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Archive for September, 2018

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.

Thank-you for your generosity

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Our display of all of the tins donated

On Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th September the families of our school donated lots and lots of tins of food which we will send to the Good Shepherd Appeal in Wolverhampton who work with and help the homeless.

We are so grateful for the generosity that our families have shown in thinking about and helping others in our community who are in need.

We created a lovely display of all the tins for our Harvest Mass in school and the Good Shepherd Appeal helpers will be collecting the tins this week and putting them to very good use.

Thank-you everyone!

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 4 share The Parable of the Sower

Friday, 21 September 2018

Year 4 acting out the Parable of the Sower.

On Friday 21st September the children from Year 4 lead an assembly all about the Parable of the Sower.

The children explained how the sower was like Jesus and we should be ready to listen to him and act in a loving and compassionate way towards each other – follow Jesus’ example.

The children did a wonderful job or reading and acting and helped us all to understand the parable even more.

Well done Year 4!

Creation Guardians

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Our new Creation Guardian badges

On Thursday 20th September the Creation Guardians received their special badges in recognition of their new roles.

The Creation Guardians are responsible for helping us all to protect and conserve God’s wonderful world!

Some of their responsibilities include looking after the recycling in their classrooms and ensuring we don’t waste electricity.

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.”