Our School Patron
Our School Patron, whom our school is named after, guides us through her example and prayers.
Our Lady of the Assumption - Feast day 15 August
Our Lady was chosen by God to be part of His plan for the salvation of the world. For this reason she was conceived without sin and when her life on earth was over she was assumed body and soul into Heaven. It is a sign of the holiness with which she lived her life and her closeness to her son, Jesus. It is also a sign of the importance of Mary and the role she plays in our faith as a model and example of true discipleship. She shows us how to follow Jesus more closely in our own lives and how we can grow to be more like Him in all we do and say.
Our Lady of the Assumption pray for us!
Our Class Saints
Each class and classroom in our school is dedicated to a particular saint whom the children have chosen. This saint is a special inspiration for all who work in and visit each classroom. The children celebrate the Feast Day of their Class Saint on or near to the Feast Day.
Nursery - St Anne - Feast Day 26 July
St Anne was the mother of the Blessed Virgin and the grandmother of Jesus Christ. She and her husband were rich, and very devoted to God. Their home was Nazareth. They had no children, and that was believed to be a punishment of God among the Jews. For this reason Joachim would not even offer sacrifice in the temple. He was very sad and went into the mountains to pray. Anne prayed to God in her home and begged Him to give her a child. She promised to dedicate her child to His service. Their prayers were heard. An angel came to Anne and said, "Anne, the Lord has looked upon your tears. You will give birth to a daughter, and she will be honored by all the world." The angel made the same promise to Joachim.
A daughter was born to Anne, and she called her Miriam, which means "Mary." Anne offered her child to God in the service of the temple at a very early age.
St Anne's name means "grace." God endowed her with special gifts and graces to be the mother of the Mother of God.
Reception - Blessed Mother Teresa - Feast Day 5 September
Blessed Mother Teresa was a brave, courageous and loving person.
When she was young, her main ambition was to become a nun and that's what she achieved.
When she was eight years old she bravely left her mother for religious activities. When she was eighteen she went to Ireland and was admitted as a nun and received the name Theresa after her patroness, St. Therese of Lisieux.
When she was older, she went to Calcutta, India, and saw lots of abandoned people on the street and was appalled. Those were the people no body wanted to go near or touch but Mother Theresa was brave.
She took the babies out of bins and washed them along with other poor people. She fed them and treated the sick and the hurt. She built schools for the children and built shelters for them with the donations from charities.
She helped many people around the world. She was a very inspirational and religious person. She is the model for the world to help the needy and the poor.
Year 1 - St Clare - Feast Day 11 August
Clare was the daughter of a count and countess. She heard St. Francis preach in the streets of Assisi and told him of her desire to give herself to God. They became close friends.
On Palm Sunday, in the year 1212, the Bishop of Assisi presented a palm to this noble maiden of eighteen, who was beautifully dressed. That same night she left her castle with one companion and went to the church of Our Lady of the Angels, where she met Francis and his Brothers. At the altar of Our Lady, Francis cut off her hair and Clare gave her life to Christ.
In an old house outside Assisi she started her Order of the Poor Clares. Later, her sister and mother and other noble ladies joined her. They lived a life of prayer, silence, and fasting.
One day enemies of the Church were about to attack the convent. The saint had the Blessed Sacrament placed in a monstrance above the gate of the convent, and kneeling before it, she prayed for help. Suddenly the enemy fled. During her illness of twenty-eight years, the Holy Eucharist was her strength. She died in 1253.
Year 2 - St Joseph - Feast Day 19 March
God chose Joseph, a young carpenter of Nazareth, to be the foster father of Jesus and the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After they were engaged to be married an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that Mary would give birth to a Child who would be the Son of God.
Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem to register for the census. They could find no place to stay except a stable. There Mary gave birth to her Son and laid Him in a manger.
At the word of an angel Joseph took Jesus and Mary to Egypt and stayed there till the angel told him to go back to Nazareth. At Nazareth Joseph worked hard for Jesus and Mary. Later, Jesus worked with Joseph in the carpenter shop and learnt how to make things out of wood. Joseph died in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
Year 3 - St Martin de Porres - Feast Day 3 November
St Martin de Porres was born at Lima, Peru, in 1579. His father was a Spanish gentleman and his mother a black freed-woman from Panama. At fifteen, he became a lay brother at the Dominican Friary at Lima and spent his whole life there as a barber, farm laborer, almoner, and infirmarian among other things.
Martin had a great desire to go off to some foreign mission and thus earn the palm of martyrdom. However, since this was not possible, he made a martyr out of his body, devoting himself to ceaseless and severe penances. In turn, God endowed him with many graces and wondrous gifts, such as, aerial flights and bilocation.
St Martin's love was all-embracing, shown equally to humans and to animals, including vermin, and he maintained a cats and dogs hospital at his sister's house. He also possessed spiritual wisdom, demonstrated in his solving his sister's marriage problems, raising a dowry for his niece inside of three day's time, and resolving theological problems for the learned of his Order and for bishops. A close friend of St Rose of Lima, this saintly man died on November 3, 1639 and was canonized on May 6, 1962.
Year 4 - St John Bosco - Feast Day 31 January
St John Bosco was an Italian Catholic priest, educator and writer of the 19th century, who put into practice the convictions of his faith, dedicating his life to the betterment and education of poor youngsters, and employing teaching methods based on love rather than punishment. As he was a follower of the spirituality and philosophy of St Francis de Sales, St John Bosco dedicated his works to him when he founded the Society of St. Francis de Sales (more commonly known as the Salesian Society or the Salesians of Don Bosco).
Together with Maria Domenica Mazzarello he founded the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, a religious congregation of nuns dedicated to the care and education of poor girls, and popularly known as Salesian Sisters. In 1876 Bosco founded a movement of laity, the Salesian Cooperators, with the same educational mission to the poor.
St John Bosco succeeded in establishing a network of organizations and centres to carry on his work. In recognition of his work with disadvantaged youth, he was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934.
Year 5 - St Cecilia - Feast Day 22 November
Cecilia was a member of a noble family of Rome and a follower of Christ. Her parents forced her to marry a nobleman named Valerian. Cecilia renewed her consecration to God. "Pure be my heart and undefiled my body; for I have a spouse you do not know, an angel of my Lord." She did this while the music playing at her wedding. This is why she is honored as a patron of music.
Cecilia converted her husband to the Faith of Christ. Because he helped Cecilia in her charity toward the poor, he was put to death. Cecilia refused to sacrifice to the gods. The judge condemned her to be smothered by steam. But God protected Cecilia. Then the judge ordered a soldier to kill her with the sword. He struck her three times, she fell down, badly wounded, and for three days she remained alive. She gave her property to the holy Bishop Urban for the use of the Church, and received the sacrament of Holy Communion before she died. This happened in 117.
Cecilia was buried in the catacombs. Her grave was discovered in 817, and her body was placed in the church of St. Cecilia in Rome. In 1599, when her tomb was opened her body was incorrupt.
Year 6 - St Bernadette - Feast Day 16 April
Bernadette was born in 1844 in Lourdes, in France. Bernadette was often sick she suffered from asthma. Her family were very poor. Whilst gathering firewood, a beautiful lady appeared to her in a cave.
Bernadette saw the lady eighteen times. The lady asked her to dig a little hole in the ground and to wash her face. Suddenly a spring started to flow. The lady was Mary, Our Blessed Lady.
The spring became popular amongst lots of people when they heard it was the place where Our Lady had appeared and many people came to visit. To this day, the spring is a place of pilgrimage, especially for the sick who visit Lourdes for healing. Bathing in the spring has cured many pilgrims.
Later Bernadette became a nun. She died at the age of thirty six in 1879.
Our House Saints
Throughout the school there are 4 Houses that the children belong to and the Patron Saint of each house inspires the children through prayer and example to work together in community to be the best they can be and the people God has created them to be.
St Anthony of Padua - Feast Day 13 June
Anthony was born at Cona about the middle of the third century. His parents were very rich and wanted him to be a great nobleman. But he wanted to be poor and follow Jesus, so he became a Franciscan.
Anthony was a great preacher. He was send out as a missionary and preached in many cities in Italy and France. He brought sinners back to God mostly by his good example. One day, when Anthony was praying in his room, the Infant Jesus appeared to him, put His little arms around his neck, and kissed him. This wonderful favour was given to him because he loved Jesus very much.
When he became ill, he went to a monastery outside of Padua where he prepared for death. Many miracles took place after his death on June 13, 1231. Even today he is called the 'wonder-worker'.
St Catherine of Sienna - Feast Day 29 April
Catherine was the youngest of a very large family, she had twenty three brothers and sisters. At the age of six she had a vision in Church in which Jesus appeared to her and blessed her. She felt that Jesus wanted her to give her whole life to him. Catherine's parents wanted her to marry so she had her hair cut off and became a Sister instead, joined the Sisters of the Third Order of St Dominic. She took care of the poor and the sick, nursing people no-one else wanted to care for and spent a lot of time in prayer.
Catherine made a special visit to Pope Gregory XI and told him that God wanted him to live in Rome not France. The Pope listened to her because she was very wise and did go back to Rome.
Catherine became very sick and three months later died in 1380 aged thirty three.
In 1975 Catherine, who had never gone to school (she only learnt to read and write shortly before she died), was declared a Doctor of the Church. This is a title for someone who was outstanding in teaching and guiding the Church. St Catherine is the Patron Saint of Nurses.
St Francis of Assisi - Feast Day 4 October
Francis was born in 1182. His parents gave their son all the good things that money could buy. He liked poems, songs and parties and became a knight for a while; he had a dream telling him to go home and to follow God. When he got home Francis went to pray in an old Church. There he heard Jesus telling him to rebuild it. He sold some of his father's best cloth and repaired the Church. He took off his fine clothes and gave them to the poor and left home.
Francis began to visit hospitals and to serve the sick. He believed that everything was made by God was very good. He admired the great and wonderful things of the world; he told all the birds and animals to praise God.
Some people decided to live like Francis and he took twelve young men to Rome with him, and the Pope gave him permission to start a new religious order, the Franciscans.
Francis had a vision in which he saw Jesus hanging on the cross and he was given the same wounds that Jesus had on his hands, his feet and his side. When Francis grew ill and weak he thanked God for the pain he was suffering. He died in 1226.
St Therese of Lisieux - Feast Day 1 October
Therese was baptised two days after she was born. Her Mother taught her to pray but died when Therese was only four years old. In 1884 she made her First Holy Communion and was confirmed a month later. She wanted to become a Carmelite nun like her sisters but the Bishop said that she was too young so she went with her Father to Rome and asked the Pope. The Pope told her that she would go to Carmel if God wanted it.
Therese went to Carmel in 1888 and while she was there she prayed for missionary priests and wrote down her childhood memories.
She became very ill with tuberculosis, in spite of her many sufferings she always tried to be cheerful and help others.
Just before she died she told the sisters not to be unhappy after her death because she would send a shower of roses and spend her heaven doing good on earth. She died in 1897.