Where does the time go? It's hard to believe that we're fast approaching December and already making preparations for our journey through the special season of Advent. At this time in school, we reflect on how we can make changes within ourselves as we get ready for the birth of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. We also try and find ways to do those little things that make a difference to others needing support and a helping hand. The children always spend time reflecting on how their actions including kindness and alms giving can have an impact.
Watching the children engage with learning around World War 1 has been inspirational. It always amazes me how those so young can put into words what we as adults can find so difficult to communicate. The deep reflections shared across classes have provided so many opportunities for the children to consider the impact sacrifice has had on their own lives and the lives of their families. On Tuesday our Year 4 children wove reflection and learning together in such a beautiful prayerful gathering as they depicted what so many families lost. In creating a visual field of poppies, accompanied by the haunting notes of the Last Post they provided our whole community with a moment of complete unity of grief and hope. Everyone in the hall was moved and left the space with a real sense of what so many gave up or had torn from them so that we might live... Thank you to all those families who were able to share this precious moment with us. We would also like to thank everyone who contributed to our learning exploration; accompanying us to the cenotaph and sending in such special items.
It has been lovely welcoming the children back this morning as they have all skipped back into school brimming with stories to tell. The weather has also been kind to us with even a little sunshine! This is always such a busy term with so many learning opportunities and events so please do keep an eye on the diary and weekly news to ensure nothing is missed!
We've arrived at our first half-term already and what a lovely eight weeks it has been. The children have certainly grown into their new roles and each classroom has been immersed with learning. Many classes have managed to visit new places to enhance their curriculum and the children have truly benefited from these experiences and I think the parents who have accompanied them have also enjoyed the trips!
Throughout the weeks we have watched our new chapel take shape and this week the final step of placing the beautiful stained glass windows into their frames has been completed. These have been designed and executed by the children and are simply breathtaking. It truly is an inspirational space and I know the children will be enveloped by the still calmness once inside. The Bishop is very keen to come and visit Our Lady's again and hopefully we will be welcoming him back in February when he will bless our new chapel.
My, time passes by so quickly! How on earth have we nearly reached the end of our first half term? Watching our Year Three children during their assembly on Tuesday reminded me just how much they have grown; they spoke and acted with such confidence, reminding us all the importance of following in the footsteps of Jesus, our teacher. I have to say those Romans and Celts were so quarrelsome! It was a good job the children were able to time travel to remind them of the importance of getting along with each other through kindness and gentleness. Thank you Year Three for delivering such an important message in such an entertaining way! Again it was lovely to see so many family members sharing in these worship times.
There has been great excitement this week as the new trim trail has been completed; the children are desperate to try out the two new pieces! We are now just waiting for some extra turf to be laid and the removal of the skip and then hopefully it will be good to go! At the same time our new chapel is also near to completion and we are thrilled that we will soon be able to worship in such a lovely place.
On Tuesday morning our Year 5 children shared a beautiful reflection with us all; during their assembly they challenged each one of us to be a light, just as Jesus is the light of the world. Through drama, dance and words they illustrated the qualities we all need. It was such a lovely way to start the week; thank you Year 5. Next week our Year 3 children will be sharing their assembly at 9:10am and again at 9:35am everyone is most welcome.
Our new Reception children have settled in seamlessly to school life and it really feels as though they've been part of the school for a long time. They have established all those important routines and I must say they are one of the best classes we have ever had for eating their lunch; every plate is quickly emptied and their cutting skills are just fantastic!
It has also been lovely watching our Year One children grasp every learning opportunity as they have explored their castle topic over the last few weeks. On Thursday at lunchtime I was told about the nasty giant who apparently had not been very kind and was due to return to gobble up a few of the class! Luckily, some brave children said that they would protect everyone, we're all just hoping that he doesn't return! This really has awakened their imagination and I'm very excited to see how they will reflect this as they begin to write their 'happy ever after tales'.