ASH WEDNESDAY MASS
Please join Father Gary today for the Ash Wednesday Mass at 10am. Click the image below to take you straight to the live streaming of the mass.
Ash Wednesday Assembly
Please click on the link below to watch Mr Carroll's Ash Wednesday Assembly
Collective Worship during lockdown
During lockdown, we have thought about many different aspects of our faith during our collective worship. Please take a look at the images below to see what we have explored each week.
Collective Worship w/c 14th December 2020
As this is our final week before we break up for Christmas, we have taken the opportunity to use our collective worship time to think about the things we are thankful for and to look forward to the future. When thinking about Advent, we know that this is a time to prepare for the coming of Jesus and how this created a new family for Mary and Joseph. As the children thought about their hopes and dreams for 2021, family featured heavily as many of the children hope to be able to see their family next year. May this special season help us to look forward to what 2021 will bring and how Jesus will help to heal all that has made 2020 so very difficult for us all.
Each Monday, some children volunteer to write their own prayers to share with the class. This is a beautiful way of starting our school week in a reflective and calm manner and the whole class love to hear their individual prayers.
Monday 19th October 2020 - Katie and Tia
Today, the girls wrote prayers to help us start our week, thinking about what they're grateful for and how they would like God to help those less fortunate than them.
I am very grateful for my family and friends and our teachers. During this time, it is very hard. We pray for those people who are suffering with coronavirus or who have other diseases. Amen
I pray for those who are sick during this tough time. I ask for your help for these people along with those who are homesless or starving. Amen.
Monday 12th October 2020 - Chris, Seth and Alex
Today, the boys shared the prayers that they wrote over the weekend. Take a look at our gallery below for their full prayers.
Thank you for being there with me in my dark, gloomy moments. Please help the people in poverty to have a place to live because, in this time of coronavirus, nothing is easy.... Amen
As we start another season of the year, we continue to trust and have faith in you that you will continue to keep us all healthy and safe... Amen.
Monday 5th October 2020 - Alicja, Angelina, Antonia and Leilah
Today, the girls shared the prayers that they wrote over the weekend. Each one demonstrated how much they are thankful to God for the opportunities he has given them and showed how they are trying to act in the image and likeness of Him.
Thank you for my family, friends, teachers and my life. I pray for those who are sick, have deceased and many more. Help them and forgive their wrong doings. I pray that when we glorify your name, wash away our sins and fill us with your Holy Spirit.
Help me to do my best in reading and multiplication. Thank you for my family and friends. Help me to be the best I can be to help others. May I attempt to spread the words you speak and spread my talents to others. Thank you Lord for all you have given us.
Help us now in this time of Coronavirus and all the other bad things in the world so that, in the future, it won't be like this. Thank you for giving us the chance to go to school and to be safe at home. Please help all the people who are disadvantaged and the people who can't protect themselves.
We have decided that we will focus on a hymn each Tuesday, building up our singing until we are able to sing the hymn by the end of the half term. As October is the month of the Rosary, we have decided to sing 'The Magnificat' to honour Mary.
Click here to see which version we are focusing on.
As a class, we have decided to focus on a different saint each week. The saint will be decided by the child who has volunteered to lead the session on the Wednesday.
Wednesday 21st October
Today, Jake chose to focus on St Paul as his saint for the day and explain to us about why he had chosen this important saint.
The saint I chose today is St Paul. I chose him because he didn't follow God at first and was a person who didn't like Christians and those who followed God. Then he became a christian and followed God who changed his name from Saul to Paul. He later became a saint.
Wednesday 14th October
Today, Ali-Jay decided to focus on the saint that we had learnt about through our RE lessons. We discovered that St Teresa of Avila is the patron saint of bodily illnesses and headaches so he wrote a prayer that we could say to her.
St Teresa of Avila, we thank you for your kindness. Please take care over those who are ill and struggling. Let them find a cure for the pandemic and look over those who roam free in God's kingdom. Amen.
Wednesday 7th October
Today, Karys lead our collective worship session and focused on St Francis of Assisi. We had been introduced to this saint during our RE lessons on creation and Karys learned that he is the saint for October. Karys led a beautiful reflection that ended in a prayer dedicated to St Francis.
Each Thursday, someone will select a bible reading that they have enjoyed or means something to them to share with the rest of the class.
Thursday 22nd October
Today, Yna shared a Bible reading that was important to her. She chose the story in Genesis 17 where God makes a promise to Abraham.
"When Abraham was niney-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Him and said, ' I am the Almighty God. Obey me and always do what is right.' Abraham bowed down with his face touching the ground and God said, 'I make this covenant with you... Your name will no longer be Abram but Abraham because I am making you the ancestor of many nations. I will give you many descendants and some might be Kings. I will keep this promise to you and your descendants as an everlasting covenant. I will be your God and your descendants. I will give you the whole land of Canaan.'" Genesis 17: 1-8
Thursday 15th October
Maisie O volunteered to select the Bible reading for this week and chose a verse from Matthew which she shared beautifully today. She looked at the story of Jesus being baptized and read it very confidently.
"At that time, Jesus arrived from Galilee and came to John at the Jordan to be baptised by him. But John tried to make him change his mind. "I ought to be baptized by you," John said, "and yet you have come to me!" But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so for now. For this is the way we shall do all that God requires." So John agreed. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. Then heaven was opened to him and he saw the spirit of God coming down like a dove lighting on him. Then a voice said from heaven, "This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased." Matthew 3: 13-17
Thursday 8th October
Valentina kindly volunteered to choose the first Bible reading for our collective worship. She thought about the Creation story that we had been learning about through our RE lessons and chose the following passage from Genesis 3.
"That evening they heard the Lord God walking in the garden, and they hid from him among the trees. But the Lord God called out to the man, "Where are you?" He answered, "I heard you in the garden; I was afraid and hid from you, because I was naked." Genesis 3: 8-11
Each Friday, we reflect on the week and give thanks to God for all that we have been given, the people in our lives, the world that we live in and the experiences that we have.
Friday 16th October 2020 - Logan and Lily
Today, Logan and Lily shared what they had been thankful for this week. Both were thankful for their friends, family and their school.
Friday 9th October 2020
Today, Gibril, Louirette and Mahdiyah each shared their thanks for the week and thought about how lucky we are to have good friends and family.
Mahdiyah shared this with the class: "This week, I have a lot of things to be grateful for. I saw a beautiful sunrise which reminded me of God's glory and majesty in giving us a new day. I was reminded of all my blessings for which I am always thankful."
Gibril shared this with the class: "I am thankful that our team won the housepoints this week. I am thankful for seeing my Godfather on Monday as I haven't seen him for five years."
Louirette shared this with the class: "Dear God, I am thankful for having money in the bank because, having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth. I am thankful for a roof over my head and a warm home."
To read their full prayers, please visit the gallery at the bottom of the page.
Today, Maisey, Jamie, Jarred and Alex each shared their thanks for the week and thought about how lucky we are to have good friends and family.
Alex shared this with the class: "I am thankful for being provided with food, having good health and a family, coming to school and having good friends. All the advantages I have that people might not get, I am thankful for them."
Collective worship gallery
Collective Worship w/c 30th November 2020
As we begin our journey through the season of Advent, we have decided to use the CAFOD Advent calendar to help us begin our daily collective worship. Each day, the calendar focuses on different Bible readings and encourages us to think more deeply about the meaning of the passage and what we can do to prepare for the coming of Jesus.
We decided that our gift for CAFOD would be 'The Gift of Play' as we felt it linked in really well with the article that we have decided to focus on through our class charity. This gift will pay for music, art and dance classes providing children with a place to relax and develop their creativity.
Collective Worship w/c 23rd November 2020
We continued with our journey with God this week and focused on the times when we need God to help us. We considered times when we are scared, worried or anxious and when things may seem a little daunting and how we can always turn to God for His help. God is always with us, watching over us and giving us the courage to take on new challenges. We should never be afraid as He is always by our side.
Collective Worship w/c 16th November 2020
Following the success of the collective worship last week, the children decided to incorporate it into our weekly collective worship. It now forms the focal point for straight after lunch and allows the children time to reflect on how their day is going and how they can be closer to God.
This week, the theme was 'Love Train' and the children completed different exercises to help them focus on themselves, their behaviour and their relationship with God.
Collective Worship w/c 9th November 2020
This week, we decided to focus on a different way of reflecting and praying in our Collective Worship. Using the Five Day Examen, our thoughts and prayers concentrated on the word 'Humilty.' Each day, we thought about the way we treat others, the choices we make and the how we speak to others. It allowed us to reflect on how we look out for the lonely and how positive we can be towards others, even when we may be busy or struggling ourselves.
Each day, the reflection asked us to say, 'Lord, show me how you are working in me today' and we all found this a useful point to think about, particularly as we consider how we are made in the image and likeness of God.
Collective Worship w/c 2nd November 2020
Collective worship week 8 w/c 19th October 2020
Collective worship Week 7 (w/c 12th October 2020)
Collective Worship Week 6 (w/c 5th October 2020)
October - the month of the Rosary
As we have now entered the month of October, we begin to reflect on the Rosary and the prayers that are said within it. We will incorporate the Rosary into our daily prayer in school and I would encourage the children to think about how they could incorporate it into their daily lives. Maybe they could write out the prayer and have it at home or make their own set of rosary beads to use as they pray.