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First Holy Communion Parent Presentation September 2020
Every half term we concentrate on two of these Gospel Values from our tag cloud. The Gospel Values we are exploring for this year 2020/21 are:
Autumn 2: Intentional and Prophetic
we aim to give children a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith. We give the religious, spiritual and moral education of our children the highest priority
The Religious Education within the school promotes awe, wonder, reverence and spirituality within every child. As children are taught about God’s love they discover their Christian responsibilities and how they should pray and care for others.
We aim to equip children with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore beliefs, values and traditions in the Catholic faith and other faiths.
their full potential.
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.
As we have been unable to gather together for our initial meeting as part of the children's sacramental preparation; the teachers have recorded a short video presentation to give you the relevant information at this stage. Unfortunately, we do not have dates for the Sacraments yet but as soon as we do we will contact you to let you know. Once you have watched the video could you please email your child's year group email to let their teacher know that your child has started their preparation.
Year 3 Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
Year 6 Confirmation
Prayers the children will be learning
We have entered into this special time of preparation in school. We have lit our first purple candle as we count down to Christmas and the birth of Jesus.
In school, all of our altar clothes are purple to show that we are preparing and we are following our Walk with me calendar each day to see what message it gives us.
We began the week with the children being able to wear something purple to mark the start of Advent. On Tuesday the children had an afternoon of Advent craft to make things representing their countdown to Christmas. We have have been taking part in 'OPEN' the daily liturgy provided by Dan and Emily from One Life Music, who would often come into school and lead retreats particularly for our sacramental children. The staff have even had their own retreat provided by Dan and Emily to help us reflect and develop spiritually at the challenging but also busy period of the year.
Our donations have already started building up or our reverse Advent calendar, once again showing the generosity and care of the families in our school community.
Here is a just a small sample of the donations we received for Harvest. Our families are always so generous with giving to others less fortunate, even in these challenging and uncertain times. We couldn't fit all of the donations into the photograph! Thank you as always.
First Holy Communion
We would like to say congratulations to the children in year 4 who received the Sacrament of the Eucharist on the 11th and 19th October. This celebration had to be cancelled last year, but this did not make it any less significant. The children were mature and reverent, smart and beautiful and they read and responded in a fantastic manner, we are very proud of them. Thank you to all the children and parents who supported our efforts in ensuring this special day could go ahead and the arrangements that had to be made.
St. Edward's Feast day
Today, we celebrated the feast day of the patron saint of our school. In each class we learned about him and why he was made a saint. There was a mixture of activities such as 'Happy Feast Day' cards, crowns and lots of other creative activities to celebrate this special day for our school. We were very lucky this year and would like to say thank you to the parents who helped mark this day by decorating our playgrounds with balloons.
Despite being unable to physically attend mass, we at St. Edward's are continuing to celebrate mass each week through the use of technology and the webcam. It is amazing to see Fr. Denis on the screen and communicating the word of God to he children without being in the same building. Every week he welcomes the children at the school and tries to include them in the mass. We look forward to being able to return to Church as one family of God and a school and parish community, but until then we will continue to develop our faith in this way.
As it was Mary's birthday on the 8th September, each class prepared a Mary altar and held a special prayer service dedicated to her. It focused on the stories about Mary from the Bible and why she is so special to us. After this each child created a piece of art wok for display to show anyone who could see into our classrooms how special Mary is to us.
Sacramental Preparation Meeting
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 house points 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. This year as we cannot celebrate in the usual way we are having competitions and asking the children to research their house Saint and get creative in producing what they have found out.
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
Praise Assembly and Ralph
Every Friday, we have our Praise Assembly. Children are 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 are selected- sit at the front of their class and are awarded a certificate and sticker. Not only do they get a certificate, but they get a visit from Ralph along with Mrs Kennett and Mrs Carry to deliver their certificate and they get some time with Ralph.