3rd November - St Hubert’s feast day
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We are extremely fortunate to have the church of St Hubert’s, just a short away along the same road as the school and we all feel very much a part of the parish life. The church was constructed to the design of Edward Pugin, from, it is believed, the winnings of the racehorse Kettledrum owned by Colonel Charles Towneley of Towneley Hall, Burnley in the 1861 Epsom Derby The Towneley stud was at nearby Root Farm.
The church was opened on 2 May 1865 by Bishop Richard Roskell of Nottingham. The medieval font was originally from the ancient church at Burholme near Whitewell. The east and west windows are by J. B. Capronnier of Brussels and date from 1865.
The middle west window depicts St. Hubert who is the patron saint of hunters, as a huntsman accompanied by a stag. The Forest of Bowland was once a royal hunting forest. According to legend St. Hubert’s conversion to the Catholic faith took place on a Good Friday when, while hunting a stag, he saw a vision of a cross between its antlers and heard a voice telling him to seek instruction in the Christian faith. In 705, he became Bishop of Maastricht, later of Liege.
The school was built by the same family a year later.
Thorneyholme is one of three Catholic primary schools who are within the Parish of Our Lady of the Valley. The other two primary schools are St Mary’s RC Primary School, Sabden and St Michael & St John’s RC Primary School, Clitheroe. Our parish priest is Canon Paul Brindle.
As of September 2023 we have formed a Collaboration with St Mary's. This means we share the same ethos, love of learning and Headteacher. We also have staff who work across both schools and we create lots of opportunities for the children of both these small but mighty schools to come together regularly.
Religious Education in School
‘The children are nurtured into caring for their locality and the wider world in an exemplary manner. The beautiful local environment is used to superb effect to enhance spirituality, yet the community is far from insular as it reaches out to work closely with other schools on a variety of projects.’
Salford Diocese Inspection 48 Report, June 2017
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Our key school values are:
Together we love, dream and believe under the umbrella of God.
Our vision is for our school family to feel happy, be safe and live by the values of Christ. We will become well-rounded citizens of the world by showing curiosity and taking responsibility for all that is around us, both at home and away. We aim to develop our dreams and beliefs by aiming high in all that we do, using our gifts and talents to let our light shine.
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