I have worked at Holy Cross for 4 years. I have been based in Year 1 and EYFS during that time. It is an honour to be our children’s introduction to education and lead some of their first experiences of the Catholic faith.
I grew up in the Parish of Christ the King, Alfreton. I have good links with the community and the Church is very close to my heart. It is where I had my First Holy Communion and Confirmation. I also married my husband in the church and my daughter was baptised there.
I went to Matthew Holland Comprehensive School and then studied for a BA Hons in English Literature and Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University. Going to an educational setting that was not grounded in faith has meant that it has been up to me to remain close to my Catholic upbringing, regularly attending church and being part of the parish community.
What are the proudest moments of our school?
I have been amazed by the maturity of the students at Holy Cross and the way they have been able to plan and deliver Collective Worships and Masses. I have been proud to witness the awe and wonder they create and their responses to scripture are outstanding.
What is my favourite Bible story?
But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
In EYFS the words have been simplified in the Come and See materials to support the children’s understanding.
God says you are precious to me, I love you, I know you, I know your name. You are my child
Isaiah 43 1:2
This scripture speaks to me because we can all go down the wrong path and make mistakes but God’s unconditional love draws us back to the Church and restores our faith. Our children need to feel precious and loved so that they can learn and grow in a safe environment, learning from their mistakes and remaining close to the Lord.
What is my favourite time of the school year?
Advent is my favourite time of the school year. Children explore the waiting and the anticipation of the coming of Jesus. The children in EYFS and Year 2 enjoy performing their class Nativity and Year 1 plan and prepare a Christingle service. It is a great time to make links with the parish and KS2 lead a spectacular carol service at Holy Cross church. I feel so lucky to work in a Catholic school where every day leading up to Christmas brings me closer to Jesus.
If you wish to talk to me about any aspect of Religious Education at Holy Cross, please do not hesitate to get in touch.