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Our Lenten Journey

 

Our Lenten Journey to Christ this year has been sheep coming back to their shepherd.

 

The children have written ways they have grown closer to Jesus through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

 

The sheep need to travel from the KS2 entrance, all the way to the hall cross. We're nearly there but have only 1 week to go!

Watch our parents, children and staff bring the beautiful painting of Mary to life under the expert guidance of Eva's mum.

 

We thank her for sharing her skills, expertise and time so generously.

 

Big Voice helped widen the children's understanding of refugees by leading groups as they travelled from 'camp' to 'camp'.
 
This is how some children responded from the reflection-
 
Kacper- It made me sad because some people have houses and places to enjoy themselves and others don't.

 

Rachel- It helped me understand how refugees felt.

 

Sean- It showed examples of refugees from all over the world.

 

Maria- It made me realise that I should be grateful for what I have and that I can support the work of CaFOD in helping refugees

St Edmund's School invited Year 5 and 6 to spend some time in the presence of the Blessed Eucharist in Adoration. The classes processed down and offered prayers to focus their reflections.

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Year 4 have been thinking about Jesus' family tree in Advent by making a Jesse Tree.

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Penitential Service

Big Voices and School Council led our Advent Penitential Service based on the scripture "I came to bring light to this dark world" John 12:46

Advent Activity Calendar

19th December - Share the Nativity story with your family.

19th December - Share the Nativity story with your family. 1
19th December - Share the Nativity story with your family. 2

17th December - Show someone you love how much she or he means to you.

17th December - Show someone you love how much she or he means to you. 1
17th December - Show someone you love how much she or he means to you. 2
17th December - Show someone you love how much she or he means to you. 3
17th December - Show someone you love how much she or he means to you. 4
17th December - Show someone you love how much she or he means to you. 5

14th December - Light a candle for those who are unhappy in the world.

14th December - Light a candle for those who are unhappy in the world. 1

13th December 2018 - Make a card for a neighbour.

13th December 2018 - Make a card for a neighbour. 1

12th December - Make someone smile.

12th December - Make someone smile. 1
12th December - Make someone smile. 2
12th December - Make someone smile. 3
12th December - Make someone smile. 4
12th December - Make someone smile. 5

11th December - How many people can you give the sign of peace to?

11th December - How many people can you give the sign of peace to? 1
11th December - How many people can you give the sign of peace to? 2
11th December - How many people can you give the sign of peace to? 3
11th December - How many people can you give the sign of peace to? 4

10th December - Find a charity pot and add some of your change.

10th December - Find a charity pot and add some of your change. 1

7th December - Make a nativity scene out of recycled material.

7th December - Make a nativity scene out of recycled material. 1
7th December - Make a nativity scene out of recycled material. 2
7th December - Make a nativity scene out of recycled material. 3
7th December - Make a nativity scene out of recycled material. 4
7th December - Make a nativity scene out of recycled material. 5

6th December - Find out about St. Nicholas - It's his feast day today.

6th December - Find out about St. Nicholas - It's his feast day today. 1
6th December - Find out about St. Nicholas - It's his feast day today. 2

5th December - Pray for those who have no home this Christmas

5th December - Pray for those who have no home this Christmas 1
5th December - Pray for those who have no home this Christmas 2
5th December - Pray for those who have no home this Christmas 3

4th December - Sort out clothes or toys that you could give to charity

4th December - Sort out clothes or toys that you could give to charity 1
4th December - Sort out clothes or toys that you could give to charity 2
4th December - Sort out clothes or toys that you could give to charity 3
4th December - Sort out clothes or toys that you could give to charity 4

3rd December - Make a card for someone you love

3rd December - Make a card for someone you love 1
3rd December - Make a card for someone you love 2
3rd December - Make a card for someone you love 3
3rd December - Make a card for someone you love 4
3rd December - Make a card for someone you love 5
3rd December - Make a card for someone you love 6
3rd December - Make a card for someone you love 7
3rd December - Make a card for someone you love 8

CAFOD

Celebrating CAFOD fast day in the brightest way while giving thanks for all that God provides. So far we have raised £175- Well done everyone.

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Lent

 

 

 

 

 

Footsteps

We made it!

Our actions through Lent have lead us to Christ the King.

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Stations of the Cross Liturgy

 

On Spy Wednesday the school came together to reflect on Holy Week. Led by the Year 5s the children lead us through Jesus's final days on Earth.

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Year 4, 5 and 6 lead the Penitential Service inspired by the bible verse- 'He took our sin away nailing it to the cross' Colossians 2:14.

Footsteps

During Lent St John's have been set a challenge - to grow closer to God.

Every time someone makes a good choice they will write it on a foot and we will get one step closer to the crucifix in the hall and to God.

 

Check back to see if we make it!

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Advent

The third candle on our Advent Wreath was lit this morning by all our sets of twins. This week we are thinking about what it means to be waiting in joyful anticipation for the coming of Jesus.

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Today, Years 4,5 and 6 celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We took some time out from the busy Christmas celebrations to think about how we could really prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus.

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Our eldest and youngest children lit the first candle on our Advent Wreath.

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 Mr Hutton lit the second candle on our Advent Wreath.

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On 9th October Rosemary from CAFOD came in to lead our worship and tell us more about the work that CAFOD does around the world. She especially talked about the farmers they help in El Salvador. After the assembly she visited the junior classes to answer any of the children's questions.
 
 

During the end of term assembly, the Year 6 leavers were all presented with their own El Salvador crosses to remember their time at St John's and all the support that they were given to help them on the next part of their faith journey.

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Fr James celebrated the Feast Day of St Peter and Paul with us. The children who had recently made their First Holy Communion wore their special clothes.

 Fr James celebrated the Feast Day of St Peter and Paul with us. The children who had recently made their First Holy Communion wore their special clothes. 1

Easter

 

This week we welcomed our 'Living Eggs' to school. We excitedly watched them hatch and grow as we explored the theme of new life at Easter.

Advent

 

Mrs Park lit the third candle on our Advent Wreath. The third Sunday in Advent is called Gaudete Sunday, which means rejoice. We light the rose-coloured candle as a sign of our rejoicing - we are halfway through Advent and getting closer to welcoming Jesus in to our lives.

 

 

 

 

The second candle on our Advent wreath was lit by one of our newest members of staff, Miss Brien.

 

 

 

Today, the eldest and youngest children in the school lit the first candle on our Advent wreath. We have entered this special season when we wait and prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ. What are you doing to get ready to welcome Jesus into your life this Christmas? Perhaps you could add your own prayer to the prayer tree in our school or make your own prayer tree at home.

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Prepare with CAFOD: Please click on the link to open the CAFOD Advent calendar for a daily reflection on how you can be preparing this Advent.

 

http://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-schools/Advent-calendar-for-children

21st October 2016 - Our School Feast Day

 

Today we celebrated our transferred School Feast Day and remembered the opening of our school in October 1980.

 

Canon Dominic led our celebration of Mass in which we were joined by parents, governors  and friends of the school.  We collected food and toiletries for the Roberts Centre and reflected on what it means to be a member of our school community.

 

To complete our Feast Day, Miss Hobbs gave everyone a special treat to enjoy at playtime.

The New Academic Year

 

We began the year by explaining how we can "Shine before People" and be good disciples in all that we think, do and say.

 

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Easter. He is risen!

 

 

 

Today, as part of our journey through Lent, we celebrated the sacrament of reconciliation.

Canon Dominic blessed our Lenten passports on Ash Wednesday and issued one to every family. We hope that they will help us to journey together through Lent and help us to grow to be 'merciful as the father is merciful.' (Lk6:36)

Please remember to complete the activity each week and bring the passport into school to be stamped

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Key Stage 1 Children

Key Stage 2 Children

 

 

Holy Year of Mercy

 

 

 

 

 

 

During this Holy Year of Mercy, we are running a Mercy Club at school for KS2 children who are interested in exploring how we can really make this year special. They will be meeting regularly to plan events and themes for children and their families based around the corporal works of mercy.

Their first job was to order some equipment to send to our twin school, Christ the King, in Bamenda. The group decided to send a selection of play equipment for the children to use at playtimes as well as photographs and messages of goodwill.

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As part of their work, the Mercy Club are leading our journey through Lent with a focus on how we can ‘be merciful, even as your Father is merciful,’ (LK 6:36).

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