We celebrate this special time leading up to Easter Sunday in many different ways. We hold penitential services and special reflective assemblies focusing on the key events in Holy Week.
Canon Anthony and Father John visited us on Monday for Lent Penitential services.
On Tuesday, Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children shared the story of Palm Sunday, retelling the events for the rest of the school.
On Thursday, we took part in a whole school reflection of the Lord's Supper, where we all sat in class circles by candlelight as we heard the story of Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples.
This morning pupils and staff attended a Mass at the church to observe Ash Wednesday. Pupils from the Mini-Vinnies group gave readings.
On Thursday 6th January 2022, our whole school (and a surprise guest) celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, at St. Thomas' Catholic Church, which was a great way to begin 2022 altogether.
For Holy Week this year we decided it would be nice to show the Easter Story through displays outside each class room. Each class were given a different part of the story to show. We also had a week of assemblies which were pre-recorded and each class watched in their classrooms. All the children took part in various activities throughout the week. Here are some images of our displays along the corridor.
As part of Holy Week the whole school took part in different assemblies and activities throughout our last week of term. We started the week with Lenten Penitentials, where we had time to refelct and as for God's forgiveness. Key Stage 1 shared the story of Palm Sunday, retelling the events for the rest of the school. We took part in a whole school reflection of the Lord's Supper, where we all sat in class circles by candlelight as we heard the story of Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples. The final part of the Holy Week journey was The Way of the Cross, where Year 6 acted out the story of Jesus' final hours.
Key Stage Two also took part in other reflective services. Year's 3 and 4 took part in a Holy Week carousel in the hall, stopping at different points and creating some artwork. Year's 5 and 6 went to St Thomas' Church to follow the Stations of the Cross.
During our first week back in term 4 each class spent the whole week learning about different aspects of one of the world's major religions. All of the children worked incredibly hard and took so much for what they were looking at.
Foundation stage - Christianity
Year 1 - Hinduism
Year 2 - Judaism
Year 3 - Orthodox Church
Year 4 - Buddhism
Year 5 - Sikhism
Year 6 - Islam
We shared some of our learning with parents in golden assembly on Friday.
We had another successful whole school nativity at St Thomas' Church this year. All of the children were absolutely amazing. Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.
Here are the lovely displays that each class put together to share their part of our whole school nativity.
Our last week of Term 4 is during Holy Week. As usual we have celebrated this special time leading up to Easter Sunday in many different ways. We have had various assemblies, starting with our Lent Penitential on Monday, the children were given the opportunity to speak with Fr Anthony or Fr Daniel and ask for God's forgiveness for any wrongs they have committed.
On Tuesday Key Stage 1 shared a Palm Sunday assembly with the rest of the school, which retold the story and why we celebrate it. The performing arts club also sang a lovely song during the assembly. Year 5 and 6 carried out some activities as a big group. They followed the stations of the cross, having time to reflect on each stage of Jesus' journey before he was crucified. After this they created mini canvas' which will be displayed in the new year 5 and 6 area when they move in.
On Wednesday we shared bread as Jesus did with his disciples at the Last Supper. We all sat in our class families in the hall listening to the story and reflecting while listening to quiet music. After this Year 3 and 4 worked as a group following various activities based on the themes of Holy Week.
At St Thomas' we are going to be using a new scheme to teach our Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). As of September 2019, SRE is going to be statutory in all primary schools. After looking at a number of schemes on offer we have decided to use 'A Journey in Love'. This is a scheme that will run throughout the whole school from Reception to Year 6. It will run alongside our RE lessons and is based on Catholic Teachings.
Each class teacher has a copy of the book we will be using to support our SRE lessons.
If you have any questions at all please feel free to come and see Mrs Michael (RE leader and Year 5 teacher) or Miss D'Agostini.
In our first week of Term 4 we celebrated Other Faith's Week throughout the school. Each class looked at a different world religion and spent each afternoon investigating them. It has been another lovely week in our school looking at what people around the world believe and why.
Here are some pictures of our class displays:
We have put our lovely Advent displays up in school. The children from each class made the displays themselves and represent the part each class plays in the whole school Nativity. Enjoy...
Emily from Year 3 came and shared her trophy and certificate with the whole school. She had travel to Birmingham to take part in the competition. Emily said she had to talk about miracles, but she didn't find out the subject until she got to the event. This is wonderful to see one our of school family flourishing in her RE and spiritual work outside of school. Well done Emily!
On Friday 22nd September we held a welcome back to school mass. Fr Anthony and Fr Daniel came to celebrate this with us. We welcomed our new reception class and any other children who have joined our school family. We had lots of parents attend to celebrate with us.
Year 3 were lucky enough to have a visit from Fr Daniel. The children asked lots of questions about being a priest and what this means. Here are some pictures:
The Mini Vinnie's held another successful afternoon tea for the parishioners of St Thomas' Church. The weather was glorious so we were able to go outside this time. There were scones, biscuits, cakes, tea and coffee. Both children and adults really enjoyed the occasion as usual!
On Friday 16th June 2017 we celebrated a special mass for those children who have made their First Holy Communion this academic year. It was a lovely mass attended by parents and the whole school. The children came dressed in their finery and looked absolutely wonderful! Congratulations to all the children who have made the next step in their faith journey.
During our last week of term before Easter we had some assemblies to show the events of Holy Week. All children took part in a Lent Penitential and the children in key stage 2 had the opportunity to go to confession with Canon Anthony or Fr Daniel, the children in Key Stage 1 shared what happened on Palm Sunday with the rest of the school, the whole school took part in a reflective assembly looking back at the Last Supper of our Lord, sharing bread with each other, year's 3 and 4 took part in a Holy Week carasel where they created different things relating to the days of Holy Week, finally, year 6 then shared The Way of the Cross with the whole school and parents.
We have just had another wonderfully successful Other Faiths week in school. Each class looked at a different world religion, finding out interesting information about that religion and how it is celebrated. We enjoyed celebrating other faiths and cultures as we have such a wide variety here in school, which is what makes us so special. Foundation Stage looked at Christianity, Year 1 looked at Hinduism, Year 2 looked at Judaism, Year 3 looked at the Orthodox Church, Year 4 looked at Buddhism, Yeah 5 looked at Sikhism and Year 6 looked at Islam. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed our week, we shared what we had learned with parents in our Golden Celebration Assembly on Friday. Here are some pictures from around the school...
Year's 5 and 6 are working together to plan a mass to celebrate inspirational people. They are looking at each part of the mass carefully to make their mass as special as it can be. They are gong to plant a tree in our school grounds to commemorate the occasion
Our end of term RE celebrations have been taking place in every class over the past couple of weeks. These are special times where we can share our RE learning with our families. Here are some pictures of different RE celebrations throughout the school.
Every Wednesday lunchtime Miss D'Agostini will be running a Rosary club, this is open to children in years 4, 5 and 6. This is a special time for children to come together and pray.
On Tuesday 24th January 2017 our Mini-Vinnie's group welcomed some parishioners from our Church to school for a coffee afternoon. We had a lovely afternoon, the children were chatting to those who came, serving them tea, coffee and biscuits. It was enjoyed by all who came and all the children also loved every minute. We would like to thank those people from our parish who came and donated £48, the Mini-Vinnie's will decide next week at our meeting who they would like to donate the money to. We can't wait for the next event with our parishioners in summer!
In term 3 we have started our class masses. Year 5 and Year 4 have celebrated their masses with our families this term. They have both been lovely and peaceful times spent with Fr Anthony and Fr Daniel coming to celebrate the masses with us. Here are some pictures of the class masses:
On Monday 19th December all of our children took part in an Advent Penitential. Both key stages came into the hall to think about what they have done wrong and the ask for God's forgiveness. The children had time to sit in darkness, looking at the light of the Advent Wreath. Fr Anthony and Fr Daniel also came to give the children a blessing and the listen to any confessions from our Key Stage 2 children. It was a very special morning with lots of reflection.
Our whole school went to St Thomas' Church to tell the most important story ever told, The Nativity. Each class had a part of the story to tell and we performed for our parents three times. All of our children told the story wonderfully and showed the true meaning of Christmas. They acted and sung beautiful hymns to which we can all reflect and think about at this busy time. Well done to all the children and adults who helped!
Each class has designed and made their own Advent display telling the Christmas Story. The display each class has made links with their part in the school Nativity which we are performing in our Church.
Year 3 invited Fr Anthony and Fr Daniel into their class to ask them questions. This was linked to their RE topic: The Christian Family. It was enjoyed by all who were there!
Our Mini Vinnie's group held an afternoon tea party for members of our parish. Both adults and children thoroughly enjoyed it. The children served the parishioners drinks and cakes. The children sat and talked to the parishioners, asking and answering questions finding out about their lives. The parishioners very kindly donated some money to the Mini Vinnie's, for which we are very grateful for. We can't wait for the next one now.
Twelve of our children made their First Holy Communion on May 1st 2016 at St Thomas' Church. We celebrated at a school family with a special mass in school. The children were invited to wear their Holy Communion clothes and their families were invited along. The children all took part in the mass, which was enjoyed by all. Congratulations Mary, Mekha, Arthur, Elliot, Dylan, Zuzanna, Jakub, Ferdinand, Olivia, Elizabeth, Grace and Emmanuel.
Pope Francis has announced that this year is a special Jubilee Year of Mercy. We gathered as a school family to welcome the Year of Mercy candle which has been around several schools in our diocesan family already this year. Fr Anthony joined our celebration, talking about how Jesus taught us to be merciful and what we can do in our daily lives to show mercy.
We shared this prayer together:
Thank you for sending us your son Jesus to show us how much you love us and to show us how we should love each other.
Remind us to treat everyone we meet with love and care because they are your child too.
Send us your Holy Spirit to help forgive people when they upset us, and to say sorry when we upset you or each other.
We will be taking part in many different activities as a school to celebrate this special jubilee year.
During Holy Week this year we had special reflective assemblies. Both KS1 and KS2 took part in Penitential services, with KS2 children having the opportunity to go to confession after the service. KS1 children shared the story of Palm Sunday with the whole school, with some of Year 1 acting out Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem. We also shared a reflective assembly as a school of the Lord's Last Supper, this quiet time gave children the opportunity to think about the sacrifices Jesus would make for us. Year 6 shared 'The Way of the Cross' with the school and parents. This showed Jesus' last few hours before His death.