Today we welcomed Fr Nishan to school to lead our Ash Wednesday Liturgy. We committed to make the Holy Season of Lent a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We were marked with the sign of cross on our foreheads as a sign that we want to follow Jesus and we answered Pope Francis' call to make today a day of prayer for peace in Ukraine.
As part of our Easter celebrations and work on new life, we have welcomed 10 living eggs into school.
Over the next few days, we will watch in anticipation as they hatch and we will experience the joy and wonder of new life.
We pray that this Easter brings the joy of new life in Christ to all in our community and the wider world.
The Edith Stein Partnership, which consists of the local Catholic primary and secondary schools, worked together during lockdown to produce this wonderful blessing. Thank you to Oaklands for organising the project and to all of the children, across all of the schools who have shared their gifts and talents so enthusiastically.
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Here are pictures of our Brighten Up for Cafod Day.
We raise £203.45 to help achieve children's rights for water, food and education.
Each child decorated a T-Shirt to raise awareness of others in our world.
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.
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.
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
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.
We made it!
Our actions through Lent have lead us to Christ the King.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Our eldest and youngest children lit the first candle on our Advent Wreath.
Mr Hutton lit the second candle on our Advent Wreath.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).