5th July 2019 - First Holy Communion Mass
Our First Holy Communion celebration is one of the most special occaisions in the school calendar. Children from across Key Stage 2 have spent a lot of the time planning their Mass, and today they were able to celebrate with the family, friends and the rest of the school community. We thank Father Christopher for coming to celebrate Mass for us.
29th June 2019 - Year six Treetops fundraising
Well done to all the children in Miss Macdonald's class who spent all their time during Lent finding different things to sell at their jumble sale. The other children thoroughly enjoyed browsing your stalls and buying toys/books/games/clothes to support your charity.
27th June 2019 - Sleepover
Some of the year five and six children were crazy enough to want to come back to school but at night time!!! They had a fantastic time though, playing rounders, watching films and keeping the teachers awake with their singing! Well done everyone involved.
26th June 2019 - Rigby House Mass
Children in Rigby have been planning their House Mass for weeks and today they were finally able to celebrate their house Saint together, with their family members and our community. Well done to all children and staff members in Rigby, your mass was a lovely celebration of your Saint.
26th June 2019 - Careers Fair
Today, the whole of key stage two had the opportunity to talk to a range of people in different careers. They were able to discuss the different skills and qualifications needed for certain careers and throughly enjoyed this. A big thank you to those that came and helped support out careers fair.
24th June 2019 - Becket STEM Day
Year five have had a fantastic day at the Becket, using their science and maths skills to create a 3D playground.
10th June 2019 - Rainbows Liturgy
The children in Miss Pugh's class have been raising awarness and fundraising for their class charity, which coincidently is also one of our CMAT charities. Today, they planned and delivered a liturgy to all children in Key Stage 2, teaching them about the wonderful work Rainbows does.
7th June 2019 - Saint Ralph Sherwin CMAT Day
Some of our year five children were asked to attend our Saint Ralph Sherwin CMAT Day, along with all the other schools in the trust. We had the opportunity to meet the Bishop and 'grill him' with all the questions we've ever wanted to know, we also worked with the Briars team to think about different prayer stations and then celebrated Mass with the Bishop.
6th June 2019 - Rainbows Hopsice Charity Bins
Miss Pugh's class have been collecting unwanted gifts and accesories, as well as clothes, hats/scarves and shoes, that are in good condition. Children from her class have loved monitoring the bins this week. Well done Year 5/6.
20th May 2019 - Sikhism Week
As part of our Catholic Life and Religious Education, we recognise the importance for other world faiths and this week we have been looking at Sikhism. We have been extremely lucky in the fact that our student teacher - Miss Kaur - is Sikh and was more than willing to come in and teach us all about her faith. All over the school we have had different classes learning about different aspects of Sikhism, however, Miss Kaur taught us the basics on Monday morning, which helped support all classes in their Sikhism RE topic.
Incorporating Catholic Life into World Art Day
Despite World Art Day being in the middle of the Easter holidays, we thought we would embrace the day a little bit earlier. Some of the pieces of art work are incredible, well done English Martyrs'
Stations of the Cross 2019
On Monday 8th April, we gathered together as a school to begin the final part of our Lenten journey. Each class was given their station to reflect upon and create something for our Stations of the Cross celebration on Thursday 11th April. We made it slightly different this year, as each classes station was linked to their charity. Every class went above and beyond, creating some spectular pieces of artwork and drama, and to finish, with the 12th station, choir sang a very moving and reflective song. Take a look at some of the photos below:
Lenten Fundraising - Reception and Year 1
Reception and Year 1 have been extremely busy this Lent. They have been thinking about Jesus and how to care for the world at the same time. They went on a long walk to West Park and made their own biscuits to sell to their families!! Well done everyone.
Lenten Fundraising - Year 5
The children in Year 5 created their own obstacle course, which looked extremely challenging. They asked their family and friends to sponsor them and had lots of fun doing it as well!!
Lenten Fundraising - Year 4
Year 4 have continued their fundraising for Bunkpurugu by creating their own pieces of art work, which have been raffled off at their Easter production. Some of the children in Year 4 have also set up their own 'Guess how many sweets in the jar' competition. Well done!
Lenten Fundraising - Year 6
Lenten Fundraising - Year 3/4
Miss Dickson's class have put together a hamper of fun! To win, you need to get your raffle tickets from one of the Y3/4 representatives on the playground and the raffle will be drawn on Thursday 11th April. Only 20p a ticket, or £1 a strip. Good luck!!
Lenten Fundraising - Year 5/6
Miss Pugh's class have been making and selling cakes for their class charity - Rainbows. They created their own Rainbow inspired cakes and everyone loved it! Well done Year 5/6!
CAFOD Week - 11th March
We have had an excellent week supporting CAFOD! Maggie launced our week with an inspiring collective worship litrugy based on the works of CAFOD. We then held our own stall full of information for children to read. This was followed by our Breakfast morning - which was well attended and a great start to everyone's day. Finally, we ended the week with the whole school wearing green and white clothes for CAFOD, donating money to raise for their funds. Thank you everyone that has taken part and supported us this week. We've really enjoyed it!
CAFOD Week - Monday 11th March 2019
This week is CAFOD week - a chance for our Chaplaincy team to raise awareness and money for their selected charity. We have kick started the week with a visit from Maggie Mairura, who works with CAFOD in the Nottingham Diocese. She delivered an inspiring liturgy, which has educated all the children on the work CAFOD do.
Keep an eye out for the rest of the week, as the Chaplaincy team have got lots planned!
Rainbows Charity Awareness - January 24th 2019
Miss Pugh's class were extremely lucky to have Alison visit from the Rainbows Hospice come to explain the work that Rainbows do. This is what some of the children learnt:
'I've learnt that people go to Rainbows Hospice to have a lovely time.'
'Rainbows have support groups for sibblings that don't get enough attention.'
'They have to raise £6 million a year to continue working.'
'I learnt that there was a little girl, called Laura, who had a terminal disease, when she was two. Unfortuntley, she died when she was five and her family were inspired by her to create the charity. Her favourite thing was a rainbow, so they called it Rainbows.'
'I learnt that they can do all the things that we can do but in a safe environment.'
'I learnt that Rainbows is just like being at home and they have lots of things to do.'
'I learnt that Rainbows is different to most charities because of the different trips they do. They also make the children's lives fun.'
'They change the equipment to suit the children there at the time.'
'The children have lots of different, fun activities to do like the cinema, a hydrotherapy pool and soft play area.'
CAFOD Volunteer Centre - January 21st 2019
Our Year 6 Chaplaincy team were extremely fortunate to be able to visit the CAFOD Volunteer Centre in Bulwell. They were joined by children from Holy Trinity School in Newark and jumped at the opportunity to plan and deliver a Liturgy for the Sisters in the Poor Clare Monastery. The Sisters were very impressed with what the children had planned and afterwards stayed to talk to the children and answer any questions they may have had.
In the afternoon, Maggie - who works at CAFOD's volunteer centre - planned a variety of activities for the children. Some of the children were able to write their own prayers and intentions for the CAFOD prayer tree. The children were very keen to find out more about the work of CAFOD and develop their understanding of what their raising money and awareness for. It is now time for the Chaplaincy Team to pray, raise awareness and funds for their Charity. Keep a look out for their charity work over the next few months - particualrly so in Lent.
Our charities for the year are:
Exaltation of the Holy Cross
On Friday 14th September 2018, we celebrated the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This Mass was led by some of our Year Five children, as they had previously learnt about the Feast Day and planned and prepared the Mass. They shared their knowledge and understanding with the rest of the school, explaining that the Holy Cross is a sign and symbol of God.
As we were celebrating that the Cross is a symbol of greatness and triumph; a sign of God, who shows his love, we were fortunate enough for Father Christopher to bless our new classroom crucifixes.