RE and Catholic Life
Every half term we concentrate on two of these Gospel Values from our tag cloud. The Gospel Values we are exploring for this year 2019/20 are:
Autumn 1: Grateful and Generous
Autumn 2: Attentive and Discerning
Spring 1: Compassionate and Loving
Spring 2: Faith-filled and hopeful
Summer 1: Eloquent and Truthful
Summer 2: Learned and Wise
Compassionate and Loving in year 6
St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School
“Jesus is at the heart of all that we do”
The life and soul of St Edward’s is based on the example given to us by Jesus Christ. The caring, understanding, love and support for each other is present in all that we do and all that we strive to do.
Every child and every adult at St Edward’s is as important as the next. By working together we are all able to help each other and produce the best environment possible for each child's learning experiences to be as successful as possible. Our main concern is to make the school, in every sense a Christian community where all parents, pupils and staff are working together for the good of each other.
St. Edward’s School is a learning community with a Catholic ethos founded on Gospel values. Through religious education, our prayer life and the general life of the school, our young people will be prepared to serve as witnesses to moral and spiritual values in the wider world:
- Children and adults are seen as made in God’s image;
- Everyone in the school is encouraged to fulfil their unique role in creation;
- We recognise, develop and value every person – celebrating and encouraging their individual talents;
- Success is celebrated and is a frequent experience;
- In partnership with home and parish, we prepare our children for their lives as good citizens in the world community;
The Wednesday Word is used in all year groups to further support the pupils’ spiritual development and to encourage strong home, school and parish links. The Catholic life of the school is enriched with whole school attendance at Mass to celebrate the beginning and end of terms. Children from different year groups take it in turn to prepare the readings and lead the Mass.
Non-Eucharistic liturgies are prepared by pupils from Year 2 to Year 6.
The Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher lead weekly key stage assemblies to promote the spiritual and moral development of pupils and staff. All class assemblies have a strong religious focus and are shared with parents as well as the school community. The school is supported by our Parish Priest, Fr Denis McGillycuddy.
Children have the opportunity to receive three sacraments during their time at St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School.
The preparation for each sacrament takes place during religious education lessons and there are also meetings between school, parents and the parish priest.
At St. Edward’s we follow ‘Learning and Growing as the people of God’’ scheme of work which helps the children to prepare to receive the Sacraments. We also have a special book: ‘I belong’ which help us to keep a record of our preparations.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ.
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (John 20:21-23).
After a period of preparation our Year 3 children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Spring term, before Easter.
The children learn the Act of Contrition:
O my God, because you are so good,
I am very sorry that I have sinned against you,
And by the help of your grace, I will try not to sin again.
First Holy Communion
Once the children in Year 3 have made the Sacrament of Reconciliation, they receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. This usually takes place on a Sunday during May. The children work very hard at home, in school and in the parish to ensure that they are fully prepared to receive Jesus into their hearts.
The children study all of the parts of the Mass in detail over the year but focus particularly on the Liturgy of the Eucharist leading up to the celebration of First Holy Communion. By exploring each of the parts of the Liturgy of the Eucharist in detail, the children learn that the Mass is a celebration of thanksgiving and that during the Eucharistic prayer, the priest asks the Holy Spirit to change the gifts of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Alongside their lessons in school, the children attend Mass with their families each week and pray at home as a family. The children are encouraged to read Bible stories together and discuss their Religious Education lessons. The children are given various tasks to complete at home linked to their First Holy Communion.
Confirmation is one of the Holy Sacraments. It is a process that begins at Baptism. Through this sacrament, Christians are strengthened by the Holy Spirit to use and develop their gifts to love and serve God and others in our everyday lives.
Confirmation is celebrated at a special ceremony in our church, officiated by the Bishop and our Parish Priest. During the Confirmation ceremony, the Bishop annoints the sacred oil of chrism on the forehead of each nominee. With the laying of the hands, the candidates are then invited to go out into the world, just as the Apostles did, with the Holy Spirit in their hearts.
When preparing for the sacrament, students reflect on the fruits of the Holy Spirit by investigating the lives of saints and people in the community. Then, at Confirmation, they accept the challenge and responsibility of nurturing God’s gifts to the world.
Prayers the children will be learning
As Mary's birthday was on a Saturday this year, we dedicated our lesson on Friday to Our Lady. Classes held prayer services in honour of Her, made birthday cards, recreated art work, composed songs and much more. Our mass lead by 6' OL in church, was not only a lovely start to this academic year but being dedictaed to Our Lady was a wonderful way to finish the celebrations reminding us of the important part Mary played in Jesus' life and still plays in our lives today.
After our first mass of the academic year 2018 that was held in school, Father Denis did a tour of the school. He went in to every working space in the school to bless it and to lead the children in a prayer in the hope of successful school year. The children were most respectful and stood behind their chairs as he entered their classroom, listened attentively and prayed with reverence.
On Tuesdsay 12th September, the whole school gathered together for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The children came into the school hall with reverence and awe. Father Denis came to join us and brought the Monstrance from church, so that we could re enact what was going to be happening on the screen in front of us. When the live stream began the children all gasped and stared in amazement. They joined in with the singing and prayers beautifully and where it was appropriate sat still and silent in adoration.
In the lead up to this significant event, the children explored what adoration was and the significance to us as Catholics. They the completed a range of activities relating to the event and to the Monstrance.
This week, our year 3 children and year 6 children have been paired up as ' Faith Friends'. Not only do the year 6 children support the younger year 3 children through their transition to KS2, but both year groups support each other on their sacramental journeys.
We ask that both year groups try, where they can, to attend the Sacramental services of the other year group as a moral and spiritual support.
This is the second time they have met and they have already learned a lot about their partner.
Sacramental Preparation Meeting 2018
Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
Thank you to all who came to our first meeting in preparation for receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. It was a lovely opportunity for us to reminisce about our own Sacramental journey and for the children to talk about their understanding of the special year they are setting out on. For those of you who would like to have another look through out presentation slides we have added them to the page below.
The children lit an individual candle to remind them that Jesus is guiding us on this journey in faith and took a special prayer for Reconciliation away with them to say with their family at home. To connect the child, the family, school and parish; with their parents the children made their 'pray for me' artwork that will be displayed up in church all year round. Their were lots of focussed faces, glue and glitter and a lot of fun was had by all!
Our school house saints are named after the Gospel writers whose work all those years ago has provided us with the wonderful scripture that now informs us of the works, teachings and events in the time of Jesus in the New Testament.
We all belong to a house saint and have the opportunity to earn house points which will then be collated each week. We celebrate the house which has earned the most housepoints collectively across the school. The trophy is displayed in our entrance hall with a coloured ribbon that denotes which house is the winner for the week!
We have special house captains who have the job of representing their house at Praise assembly.
This year each house has a chance to have a house meeting with their staff head of house and to dress up in their special saint's house colour. The children in St. Matthew's house led mass beautifully and then celebrated their house day (in yellow!) with a party on 21st September. St Luke's house will be leading mass on the 17th Oct and celebrating their house day on 18th October (in green!) with a party.
Our House Days are as follows:
St Matthew (yellow) 21st September
St Luke (green) 18th October
St John (blue) 27th Dec-celebrated on our first week back to school
St Mark (red) 25th April
Tea with Mrs K
We had our first Praise assembly of this academic year on the 21st September. Children were selected by their class teacher for many reasons from being a good role model with behaviour, working hard in all tasks and living like Jesus. The children who get selected sit at the front of assembly and are awarded a certificate. Not only do they get a certificate, but they get to join Mrs. Kennett for a cup of tea and a delicious cake in the staff room.
As it is the month of October, our school Faith Ambassadors visited St. Paul's convent. Sister Genevieve Dupuis founded both the convent and our school. St. Edward's school building is built upon land that the convent gave to us. Florence and PJ, two of the representatives from our Faith Ambassador's took artwork, that the children prepared of Our Lady for the month of the Rosary. The two children had a tour and visited the chapel, lots of facts were shared and Florence and PJ discussed what they had learned all the way back. PJ then shared the story of his visit in assembly. They were such good representatives of our school we have been invited back anytime! We will definitely be taking this invitation up.
St Chad's Choir Preparation
Two teachers have been coming into school every Tuesday to work with our choir. They have been learning a selection of hymns in preparation for a performance at St Chad's Cathedral in December. Mrs Bettam has organised this fantastic opportunity and Mrs Connaughton has been supporting the children every Tuesday and described the experience as uplifting.