A huge thank you to the children and parents in Year 1 who supported our Caritas Gardening Competition so enthusiastically! The children were asked to plant up an old shoe or boot with flowers or shrubs to brighten up the Year 1 garden, and show us that they had used their caring hands in Caritas Week to engage with God’s wonderful world. As you can see, the entries were very creative and colourful and it was difficult to choose a winner. Congratulations to 1 Esau, 1 Isaac and 1 Rebekah who were all winners and amazing gardeners! Thank you for your help and enthusiasm, and do come along to the Year 1 garden to look at the many entries.
During the month of May, all classes took home Mary bags to honour Mary, ask her to pray with us and for us. We ask Mary to intercede for us to God. When we recite the Hail Mary, we are honouring Mary and her most important role as Mother of Jesus. All classes produced such wonderful, thoughtful work. Thank you to all the families that supported this at home. Please have a look at some of the work that was produced across the school.
Thank you all and God bless you.
Blessing of our new prayer gardens May 2017
Fr John very kindly came into school this week to bless our new prayer gardens after he had given the sacrament of reconciliation to Year 4 children.
We have been very fortunate to have had the garden in Early Years designed, donated and maintained by the Kanarski family. The garden looks wonderful and the children really appreciate its beauty. They showed this in their thoughtful responses to the readings and in the way they sang as the school chaplains worked with Fr John to make this blessing really special.
Fr John also blessed the prayer garden in nursery where the statue has been donated by Mrs Durkin for the children to enjoy. This garden and the larger garden at the back of the school have been created by Mr Kaczmarek. Mrs Forster donated a lovely bench where children can sit and pray. Fr John blessed both of these gardens also.
What would I have done? (Written during Be Spirited Week)
The Chances of winning, probably none
To face an entire army
Yet get killed in the end
I saw sorrow in His eyes
At his demise
Yet I wouldn’t never see
The beckoning light again
What would I have thought?
The fear and the pain he’d gain
Yet if I tried to stop them
It would be my demise
Pessimistic in this life
Yet more too would be risked
The fear and the pain I think
The fear and the pain he’d fare
How would I act?
A fair question indeed
Yet I’d be brave and try to stop them
Fear always dominates my mind
So I wouldn’t act any different
For my life would be denied
What would I have done?
Although I have to fight
My changes are slight
And I’d cower in fear
Not to act evermore
Be Spirited Week
During Be Spirited Week we used art to explore the meaning of scripture. We looked at Ivan Kramskoi's painting, "Christ in the Desert", 1872. We explored the meaning of the painting and focused on what the artist was trying to convey. We reflected on what it means to us to be tempted. We then painted our own image of what it means for us to be tempted.
Year 2 also took part in guided meditation using music.
On Wednesday 7th December the RE pupil chaplains were invited to Catholic children's society Nativity service at Westminster Cathedral. We had a fantastic time listening to the wonderful hymns and were reminded again about the true meaning of Christmas.
The children behaved beautifully and many members of the public commented that they were a credit to our school.
Merry Christmas and God bless you all.
Thank you children and I look forward to going on future trips with you.
Mass for the new school year.
Year 6 Boaz celebrated the opening of the new school year Mass on Thursday at St Raphael's Church. Mass was celebrated by Fr John and the year 6 pupils helped Fr John to load sacks of clothes and toys gathered by Parishioners into a van heading for refugee sites in Calais.