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Archive for September, 2018

Mini Vinnies Meeting

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Our Mini Vinnies!

On Tuesday 18th September the Mini Vinnies held their first meeting of the new school year.

The children discussed some ideas of what they could do during the year to help, support and bring happiness to people in the community.

The children have now got time to think of even more ideas which they will bring to the next meeting on St Vincent De Paul Day.

Well done children!

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.”

Looking after God’s beautiful world

Monday, 17 September 2018

Our lovely new recycling bins!

On Monday 17th September following the Gospel assembly the children watched a short video which promoted National Recycling Week which is this week.  The video showed lots of people taking in part in things to help conserve the world.

At St Joseph’s we believe that we should do all we can to help look after God’s creation and are making a big effort to recycle more of our paper and cardboard.  Each of the classrooms now has a general waste and a green recycling bin which helps to remind us that even in the bible we are told how important it is not to pollute the beautiful world that God gave us.

Each class is also developing the role of Creation Guardians – children who turn off lights, check the recycling and take on other jobs in the school to help us protect the wonderful world given to us by God.

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.”

 

Mission Team Meeting

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Our Mission Team in their meeting!

On Thursday 13th September we held our first Mission Team meeting of the new school year.

We began our meeting with a prayer, asking Jesus to be with us and to guide us during the meeting.  The children then worked together to think about both the Catholic Life and Collective Worship in our school – what we think is good and what we could do to make it even better.

The children had lots of ideas and are going to return to their classes to share these with their friends.

Well done children – some excellent ideas!

Year 1 celebrate St Rose of Lima

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Year 1 learning all about St Rose of Lima!

On Thursday 13th September the children from Year 1 wore their own clothes to school in celebration of their class saint’s day – St Rose of Lima.

St Rose of Lima’s feast day is celebrated on 23rd August, but as we were all on holiday the children celebrated the feast day today.

The children learned lots about their class saint and why she was so special, the children linked the life of St Rose of Lima to being compassionate and loving which are our virtues this half term.

Have a lovely Feast Day Year 1!

International School Award

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Our new award!

In July 2018 the British Council based in London awarded St Joseph’s with the International School Award!

Miss Wisniewski, who leads our international link work, carefully prepared our application which showed all of the international work we do both in the classroom and as a whole school – including all of the wonderful work the children complete with our partner school SP118 in Poland!

We are so pleased to gain this award and are proud to continue all of our international work this year too!

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The children gathered together watching the Archbishop

On Tuesday 11th September at 2pm we joined Catholic Primary Schools from all over the Diocese in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with the Archbishop.

The Archbishop was streamed live from his private chapel at Archbishop’s House where the Blessed Sacrament was placed into a monstrance for us all to look at and pray in front of.

The children had also learned the songs which Dan Callow played during the gathering and were able to join in with the singing.

It was a lovely gathering and the children enjoyed seeing Jesus and offering up their prayers to him.

One child commented, “I like seeing the Archbishop and it made it more special because we saw him in his private chapel.”

Bible Garden Harvest

Monday, 10 September 2018

Two Year 6 children with one of the huge marrows!

On Monday 10th September we harvested our first produce from our bible garden – a huge marrow measuring over 50cm in length!

Our current Year 6 planted the marrow seeds last year and have been overwhelmed with the size of their harvest!

The children are planning how to cook the marrow with Trudy our catering manager so they can enjoy their harvest!