St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Primary School

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February 2019

  • Other Faith Days, in November each class learnt about Sikhism and the birthday of Guru Nanak
  • Reconciliation Enrolment children from St. Francis and St Anthony’s have now been enrolled on the new family catechist programme, which will start at the end of February.
  • Advent, the Advent Mass, assemblies, school family Mass and Christingle helped the children in their Advent journey.   Our school collected four box loads of baby items for the Catholic Care’s St. Gianna project during Advent.
  • RE INSET we looked at the virtues of St Francis of Assisi and how we can apply them to our roles with our children.
  • Epiphany Day, as is now our tradition we had an off timetable day to celebrate this important day with our Christmas lunch, lessons about Epiphany and a magic show!
  • Masses, we are continuing with our programme of Masses, starting the New Year with a whole school Mass and our weekly class Masses in church.
  • Mini Vinnies, continue their hard work, they have just sent a cheque to their chosen charity (Children in Need) for £25, raised from their sale of home-made Christmas cards.  They have three planned stay and play sessions for classes after school to raise money for their next chosen charity.


Our New Parish Priest
We have welcomed our new parish priest, Fr. Timothy Whitwell, this September.  Fr. Timothy has already established weekly Masses for our school, in which one KS2 class joins the parish Mass on a Friday.  Our school choir sang to formally induct Fr. Timothy into our parish in his Induction Mass.  We look forward to working with Fr. Timothy.

Masses and 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 to celebrate as one parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe together.  

Mini Vinnies
Our Mini Vinnies continue their good work, holding weekly meetings and four new Mini Vinnies were commissioned during our feast day Mass.  They attended a wonderful celebration Mass for all the Mini Vinnies in the diocese in the Cathedral, led by Bishop Marcus.

Other Faiths
The pupils have enjoyed their work on other faiths, having an Islam focus day last half-term, with a focus on the festival of Al Hijrah (Islamic new year). Work from this day is celebrated and displayed in the Year 3 and 4 shared area.    A focus day on Sikhism is planned for this half-term.




Following direction from Bishop Marcus, there are significant changes to the sacramental programme. Children in Years 5 and 6 children have now begun their preparations for Confirmation. A pupil and parents’ information meeting was held with our RE Co-ordinator and Fr Michael. The children are completing the modules twice weekly and preparations are going well. The children are looking forward to their Confirmation in St. Francis of Assisi Church at 7pm on Tuesday 17th July.

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Our new Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) schemes have now been purchased and a parents meeting to show and discuss resources has been held, with some valuable feedback shared. The schemes purchased are ‘Journey in Love’ for Nursery to Year 4 and ‘All That I Am’ for Years 5 and 6, which replace our old scheme ‘In the Beginning’, they are written from a Catholic prospective. Each class will now teach from the new schemes in the last half term of each year.

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 Islamic religion, linked to the festival of Eid-al-Fitr and a day about the Jewish religion and linked it to the festival of the Passover. Work on these days are celebrated and displayed outside the Year 4 classroom.

Masses and Liturgies

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. Also, Benediction and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was held by Fr. Michael, for Year 5 and 6 in church. The children’s reverence during the service was lovely. We had a very successful family Mass in church on Sunday 20th May. It was a very busy Mass, with the pupils also being enrolled onto the Confirmation programme.

Spirited Art Competition

This term, our pupils have held an art competition, linked to Pentecost and living with peace. A winner was chosen from each class and announced in assembly. Each class winners’ art piece will be entered into the National Association of Religious Education Teachers, Spirited Arts competition in London. We hope for some national winners.


Mini Vinnies

The outstanding contributions from our school Mini Vinnies continues. They meet weekly to pray and plan their projects. Most recently, they presented a super assembly to launch our Refugee Week in school and help to organise the school to collect food and toiletries for ‘Hampers of Hope’ for refugees, through Catholic Care. They have also been working closely with the Mini Vinnies from St Anthony’s Catholic School to plan a parish Mass to celebrate the work of all Mini Vinnies within our Catholic Compass Partnership.



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.




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.