Mass of the Risen Lord

On Wednesday, the whole school went to the Cathedral to celebrate the Mass of the Risen Lord. A huge thank you to all parents and members of our parish comity who donated flowers which then decorated our cross.

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The cross was taken down to the cathedral for the Mass, paraded back to school and stood out the front so that all who passed could witness that we are ‘Easter People’. Children took part in the mass by doing readings, singing hymns and leading the prayers of Intersessions. Thank you to all who helped to bring the mass together. IMG_4293

Dance House Performance at The Alexandra Theatre

Dancers from Year 5 and 6 took part in the Dance House Performance at The Alexandra Theater on Tuesday 25th April.

It is a local Arts driven initiative dedicated to supporting and encouraging the development of innovative and exciting dance. One of their aims is to provide performance opportunities for young people outside of the classroom and to experience the workings of a professional theatre.

The Dance House evenings celebrate the hard work, commitment and skill of young people within our vibrant community. It is an opportunity to share their dance work with an audience, as well as other schools, in a positive collaboration with professional artists and theatre technicians.

The girls performed really well and represented the school to the highest standard. Thank you to Charlie Ranken  – our dance club teacher – for choreographing the piece and lending so much support to the girls.

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Holy Week liturgies- Year 4 act out The Trial – Year 6 show the Crucifixion

Year 4 told the school the story of the trail and it was all done through poem and song that Mr Caws had written. It was very moving and the children loved every minute of it.

When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death. And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

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Year 6 then told the story of the crucifixion. We then sang the final part of ‘Were you there’ and after Jesus was buried in the tomb, the whole school left the hall in silence for the Easter Break.

Holy Week liturgies- Year 3 act out The Last Supper

On Thursday 6th April, Year 3 showed the rest of the school their Holy week Liturgy of The Last Supper.

He thanked God for the bread and shared it with the disciples and said, “Take this and eat it.  This is my body which is given for you”.  Then He took a full cup, thanked God for it and said, “This is my blood, which will be poured out for many people so their sins may be forgiven.”  They all took a sip from the cup.

We then sang the next part of ‘Were you there when they shared the bread and wine’.

Holy Week liturgies- Year 2 act out The Washing of the Feet

On Wednesday, as part of our Holy week liturgies, Year 2 showed the rest of the school the part of the Easter story where Jesus washes the feet.

Jesus and His disciples were getting ready for the Passover Festival.  Jesus knew that it was almost time for Him to leave His home on Earth and go back to Heaven.  While they were eating dinner Jesus had a lot of things on His mind.  He knew that one of His friends was going to betray Him.  He also knew that God had a plan and had everything under control. 

After dinner He got up, got a bucket of water, and started washing the disciple’s feet.  He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

You see, usually only servants washed people’s feet and Jesus was a king!  A King shouldn’t be washing anyone’s feet.  But Jesus did this to teach His friends a lesson.  You should help people.  Everyone should be a servant and help the people around them. 

When he had finished washing their feet, he returned to the table.  “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.  “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and that is right for you to do because that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

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Holy Week liturgies – Year 1 and Year 5 act out The Anointing at Bethany and The Betrayal of Jesus

On Tuesday’s Holy Week liturgy, Year 5 retold the story of the anointing at Bethany and Year 1 Acted out the Betrayal of Jesus. The whole school then sang ‘Thirty pieces of silver’ written by Mr caws.

While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly. “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

 

Judas Iscariot, who was one of the disciples, secretly met with the chief priests. He asked them “What will you give me if I give you Jesus?” They gave Judas 30 pieces of silver and Judas agreed to betray Jesus. (Matthew 26:14-16)

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Holy Week liturgies – Reception Class act out Palm Sunday

As the first part of our Holy Week liturgies, Reception class acted out Palm Sunday:

As Jesus came closer to Jerusalem, he asked two of his disciples to go ahead of Him.  He said, “When you get to the town, you will see a donkey tied up.  Untie it, and bring it to me.  If anyone asks you about taking the donkey, just tell them, ‘The Lord needs it and He will bring it back as soon as He’s done with it.'”

So, the disciples did as Jesus asked.  They soon found the donkey tied at a doorway.  As they were untying it, some people were standing nearby visiting. They didn’t recognize the men and asked, “What are you doing?  Why are you untying the donkey?”

They replied just as Jesus had told them to.  Explaining that the Lord needed it, the people let them go.

When they brought the donkey to Jesus, some of the disciples took off their coats and laid them on the donkey’s back.  They did this out of respect for Jesus.  Then Jesus rode on the donkey towards Jerusalem.

As He was traveling, some people saw Jesus coming and came running towards Him.  They had heard He might be coming and they wanted to see him because he had just helped a dead man come back to life.

One by one, they laid their coats on the ground for the donkey to step on.  Even the people that weren’t wearing coats ran to the fields and trees nearby and cut palm branches and laid them down.

These people knew that Jesus was special.  It was like when a King or Queen would come to town, and people would roll out a red carpet for him or her to step on.  This is what these people did for Jesus when they laid down their coats and branches.

As they got even closer to the town, more and more people noticed Jesus.  A crowd surrounded Him and started to shout praises to Him for all the miracles He had done: “Hosanna!  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna, Hosanna!”  

Reception then added a palm leaf to our prayer focus, which will be added to as the week goes on.

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Whole school Spirituality Day

Last Friday, the whole school was fully immersed in a day reflecting and nurturing their spirituality and sense of wonder. Workshops included children writing prayers, learning about refugees, making religious bookmarks and hearing about mission work in South Africa.

The children experienced four workshops and had the chance to work with different teachers and adults including volunteers from Yapton Free Church. This was an inclusive day where all children and adults were given the opportunity to further develop their spiritual relationship with Christ.

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A volunteer helper said ‘ It was a delight to be here’ and anther said ‘That was outstanding!’

Many thanks to all involved and those who gave their free time to help organise and run the day!