Celebration of the Word
Welcome to our school year 2023-2024
"Learning together with God"
We are a Catholic school. The Chapel is at the heart of our school in a spiritual sense. We try to encourage in our pupils a sense of their spiritual relationship with God which informs their daily lives.
We meet as a whole school every Monday and Friday to pray and we sing hymns together on a Wednesday, to celebrate and share in each other’s successes; to offer the new day to God. We also meet together in Key Stages once a week – EYFS and KS1 meet on a Tuesday/Thursday, and KS2 meet on a Thursday.
Our pupils and staff all contribute to the life and worship of our school in a variety of ways; serving, reading, and Eucharistic ministry for the whole school Masses.
Class and phase Masses are also celebrated, giving the children the opportunity for worship in a more informal setting. Pupils are encouraged and expected to participate in planning and leading these services.
In both whole-school and Key Stage Celebration of the Word, children often prepare and lead worship. In Years 5 & 6, the school Chaplaincy Team will take on this role. This can also include, reflecting on the life of a saint whose feast day the church is celebrating, to a dramatic presentation of the teachings of the prophets. Staff too, across the curriculum, lead whole-school prayers and collective worship, demonstrating the rich traditions and styles present in the St Patrick's community.
Please click on the boxes below to see our school and community in prayer.
Whole-School Celebration of the Word - Ten Ten Resources
Monday 22nd January
Miss Robinson shared talked to us about how Jesus gives us the best news and this is His invitation - to listen to Him, turn back to Him and believe what He tells us because the kingdom of God is close at hand.
Monday 15th January
Mr Henley led us in Celebration of The Word today. The Gospel this week tells the story of Andrew’s first encounter with Jesus, where they spend time getting to know one another, talking and relaxing just as friends do. Our prayers this week are about the nature of prayer, and how we can get to know Jesus better through our times of prayer.
Monday 8th January
Mrs Marshall's Celebration of the Word focused on the gifts from The Wise Men, and how we were given the gift of love.
Monday 4th December
For the start of Advent, Miss Priddle led us with the message of being patient like Mary. We reflected on how we can be like Mary and say, "YES!" to God.
Monday 27th November
This week’s Gospel Matthew 25: 31-46 reminds us that Jesus is the great King of the universe. This celebration of the word helped us to reflect on how through His Kingship, He unifies nations, heals His people, defeats the enemy and leads His people to join Him in glory.
Monday 20th November
Through an interactive version of the Parable of the Talents Matthew 25: 14-30, children learned that God wants us to experience being loved and choose to love Him in return.
Friday 10th November
Today we spent some time reflecting on Remembrance Day and why we remember those who have suffered in WW1 and WW2. We looked at the importance of Cenotaphs, and the significance of the poppies, marigolds and cornflowers. At 11am, we listened to 'The Last Post' and then sat for 1 minute in silence. After quiet reflection, we said a prayer together for peace. In our floor books, we have written prayers.
Monday 6th November
Miss Priddle led this week's Celebration of the Word, sharing God's message of how being humble and showing humility can help serve others, and in turn, serve God. The children shared ideas about what ingredients would be needed to bake 'humble pie' - listening to others, choosing patience, admitting mistakes and putting others first.
Monday 16th October
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus told us about Heaven using a parable about invited guests who choose not to accept the invitation. Through a short animation, ‘The Invitation’, children were invited to recognise ways they can accept God’s invitation to them.
Monday 9th October
Mr Beasley-Suffolk and his class led this week's Celebration of the Word. In this week’s Gospel (Mt 21: 33-43), Jesus tells the parable of the tenant workers in the vineyard being rejected. Through reflection of the Gospel, we can understand that we are called to respect Jesus, not reject Him.
Monday 2nd October
Today we gathered together, led by Mrs Roy, to listen to a modern parable about a father and his two sons in the vineyard. We reflected on how important it is to follow Jesus and His ways, by mirroring his words and actions. In our Action Task, classes made 'Chains of Action' whereby they created link chains of the actions we can carry out this week to show our faith. These are now on display on our prayer tables in class.
Monday 25th September
Today we gathered together, led by Miss Priddle, Penny and Tony (Year 5 and 6). Through Jesus’ parable of the workers in the vineyard, we learnt that whilst we cannot always understand the actions of God, we can trust that His ways are not our ways, and that His love for us is deeper, wider and higher than we can imagine. We listened to Matthew 20: 1-35 and reflected upon how we share God's gifts e.g. fairness, kindness, love, honesty and trust.
Monday 18th September
Today, our gathering for Worship was slightly different; CAFOD volunteers, Kathy and Rose, came to visit us to launch our themed week for Catholic Social Teaching. We are really lucky to have workshops this week in Year 1 - 6, where we are learning about the 9 Principles: Common Good, Stewardship, Solidarity, Subsidiarity, Preferential Option for the Poor, Participation, Promoting Peace, Human Dignity and Distributive Justice.
Click here to watch the video! https://youtu.be/dLHvosRUfQc
Monday 11th September
Today we gathered in our School Hall to celebrate 175 years of Education Sunday. Mr B, with Frank, Yulien, Hannah, Austin, Penny, Isiah and Viktorija from Year 5, led us in our worship, thanking the adults around our school how their guidance and development in our faith.
Termly Gospel Values Assemblies
This year, we are especially focusing on the 9 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching. In this work, we look at the encyclical letters written by Pope Francis. An encyclical is a letter circulated by the Pope to Catholic churches worldwide. It is sent directly from our Holy Father in Rome to Catholics all over the world and is often addressed to all people of good will, namely non-Catholics who may also want to read the document.
Term 1 - HOPE
In Term 1, we think about HOPE. This could be hopes for ourselves, for our community and for the world. Mrs Roy and Miss Priddle led our HOPE assembly, where we all shared ideas about how HOPE can CONNECT us and the world together.
Term 2 - Forgiveness and Peace
This term, we are focusing on the values of 'Forgiveness and Peace'. In our Values Assembly on 30/10/23, we reflected on the symbolism of peace - a dove - and what God said about peace, through using scripture John 14: 23-27
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
We then had an action task which can be found in our class floorbooks.
Term 3 - Trust and Responsibility
Mr Beasley - Suffolk and Miss Priddle introduced this term's values of 'Trust and Responsibility'.
EYFS and KS1 focused on special people that they can trust in their families, whilst Years 3 and 4 reflected on people in our wider community who are trustworthy. Years 5 and 6 thought about their personal responsibilities.
Friday 5th January
Today we gathered to celebrate The Feast of The Epiphany.
The word means a moment when we suddenly realise something important. The visit of the Wise Men to the crib reminds us that Jesus came for everyone in the world. God did not send His son to a small group of people. He sent Him to everyone. We are learning about Jesus and we can share what we know with everyone we meet.
Wednesday 1st November
Today we gathered together on All Saint's Day. Our amazing Chaplaincy Team planned this Mass with the help of Mr B and Mrs R.
We often think about the saints and the example they have given us. Our Parish and school are under the special care and protection of St. Patrick. Our school houses are dedicated to the four evangelists – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – to remind us that we, too, must spread the good news about Jesus. Each class has a patron saint whose example we can follow. There are also thousands of saints whose names we don’t know, who are with God in heaven because they followed what God asked them to do. It is not complicated to follow what God wants us to do; in today’s gospel, Jesus tells us exactly how we can do it! If we follow the model Jesus gives us, God will bless us and we, too, will be able to be saints.
A special 'Thank you' to Mrs Wring for playing the piano whilst we sang our hymns; and also to Penny, Hannah, Tianna, Ann, Christine, Jake, Blanka, Antonina and Anaya, for reading and offertory.
Wednesday 13th September
Today we gathered together in our Church to ask for God's blessing on all that we undertake this year; we praise Him and thank Him for our gifts.
We thanks pupils from Year 6 (Lena, Theo, Elsie and Tony), from Year 5 (Danira, Aidan, Anaya, Julia, Francesco and Della) and Year 4 (Eva and Maria) for their participation in leading today's readings, prayers and offertory.
Class and Phase Masses
Wednesday 24th January
EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 shared their first phase Mass of the year today. The pupils and congregation thought about how we should put others first. One way we can do this is to remember how important little things are. We might think it is only a little thing to speak nicely to each other, but it is very important. All big and important things start out small.
Jesus even compares God’s kingdom to a tiny seed that will grow into a huge plant.
Every time we say a kind thing we are putting others first and planting a tiny seed that can grow into a healthy plant of friendship or love.
Wednesday 6th December
Year 5 and 6 celebrated Advent Mass. Father Antonio said Mass and gave the homily about the miracle of the loaves and fish.
Year 5 led the liturgy and Year 6 led the singing. It was also lovely to see the altar servers gaining in confidence following their training with Simon last week.
Wednesday 4th October - Year 5 and 6
On Wednesday this week, Year 5 and 6 gathered together to Celebrate the Word of St Francis - the pupils led the liturgy and prayers, with Father Henry and Father Antonio leading the Homily.