My goodness time really is flying by! We've had a lovely two weeks back at school with so many exciting learning opportunities and watching the children strive to reach their challenging targets has been inspiring. Our Year 6 children are really challenging themselves as they prepare for their assessments in two weeks time; we are all so proud of them. Our Year 4 children have completed their first swimming session and already we can see real potential for progress in the group; they were so enthusiastic! This year some of our talented swimmers will get the opportunity to compete against other local schools on June 5th at our Fylde Swimming Gala; we are all looking forward to this event.
I hope you've all enjoyed a lovely Easter with your families, all the staff have had a well deserved rest and have arrived back at school ready for the new term. The children too have bounced back into school and are clearly ready for their new challenges! On Monday we gathered together to rejoice in the Easter message and share Jesus' good news, which we will all attempt to spread over the coming weeks. Many of the children have been sharing their holiday experiences with me and clearly there were a lot of holy families over Easter!
As you know, part of our Lenten preparation involved almsgiving and we'd like to thank you on behalf of St Peter's School in Uganda as we have raised a little over £1,000 which we know will be gratefully accepted. We are still collecting football shirts so please keep them coming in, we've already collected over 50! Supporting others in need is central to our prayer life at school and it is always humbling to witness prayer in action. It was really touching to hear what some children had done in order to raise some money for people who they felt needed their help.
I am sure we have all been deeply affected by the children’s portrayal of the events of Holy week. Each morning we've been moved as the children have interpreted, with great sensitivity, each stage of Jesus' journey towards the Cross and then His Resurrection. We began with our Year 2 children sharing the excitement of Palm Sunday which really illustrated the joy felt by the crowds. Following which we celebrated the solemnity of the Last Supper with Year 3. From there we experienced a sense of anguish and loneliness in the Garden of Gethsemane with Year 4 and then shared the agony of the Crucifixion with Year 5, which deeply moved everyone in the hall; it is hard to believe that children so young can teach us so much through their heartfelt portrayal of the Passion, even, in the case of our older children, writing their own words. Today we finally had a wonderful sense of being the Easter People with Year 6 as they celebrated the joy and wonder of the Resurrection in such a beautiful and reflective way; it was extremely thought-provoking and reminded us all of our responsibility to serve. Each step on the journey has been so movingly depicted by each class, with great creativity. At special times like these we are all asked to reflect and challenge ourselves; the children have definitely asked us to do so. Sharing these moments as a community always gives me a real joy and a confirmation that together we are growing and making a difference.
We've reached Holy week in School today as our Year 2 children have shared their depiction of Palm Sunday with us all. This really was a delight and sent us all off with a smile! The children acted, moved and raised their voices in song with such confidence; it is hard to believe we were watching a Year 2 class. I have to say it was cleverly performed with such a poignant moment at the end, helping us all to think ahead to events which will follow. I know both Miss Brisco and Mrs Webster are so proud of them; thank you Year 2.
Our journey through Holy Week continues next week as our Year 3 children share the Last Supper on Monday at 9:15am. This will be followed by Year 4 with their depiction of Jesus and disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane on Tuesday; Year 5 will take us on the sombre lonely journey of desolation that is the Crucifixion on Wednesday and finally on Thursday, our last day of term, Year 6 will lead us joyfully into the glory of the Resurrection. Parents and families are very welcome, all our Assemblies will begin at 9:15am.
As we approach the journey we make together through Holy Week we are all reminded of the journey Christ made. This is always such a special time in school when the children and staff contemplate the sacrifice Jesus made: "No greater love has any man than to lay down his life for his friends".
All classes are busy preparing for their assemblies which commence on Friday 27th March at 9:15am with our Year 2 children sharing their depiction of Palm Sunday. Following this on Monday our Year 3 children will be celebrating the Last Supper and on Tuesday our Year 4 children will be sharing the turmoil of the Garden of Gethsemane. The week will then continue with Year 5 depicting the despair of the crucifixion and Year 6 will finally share God's promise for eternal life with us all. You are all most welcome to join us.
This week has just flown by and we have experienced a little sunshine, though short lived, which has given us a little spring in our step! Learning has continued to blossom and throughout school the joy of reading has been visible within classrooms and in the corners of the playground. The Book Fair has energised children to choose new books, discuss plots and explore characters. Thank you so much for supporting this event, we will let you know next week how much has been raised to spend on books for our library! This valuable skill of reading is one which can transport us to lands near and far and importantly, unlocks the door to many other areas of learning. I am sure you have experienced many magic moments at home together as you have found yourselves lost in a book!
Our journey through Lent has also continued and at school we're all trying to do that little bit extra. Our early morning masses on Friday are an opportunity to share this journey together; thank you for joining us. Next week is our final early morning mass as the following week we will be sharing our Easter Assemblies. Please check the date area of the site to find out how we travel through Holy Week. Almsgiving is also an important part of Lent and as you know we are trying to raise money for St Peter's school in Uganda and already the children have been completing acts of kindness in order to fill their donation boxes. At the same time we are hoping that our special event below will raise a little for another good cause...
What a fantastic week we've shared bringing characters to life! On Wednesday the inspirational storyteller Spellbinder wove his mesmerising tales, to awaken the children's imagination. As a true wordsmith, he brought laughter, excitement and moments of pathos as he took us all on a journey around the world; we even went to China; ask your children about the things they saw! It was wonderful to see the children truly engaged and enthralled by each story and I'm sure they have taken this experience back to class and will be inspired to tell their own stories.
Then, if that wasn't enough, on Thursday the whole school turned into one enormous living library of books filled with the funniest of characters from Cinderella, to Piglet, to a Tiger, who had most definitely come for tea! Stories were continuously told throughout the day as characters met in the most unusual places. Thank you to everyone, your fantastic efforts with costumes have enabled children to truly embrace those storytelling moments! It's great to see so many much loved characters come to life and for the joy of reading to be celebrated in this way.