Tuesday 29th November 2016
We marked the start of Advent with Mass in the Main Hall. Fr Stachyra, parish priest at St Francis de Sales, came to celebrate the Mass, where the first purple candle of the Advent wreath was lit. Mass was offered in thanksgiving for the service of Mrs Steed and Mr Estorninho, who are leaving St James’s school at Christmas to take up other positions, and for the pupils and families, past and present, of our school.Fr Stachyra was very impressed by what the children knew about Advent and by the Chamber Choir, who led the singing, accompanied for the first time on the new piano.
Friday 11th November 2016
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.
Tuesday 1st November 2016
Year 6 prepared and led the All Saints’ Mass, which was celebrated by Fr Stachyra SChr, parish priest at St Francis de Sales. This was Fr Stachyra’s first visit to St James’s and he was particularly impressed with the children’s knowledge of the saints. The children in Year 6 read confidently and reverently and the altar servers excelled. The singing was beautifully led by the Chamber Choir.
Tuesday 11th October 2016
The annual Year 4, 5 and 6 Mass was prepared and led by children in those years and parents were invited to attend. Fr Ulick Loring, parish priest at St James’s Church in Twickenham, came to the school to celebrate Mass, which was offered for the children in Years 4, 5 and 6 and their families.
Tuesday 6th September 2016
We welcomed the new academic year and the new staff, including Mrs Yarnell, with a whole school Mass, which was celebrated by Fr Ulick Loring, parish priest at St James’s parish in Twickenham. It was a joyous celebration, during which Fr Ulick shared some artefacts with the children, which they found fascinating.
Tuesday 19th July 2016
Fr Gerry McFlynn, who works for Irish Prisoners Overseas, visited St James’s to celebrate the Year 6 Leavers’ Mass with us. For some families each year, this Mass marks the end of a long association with the school and it is always a beautiful celebration in which thank God for the children’s time at St James’s and send them off to ‘put out into the deep’. At the end of Mass, they were presented with their Leavers’ Bibles and a Rosary, blessed by His Holiness Pope Francis, which Miss Flanagan (Assistant Head) got for the children on a recent visit to Rome.
Friday 8th July 2016
We celebrated Mass, with the help of Fr Philip Baptiste (former parish priest at St Francis de Sales). The Mass was offered for Mrs Webber, the outgoing Headteacher of our school, who has worked at St James’s for a total of sixteen years. Many visitors, including former members of staff and old parents, as well as governors and members of Mrs Webber’s family joined us for this celebration. We also thanked God for the service and dedication of other members of staff who are leaving at the end of the academic year.
Monday 20th June 2016
Once all of the Year 3 children had made their First Communion in their parishes, we celebrated a Holy Communion mass in school. This is an opportunity for the children to all celebrate together in their special outfits and receive the Eucharist for the first time in a school mass. It is a very special celebration that the children, parents and staff collectively enjoyed.
Tuesday 14th June 2016
It was a pleasure for the youngest children in our school to gather together to celebrate Mass. Father Krzysztof helped the children to understand the importance of Mary and all mothers in this wonderful service of thanksgiving.
Thursday 21st April 2016 – The Cardinal’s Visit
Cardinal Vincent Nicholls, Archbishop of Westminster, visited the school to bless the Stations of the Cross and the Camino Sagrado. It was an auspicious occasion attended by many local dignitaries and the press, as well as governors, priests, former teachers and some current staff and pupils. The sun shone in welcome and the Cardinal seemed to take great pleasure in visiting our school. In his Homily, the Cardinal reminded the children (and adults) present that the phrase ‘Do not be afraid’ appears no fewer than 365 times in the Bible: one for every day.