December 2018 - Our Digital Leaders and Mini Vinnies worked together to find and choose symbols for each of the Virtues.
Leading Whole School Prayers: Some of our KS2 pupils continue to lead whole school collective worship, planning and preparing it themselves
Day of Mercy: In November 2018, we held a themed Day of Mercy, to re-highlight this theme. Pupils did lots of cross-curricular, creative work around this theme during the day.
Our group of Y5/6 Mini Vinnies were commissioned or re-commissioned by the Bishop in a special mass at St. Anne's Cathredral for all the Mini-Vinnies of the Diocese. Two of our pupils served mass for the Bishop while two also acted as welcomers. It was a beautiful celebration.
During the school year 2017-18, we piloted the Diocesan scheme, "Faith in Action" for them. It is a great testament to the children's commitment to living out their faith that 14 of the 19 pupils eligible to take part volunteered to do so. In June some of the group were able to attend a special celebration mass lead by Bishop Marcus, and receive their awards directly from him. During the year they gained credits for actions they completed under 4 headings: Parish Participation, Prayer, Pilgrimage and Procession, and Social Action. Congratulations to all of them.
This year's Advent Presentation, entitled, "Son of Jesse," followed a carpenter making symbols for a Jesse tree. Through the making of each symbol, the stories of Jesus' ancestors were told, leading up to and including the Nativity story itself.
In October 2017, our Y6 Mini Vinnies attended the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Ripon Cathedral. They arrived early so that they could explore and learn about the cathedral, before joining many other Catholic schools from across the Diocese, in the celebration of mass.
Our Y6 pupils gave another moving and beautiful presentation of the Passion of Christ to wrap up our Easter celebrations in school.
This year's Advent Presentation, entitled "The Most Joyful Mystery" was based on the 5 Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. The whole school took part in the production, which also contained a look at the legacy of the Year of Mercy, including, the Mini-Vinnie Christmas present appeal and prayers reflecting the acts of mercy.
During this year, we have held three separate themed "Days of Mercy." On these days pupils have done lots of creative and cross-curricular work on the theme of mercy. Here they are shown making up their own liturgical dance to a mercy hymn on the first themed day, and creating crosses out of nails and wool on the last themed day.
As part of our work for the Year of Mercy we have set up a children's group of the St. Vincent de Paul society. Thirty-five of our year 4, 5 and 6 pupils were commissioned in a special ceremony, attended by two members of our parish SVP group. Our Mini Vinnies will be planning and carrying out many "acts of mercy" for this important Jubilee.
This year school took part in the Christmas Jumper day as on of our events for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. This is an act of mercy because it raised money for charities that help to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty and heal the sick (namely: MacMillan Cancer Support, Make a Wish and Save the Children). We raised £118 on the day for these worthy causes.
The school was turned into a card making "factory" near the end of December as all the children spent a fun time making a Christmas card to give to every member/family in our parish. The finished cards were given out at masses before Christmas.
On Sunday 12th October the parish came together to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of St. Edward's opening on its current site. A huge party was held and enjoyed by many. Then on 13th October, St. Edward's feast day, we held a special celebration mass in school, to which all our parishioners and families were also invited.
(Current Head, Miss Gilpin, pictured with former Head, Mr. Carter)
Diocesan inspectors visited the school on the 5th and 6th February 2014, to inspect the Religious Education and the Catholic life of the school. The school was rated as Outstanding for overall effectiveness, as well as for each of: Outcomes for pupils, Provision for Catholic Education, Leadership and Management. Congratulations to everyone involved with the school.