It is very important to us that the Catholic identity of our school is not exclusively restricted to RE lessons. The educational process is not confined to the curriculum, nor to the academic, technical, artistic and sporting achievements of the school. In our Catholic school, we offer all members of our community the possibility not only of exploring the mystery which God is, but also of demonstrating the Gospel in action.
Pope Francis has recently spoken to children of the need to open themselves to the love of Christ and to offer themselves passionately to the great work of renewing society. The Pope reminded the young people to learn how “to think, to feel and to do.”
This is reflected in the relationships within the school and local environment, but also in how we recognise and react to the responsibility we all share to care from our neighbours further afield. To this end, the school supports a number of local, national and international charities.
The Biggest Coffee Morning 2015.
Although we did not collect any money, the school was very fortunate to have a Lampedusa Cross in school in September. We used the Cross as the focus of our beginning of school year Mass. Helen Savelli from CAFOD led our Year Six children on a pilgrimage to learn about refugees, and then returned to visit each class to introduce the children to Laudato Si, the Pope’s letter to the world on climate change. The children wrote Messages of Hope, which were taken to Fr Luke for refugees on Kos.
We celebrated a wonderful Harvest Week in school this October, when we thought about people who are hungry in the Third World, as well as those who are hungry closer to home. The children were invited to bring in items of non-perishable food to make up hampers for the Norwich Foodbank and Soup Kitchen.
This year we were in school for November 11th. The children learned all about Armistice Day and everyone in school fell silent for a minute’s silence at eleven o’clock. The children brought money throughout the week and bought poppies, bracelets, keyrings etc to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.
November 18th was Children In Need Day and everyone came to school in fancy dress. We decided to hold a Sponsored Run in aid of two local charities. The money raised was split between helping to fund a rough terrain buggy for How Hill and a donation for the Norfolk Christian Football League, in memory of Tim Stapleford.
Coming this Advent…….
In the autumn they ask schools to organise collections of sugar, which is sent to local shelters and soup kitchens. British Sugar has offered to match, kilo for kilo, the first two tons of their brand, Silver Spoon, the school pupils collect. We will be collecting bags of sugar in the first week of Advent.
We will also be collecting tea, coffee and hot chocolate to be taken by Mrs Furness to the Norwich Soup Kitchen.
And in the New Year…….
We have already registered our younger children to join in the Sign2sing challenge for 2017. Watch out for further details in the Weekly What’s On in the New Year.This year we’re inviting our parents and carers to take up the challenge as well!