St. Ann's Catholic Primary School – Stocksbridge, Deepcar & Penistone

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic social teaching (SCT) is rooted in Scripture and formed by the wisdom of Church leaders. It is our moral compass, guiding us on how to live out our faith in the world. Every person has a fundamental right to life and we all have duties and responsibilities to help each other.

* Dignity * Solidarity * The Common Good * The Option for the Poor * * Peace * Care for Creation * The Dignity of Work and Participation *

This week year 5/6 having being thinking about their responsibility to look after God’s beautiful world. In their liturgical prayer they discussed how they could be good stewards and they organised a litter pick in the school yard. Well done Year 5/6!

The Good Shepherd Appeal / Caritas

Caritas offers support to the many different social action projects around the Diocese, the Good Shepherd Appeal primarily fundraises for the provision of Counselling Services in Schools. To raise funds and awareness of Caritas St Ann’s took part in a Sheep and Shepherd dress up day. We raised £88!

8th March: International Women’s Day. Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. 

At St Ann’s we aim to develop pupils awareness and empower them to help others in need. Throughout the year children will have the opportunity to fundraise and raise awareness of social and environmental issues.

Today we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and those that have been displaced due to the war, as we join others across the UK in a 2 minute silence.


Fratelli Tutti: Pope Francis has written a letter to everyone, asking us to reach out to our sisters and brothers in need, whoever they are, wherever they may come from. We are all challenged to think of ourselves as a single global family living in a common home, and neighbours to all.

Fraternal love means caring for every man and woman, young and old, with the same care as the Good Samaritan, who refused to walk by and ignore the injured man as other people had done.

Year 5/6 visited Belmont House Nursing Home to share Christmas joy, promoting the Common Good and Human Dignity. Year 5/6 sang traditional Christmas carols and present the nursing home with a Christmas card and some delicious chocolates.

Thank you to everyone who donated food for the Nuns at Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Kirk Edge). Year 5/6 enjoyed meeting the nuns at Kirk Edge when they delivered our donation during Advent.

This week in Picture News we have been learning about Dog Rescue centres.

Year 3 / 4 decided to take action and raise money for the local rescue centre by holding a cake sale and promoting the CST of Creation and Environment and The dignity of work and participation.

November 2022: This year we are taking part in the Sheffield Shoebox Appeal to provide a Christmas present to those less fortunate than ourselves. You can create your own shoebox present or make a donation and we will combine the items to make a shoebox gift.

Well done everyone! Together we collected 20 boxes for the Sheffield Christmas shoebox appeal. Promoting Dignity and Solidarity for our brothers and sisters in our community.

November 2022: We have been helping the Stocksbridge scout group to collect items for the local food bank.

Thank you to everyone who had made a donation to the food drive.

Pope Francis has written a letter addressed to every person on the planet, asking us all to protect the earth. Will you play your part to protect our common home?

  • pollution
  • climate change
  • water
  • loss of biodiversity
  • decline in the quality of human life.

In his letter Pope Francis implores us to work together to create a better world for future generations and asks us to make the necessary changes in our lives in order to take care of, respect and value our ‘common home’.

In this week’s Picture News we have been thinking about plastic and its impact on our beautiful world. Each class has looked at the amount of plastic we use everyday and thought hard about how we can reduce, reuse and recycle.

Have you noticed our new pen recycling boxes?

Year 1 & 2 noticed we use a lot of plastic pens in school and thought that might be a problem for our beautiful world! After some research they discovered that you can recycle plastic pens in Stocksbridge.

Remember when your pen is no longer working don’t put it in the rubbish bin use the pen recycle box.

Pre-loved uniform : Creation and Environment

In order to tackle the rapidly growing global environmental challenges for a sustainable future, we aim to normalise the reusing of pre-loved uniform to reduce our carbon footprint whilst helping our families with the cost. Using Pre-loved Uniform is a great opportunity for St Ann’s to embed environmental awareness within our school community, strengthen our green credentials and extend the lifespan of our uniforms whilst supporting a recycling culture. Pre-loved Uniform Sale : Please stop behind after the Proud to be Me assembly to grab some bargain uniform items ready for next year. Items are very reasonably priced at £1 for logo items and 50p for everything else.

Local Wildlife: Creation and Environment Genesis 1: God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

We have been thinking about how we can be good stewards of Gods beautiful world. It is getting very hot at the moment and we have been worried about the impact the high temperatures may have on the wildlife around St Ann’s. Year 2 decided to create bio-degradable bird feeders to ensure birds will have something tasty to eat during the hot days.

Operation Christmas Child : Stand with Ukraine. Solidarity, Peace and Option for the Poor

We have been saddened by the news of the war in Ukraine. We have gathered together in prayer and thought about how we can help our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and from around the world.

We are busy collecting and packing items for Operation Christmas Child, Stand with Ukraine! We have been thinking about how fortunate we are at St Ann’s and how we can help others and spread God’s joy and love around the world and to those less fortunate. The charity has secured plans to take many boxes to Ukraine before Christmas to support children who are going through so much at this time. Please support Operation Christmas Child by donating any items from the attached shopping list or by making cash donations of £5 to support the delivery of the shoe boxes. The closing date for donations is Friday 10th June, thank you. More info and ideas can be found at: