Catholic Life of the school
The Crowning of Our Lady
Today we celebrated the Crowning of Our Lady in school. Due to the pandemic, we were unable to do this as a whole school with Father Frankie in May, so we have chosen the Month of the Holy Rosary to revisit this and to also remember our children who took their First Holy Communion this year. Thank you to Fr Frankie for his wonderful Homily and for leading us in prayer today.
Additional thanks goes to parents for showing your support by sending in the lovely flowers that we presented as a part of the service. Also a huge thank you to our Faith Leaders who were a great help in making the morning such a huge success.
On Wednesday 6th October, the Class Six Faith Leaders led Key Stage Two in prayer as they hosted our first Prayer Stations event of the year. All children from classes Three to Six were able to come to the hall and work in an area with an activity that helped them to pray together and share some special time with God.
The Class Six Faith Leaders worked exceptionally well as a team to ensure that the experience was well run and more importantly a joyful experience for all. We look forward to our next Prayer Station sessions where we will have some new Faith Leaders to help to support the fantastic work that Class Six has been doing.
Celebrating God's Love Together
It was a very special time in school today as we were able to invite Fr Frankie into school to spend time in prayer with us. This was a particularly happy time as today was the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross which Key Stage Two were able to celebrate together in Mass, led by Fr Frankie. After sharing Mass with the older children, Fr met with Key Stage One and Early years to share prayers with them. Celebrating our faith is always very special, but it has seemed even more so today after being separated for so long. We look forward to spending many more of these happy times together.
Year 3 enjoyed spending some quiet time this week completing four prayer stations, each designed by the teachers in Key Stage 2.
Refugee Awareness Week
Ahead of Refugee Awareness Day on 20th June 2021, and to celebrate National Refugee Week, Class Five were involved in an evacuation activity. As part of this activity the children completed a role play where they found themselves fleeing their country with only six belongings each! Over time they lost some belongings and sum were damaged. People we injured and families were separated. The journey was hard but eventually they made it to their destination after a dangerous overseas voyage. This powerful activity helped the children to understand what it means to be a refugee.
Year Five Celebrate
May- The Month of Our Lady
Our Lady, Mother of Mothers, Immaculate Mary, Mother of Christ, Blessed Virgin- Jesus' Mother has many names. In Class Five today we have meditated upon Mary as a young pregnant woman who went on a journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth. We discussed that this was one of God's many miracles as Elizabeth was very old to have a baby. We talked about how important Mary is to our Catholic Faith and the support she gives to us, even today. We wrote a prayer of praise, thanking Mary for all that she does to strengthen our faith.
The Road to Emmaus
In Class Five we have continued to think about how Jesus continued to renew the faith of his disciples by appearing to them on several occasions. Out Lectio Divina today was based upon the story of the Road to Emmaus where two of the disciples were joined by Jesus on the road. At first they didn't recognise him, but they were overjoyed when they realised that Jesus had risen from the dead and that God's great plan had come to pass.
We remembered the times that we sometimes fail to recognise Jesus in our lives and pray to God to allow us to always follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Feast Day of St Catherine of Siena
On Thursday 29th April, Year 4 celebrated the feat of St Catherine of Siena by having a party. They played some games, ate some food and prayed together. We had a great time on the feast day of our class saint.
Class Five Reflect on what the Resurrection means for us
In class today, we have engaged in a guided meditation, reflecting upon what the resurrection of Jesus means for us and how this has shaped us to be the Christian community we are today. We thought about how it is hard to believe and prayed to God to give us the strength to remember that Jesus is risen and that he died for our sins.
It was wonderful to see Year 6 reflect on the significant days of Holy Week in a variety of creative ways. Each group created a liturgy based on a theme of Holy Week; they designed their own altar, acted out scenes or freeze frames. Take a look at their fantastic posters too!
Holy Week Collective Worship
This week Reception have been reflecting on Holy Week. We made beautiful palm leaves for Palm Sunday and reflected on the other significant events during this time. Mrs Micaela has also made us a beautiful picture for our altar which celebrates Jesus' resurrection. He is risen!
Holy Week Prayer Stations
Year 6 spent time in the presence of God and reflecting on his journey to the grave. Each station was focused on the Easter story and gave opportunity for reflection and prayer.
Holy Week Prayer Stations
We took part in some Easter focused prayer stations in Holy Week. The children reflected and remembered different parts of the Easter story. This orientated their prayers and actions.
Prayer Stations brought us closer to God
The preparations that we have made during Holy Well as we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us at this time have been very different this year.I n many ways we are separated, bit in some ways we have never been closer together. The last year has reminded us what it is like to suffer and how we can find ourselves alone as Jesus did in the desert during Lent and in the Garden of Gethsemane. During Holy Week we came together to pray, to think about the sacrifices that Jesus made for us and to be thankful for all of his special gifts.
Holy Week Prayer Stations
To celebrate and reflect on Holy Week, the children in Year 3 completed prayer stations. The four stations were to celebrate:
- Palm Sunday
- The Garden of Gethsemane
- The Last Supper
- The Crucifixion
Day of Reflection
On Tuesday 23rd March the Bishop announced a day of reflection and prayer to mark the first anniversary of the first lockdown. We have talked about the struggles we have faced and how it has brought us all together as one. We watched a video from Fr Frankie and Reception made a boat to retell the story of Jesus calming the storm and to show that we are all in the same boat.
Mass with Father Frankie
As we are unable to visit Church in person at the moment, Fr Frankie held a live stream mass for the children at school. Year 3 enjoyed listening to the word of God (and Fr Frankie's jokes!)
In class today, we have been looking at what it means to be a good friend, We read the story of Jonathan and Paul (Samuel 1: 2-14, 23) where we learned that Jonathan cared for his friend so much, that he was willing to put himself in danger to protect him. We all decided that true friends are those that protect each other, even in the darkest of times. We prayed to God to help us to be good and true friends to each other. We also learned that there are four types of friendship;
- Friendship with God
- friendship with each other
- Friendship with yourself
- Friendship with the world around us
We prayed that we can all be good friends in all of these very special ways.
Rights and Diversity Week
In school we have been celebrating Rights and Diversity Week and Anti-Bullying Week. In class today we did a class worship focusing on this Bible extract:
“Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
We know that God loves us in our individuality and diversity and that he wants us to care for everyone equally. We prayed for this in our worship session, asking God to help us to be kind and give us the courage to 'Unite Against Bullies.' We offered up our prayers for all people in the world who have ever felt alone and excluded at the hands of others.
Nursery’s Charity- Mary’s Meals
This year Nursery was given the charity Mary’s Meals who believe:
“…that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things”
Nursery raised money for Mary’s Meals by hosting world porridge day in October.
For this we came in our pyjamas and tasted some delicious porridge and added our own toppings.
Also the whole school took part and came with their pyjamas on and donated £1 each towards Mary’s meals.
The children enjoyed some quiet time reflecting on themselves and their actions. They prayed to God and asked for help and guidance while completing a range of tasks prepared by each class and by the Faith Leaders.
Class Five Meditation- Loving Mary
In class today we thought about the life of Mary; the love that she has for Jesus, the sacrifices that she made. She is our Mother, our Holy Queen and out light in dark times. Today we thanked Mary for always loving us.
Collective Worship - Choices
‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’ Matthew 22:39
This week our Year 6 Lectio Divina focused on the parable 'The Good Samaritan'. We discussed what it means to be a neighbour and the importance of treating others as we would expect to be treated.
Faith Leaders get Planning in Class Five
Our new Class Five Faith Leaders have been busy today preparing for their first Child Led Class Worship tomorrow based on the theme of looking after your community. Congratulations to Lucie, Ciara, Ethan, Maks, Gabriel, Freya and Evie who are our new Faith Leaders in Class 5.
Laudato Si - Caring for our common home
As a class, Year 6 discussed the words of Pope Francis and why we should all act now to save our planet. We looked at how our common home is being damaged and suggested ways that we can reduce or prevent this altogether.
The Holy Rosary...
Year 4 have been enjoying an online art lesson on how to draw a set of rosary beads. We discussed the meanings of the different beads and what it helps us to do.
The Feast of St Peter and St Paul
29th June 2020
Today in school we celebrated the Feast of St Peter and St Paul. On this special day we rememebr these two remarkable men; the First Pope Peter and the infamous letter writer Paul. Both did so much to spread the Good News and both lost their lives for their love of Jesus. They were completly full of the Holy Spirit! We pray that we can grow a love as strong as their's for God.
We also thought about St Peter. Even though Peter was the first Pope he sometimes struggled with his faith. We wrote a prayer to St Peter, asking him to help us to be strong like he was, especially when we feel weak in our faith.
Usually at this time of year, we would have had a Pentecost party to mark this special event in the calendar. Instead, this year, Year 4 have thought about what Pentecost is and some of the symbols that we associate this important time. Year 4 enjoyed getting creative making the holy spirit dove and using Snapchat to produce the flame selfies!
Our Year 6 pupils designed some beautiful creations to decorate their homes and made very tasty looking treats to celebrate Pentecost at home with their families!
In year five we created posters and prayers to celebrate Pentecost. We remember that Pentecost is the birthday of the Church- It celebrates the beginning of spreading God's Good News.
Our key worker children discussed why we celebrate Pentecost. We looked at the symbols of Pentecost and decided to use these to create items to celebrate the birth of the church. We even practised greetings in different languages!
Ascension Day, commemorates the moment Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after Easter to sit at his Father’s right hand. To celebrate the Ascension of the Lord Year 6 have made some lovely craft pieces at home - click on the links to take a look.
Class Five have also been thinking about the Ascension. They thought about Jesus rising into the sky, surrounded by Angels, going to join his Father. They also remembered how alone the disciples would have felt- they had yet to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
This week, Catholics across the world have been celebrating the fifth anniversary of the publishing of Laudato Si': Care for our Common home. The children in Early Years watched a video to help them understand how important it is to care for our wonderful world – OUR COMMON HOME – and to look after all the plants and animals we share it with. They then made bird feeders and binoculars to do some bird spotting! Have a look at some of the wonderful work that they have completed!
If we had been in school this week we would be having our annual Crowning of Our Lady in our school garden, when we put a crown of flowers on the statue of Mary and lots of flowers around her. This week Early Year have been asked to make a flower for Mary, they could choose what they wanted it to be made from. There are some great crowns for Our Lady here - Well done!
The month of Our Blessed Mother, Mary
May is a very special month where we think about the love that Mary showed to Jesus and the loyalty that she gave to God. In class five we have been celebrating the month of Our Lady. Some of the children have created prayers; others shrines. Together we celebrate this special month.
The Month of May dedicated to Our Lady
Year 4 have been thinking about Mary and how if we had been in school this week we would have been holding out annual 'Crowning of Our Lady'. Instead the children have been busy making their own special alters at home and prayers to honour her.
To celebrate the anniversary of Laudato Si, today the key worker children said a prayer for a place in our common world that may need our prayers right now. We read some scripture, placed a pebble on these places on the map and then said a prayer for them. It's important we care and pray for others in our common home.
Year 6 pupils have created their own prayer tables at home to offer a wonderful place for their families to reflect and pray for our common home.
Year 3 NHS Prayers
Year Four - The New Commandment
We have been thinking about the New Commandment Jesus has given us - “Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself” (Luke 10:27) … We read a poem about the types of things we could do to help others during this time of crisis called ' What can I do?'
We thought about what we could do to help ourselves, as well as others, and how doing good deeds can make us feel.
Praying for Key Workers
At this time we are all thinking about the great work key workers are doing for us at this difficult time. In Class Five, we are praying for all people who are acting heroically for us at this time. We ask God to watch over them all. Look at some of the examples of the children's work below.
World Earth Day
We have had a great response from many of the children in Class Five on World Earth Day showing a great understanding of the challenges our planet faces. In this picture we can see a very powerful message that makes us think about our actions.
With the current situation Wednesday Word is not printing their weekly leaflet - However they have sent this so that you can still access the information - enjoy!
For interim online editions please visit: www.wednesdayword.org and simply click “Schools please click here for the Primary School version”
Well done to all the children who made their version of an Easter garden whilst they have been off school. I am impressed with the creativity of these. Below are a few examples.
The children of key workers,, that are attending school during this difficult time spent some time reflecting on what this season of Easter means for us - they created some wonderful colourful work! Well done everyone!
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Father Frankie joins us every Wednesday morning during Lent with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - What a fabulous way to start the day!
Tree Planting at Wardley Hall
The Faith Leaders were invited to attend an event at Wardley Hall, where they took part in planting plum trees and shrubbery along with some other schools in Salford. The aim of this event was to create an orchard, develop the existing woodland, increase wildlife and develop biodiversity in the area. The children had a fabulous time taking part in this. Thank you to the staff at City of Trees and Life for a Life.
Some examples of the Collective Worship during Lent
Parable work - Year of the Word
As part of the Year of the Word, The Faith Leaders gave each class a parable story to focus on. The children created some excellent work, fabulous acting and wonderful displays.
Year 3 looked at the Gloria prayer that is said during Mass, and wrote their own version of the prayer, giving glory and praise to God.
Year 3 Stone Soup Story
Year 3 looked at the importance of sharing in their RE lesson this week. They recreated freeze-frames for the story of the stone soup, in which villagers all come together to make a soup that can feed the village as a whole.
Multi Faith Week
Each class studied a different religion over the course of the week to learn more about different religious practices and cultures of others.
Year 6 focused on Judaism and we even had a visit from Rabbi Feldman from Broughton Jewish Primary School. We appreciated the insightful discussion with children asking lots of brilliant questions.
The Deanery Celebration
Today our Faith Leaders joined members of other schools to mark the Year of the Word. Each representative from the different schools were given some scripture from Matthew's Gospel to focus on and to prepare a prayer station based on it. The Faith Leaders had an amazing time, singing, listening to scripture, participating in prayer stations and speaking to members from other schools and the community.
Collective Worship with the Faith Leaders
The Faith Leaders led a lovely collective worship for the children in year 4. They told the story of the Good Samaritan and how Jesus would want us all to be kind and helpful just like the Samaritan was. They prayed for the people who are suffering in the world today especially the poor families and animals in Australia.
Today the chilren in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 took some time out of learning and put it into reflecting. They took part in the prayer stations that had been puty together by staff, which included - thinking about their actions, the words they use and how they respond. They had to reflect on what God would think about the world today and decide on the changes that could be made to make it a better and happier world.
The Year of the Word
The Faith Leaders kicked off the 'Year of the Word' with a fabulous assembly for the whole school. They explained what this means, shared some stories from the Bible and told the children about some exciting work that we will complete over the next few weeks.
Light Fever with Father Frankie
To start our Advent journey and prepare for Christmas we took part in light fever, we lit candles, said prayers, recieved blessings and were given a prayer card to take home and say during Advent. It was lovely reflecting time. Thank you to all who took came.
Faith Leaders Leading Faith
Today the Faith Leaders lead collective worship in class five. The theme was on treating people fairly. We heard about the life of the Good Samaritan. We pledged to pay witness to his story by acting more like the Good Samaritan in our own lives.
Year Five CAFOD Workshop
.Class Five have had a great morning today. After the CAFOD assembly, we were joined by Ann in class who delivered a workshop for us on the UN Convention for children, and the UNICEF Rights of the Child. It was a great morning and we learned even more about UNIVERSAL and UNCONDITIONAL rights. Thank you Ann!
CAFOD - World Gifts
Today we welcomed Ann, who works with the charity CAFOD, to help those people who are in need. She reminded us all about the fabulous
work that CAFOD does and how we can get involved! The children were very enthusiastic about raising money and deciding on what they wanted to spend it on.
After a lot of preparation and hard work we managed to raise a fabulous £315! Thank you to all got behind us!
Staff retreat - Jesus the teacher
We would like to thank Cath and James from Good News Retreats for leading our staff in some reflective thinking about ourselves and others. It was an interesting session where we thought about how we could describe Jesus and how we are the same as him.
UNICEF - World Children's Day
The UNICEF team led a fantastic assembly this morning to inform us on the rights of a child and to help us celebrate World Children's Day. Thank you to those parents that attended and celebrated with us!
Adoration of the Blessed Sarament with Years 4, 5 and 6
Father Frankie came in school today to teach us about the Blessed Sarament. We spent some special time in the presence of Jesus.
Year 3 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Father Frankie came into school to tell us all about Mary's Meals, which is a charity that he has supported for years. The charity believes that every child should receive one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things. After hearing that it will only cost £14 to feed a hungry child with Mary’s Meals for an entire school year we decided that we must take action!!
The Faith Leaders called and meeting and decided what they wanted to do - they did a 'guess how many sweets in a jar' and 'guess the name of the teddy' we raised a total £129.50 We are really pleased with what we have raised - so well done and Thank You!!
Below are the two lucky winners!
Year 3- Stages of Baptism
Celebration of God's word, The Anointing with Chrism, The Celebration of Sacrament, The White Garment, The Lighted Candle
Year 3 - Caritas in Action Work
Year 2's Black History Month assembly
Year 2's first assembly of this academic year was all about why we remember Black History Month in the UK. They spoke about how Black History Month started and why all people should be treated with respect and fairness by looking at the Unicef convention on the rights of a child and by looking at what the Bible says in Genesis and Galatians.
Year 4 did their first assembly of the year on Democracy, including some thoughts about Articles 13 and 14 of our Unicef rights. We reflected on the need to choose to elect leaders who reflect our Christian values such as kindness, care for the poor and love for our neighbours.
It's that time again - to brighten up for harvest. Today we took part in the CAFOD fundraiser to help communities that are in need and are trying to lift themselves out of poverty.
Millions of families around the world do not have enough food and children miss out on school. We supported this by donating £1 and wore the brightest clothes that we could find! Thank you to our children and parents for their support!
Father Frankie came to talk to us about a charity that he works very close with. This charity is called 'Mary's Meals'. This charity believes that 'every child should receive one daily meal in their place of education'. It would cost just £14 to feed one child for a whole year! This is something that we at Holy Family wanted to get involved with and so the Faith Leaders designed some fundraising activities. They thought of 'how many sweets in the jar?' and 'guess the name of the unicorn'. In one week they had raised £129 for Mary's Meals. Well done to the Faith Leaders and thank you to all who got involved!
Here is a picture of the two lucky ladies who won!
Another prayerful session had by all of Key Stage 2 today!
The children were incredibly respectful and enjoyed the quiet time reflecting on their families, their actions and behaviours.
The Faith Leaders joined forces to create our new and improved school prayer. We are very proud of the children and what they have achieved in the creation of this prayer - We think it sums up our school brilliantly! Thank you Faith Leaders!
Our School Prayer
Holy Family school is a place where love, hope and success thrive each day. With God, we learn to love ourselves, each other and our families. Our parish community and actions brighten up our day and help us to be like Jesus and our Mother Mary. We ask you Lord to stay with us on our journey as we learn, believe and seek to make the right choices as God’s children in our Holy Family School.
Year 6's assembly
Year 6 did a lovely assembly on Mary to celebrate her birthday this week! What a way to start off the celebrations for her birthday! The singing was amazing - well done!
Key Stage 2 enjoyed some quiet time reflecting on their lives, their behaviours and reminding themselves that we are to be role models to others. A lovely time at prayer stations
Year 6 celebrated the end of the year with a calming and well considered mass, every member of the class had some involvement in the way the mass was organised, from the readings and hymns that were chosen, what they decided to offer up to the layout of the classroom. It was beautiful and even the parishioners enjoyed themselves and joined us for tea and biscuits afterwards.