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.
I hope you've all enjoyed a lovely week with your children, who have returned full of energy and enthusiasm for their learning. Walking around classes and talking to children demonstrates how quickly they have all refocused as they continue with or begin new areas of learning. This is such a short term and there is so much to pack in, I just hope we can all keep up!
There is huge excitement and anticipation for our visit from Spellbinder next week and our Book Character Dress Up Day on World Book Day Thursday 5th March - it will be great to see much loved characters come to life and the Staff are just as enthusiastic about it as the children!
It's hard to believe that we've reached the half term holiday already and within school we've been preparing for Lent.
This has been such a special week for us all as on Tuesday our children, staff and Governors, along with Father Peter, welcomed Bishop Michael into our school community. During his time here, Bishop Michael shared a reflective assembly with all the children and Year 5, alongside our head boy and girl, led us in prayer to think about our lives of service. We were all challenged to reflect on the sacrifice Our Lord made; the true ‘Servant King'. You would have been so proud of every child, as they shared the true values of our mission statement with the leader of our Diocese. Following assembly, the children had the opportunity to ask Bishop Michael questions - my word, what thought provoking ones they came up with! The Bishop responded by sharing his own thoughts and insights with great compassion and humility. Finally, our new outside chapel was blessed in a short service which brought together pupils past and present to accompany the Bishop. When asked about the part he'd played in the planning of the chapel, Frankie, now in Year 7 at St Bede’s, responded by saying ‘our school is holy and prayer is such an important part of life. We wanted a space where we could spend time with God and therefore the Chapel was the answer.’ It is so inspiring to see young people who have understood the importance of faith and prayer. To our great pleasure, we'd had alongside us at the blessing of the chapel, Wayne Swarbrick, who built it with such care and love; he talked about how he had breathed life into the vision of others. As he left, Bishop Michael spoke of how impressed he had been with all the children and their engagement in prayer, he has promised to return soon and has asked me to invite him to one of our Easter assemblies next year! We have all been left feeling inspired and refreshed and we are already planning his next visit!
My goodness where does the time go! It's hard to believe that we are already heading towards half-term although these lovely crisp mornings are helping us all to put a skip in our stride! As always, the learning within school continues to be nurtured as the varied curriculum evokes great excitement in each year group. The Reception children are all still exploring all things Alice with great enjoyment whilst our Year One children are brimming with information about London, including past times! Year Three is awash with history of the various invaders and settlers and the enthusiasm is tangible. I have spent many a lunchtime discussing the impact of invasions on our little island!
Do not think that the staff are immune from learning new things either as we have our termly reading and inspirational quotes from visionary people to capture our attention and cause us to stop and think as we go around school. Many staff attend evening classes too apart from ones connected with their work - lifelong learning - you can't beat it! And never do we forget that not only what we are teaching is important, what your children teach us is just as important.
It's hard to believe that we have already been back at school for four weeks; where does the time go? This week we welcomed the return of Mrs Hotchkiss who had been absent due to illness. It is good to see her looking well and she has enjoyed being back and teaching her class; we've all missed her.