This month, we have been celebrated the Year of Oscar Romero by looking at school leavers. We have celebrated all the times when God is with us in times of need, and in times of success.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Our task was to make an ‘Aspire’ card for the children moving up to our class in September, all about the things they will love ad learn in Year 2.
We thank you for all the great things we have done at Sacred Heart school.
We have learnt so much; we have had fun; we have grown up.
Look after us as we prepare for a future in a new school.
Help us stay true to the faith and values that have been so important in this school.
Help us aspire to be more.
The theme for July was based around Oscar Romero’s words ‘Aspire not to have more, but to be more’. The children thought about they could aspire to be more as they approach the end of another academic year and their final year in primary school approaching. The children completed an engaging activity to help them think about this as they created their very own ‘chatterbox’. The children had a chatterbox template with eight numbered statements; each one a saying from Oscar Romero. The children wrote in the corresponding numbered triangle what they were going to try to do to fulfil that statement. They also coloured in the four corners in an El Salvadorian Cross Style using bright colours. Once they had done this, the children used the chatterboxes on each other to share their personal thoughts and feelings. To finish, we came back together as a class and said a prayer together.
This week, the children celebrated the ‘Day of Many Colours’ – run by Mission Together, by wearing non-uniform. This linked in to the Year of Oscar Romero for June. The children began by watching a short assembly presentation which highlighted how Mission Together carry out fundraising to help children all around the world. The children then prayed together for the children in different continents. They used the colours represented to design their very own Mission flag depicting children helping people all around the world.
The children came into school in non-uniform on the 29th June to celebrate the ‘Day of Many Colours’ – run by Mission Together. This linked in to the Year of Oscar Romero for June. The children began by watching a short assembly presentation which highlighted how Mission Together carry out fundraising to help children all around the world. The children then prayed together for the children in different continents. They used these prayers as inspiration to write their very own own mission prayers which were shared with the class. Finally they coloured in a flag template to create their very own Mission flag.
The children brought some money into school which they spent in the afternoon at a cake sale with some of the proceeds being given to those most in need.
The children continued the Year of Oscar Romero in the month of May by looking at the Church. We discussed the role of the Church and how it aims to help those less fortunate across the world. We looked at the work of CAFOD over the years and how they have helped those most in need. The children then researched the different ways that the Church / CAFOD have helped communities around the world. They presented their findings to the class and we finished with a prayer.
After Romero’s death, many of the ordinary people of El Salvador began calling him ‘San (Saint)Romero’ and came to his tomb to pray. In February 2015, Pope Francis declared that Romero was a martyr. This meant that he would become known as ‘Blessed Oscar Romero’, the first step to being officially declared a saint.
In El Salvador, there is a tradition of producing very colourful crucifixes. The bright decorations not only have a figure of Jesus at the centre but also include images of the local community set in a Salvadoran landscape.
In the blank outline of a cross or using the template on the next page, the children designed a cross with drawings / cut-out photos from their school, parish or other community of faith.
They thought about the background landscape, colours that reflected their surroundings and which aspects of their community’s life to include.
As they worked, they brought their community’s joys and sufferings to Jesus on the cross.
The children continued with the Year of Oscar Romero by completing an activity for February. This month explored the idea of light which also fitted in with our Candlemass Liturgy. We looked at several scripture references involving light and prayed together as a class asking Jesus to ‘Shine in our darkness!’ The children then completed an activity; they took a ‘flame’ card. They thought about all that they had learnt about Oscar Romero, a guiding light for his people and how we can also bring light to others. They wrote a prayer or message sharing how they would let their light shine. We then placed our decorated ‘flames’ around the prayer space.