What a busy year 2017 has been! To start it, we were invited to enter a prayer writing competition, all the prayers having the title 'Families'. The prayers were so thoughtfully written, that we decided to publish a prayer book. This has been shared with the children in each class and then made available for anyone to read in the entrance foyer. To further encourage family prayer, the new children who will be welcomed into our Reception class 2017-18 will be given a St. Michael's Prayer Book to share with their families, so that they can worship together.
We thank all the parents and other family members for attending our individual class assemblies. The children enjoyed sharing their learning and it is important for them to see us all worshipping God together. In the same way, as a school and part of the Parish, we've celebrated Masses together on Ash Wednesday, in Holy Week and for St. Peter and St. Paul's feast day. At the Masses, the children read God's word, lead us in prayer, take part in the Offertory and all year groups sing beautifully.
As a school we raised £490.52 for the ‘St. Joseph’s Penny Appeal’ on the Fridays during Lent and many children attended the early Friday morning Masses, gathering in prayer as God’s family. Throughout Lent, prayer packs were taken home for families to reflect on together and in school, special assemblies were delivered as collective worship. The children explored four Prayer Stations arranged around church which followed the Easter story- Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The atmosphere was reflective and thought provoking, the children saying they really enjoyed the activities. The palm leaves made and white cloths signed, were used for a display in school and the Prayer Garden.
We said "Good-bye and Good Luck" to Mr Duffin with a lovely Mass and assembly as he retired as our Head Teacher before the Easter holidays and we welcomed our new leader, Mrs Bowes.
The celebrations for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion were wonderful. The Year 3 children celebrated receiving the Eucharist with their families on one occasion, their school friends (followed by an enjoyable party) another, then with the Year3 children from St Bernadette's. There were lots of smiley faces at all of them!
Whilst promoting the ‘Catholic Social Teaching’ curriculum, we have been so generous as usual, true witnesses to our Faith. Lots of wonderful baby gifts have been donated to the Catholic Family Care group of the Salford Diocese. This has been our way of showing that we are thinking about the poor and vulnerable in our community. We have also thought of the welfare of others, by participating in a Purple4Polio awareness campaign, which took place on the weekend of 18th/19th. March. The work the Year 3 children created was displayed in Bury Town Centre and it helped the charity raise £8580 for this cause.
A resource developed by the Barnardo's charity called 'Real Love Rocks' has been shared with our Year 6 pupils. The aim of the sessions was to make the children more aware of the different ways of staying safe as they continue on to their High School education. The children worked well and realised the importance of learning about such issues. The class have also experienced a trip to the Marist Centre, where they reflected on their time at St. Michael’s and thought about their learning path in the future. The 'Leavers' Mass' will be a time for reminiscing but also of looking forward to the journey ahead. We wish all of our Year 6 children well for the future.
We look forward to our end of year Mass on the last day of term and wish everyone a happy summer holiday.