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. They want their children to receive the best education possible, so their child will have a better chance of success as adults. 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. The reality of that I think would be impractical as it is a large part of the day and due to the CfE it crosses into other lessons. I think the way it's looking at the moment she will choose not to. My 2 school age dc go to a Catholic school. 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. With regards to first communion I know that will be something we will need to look at next year. 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 met with the head of a Catholic school today. However the school has very few minorities. Are you in the UK? 1. 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. I'm not Catholic, or even Christian, and after thirteen years of Catholic schooling, would consider myself an agnostic, leaning toward atheism. Although they do a fair amount of fundraising for catholic charities, chosen by a child led school council, they also raise funds for others. We go to church once a term and the priest comes to us half termly for mass. 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 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 would say the same as with any other school, go and see for yourself. I've been having sleepless night over this! The mileage may vary for any given Catholic school, but I think you may be right about this, broadly speaking. 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. I was wondering if anyone was in this situation or had any advice. What Are the Primary Reasons Children Attend Catholic Schools? Secondary School: There is no requirement to be Catholic in order to attend a Catholic secondary 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 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. close. He wants to send our child to catholic private school. To get into the Catholic school it is not necessary to be Catholic / baptised etc and there are many non Catholics attending the school already so its not like we're pretending to be Catholic to get a place. Curious as to how this community may view pros/cons. 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. I am open minded and obviously do want the best education for my child (poster above mentioned I didn't understand reason for faith schools?- by the time we moved house and I had my daughter down for the only non denominational one in our area- still 10 minute drive away)- she was the 100-odd applicant for the 2017 intake so can't rely on the fact she will get in there). Catholic school prayers aren't too heavy, they're suitable for the childs age. 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. Just wondered if anyone has an older non religious/unbaptised child in a Catholic school and what they've missed out on/ done when the majority of their classmates are doing Communion prep/ sacraments etc... has your child found it tough? 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. it has fantastic facilities. 1 December 2016 . I like the idea of a private school with some Christian culture, but not evangelical, and there aren’t any legit Orthodox options. My DD is in a Catholic school & we're very much not Catholic. I honestly would say Catholic schools are lovely so would put your child there and not worry! BEST thing we ever did! Each winter when Lexi's school sends home a re-registration form, I tuck it away and wonder if this is the last year. She goes to class mass & says the prayers, but totally understands that DH & I don't believe. Al children at our school attend church and any child left out would feel different. We have to teach 2 hours 40 mins a week of re. 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 … 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 have been refused a space (due to it being full) and have been told our catchment school is now also full. they do 3 prayers a day and attend church next to school 1 a week on a fri morning for 1 hour so not that much really. 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. 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. I often wonder how they have time to actually teach the children! I see them growing up in a parish community, not just our house. 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. To think day drinking is acceptable in this situation? Would you send your child to a religious school even if you weren’t practising? 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. 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. 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. :) 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 :). Can anyone give advice on how non-catholic children today feel at catholic schools? We've just moved house and realise that there is a very good catholic school in the area. It's a great school and a large minority of the children are not catholic. She joins in with prayers and goes to mass as I didn't want to exclude her from that part of the education. while, at the same time, the High School is recruiting non-Catholic athletes. Just that- looking at schools for my dd1 for next year and have some decisions to make. 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. share. The five nearest schools to us are all catholic school. The reason that non-Catholic parents send their children to a Catholic school is that they believe that the Catholic school is better than the the public school choices that they have. I am also pleased to see that the students embody so much diversity and multiculturalism. I should mention DH is Catholic and I have no religion. Children are taught daily prayers but they wll also learn traditional and new prayers which they must be able to recite. 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. 7 of the top 10 grammar schools in a league table compiled by the Irish News are Catholic. Your child will have Religious Education lessions, but they so do all schools. It will just be based on the bible rather than learning about all different religions. 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. ), 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. 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. 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. 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." My son went to a Catholic high school. 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. Catholics school have to teach catholicism for 10% of the week - that a whole afternoon minimum. 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. 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. 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. 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!) I am a Catholic and was brought up going to Catholic Schools and Church. This is on top of class prayer times, hymn practice and assembly time. 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. Please note, as this is a peer-to-peer discussion board, Netmums has not checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. My husband is catholic and I am christian. 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. My 3 are in catholic and we are non s re their best mates. 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. They've all attended Catholic schools, and some have also tried the public system. By Sean Coughlan Education correspondent. I have always said she can make the decision herself. Does anyone know how intense the prayers are or if they would be 'little' prayers (like saying grace before eating lunch)? 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. By Ann Rodgers-Melnick, Post-Gazette Staff Writer . It is not so much the catholosim aspect it's the fact that the school has a good ethos and morals. Have no prejudice and will accept the terms if she goes to a Catholic school while she won't participate in Communion. For example their harvest festival collection was for the local food bank and this weekend there is a fun day fundraiser for Calais. 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. 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. 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. Sending a non Catholic child to a Catholic primary school, Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. A. 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. The non-denominational school also is good but I got a better feeling from the Catholic school. “I originally sent my daughter to Catholic school because of the quality of the institution and the students who go there. 35 comments. Share. Religion has a very strong presence currently and majority will regularly attend one of 3 linked churches in the area. She is in yr3 & won't be making her first holy communion, none of the teachers expect her too & everyone is happy with that. Thanks all for your responses. 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? A letter of interest can be the first step in enrolling children in a Catholic school. 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. Would you put your child into a Catholic primary school if you're not religious? I don't really know how much they pray tbh, I don't find it overtly religious. and wealthy parents to send their children to the High School and thus water. 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. We are not religious and I obviously want her to have the best education in the best school. The 1917 Code of Canon Law, # 1374, clearly stated that Catholic parents could not send their children to non-Catholic Schools. To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. 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! They are also at mass almost every week. Isn't the place coming down with Educate Together schools these days??
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