The children had a special assembly on Friday as they learnt all about Our Lady of Fátima; a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Saturday 13th May brings about the 100 year anniversary of the famed Marian apparitions reported in 1917 by three shepherd children at the Cova da Iria, in Fátima, Portugal.
On 13 May 1917, the children reported seeing a woman “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun. She asked them to devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to pray “the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war”. The second appearance occurred on 13 June, the feast of St. Anthony, patron of the local parish church. In the following months, thousands of people flocked to Fátima and nearby Aljustrel, drawn by reports of visions and miracles.
Today we were able to explore Miss Gray’s ancestral routes – we travelled all the way to New Zealand in our creative topic! We learned how to dance the Haka! The Haka is a traditional war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. You may have seen it performed before a New Zealand rugby match as they try to scare off their opponents! We thoroughly enjoyed pulling some hilarious faces.
Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who attended Y6’s liturgy this week. It centred around the idea of how we can let Gods love shine.
The Eco Council had great fun planting bulbs and seeds along the school path! We planted lots of wild flower seeds and daffodil bulbs with the hope of them blossoming in Spring time!
The Year of Mercy came to an end this week and we celebrated all we had done this year with a special closing liturgy with Father Kelly in attendance. The liturgy also celebrated Youth Friday with a special video message from Bishop Seamus. In preparation for the liturgy, the children worked in class to recap what mercy means and looked at times when Jesus showed mercy. We looked at the story of the Good Thief and how Jesus was merciful even as he was dying on the cross. The children wrote their hopes, dreams and prayers for the new year in the Church, remembering those who still need our love and mercy. The children shared their ideas which were then written on a template of a door. These class doors were brought forward during the closing liturgy. The children behaved beautifully throughout and a big well done to Maddison, Bella, Nancy, Ava, Roan, Tia, Evie and Jessica for reading on Friday and again at the Sacred Heart Mass on Saturday.
Today, we have been celebrating a day of Modern Foreign Languages with our whole school French Day! All classes have been celebrating the culture and food of France, and we even enjoyed a real treat at lunchtime with our amazing French cuisine! The kitchen have been kind enough to prepare cordon bleu and beef bourginon, among other things, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. Salut!
Year 6 have really hit the ground running; we have begun our final year of primary school with a real desire to learn! The writing which we have already produced on our current literacy text “War Horse” has been outstanding and we look forward to exploring the text in more detail. We are now looking forward to our upcoming trip to Kingswood where our friendships and team spirit are sure to blossom!