Catholic life

The Catholic Life of our school, inspired by our School Mission statement, ‘In every child there is a space that only God can fill’ is one of the most important aspects of our school.  Please click on the links below to find out more about just some of the various activities and groups who are actively involved in shaping the mission of our school and in doing so are ‘doing God’s work here on Earth.’

For information about our RE and RSHE Curriculum, please visit the ‘Curriculum’ page of our website.

Please click on the link below to view our Catholic Life and Mission Policy:

Catholic Life And Mission Policy

Our School Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, friend of all children,

Bless our school here in Newark,

Bless the pupils and the staff who work here,

Help us all to do our best,

Help us to be kind to one another and to be cheerful every day.


Our Trust Prayer:

God Our Father, Give us strength so that guided by Our Lady’s example we can have the courage to say yes to you.  Help us to love like she loves, have faith like she has and follow Jesus example in all that we do.

Inspire in all of us a sense of togetherness so that we can use the gifts that you you have given us for the good of all in our community and bring support and healing to those less fortunate than ourselves.

We ask Our Lady to guide us, just as she guided St Bernadette, as we seek to bring Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness to others.

We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, Our Lord.  Amen

Each week at Holy Trinity we have a special ‘Word of the Week’. This word is the focus of our prayer and worship throughout the school during the entire week. We share the word throughout the entire school and wider community using imaginative and creative videos made by the children. This allows everyone to be able to reflect upon the word and what it means to them in their own spiritual life.

Below are some examples of previous ‘Word of the Week’ videos.

Current films are published on Twitter every Sunday morning. You do not need a Twitter account to see them.  Simply click on the Twitter icon on the bottom right hand corner of the this website’s Home Page and scroll through the posts to find the most recent film.


This week’s Word of the Week is Knowledge. Our video has been created by the children from Y5/6M and…our Respect Ranger!


This week’s Word of the Week is Awesome! It has been made by our Year 5 & Year 6 children with the help of the wonderful staff at @NDCYSlive


This week’s Word of the Week is Remembrance. We take the time to remember all those who have died in wars and conflict to save others.


This week’s Word of the Week is ‘Saint Clare’ – one of our Holy Trinity House Saints. We take a look into the life of Saint Clare and how important her life was and why she is such an inspiration to our house and school.


Welcome back to a new academic year and to Season 2 of our Word of the Week videos! This week’s Word of Week is ‘Family’ – we are thankful for the wonderful contributions to our first video from some of the families that make up our incredible school community.

We actively support many different charities throughout the school year.

Each House selects a different charity each year to support, as led by the House Captains who lead various fundraising activities throughout the year.

We are currently supporting charities local to Newark:

  • The Newark Emmaus Trust
  • Newark Beaumond House
  • Newark YMCA
  • Newark Children’s Bereavement Centre

We have also recently supported National Charities:

  • Children in Need
  • Royal British Legion
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • RNLI

Every year we also support these international charities:

  • Cafod
  • World Wildlife Fund

In October 2021, Pope Francis launched a ‘Church-wide listening process, officially known as ‘Synod 2021-23’.  ‘Synod’ means ‘journeying together’ and each of us are invited to listen to one another, and to discern and dream about the Church that the Holy Spirit is calling us to become in the third millennium.  Our school responses will be gathered and shared with the Diocese.

We spent some time reflecting on our dreams for the church and what the Holy Spirit is calling us to do at our Whole School Youth Fun Day Retreat.

Our Chaplaincy Team and Mrs Webster summarised our response and presented them to Fr Michael to take to the Deanery Meeting in January 2022.

Synod Responses Dec 21

Since then we have continued our Synod responses by opening a School Chapel for personal prayer opportunities and inviting parents to join us during our regular, termly Whole School Retreat Days.

Bishop Patrick shared his vision for our diocese and has encouraged all of us in Catholic schools and parishes to consider three themes:

  • Encounter
  • Discipleship
  • Missionary Discipleship
  • Jubilee 2025

From 1st Sunday in Advent 2023 we are preparing for the Jubilee 2025.  So our focus will change in preparation for this as follows:

Year of Preparation & Prayer – Encounter – First Sunday of Advent (3rd December 2023) – Christmas Eve morning (24th December 2024);
• Year of Jubilee 2025 – Discipleship – Christmas Eve evening (24th December 2024) – Epiphany (6th January 2026);
• Year of Thanksgiving – Missionary Discipleship – Post-Epiphany (7th January 2026) – end of ordinary time (28th November 2026).

Year of Prayer

During this Year of Prayer, we are encouraged to explore, extend and excite our own prayer lives by focusing on prayer in new or varied ways; and to consider more deeply a prayer with which we are really familiar, The Lord’s Prayer, by hearing and praying this through all the languages available to us.

So at Holy Trinity, we have created a very special Our Father film spoken in some of the languages represented at our school; created a Prayer Newsletter and the children have annotated and decorated their own artwork in response to the Our Father, which can be seen at the Main Entrance; and the Chaplaincy Team have created some beautiful
Prayer Stations too.

Click here to view the special Our Father film that our
school community have created:


ENCOUNTER: Bishop Patrick would like to ensure that people of all ages in our parishes, schools and chaplaincies are helped to discover, or discover more deeply, the importance of a personal ENCOUNTER with Christ; so that they can become convinced that they are each loved by God and are invited to grow in their relationship with him. In particular Bishop Patrick would like to see the development of times of Eucharistic Adoration in our parishes, schools and chaplaincies.

During the Advent Term, and for the Year of Prayer in preparation for the Jubilee Year 2025, our liturgical prayer and Word of the Week themes centre around the theme of ‘Encounter’. We encourage all of the children to consider ways in which they encounter Jesus in their lives, so that they all know that God loves them and that they can all have a relationship with Him in their lives.

We ‘encounter’ Jesus in the bits and pieces of our daily lives…

Encounter display



DISCIPLESHIP: In line with the Year of Jubilee, from 24th December 2024, we will focus on Discipleship. With the personal encounter with Christ, Bishop Patrick encourages each of us to hear and respond to his invitation to be his DISCIPLES, to follow him more closely, and to seek to serve him generously in our daily lives.

We will focus on the theme of ‘discipleship’ and help the children to understand what it means to be a disciple of Jesus…

Acts of Discipleship

Missionary Discipleship

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP:  As part of the Year of Thanksgiving, from January 7th 2026, we will focus on having a greater recognition of, and openness to, the help, guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, in the knowledge that we can all become MISSIONARY DISCIPLES; faith-filled, joyful and outward-looking Christians who are growing in confidence to speak humbly of the difference that knowing Christ makes to our lives, and who bear witness to His love in our service of our brothers and sisters, especially those most in need. The service to which Christ calls us is always the action of the Holy Spirit working in us.

We will focus on the theme of ‘Missionary Discipleship’ and help the children understand how they can actively ‘do God’s work here on Earth’…


Missionary discipleship displayCAFOD Live simply awardMissionary discipleship display

‘The Holy Trinity Way’ is underpinned by our School Virtues, which, as chosen by children are:

Respect; Reconciliation; Resilience

Care; Compassion; Courage

These form the foundations of school life and drive our decision making, how we interact with one another and our school policies.

Please click on the link below to find out more about ‘The Holy Trinity’ Way and ‘Our Why’…

The Holy Trinity Way FINAL

Our ‘Why’

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Whole School Retreat Days are a very important and valued part of our school life.  Held every half term, they have a specific theme, generally linking with Catholic Social Teaching principles, our School Virtues, the School Mission Statement or an Eco Curriculum theme, linked with Pope Francis’ letter ‘Laudato Si’.

Each Retreat Day involves a Liturgical Prayer, generally led and prepared by Chaplaincy Team members, time for reflection and activities linked to the theme within classes, Prayer Stations for the children to visit, led and prepared by the Chaplaincy Team and an afternoon ‘Big Sing’ in church where each phase presents their reflections to the rest of the school, with much singing in between!

In line with our Synod action points, we invite parents to attend the Big Sing and members of our wider school community including Governors and Parishioners.  It is the highlight of the half term!

Please see images below which give a flavour of the kind of activities that are on offer…

At Holy Trinity, we value opportunities for Pupil Leadership and have several ‘Catholic Life Ambassador’ Groups who lead various activities and support other children in a variety of ways.  Each group’s mission is driven by a Catholic Social Teaching principle, and groups meet regularly with lead staff to promote these principles and make sure that our school is a happy, safe and respectful place to be.

  • School Council – Subsidiarity
  • Chaplaincy Team – Common Good and Distributive Justice (Fair Trade)
  • House Captains – Option for the Poor
  • Eco Team – Stewardship
  • Respect Rangers – Human Dignity
  • Take 5 Ambassadors – Human Dignity
  • Play Leaders – Promoting Peace
  • Peer Mentors – Promoting Peace
  • Agents for Change – Solidarity
  • International Ambassadors – Participation


I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.