New Beginnings Mass
The chaplaincy team led a whole school mass to mark the beginning of the new term and calendar. The theme was the Baptism of the Lord, renewal and hope. The team did a great job and the children's singing, under the direction of Mrs Kee, was truly wonderful.
Christmas and Advent
The Foundation Stage and KS1 nativity plays were a joy to watch and the children thoroughly enjoyed being part of the productions telling the Christmas story in a fun but special way.
The KS2 Advent Service at the parish church was a truly fitting service to mark this special time in the churches year. the children expressed themselves through song, dance, prayer and readings. As always it was attended by nearly all families and an appropriate way to begin the Christmas festivities.
The Remembrance Day service was a fitting way to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. Each class wrote a prayer and each KS2 class shared a poem. The music and singing were beautiful, the procession of poppies to the prayer garden demonstrated the children's care and respectfulness during the service. Parents and grandparents attended the service commenting that it was 'moving', 'respectful' and 'one of the best Remembrance Day service I have been to.'
As part of our focus on the Blessed Sacrament and Adoremus Father Terry visited the school to talk to the children about the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration. He brought the Monstrance into school and and spoke about the history of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The children were enthralled, Father Terry really brought to life the tradition of Adoration and made it relevant to the children.
Our Harvest celebration was very well attended, we had to bring in extra chairs as it was standing room only at the back. Father Terry led a prayerful service filled with bright colours, drama, reflection and song. The chaplaincy team were inspired by the CAFOD website to take action and 'Brighten up for Harvest'. They decided to support our local charity, the Hertford Foodbank.
Why are we 'Brightening up Harvest'?
'We have lots of things and some people don't. We want to share it out so it is fair.' Year 1
'Our mission statement starts 'Together we grow'. We are helping each other grow by working together' Year 6
'Jesus told us to love each other so we did what he asked.' Year 4
'Jesus looked after people who are weaker, so we are too.' Year 5
'When we had our assembly about St Vincent our mission was not just to notice, but to do something. Now we are doing something.' Year 3
As part of our Adoremus celebrations the whole school have been reflecting on Eucharistic art. Year 1 children responded to 'Cast Your Nets on the Right Side' by Greg Olsen by discussing how Jesus shared a meal with his disciples. They then chose to use our forest school environment to build boats like the fishermen's boats in the painting.
Share the Journey
At school we are supporting CAFOD's 'Share the Journey' campaign. Inspired by Pope Francis' special concern for people on the move CAFOD have asked communities to walk in empathy of those displaced people. The aim is to collectively walk 29,000 miles, the distance around earth. On Monday 21st May the whole school, including staff, walked a mile around the school field to contribute to this total, 243 miles. The children walked with their buddies and talked about journeys they have made and family members that have moved from and to other countries. We will be adding our total to the international total.
St Joseph's Day
The whole school had a wonderful day celebrating St Josephs's Day. The children began by completing their sponsored run in organised by the house captains in aid of GOSH. Then the day was spent making crafts from wood, just like St Joseph the carpenter. We ended our celebration with Father Terry celebrating mass dedicated to our Patron Saint.
This half term we have entered the season of Lent. The children have been considering how they can 'Pray, Stop, Go' during this time and discussing this in class and during assembly time.
The school will be holding 'Stations of the cross' this week and reconciliation service before Easter.