Autumn Term 2016-17
To begin the school year, a staff prayer service was held on August 31s., a time for reflection and hope for the year ahead .
A new assessment process was initiated within school, which covers AT1 and AT2 in line with the ‘Come and See’ scheme. This action was taken as a result of the end of year evaluation on assessing the children’s learning within the subject. To do this was a recommendation on our last RE Inspection report.
School continues to promote the word of God within the family, by buying a ‘Wednesday word’ for each home. A nurture area has been set up to support the well-being of our children and the Sunbeams and Rainbows provision started in early November.
To prepare for full membership of the Church, the Sacramental Programme for Year 3 pupils began on September 25th. A joint celebration with the Year 3 pupils from St Bernadette’s was held at St. Michael’s Church on Monday, Dec 5th. The children socialised afterwards by meeting their prayer partners and sharing doughnuts!
On St. Michael’s feast day, we celebrated Mass in Church. This was followed by pupils in each class working on activities around ‘The Good Samaritan’ story. Four ‘prayer stations’ were set up in church; classes visited and prayed at each station. In the afternoon, parents and friends joined us for a Macmillan Coffee afternoon. The ‘Over 50’s’ club from our parish were also invited and we raised a generous amount for this worthy cause.
The creative displays around school informed us of various charity works, Advent and the importance of remembering in November. On1st.November, Mass for All Saints was shared with the Parish community.
In October, some of the Key Stage Two children participated in a multi-school ‘Music and Dance Festival’ for the ‘Year of Mercy’. It was held at St. Monica’s and the Year 4 pupils did a liturgical dance as well as a mime, whilst the choir sang three songs. It was a very successful and enjoyable celebration.
A number of staff joined colleagues from other catholic schools in Bury at St. Marie’s Church to celebrate the annual ‘Catholic Education’ Mass.
A prayer writing competition organised by the diocese was offered to pupils at school. A prize was awarded to the winner in each class. The overall winner was a prayer written by a Year 1 pupil; this prayer has been sent to represent the school for the next stage of the competition.
The Mini Vinnies have had another busy term. They sold their ‘Children in Need’ badges and collected various food items for the CARITAS foodbank in Bury. At the end of term, ‘Christmas Gift Bags’ for the homeless were generously filled, with various items donated by particular classes. We filled fifteen gift bags and were able to donate many more items which were distributed to the homeless at Christmas.
We have enthusiastically worshipped God in many ways over the term. A class assembly by Year4 had the theme the ‘Year of Mercy’ and that of Year5 was ‘Peace’. Both were well attended by the children’s families. In order to highlight the spirituality of Christmas, Advent assemblies were presented each Friday by the SLT to the whole school. ‘Christmas around the world’ was the performance by the KS1 children, exploring how different cultures may celebrate Jesus’ birth.
A ‘Crafty Christingle’ event with families from St. Bernadette’s took place on Sunday 18th, December in St. Michael’s Parish Hall. It was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Many parents attended the ‘Advent Service’ which was held on Monday, 19th December. Our Year5 children danced, sang and shared choral speaking at the celebration in St. Bernadette’s Church.
This year, for CAFOD we took a ‘World Gifts’ approach to our fundraising. With money collected from odd shoes, own clothes and a talent show. Our target was to purchase three cows for three families; we raised a staggering £528 which allowed the purchase of 5 cows and a goat!
The term culminated with a whole school Mass celebration on the last day of term, December 21st, which set the tone for a wonderful Christmas break.
As a school, we celebrated a lovely occasion with Fr Rowan as he reached his Golden Jubilee. The Mass was beautifully organised and enjoyed by all who attended. We wish him many more years of health and happiness.
Another lovely evening saw the Retirement Mass for Mr Lea and Mrs Berry. We celebrated all their hard work, commitment and exemplary years of service for St. Michael’s.
The ‘Year of Mercy’ door arrived. The day began with a whole school assembly. Key stage ‘Prayer and Worship’ services took place throughout the morning, so that each child could walk through the door. The activities Staff and children shared hopefully made the event more memorable. Support staff, midday supervisors, kitchen staff, admin etc. were all given the opportunity to participate in the experience.
A meeting for the ‘Year of Mercy Music & Dance Festival’ was hosted at our school, with all educational establishments involved agreeing the final plans for the event in October.
The choir continues to practise each Wednesday after school for one hour. Two songs for the Festival have been selected, chosen to promote the Year of Mercy theme.
A creative idea to share our Faith, was a family event called ‘Crafty Kindness’ which took place in St. Michael’s Parish Hall. It was well supported by families from both schools and a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
The Y3 pupils from both schools attended a Mass at St. Bernadette’s, celebrated by Fr. Andrew, to complete their journey through the Sacramental Programme. Afterwards the children enjoyed socialising together.
Mini-Vinnies Pizza celebration with St. Bernadette’s. Celebration of all their achievements this year.
Y6 pupils attended the Marist Centre to reflect on their time at Primary School and to prepare for the next part of their journey in education. They prayed, laughed and sang together and had a very enjoyable day.
We were inspired by two class assemblies: Y4’s theme being ‘Friendship’, Y1’s exploring ‘Growth’. Parents appreciated the opportunity to worship with their children.
For the first time, a scheme called ‘Real Love Rocks’ which is a CSE prevention scheme, was delivered to the Y6 children. Their response was thoughtful and they realised the importance of learning about such issues.
We look forward to our end of Year Mass on the last day of term.