Throughout the liturgical year the children are involved in the preparation and celebration of key events in assemblies and performances. Their gifts and talents are acknowledged through award assemblies each week. The schools develop strong bonds between home, parish and school where all members of these communities are welcomed and valued.
We encourage the children to learn, grow and develop guided each day by our dual Mission Statements of:
St Peter’s -We follow Jesus everyday in all we do and all we say.
St Gildas’– Through our actions, we try to live as Jesus lived.
Prayer and Liturgy
6W have been busy preparing their Act of Worship for the school reflecting on the Feast of the Ascension.
They worked together in groups to organise all elements: Gather, Word, Respond and Mission.
We were so happy to be able to celebrate Ash Wednesday mass with Father Sean at St Peter in Chains church. The children sang beautifully and listened reverently to Father Sean’s sermon.
5A’s Class Assembly on the Parable of the Sower
6W’s Assembly reflecting on the life and service of St Maximilian Kolbe
May is the month dedicated to Our Lady. 4P led us in an act of worship celebrating the life and service of Mary, our mother and the mother of the Church.
Year 3 beautifully re-enacted the Easter Story
Reception learnt about Palm Sunday, they made palm leaves and took it in turn to be the donkey.
As part of our Lenten observance, Years 5 and 6 celebrated Mass in St Peter’s Church. Fr Sean helped us to understand more clearly the four parts of the Mass.
Year 6 visited Westminster Cathedral and took part in the Advent Carol Service in support of the Catholic Children’s Society.
Fr Sean is a regular visitor in our schools and we appreciate the opportunity to talk to him about our learning. Fr Sean always leaves us with something to think about linked to our current topic.
Pupil Led Collective Worship:
An opportunity to stop, reflect and gather together in prayer.
The children really enjoy opportunities to hold their pupil led worship outside!
The children plan and lead collective worship in their classrooms, a special quiet and prayerful time
Pupil voice: what the children think about having the opportunity to plan and lead acts of worship.
Remembrance – when we stop and think about those that are no longer with us
Advent wreaths help remind us of the nearness of Christ as we journey through the season.
Our class/home prayer books help to provide a vital link between school and home. Children write their own prayers which are used in class worship.
Class altars and prayer spaces reflect the liturgical season and current learning.
Teachers plan a variety of ways for children to share and develop their religious knowledge and understanding. Letters, contracts, artwork and extended pieces of writing are used for the pupils to showcase their talents and skills.
Year 6 have been learning about the inspirational witness of Fr Balashowry who takes care of street children in Hyderabad, India. We have focused on the specific qualities he possesses and how he lives out the Gospel message.
Magazine adverts for a Smartphone Bible App to encourage the faithful to seek God in Scripture.
Learning about the life and martyrdom of St Stephen – a true witness to the message of Christ.
Year 6 learnt about Maximillian Kobe and his life of charity living the Word of God
Year 6 Social Contracts
Year 5 were learning about the Sacrament of the Eucharist and used oil pastels to depict this sacred chalice.
Byzantine-inspired mosaic crosses.
Year 2 wrote Lenten Promises and thought how they could follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Year 6 Stations of the Cross artwork
Year 2 Stations of the Cross
At The Federation of St Peter’s and St Gildas’ we live our Mission Statement by actively engaging in charitable outreach and supporting those who are less fortunate than ourselves. We support a range of charities and incentives throughout the year supporting our pupils to develop their social responsibility.
Red Nose Day 2022
Children in Need Day 2022
Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children.
CAFOD’S Walk Against Hunger during Lent 2022
Anti-Bullying Week – two of our proud Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from Year 4
Don’t forget to read our weekly newsletters for news and information on the Catholic Life of our schools https://stpetersandstgildas.co.uk/news-events/newsletters/
Support for prayer and worship at home:
Look out for the Wednesday Word which is published each week on Google Classroom. This provides a wonderful opportunity for your family to bring the Gospel message to life as you read, discuss, pray and reflect together.
St Peter-in-Chains Parish
Please visit the Family Room for lots of inspiration on how to bring the church into your family homes. This page is updated weekly to reflect the liturgical year and themes.
Mark 10 Mission
The Mark 10 Mission in partnership with The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, is a brand new project for Catholic primary schools in England and Wales. This is an excellent resource used which can be used at home as well as in school as a means of listening to and responding to God’s Word in Scripture.
Each episode of The Mark 10 Mission is made up of 5 key elements:
- Welcome from a host
- The reading of the Sunday Gospel
- A reflection unpacking the Scripture
- A time of guided prayer
- A song of worship
The ‘Weekly Mission’ is something we encourage all pupils to partake in.
Please find links below to support collective worship at home via the Ten:Ten Newsletters.
Pope Francis on Twitter
Pope Francis is the leader of the global Catholic Church and has much to share with us. He tweets daily reminding us that we are all members of a worldwide faith community and to support us in prayer and building unity across nations and peoples.