St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Primary School

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Lenten Funraising
Our school had a super journey together through Lent. This year, we have continued to raise money for Catholic Care, through the Good Shepherd Fund. Each class organised weekly fundraising in the hall for the rest of school, our grand total to present to Bishop Marcus at the Cathedral was £615.08.

 
Lenten Liturgies
Each key stage have organised their own Lent liturgies to enjoy together within their year groups. Fr Michael celebrated Mass in each KS2 classroom throughout the weeks. The children's wonder and awe during the Masses amazed all present and their questions to Fr. after Mass were very thought provoking. Year 3 & 4 particularly
enjoyed their visit to St. Anthony's church to celebrate Mass with their parishioners, as part of Bishop Marcus' suggestion to 'Pilgrimage in Lent'.
 
Holy Week
We started our Holy Week together, before the holidays, with KS1 leading us in a Palm Sunday assembly for parents and the rest of school. We
continued this as we returned to school during Holy Week, with assemblies lead by each KS2 class on the build up throughout the Holy Week events.



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Assemblies, Liturgies and Collective Worship

Our school had a super journey together through Advent.  Each key stage organised their own Advent liturgies to enjoy together within their year groups.  We continued our weekly format of Friday assemblies.  This year key stages grouped together to explain and celebrate a part of the Christmas story, ending with our Nursery and Reception classes performing the Nativity.  All the assemblies were well attended by our families and enjoyed by all.  


Sunday Mass
We had a very successful family Mass in church on Sunday 4th Dec.  The children did the readings for the Mass beautifully.  The Mass was again very well attended by pupils, families and members of staff. We look forward to our next Mass together in Lent.


First Holy Communion
Our annual First Sacraments programme is due to begin shortly.  We will be holding our first parents meeting and the Mass of enrollment at St. Francis of Assisi church in January.  The children will be following the 'I Belong' programme book and attending weekly lessons for this in school.  From the directions of the Bishop, this will be the last year that the Year 3 programme will be run like this. 


Other Faiths
The pupils are continuing through the yearly plan to learn about other faiths.  Most recently the children have completed a day about the Sikh religion and linked it to the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh.  Work on this day is celebrated and displayed outside the Year 4 classroom.  There will be no other faith day next half-term as the important focus for all will be on Lent.

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St. Francis of Assisi Christingle Service 2016

Last Thursday our school held a Christingle Service in church. The parents and parishioners were all invited. The children had been busily practising the hymns and readings over the last month. Every child made a Christingle to go on the altar. Key Stage 1 and Reception presented the tableau of Mary’s call to be the mother of God’s son up to the visit of the three kings. Key Stage 2 did the readings telling the story of the origin of the Christingle and the birth of Jesus. The actors from Reception, Years 1 and 2 processed up to the altar accompanied by a Christingle which was then lit and placed on the altar for each class. The singing was beautiful and there was an atmosphere of reverence and joy.

Afterwards Father Michael presented Jonathan Dos Santos (Year 5) with the St. Stephen medal for his dedication and service as an altar server. Everyone was happy and proud of him. Finally, the choir from Year 5 and 6 sang two lovely carols to end this wonderful occasion. 


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Masses & Liturgies

We have continued with our schedule of Masses, assemblies 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 us  and stayed the whole day to celebrate as one parish together.  Our most recent Mass was for All Saints' day and was lead by Year 5. Fr. Michael has now given each class in Key Stage 2 a tour of the church, linking with all the sacraments.  We continue with our Friday liturgy assemblies, alternating with a whole school collective worship and a RE based teaching assembly, lead by our pupils.  


Year of Mercy
We have continued our journey through this holy Year of Mercy, with each class ensuring they have their own 'Door of Mercy' to enter into their classroom.  Our Mini Vinnies continue their good work, holding weekly meetings and four new Mini Vinnies were commissioned during our feast day Mass. The work of the Mini Vinnies was celebrated by our Bishop,at the Cathedral, with all other Catholic schools across the diocese.


October Rosary
For the month of October all pupils prayed the mini rosary each day and a weekly rosary club was offered to pupils in Key Stage 2 to learn about and pray the full rosary together.  
The pupils have enjoyed their work on other faiths, having a Jewish focus day last half-term and a focus day on Hinduism this half-term.  


Advent
Looking towards Advent, we will prepare the pupils through weekly pupil lead Advent assemblies, an Advent wreath liturgy and a Christingle service, both in church.  We will encourage school parish links by holding a family Mass in church on Sunday 4th Dec.


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Mini Vinnies Mass 

On Tuesday 14th June, Mini Vinnies from around the city gathered at St Patrick's church, Leeds, for an end of year celebration Mass. The children came from the Catholic Compass partnership schools and some of the local East Leeds schools. It was a fabulous occasion with over 150 children from 13 schools. After mass the children gathered in St Patrick's school hall to meet other Mini Vinnies. The children shared ideas about how they can help others in their communities and enjoyed a well deserved bun and drink!Thankyou Mini Vinnies for all your hard work this year!

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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.

                                   

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Islam Focus Day

On Wednesday 8th June our school had a special focus day on Islam, focusing on the start of Ramadan.  Our Muslim pupils and staff shared their experiences of Ramadan and the reasons for it - a very interesting day.

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First Holy Communion at St. Francis of Assisi Church
On Saturday 14th May our children received their First Holy Communion in church.  The children enjoyed this special occasion and church was full with delighted families.  We had a lovely celebration breakfast afterwards in our school hall.  Well done everyone!

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- Press Release - Easter Music "Passion"

Children at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Leeds, record Easter CD to raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice.

As part of their Easter celebrations, the children at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Leeds, have recorded a CD of Easter music, which in titled ‘Passion’.  Chris Whitwood, the Year 5 class teacher, composed the cycle of songs, which tells the story of Jesus’ life leading up to the Passion.
Each class performed a song that tells a different part of the story.  It begins with the Nativity (Year 5); gives thanks for Jesus’ teachings (Nursery and Reception); Palm Sunday (Year 1 and 2); the Last Supper (Year 3 and 4); the Crucifixion (Year 5); and culminates with a whole school celebration of the Resurrection (led by Year 6).

The songs were recorded live by Ben Atkinson of Tall Lime, Lincoln, and have been professionally produced to create the Easter album.
 
Julie McGrath, head teacher of St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School said,
‘Mr. Whitwood has been with us at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School since September to cover a maternity break. He is creative and enthusiastic and we feel very lucky to have had him as part of our team. We are thrilled with the CD, the children and teachers have worked hard and have taken the task very seriously. They love singing with the guitar and are especially proud to have their own music to sing. Parents and families are invited to a concert to share the music on Thursday 31st March. Thank you Mr. Whitwood!!’
 
CDs of this recording have been sold to children and parents all profits will go to St Gemma’s Hospice.
 
The charity was chosen in memory of Janet Whalley, a former teacher at Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School, who taught Chris when he was in Reception.  Since retiring in 2003, Janet played an active role in the local community, particularly as a parishioner at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Sherburn in Elmet.  She passed away at St Gemma’s Hospice in January this year.
 
For more information about the CD and St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School contact Julie.McGrath@beeston-st-francisassisi.leeds.sch.uk or to make a donation contact St Gemma’s Hospice (www.St-Gemma.co.uk).  CDs are now available to purchase for £3 at St. Gemma’s Hospice Shop, Town Street, Beeston.
 
http://www.yorkshiretimes.co.uk/article/School-Children-Record-CD-To-Raise-Money-For-Hospice

                       


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Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has proclaimed a Jubilee Year of Mercy to run from 8th December 2015 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady) until 20th November 2016 (Feast of Christ the King).  A Jubilee Year is an opportunity for us to change, to start again.  In this Year of Mercy we open our hearts to discover afresh the overflowing love and mercy of the Lord in our own lives and to dedicate ourselves to making God’s love and mercy known in the lives of others.  


PRAYER
O God, Father most merciful, you created the world in wisdom and in love, and you walk with your children on the journey of life, pardoning and welcoming  them always.

Your Beloved Son, the visible face of your mercy, is present in our midst.  He loves us with a heart full of merciful love, and teaches us to be merciful and to love one another.          
   
Grant to us your children, as we celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, an outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Consoler, that our hearts may be open to our brothers and sisters who hunger and thirst for mercy, and the Good News of your merciful love may be always and everywhere proclaimed.
Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer for the Year of Mercy, Diocese of Leeds. 

               

School-Parish Family Mass
On Sunday 13th March, our school families and staff celebrated Sunday Mass in church with our parish.  Our school pupils did all the Sunday readings, brought the gifts for the offertory and chose the hymns.   Every seat in church was full and the worship from all was beautiful.  We look forward to our next Sunday Mass with our parish during Summer time.

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Ash Wednesday
Our school children and staff received ashes in church by Fr. Michael.  We feel ready for our journey through Lent.

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Sikh Gurdwara Visits
On 23rd and 24th February our school classes were invited to have a look around our local Sikh Temple and learn a little about their religion.  You can find out more about our visits in our school big book outside our Year 4 classroom.



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First Holy Communion Enrollment Mass
On Sunday 24th January, 23 of our pupils were enrolled on our school programme to receive their First Holy Communion.  We look forward to their special day in May.

 
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Inter Faith Celebrations in School
Last week, 15th -22nd November, was Inter Faith Week in Leeds. To mark the event in school, each class performed a song at Friday’s assembly. The children enjoyed singing their faith songs. We had Diwali, Muslim, Hebrew and Christian songs. Everyone thoroughly appreciated the singing and joined in with the ones they knew. It showed how important it is to respect and value other faiths as we are a multi-cultural society.



These activities and events will be taking place at our school and church throughout the academic year. Friends and families are warmly welcome. Please join us whenever you can!

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Hinduism Focus Day
On 10th November our school had a special day to learn about the Hindu religion, based around the festival of Diwali.  You can find out more on the display outside the Year 3 classroom.



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Jewish Focus Day
On 23rd September our whole school had a special day to learn about the Jewish religion and especially the festival of Yom Kippur.  The classes really enjoyed reading, writing and making lots to do with Judaism.  You can find out more on the display outside the Year 4 classroom.



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"Other Faith" focus days 2016/2017

AUTUMN I - Judaism (Rosh Hashanah) - Mon 3rd Oct
AUTUMN II - Hinduism (Diwali) - Wed 2nd Nov
SPRING I - Sikhism (Guru Goblin) - Thu 5th Jan
SPRING II - Christianity (Lent) 
SUMMER I - Judaism (Pentecost) - Fri 9th June
SUMMER II - Islam (Id ul Fitr) - Mon 3rd July