Our School's Catholic Identity
The Charism of Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School
“This is my body given for you; do this in memory of me.”
The charism - the identity - of Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, our special gift, comes from the Eucharist. Our school is called Corpus Christi, which means The Body of Christ in Latin, which celebrates the moment in every Mass when a priest repeats Jesus’s words: “This is my Body” and the bread is no longer bread but Jesus. When Jesus said: “This is my Body”, he meant: 'This is me. I am present in this bread'. The Mass is where Jesus Christ is made sacramentally present in the consecrated host by his resurrection and the action of the Holy Spirit.
The Mass, sometimes called Eucharist, makes Jesus present but not the presence of a long-ago-person but the Risen Christ; Christ’s real, alive, caring and dynamic presence. For us, our name Corpus Christi is a call and a commitment for the whole school, students, staff, parents and Governors.
So the Eucharist provides the theological basis of who we are and what we do at Corpus Christi: to be like Jesus, bread that is broken and wine poured out for others. The school aims to be ‘Eucharistically Christ Centred’ and to live Jesus’ command ‘Do this in memory of Me’ by being Jesus Christ through love, service and actions to make our world a better place.
We embrace our charism in the Catholic identity of the curriculum which is illustrated below: