CATHOLIC LIFE OF THE SCHOOL
Thursday 9th January 2020
New Year Mass
On Thursday 9 th January 2020, Father Jonathon joined STM to celebrate the new calendar year with a beautiful Mass. Thank you to the readers and altar servers who served well. A big thank you to all the children who learnt the responses and sung them well. I am a very delighted RE leader!!
Wednesday 18th December 2019
We were fortunate enough to welcome three members of the Gideon Christian Society to our Gospel Assembly where we focused on the precious gift of 'the word of God'. John, Christine and Allan were there to present a gift to everyone of our staff and pupils. They were gifted with a Bible of their own in order for us to celebrate the coming year of 'The God who speaks'.
One of our SANCTUS members in Year 6 led the assembly exceptionally well and made our guests feel very welcome. We are very thankful for their generosity.
Monday 9th December 2019
On Monday, we celebrated Mass of The Immaculate Conception. The children read beautifully and sang the hymns well. Thank you to Father Jonathon for celebrating the Mass with us. Remember to think of Mary on Christmas day.
This week we lit our Second Purple candle which is the candle of preparation. Listen to the Word of God.
Luke 3:4-6 New International Version (NIV)
4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.
5 Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.
6 And all people will see God’s salvation.’” [a]
Monday 2nd December 2019
Today we started our Advent journey. Mrs Doran-Hannon led an Advent service which was opened by the Liturgical Dancers lighting their lights to the song ‘This little light of Mine.’ The oldest and youngest child assisted Mrs Doran-Hannon in lighting the first purple candle on the school wreath. Each class then lit their first purple candle on their own class wreath and thought about what they were going to change this advent. What are you going to change or try harder to do?
Remember that each one of us is the light
“We are the light.”
Think about how you can be the light this Advent.
Friday 1 st November 2019
Today our school celebrated All Saints Day with a whole school Mass with Father Michael. All the children who conducted the readings read beautifully and the children sang the hymns well. During the Mass we reflected on how we can better ourselves like the Saints.
Now we are in the month of November we are raising money for the Poppy Appeal. SANCTUS (our pupil chaplaincy group) are selling poppies each day after lunch. Thank you for the kind donations that they have received already and thank you in advance for any further donations.
Monday 24th June
Over the past few months many of us have been preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion as the next step on our faith journey.
For many of us it was an exciting time as we knew it would be taking us even closer to Jesus as we stand with him at the altar when we receive the bread and precious blood. However some of us were nervous as we prepared—worrying about remembering our words and the added pressure of taking the collection plate around.
Afterwards, our nerves had left us and we were able to enjoy our new experience.
“After I had received my first Holy Communion I felt amazing because I knew Jesus was with me as I took the bread.”
“Afterwards I felt relieved because I was finally able to have Christ with me which was amazing.”
“Afterwards I felt closer to God. I was so proud!”
“I felt excited because I know the more steps I take the more I will be like Jesus.”
We then celebrated this important journey as a whole Year 3 assembly sharing our experience and new hopes with our friends and family who were invited to watch us.
Friday 21st June
On Friday 21st June 2019, Father Jonathon and Father Michael came to our school to celebrate the Feast Day Mass of Saint Thomas More. The children read and sang beautifully ending the day with our school song.
Monday 8th April
We welcomed Kevin from the Cafod team into our school. Kevin worked alongside the Year 6 children on Life Without Water. The children were talking about their use of water for the first section and then Kevin spoke about water in different countries.
The game/activity was colouring in buckets to represent the buckets they had to go and fill from the 'river'. There were 'chance' cards that either gave them something good (like two extra buckets) or something bad (like one of their family was ill so one of them had to stop working for 2 mins).
Tuesday 2nd April
Mrs McClumpha invited the parents to come and share a Lectio Divina session.
During the session we focused on the Gospel of John 5:1-16 where we were able to reflect on ourselves, the actions we would take towards the sick, poor and needy and how this affects our society today.
Please look out for future dates of sessions with parents in the Newsletter.
During the school day, classes and children visit the Oratory for times of prayer, meditation and reflection.
Thursday 28th March 2018
Father Michael joined the KS1 children in their Mass on the theme of Lent.
He read a lovely story about the Selfish Giant which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
KS1 Mass with Father Michael
Year 2 had a visit from Father Michael who taught the children about the Mass and the meaning of the Eucharist. The children enjoyed learning from Father Michael and were able to ask in-depth questions.
On Friday 29th March 2019, we celebrated Water Day by wearing something blue with our uniform and donated a huge amount of money to Cafod.