St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Primary School

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Holy Week
During Holy Week, the pupils prepare through weekly pupil led Lenten assemblies. 23.03.18 at 14.15 – Year 1 and Year 2 – Palm Sunday, 27.03.18 at 14.15 – Year 3 and Year 4 – The Last supper, 28.03.18 at 14.15 – Year 5 – Good Friday and 29.03.18 at 11.00 – Year 6 Easter Sunday.

The Good Shepherd Appeal
During Lent, each class have run stalls to raise funds for The Good Shepherd Appeal (Catholic Care). These are a great success. When all classes have held their event, the money will be counted and sent to the charity.

Through Lent, Fr. Michael has celebrated class Masses in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. These Masses are not just a small scale and personal worship opportunity, they are a valuable teaching opportunity. Fr. Michael challenges the children (and staff) to answer questions about the Mass and rituals, the Gospels and Saints. Our pupils have also celebrated a Sunday family Mass with our parish, in which they choose the hymns and read the scripture readings.

Mini Vinnies
Our Mini Vinnies continue their good work. During Advent, the children made and sold Christmas cards to raise funds. They raised almost £25, which they decided to gift to the Dogs for the Blind charity.

After visiting the St. Vincent de Paul Society on York Road, where the Mini Vinnies packed emergency food parcels for people in need, the Mini Vinnies considered what they could do to help. The decision was made, to collect long life milk, as this was identified as a food that was lacking in the food stores at the SVP. So far, we have collected 129 packs of long life milk. Our target is 250.

Sacramental Programme
Following direction from Bishop Marcus over the next three years there will be significant changes to the sacramental programme. On Saturday 10th March, 23 children from our school, made their First Reconciliation after following the programme. We are very proud of their commitment. These children will go on to take their First Holy Communion next year. A provisional date of 17th July has been set for our first ever Year 5 and 6 pupils’ Confirmation.


Looking back to Advent, the pupils were prepared through weekly pupil lead Advent assemblies, an Advent wreath liturgy and a Christingle service, both in church. We encouraged school parish links by holding a family Mass in church on Sunday 3rd Dec.
Other Faith Days - Judaism
The pupils have enjoyed their work on other faiths, having a Jewish focus day last half-term, with a focus on the festival of Sukkot. Work from this day is celebrated and displayed in the Year 3 and 4 shared area.
Year 6 Retreat
Our Year 6 pupils have recently enjoyed a full day retreat up to St. Anthony’s church and parish hall. Many thanks to Fr. Michael for leading the pupils and staff for this.
Year 5 & 6 Big Sing
Year 5 and 6 have also recently enjoyed the ‘Big Sing’ at Mount St. Mary’s High School, learning about worship through song.
Masses and Liturgies
Year 4 started our new school year by hosting the Welcome Mass in church. Year 6 celebrated our St. Francis of Assisi feast day by taking charge of the Mass and St. Anthony's Year 6 joined to celebrate as one parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe together. Our Mini Vinnies continue their good work, holding weekly meetings and four new Mini Vinnies were commissioned during our feast day Mass. Our most recent Mass was for All Saints’ day and was led by Year 5. Fr. Michael has now given each class in Key Stage 2 a tour of the church, linking with all the sacraments.
Our School Masses
Our Year 6 children have enjoyed their annual visit to St. Anthony’s church and school, to help them celebrate their saint’s feast day. We had a very successful family Mass in church on Sunday 25th June and a school Mass for the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul on Thursday 29th June. The children did the readings for the Mass and sang beautifully.
Other Faith Days - Judaism
The pupils are continuing through the yearly plan to learn about other faiths. Most recently the children have completed a day about the Jewish religion and linked it to the festival of Shavuot. They have also had a day about the Islamic religion, linked to the festival of Eid al-Fitr. Work on this day is celebrated and displayed outside the Year 4 classroom.
Sacramental Programme 2017
Our annual First Holy Communion programme was completed on Saturday 13th May, when 23 of our children received Holy Communion for the first time. It was a very beautiful service, which we were complemented on by many of our families. The Communion breakfast in the school hall was attended by many and was a successful event.
This was the last year the programme will be run for children in Year 3. Following direction from Bishop Marcus over the next three years there will be significant changes to the sacramental programme. Children in Year 3 will follow instruction for Reconciliation, Year 4 for First Communion and Year 5 and 6 children for Confirmation.


Outdoor Prayer Area

On Thursday 9th June we held a special assembly to share our class crosses designed for our outdoor prayer area.  The area looks amazing, the children have enjoyed using it as part of a class or on their own.  Y4 are the first class to look after the area, setting it up each day.