I am delighted and excited to be able to introduce our new School year.
All children in Year 5 were asked to apply for the position of being a member of the Chaplaincy Team.
Their role would involve supporting Teachers during Family Time, attending various events with other Chaplains from our Cluster schools. They would need to come up with and develop and carry out ideas to support all children within the school with learning about Jesus and what The Bible teaches us. They would need to prepare and lead Assemblies as well as attend Church services on other children's behalf.
We had a superb response from children writing their own letters of application.
The original Chaplains and myself and Mrs Stevens read each and every one of the letters and narrowed the choice down for Interviews.
The interviews were held by Father Saunders, Mrs Eccles and Mrs Stevens.
The new Chaplains were appointed and welcomed during a Celebration Assembly. Their roles are still developing but already they have helped in leading an Assembly and contributed ideas for a Prayer Area within school.
Miss Ryder/Mrs Stevens
Chaplains Day out at St John Bosco’s R.C. Primary School.
We were very kindly invited to Saint John Bosco’s School to experience a workshop centred on The Rosary. October is one of the months dedicated to Our Lady and the Rosary.
We were made to feel very welcome by the children and Staff. We had the opportunity to make the most amazing Rosary Beads.
We had a great time, speaking to other Chaplains and working together.
The Chaplains and I would like to thank Mrs Killough for her support during this activity. It was very much appreciated.
We are very busy preparing for Harvest Festival this Friday 2nd October.
We have designed Harvest Festival Posters after listening to our Assembly on Monday.
We worked with the children from Year 4 to write slogans on the back of our posters which we will then share with the rest of the school as a reminder to bring in in foods to support those people in our Community who need food.
We need food such as tinned goods, dried pasta, rice, cereals, biscuits, crackers, jars and packets of sauces, salt, pepper, tea, coffee and fruit cordials.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge Thank You in advance for your generosity.
Visit to Christ the King.
The school Chaplains had a marvellous time at Christ the King RC Primary School in Newton Heath. We were invited to help with the first planting of little shrubs and flowering plants in their brand new Prayer Garden.
We were made very welcome by the Chaplains of Christ the King as well as their Teachers and Support Staff. We enjoyed talking to the Chaplains from other Primary Schools as well as from St Matthew’s High School.
We were the only school selected to actually plant in their Prayer Garden and we really did feel quite honoured. We were presented with some beautiful, hand- made, paper flowers which represented the qualities of Jesus Christ as a reminder not only of our visit but of the qualities which we need to show and encourage others to do likewise.
The Chaplains were invited to Mount Carmel Junior School to learn about the meaning of Advent and the Advent Wreath.
We were very warmly welcomed by the school and equally by other Chaplaincy groups.
The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming
The children learnt that the circular shape of the wreath, without beginning or end, symbolizes God the Father and eternal life. The Advent Wreath holds five candles which are lit, one at a time, on each of the four Sundays of the Advent season. The centre candle – usually white symbolizes the birth of Jesus – lit on Christmas Day.
During the first two weeks of Advent we light the first two purple candles. The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical colour that is used to signify joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent.
Then on the fourth Sunday of Advent, the final purple candle is lit to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we wait expectantly for the birth of the King of Kings.
We made our very own beautiful Advent Wreath which was then blessed by the Parish Priest. Our wreath sits proudly near Mrs Eccles office.
We really the whole afternoon it was a time to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas.
If you have any suggestions for the Chaplaincy team or would like us to pray for anyone, please contact us. Please send any comments you have for us to pass on to the Chaplaincy Team members. Thank you!