The new academic year started with the celebration of Mass. The readings were read by members of staff and we prayed that God would guide us through the new academic year and to help us grow in the love and knowledge of Christ.
The annual Year 4, 5 and 6 Mass was held on the 10th October. The Mass was prepared and led by children in those years and parents were invited to attend.
During the month of October, which is dedicated to the Rosary, children from across all year groups met together once a week and prayed a decade of the rosary for the school's intention. Children brought their own rosaries into school and spent time praying together seeking the guidance and prayers of Mary.
Year 6 prepared and led the All Saints’ Mass. Reception children joined the rest of the school for the first time . We reflected on our calling to become saints and how we can always seek the intercession of the Saints who have now gone before us and who are now in Heaven. The children in Year 6 read confidently and reverently and the altar servers excelled. The singing was beautifully led by the Nota Bene Choir.
At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, we remembered the servicemen and women who have died during and since WWI to protect us and our country. Children in Key Stage 2 participated in a liturgy in the Main Hall, led by Mrs Yarnell, during which the Last Post was played and everyone observed a minute’s silence. Children in Key Stage 1 and Early Years conducted their own Remembrance services to honour the fallen.
Advent Mass 2017
We celebrated the beginning of Advent with a Mass on the 29th November. We watched as the first candle on the advent wreath was lit at the start of Mass. The priest taught us about the meaning of the different candles on the wreath. The Nota Bene choir led the school in singing classic carols such as 'O come, O come, Emmanuel' and 'Joy to the World!' Year 4 children read confidently.
Advent Prayer Packs
During Advent prayer packs were sent home with every child. The children spent time at home praying together with their families. The packs were brought back into school each day and the prayers they had written at home were shared with their class.
Advent Art and Prayer
During the season of Advent, staff and children gathering in the library for Advent reflections and creative activities.
These activities included making Advent calendars, biscuits and tree decorations. Each session included a time for prayer and scripture and also lots of fun!
Infant Mass 2018
It was a pleasure for the youngest children in our school to gather together to celebrate Mass. Father Bernard from St Theodore's parish helped the children to understand the importance of Mary and all mothers in this wonderful service of thanksgiving.The children thanked God for their own mums and all the work they do. They sung songs in honour of Our Lady and finished with the hymn 'Jesus Love is Very Wonderful'.
Year 3 enjoyed preparing and taking part in their First Holy Communion Mass on Tuesday 19th June. Parents were invited to join their children for Mass, which was celebrated by Fr. Ulick from St James's Parish. It was a joyful celebration and the children looked very smart in their special outfits .It was an excellent opportunity for the children to all celebrate together and to receive the Eucharist for the first time in a school mass. It was a very special celebration that the children, parents and staff collectively enjoyed.