Congratulations to the children who made their First Holy Communion at St. Mary’s Church. It was a really holy and special day for the children and was enjoyed by all who attended. Congratulations!
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*Coming Soon: St Mary’s Mission Trail Map!*
On our mission statement day this year, each class reviewed our school’s mission statement: ‘love of learning, love of one another, love of God and love of life itself.’
Children really respond to their mission and have a genuine ownership over it – they know how they live it out in their daily lives, in school and at home. Children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring and discussing all the ways in which we stand together in our mission and have produced artwork to reflect this. We are currently in the process of making a ‘St Mary’s Mission Trail Map’ to take you around the school to all the spectacular artwork and installations from all year groups – watch this space!
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Once again, we had a wonderful turn out for our Easter Stay and Pray. It is a wonderful time to celebrate and pray together before we break up for the holidays. Thank you for your continued support and we wish you a very happy Easter break. Please don’t forget to look at your child’s class page for photographs of everything they have been up to during Holy Week!
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The Shine group have beautifully decorated donation boxes that have now been distributed to all classes. They are kept on our focus for worship tables so that children can regularly donate and show their support of such an amazing cause.
A massive thank you to all who supported the Good Shepherd Appeal on the run up to the Easter Holidays.
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We were very lucky to have a visit from CAFOD representatives who came in to work with us. We looked at the letter Pope Francis wrote to us about the importance of taking care of our common home – our Earth! We watched a video explaining all about the meaning behind Laudato Si and what we can all do to help take care of our precious home.
Take a look for yourself and how you can help us to keep our Earth happy and healthy for future generations.
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We have celebrated our third Spirituality Day this year: a day where children were given opportunities to pray in different ways. The children moved around the school to visit all the different prayer spaces that had been set up. Activities this year included: praise party, tasty prayers, prayer posters, prayer flags, prayer cairns, prayer bracelets, lego prayers, Fair Trade Workshop, Psalm 23, guided meditation, sharing a Passover meal, Mandala prayers, Bubble Wrap prayers, illustrated compassion, spoon prayers and Adoremus – praying in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
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On Tuesday 30th January we officially celebrated the opening of our school Nursery. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon took time out of his busy schedule to visit school on this important day. He unveiled our memorial plaque and cut the ribbon with the children onto the outdoor classroom.
We were honoured to have a number of special guests at this event including Governors, the Archdiocesan Schools’ Officer Mr Chris Williams and our Architects from Cunliffes who were responsible for drawing up all the plans for the adaptation of the school.
Archbishop Malcolm and Father Dooley prayed a special prayer of blessing over our new venture. It was a wonderful celebration and the children were a credit to themselves, their parents and our school.
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During Advent, each of the classes have been collecting loose change to pay for some CAFOD Christmas gifts. The classes looked through the CAFOD catalogue to see which gifts that they would like to purchase. Some of the gifts that have been bought have included a mosquito net, a vegetable patch, honey bees and clean water. Well done everyone!
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All of the Infant children did a nativity play for their families. Nursery did ‘My First Nativity’, Reception did ‘Wriggly Nativity’, Year 1 did ‘The Nativity’ and Year 2 did ‘Lights, Camel. Action!’. All of the plays were fabulous and the audience loved them.
The Juniors performed a carol concert that told the story of Christmas. They all sang beautifully.
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On Friday 8th December, St. Mary’s Blackbrook celebrated the feast of Our Lady Immaculate, who the school is named after. We had a whole school assembly where we learnt about the visitation of Mary from the Angel Gabriel and the difficulties that Mary faced. Together we said the Hail Mary. Each class was presented with a picture of Our Lady for their worship table, each child received a prayer card of The Hail Mary, and we all celebrated with a drink and a biscuit.