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Year 5 lead Mass

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Year 5’s altar display

On Tuesday 23rd October the children from Year 5 lead our whole school Mass in school with Father Louis.

The children read the readings, prayers and acted  perfectly to help us understand the Gospel and the message of always being ready for Jesus.

One Year 3 child commented, “I am going to try to be kind today and be ready just in case Jesus walks through the front door of our school.”

Welcome Father Louis

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Year 6’s lovely altar display

On Tuesday 16th October Father Louis our new school Chaplain and Parish Priest came into school to celebrate Mass for the first time.

Mass was lead by Year 6 who welcomed Father Louis both in the introduction and through the bidding prayers.

Year 6 did a wonderful job of making Father Louis first Mass very special and we look forward to working with Father Louis to make our school the very best it can be.

One child commented, “Father Louis showed how he followed his vocation even when it was difficult, I am going to try and be like him and follow my vocation too.”

Praying the Rosary during October

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Our display to honour Mary

During the month of October we are honouring Our Lady by praying the Rosary daily in our classrooms and coming together for special assemblies to pray the Rosary together as a whole school.

On Thursday 4th October we held the first of our whole school assemblies where we prayed the rosary together as a school.  We looked at the first of the Light Mysteries together, prayed the Apostle’s Creed (a traditional prayer from Year 5) and sang to honour Mary.

One child commented, “Every time we pray the Rosary we are giving Mary a spiritual rose.”

Year 3 lead our whole school Mass

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

The lovely display to celebrate the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

On Tuesday 2nd October it was the turn of the children from Year 3 to lead our whole school Mass in school.

Today’s Mass was very special as it was the last Mass that Father Emmanuel will celebrate in our school.  Father Emmanuel has been our very much loved School Chaplain and Parish Priest for the past 11 years.  Father is retiring to look after Father Bengt and although we are going to miss him, we understand his decision and we wish both him and Father Bengt a happy time as they move to Coventry.

Year 3 read beautifully, acted and brought up the offertory to help make Mass very special – well done children!

St Vincent De Paul

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Our display for the Memorial of St Vincent De Paul

On Thursday 27th September we held a special assembly to celebrate the Memorial of St Vincent De Paul.

The children listened carefully to information about the life of St Vincent De Paul and what a good person he was and how he followed in Jesus’ footsteps.

The children then discussed what they do to help others like St Vincent De Paul did – donating tins of food, the work of our very own Mini Vinnies and how we support CAFOD Fast Days.

Year 4 lead our Harvest Mass

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Year 4’s lovely display

On Tuesday 26th September it was the turn of the children from Year 4 to lead our whole school harvest Mass.

The children read, acted and wrote beautiful bidding prayers in celebration of harvest.  The children thanked God that we have enough food to eat and prayed for the people who don’t and are suffering.

On the lovely altar display the children created they also included some of the vegetables which have been harvested from our Bible Garden – carrots, potatoes and garlic.

Well done children for making Mass so beautiful.

Memorial of Our Lady of Walsingham

Monday, 24 September 2018

Our prayer display to honour Our Lady and remember Father John Bale

On Monday 24th September during our Gospel assembly we celebrated the Memorial of Our Lady of Walsingham.  The children listened at how she had a appeared to a noble Lady who lived in Walsingham and asked her to re-create the house in Nazareth where Our Lady was born and where the Angel Gabriel told her that she would give birth to baby Jesus.

The children also prayed the prayer for priests as the church has asked us to do this year, we especially remembered our previous Parish Priest, who sadly died, Father John Bale as today is the day set aside to remember him and Fathers Emmanuel, Bengt and Louis as they all prepare to move Parishes.

Following our prayers the children helped to explain Sunday’s Gospel by acting out the parts of Jesus and the Disciples.  The children were a great help in enabling us all to really understand that Jesus wants us to serve each other in his name and follow his example.

Year 5 lead Mass

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Year 5’s lovely altar display

On Tuesday 18th September it was the turn of Year 5 to lead our whole school Mass in school.

The children wrote some very thoughtful bidding prayers to share during Mass and read the readings, acted and brought up the Offertory just perfectly.

During the Mass the children reflected on the Gospel and explained how Jesus healing the man in the Gospel showed Jesus as being Compassionate and Loving – our valued for this half term.

One child commented, “Jesus felt compassion for the widow in the Gospel as he knew that one day his mother Mary would be in the same position of crying for her son.”

Year 5’s Fairtrade Assembly

Friday, 14 September 2018

Fairtrade Fred on his special mission!

On Friday 14th September Year 5 presented their assembly all about Fairtrade and why choosing Fairtrade products is a good thing to do.

The children explained why buying products which have the Fairtrade logo on them mean that the farmer who helped produce the product gets a fair price for the work they have done.

The children also explained that they thought that Jesus would have brought Fairtrade products if they had been available in his time.

The children linked the actions of buying Fairtrade products to showing compassion and love to our brothers and sisters around the world.

One child commented, “By buying Fairtrade we are being like Jesus and caring for other people as he would have done.”


Year 6 lead our whole school Mass

Friday, 14 September 2018

Year 6’s lovely altar display.

On Friday 14th September Year 6 lead our first whole school Mass of the year of this Feast Day of the Exultation of the Holy Cross.

The children prepared a lovely display and wrote some very thoughtful bidding prayers, which included praying for the staff and children who left our school in July.

The children did a wonderful job of leading all aspects of the Mass and helped to make it extra special.

One Year 4 child commented, “I feel close to Jesus during Mass as we receive him in Communion.”