couple good and some bad. This is all a bit crap, isn't it? The non-denominational school also is good but I got a better feeling from the Catholic school. I have also found the schools attitude to be fine and welcoming and no issues re: religion or a lack of. With regards to first communion I know that will be something we will need to look at next year. I would wait and see if you get the offer and the go and see. Mandy, despite not being religious, says she thinks it's valuable for children to learn about religion. What is the child teaching regarding what kind of school Catholic children should or must attend? 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 She is in yr3 & won't be making her first holy communion, none of the teachers expect her too & everyone is happy with that. Working in a Catholic School • 33.5% of pupils in Catholic primary schools are from ethnic minority backgrounds (27.6% nationally). DD goes to a catholic school and is not baptised. It varies diocese by diocese. Just to put your mind at ease Catholic schools are lovely - they have a great sense of Family values and Community. In our school the sacrament prep (there are 3 spread out over the time in primary) is done in school. 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 to teach 2 hours 40 mins a week of re. 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. 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. Any advice is welcome! Religious education is be catholic and they pray 4 times in the school day. He wants to send our child to catholic private school. I like the idea of a private school with some Christian culture, but not evangelical, and there aren’t any legit Orthodox options. Secondary School: There is no requirement to be Catholic in order to attend a Catholic secondary school. Children are taught daily prayers but they wll also learn traditional and new prayers which they must be able to recite. Im not sure what you mean by intense prayers. Many parents are concerned when it comes to their children’s education. We live in Ireland (also posted in Craicnet but more traffic here) & choices for non Catholics are very limited. It varies diocese by diocese. Will need to wait to find out and then take things from there. Your child will have Religious Education lessions, but they so do all schools. I'm just worried about how left out my daughters will feel? 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. My husband is not a practicing catholic and I am the spiritual leader of the home. 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. I am not Catholic and it would be hypocritical for me to send Johnny or Jane to a catholic school. Do you have questions about car maintenance or opinions on your previous experiences when sorting out an MOT or service? I've been having sleepless night over this! Also the weeks before christmas and lent are often 100 % ( except maths) religous education.Im not sure what you mean by intense prayers. Would you put your child into a Catholic primary school if you're not religious? 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. 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. 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. It is not so much the catholosim aspect it's the fact that the school has a good ethos and morals. 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. I have always said she can make the decision herself. 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. Or is it just me?! I also just wanted to say that if you were to opt out of going to mass, it may be uncomfortable for your daughter. We live in London & it was the closest (over the road) school & the others are quite a walk away. What Are the Primary Reasons Children Attend Catholic Schools? Many thanks. In other areas with declining numbers of baptised Catholic children and fewer children from other faiths, Catholic schools are increasingly filling their rolls with children of no faith at all. My daughter attends nursery attached to a non-denomination school and Catholic school they are all in the same building. Catholics school have to teach catholicism for 10% of the week - that a whole afternoon minimum. 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. … Can my child attend Catholic school even though our family is not Catholic? After a year of , quite frankly HELL !, we moved my son to a small village catholic school. Hi, In 2016, the church supported 43,800 secondary schools, and 95,200 primary schools. 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. 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