On Friday 7th 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.
Following this, each class gathered around a picture of Our Lady on their worship tables, they were presented with a prayer card designed by Elizabeth from Year 6 and we all celebrated with a drink and a biscuit.
To celebrate the beginning of Advent, the school community came together for an Infant and Junior assemblies. The Infants added the crib figures to the crib in the hall. The children sang and told the story of how the different people arrived at the stable. The Juniors then made an Advent wreath for each class that will be used to mark each week of Advent.
Following the success of last year’s CAFOD Change Appeal, we have decided to run it again this year to give a gift to help transform the lives of those less fortunate than us. Each class will have their own money box to collect in any change you can spare. The deadline for us to submit our chosen gifts is 7th December. Once each class has calculated how much they have managed to raise, they can decide on which gifts to give.
Many thanks as always for your kindness and generosity.
If you want to have a look at the type of thing we will be fund raising please follow the link below to Cafod’s World Gifts website.
Our parishioners were invited in to school to celebrate and thank God for the harvest through songs, prayers and poems performed wonderfully by all of our Junior classes. We were entertained with some old favourites (including the Harvest Samba) and some new material. Our Year 3 children took on a fantastic adaptation of a well known Ed Sheeran song! What a fantastic way to celebrate all the wonderful things we have to be grateful for as we move into Autumn.
The new reception children were welcomed to the school in a Welcome Assembly. They were introduced by each of their names by their Y6 buddies. Y6, Y1 and Y2 children each performed songs, poems and signed to welcome the children to school. Reception were the stars of the show, reciting some poems and singing some of the songs that they had learnt during their time at school.
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!
*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!
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!
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.
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.