Glimpses of God at St. Edward's
Y6 Pupil made independent link to our Mission Statement in his school council
election speech, and then went home and wrote a moto for the class based on it too.
Y6 pupils brought in Easter flowers and chocolates (bought with their own
money) to give out to the public "to make them smile."
Y4 pupil on our annual questionnaires asking what is your favourite thing about the school, wrote,
"we learn about Jesus and God."
Y3 pupil on our annual questionnaire about their favourite thing about the school wrote,
"how we are a Catholic school."
Y4 pupil when the class was talking about love said,
"If Jesus hadn't come down to Earth, we wouldn't have love in the world."
Y1 pupil during Lent wrote a spontaneous prayer saying,
"Dear Lord, help me not to sin."
A YF pupil in general chat said, "Jesus opened up the gates of Heaven."
Y6 Pupil made a card for a YF child and wrote in it, "Remember that whenever a flower
blossoms, there is hope." When asked why, they said, "hope is a virtue which grows like
a flower grows."
Y1 Pupil writing an alphabet poem wrote, "G is for God who is all
C2 pupils, during wet play, made a cross for their teacher to find in
their computer as,
"it is the best gift."
Following C5's promotion of their charity fundraising for St Gemma's
made her own prayer card at home to St Gemma and brought it in.
Y1 Pupil said when talking about doing your best:
You don't need to worry, God is with you.
YF Pupil comments made independently:
I like God and Jesus as they are the light of the world - they are the best.
We love football but we love God and Jesus most.
YF Pupil chose to make a cross "for Jesus" in free-play time. (Oct 2022)
Y1 pupil when learning about the Ascension. Someone said Jesus had gone up to Heaven:
But Jesus is always with us; he's in our hearts.
YF pupil to teacher who led morning prayers:
I loved your morning prayers, it was lovely, I felt lovely.
A Y2 Pupil made "the Holy Trinity" during class:
Y5 pupils when wished a lovely weekend said:
It will be a lovely weekend as I have my First Holy Communion.
Y6 Pupil walking YF back from church said:
It's like we're God guiding the little children back home but both church and school are home.
Y1 child discussing gifts we'd give to Jesus:
I'd give Jesus my heart.
Y4 Pupil in science lesson:
Living things die except God - He lives forever.
Y3 pupils is positive psychology week said:
Happiness is being friends of God.
Y3 Girls worked out how to make the sign for our virtue of Respect: (September 2021)
Two YF pupils were sitting with their hands together ready for prayers. Another child said:
They are filled with the Holy Spirit.
After morning meditation prayers, a Y5 pupil said:
I'm really looking forward to Monday when we can hug people again. Hugging Jesus felt safe, I think because
you know that God is there and is protecting you. It will be the same on Monday.
A Y4 pupil said they wouldn't go to the toilet during Class Collective Worship because:
This is the most important time of the week.
A Y3 child writing subordinate clauses wrote:
When you need a friend, you can always talk to God.
A Y1 child had to use the word reading in a sentence in English. They wrote:
I was reading the word of God.
A Y2 child took an extra palm for her teacher on Palm Sunday, saying:
I'm sure she'd like one.
Pupils on walk in January lockdown saw a double rainbow. Y4 child said:
This was our sign of hope from God.
A Y1 child came up to their teacher spontaneously and said:
I just made time for God.
A Y1 child placed "God" in the middle of their trust flower and said:
I'm putting God in the centre because I trust him the most.
A YF pupil was asked "What does Catholic mean?" He said:
That we are strong and God is with us.
A Y3 pupil:
When I'm scared, I remember that God is with me.
A YF pupil worked voluntarily in the workshop. She said:
I'm trying to make a cross because our school believes in Jesus.
YF child said to the teacher:
I've got something really special on my tree. It's a cross.
The Y1 child playing Joseph, during rehearsals for our Advent Presentation:
This is the best, most special thing I've ever done in this school.
A Y3 pupil wanting to write about something different to the lesson content:
Can I write about Mary because she was lovely?
A Y5 pupil, discussing kindness said:
Kindness would taste like the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
A YF child said:
I want to be God because I want to fly and to listen to everyone's ideas.
A Y3 child was asked, "Why belong to the Church?" They replied:
I want to belong to make God proud.
A Y1 child said of Jesus:
He always shows the virtue of love.
A YF child went voluntarily to the altar to pray for a Y6 child who had hurt herself at playtime.
A YF child said after a classmate's sore elbow got better:
Maybe Jesus healed her because he can make people better."
A Y3 child's comment about a cloud:
That looks like a cross; it must be God showing us it's nearly Easter.
When Y6 were at the Stations of the Cross at church, a Y3 child asked for a Bible:
She stayed in by choice and looked up the journey of Jesus' Passion (inspired by Y6's visit)
A Y2 child brought a flower in for the class altar and said:
It is for the Lord.
The YF teacher asked two children how they could sort an argument out:
YF child replied: We could pray for help.
A YF child's impromtu prayer to Jesus:
I love you, Jesus. You brighten up my day.
Y3 child discussing why to visit the Minster on a geography trip to York:
We should visit the minster so we can talk to God.
An adult from the NSPCC asked children:
Who can you talk to if you are worried?
Y3 child replied, "God"
Y1's note left on the class altar:
God and Jesus are with us.
During C3 geography discussion a Y4 child said:
Only Jesus is strong enough to break up Mount Everest.
C4 Visit to Martin House Shop:
After a visit from someone who works at Martin House Children's Hospice, (their class charity) the children decided to bring in items of their own to donate to the shop, showing the virtues of love/charity and justice. Following the visit of Martin House to school, two Y4 pupils had already visited the shop at the weekend to take in some donations.
A Y4 pupil told their teacher:
I saw a homeless man; he looked lonely so I bought him some food because I know that's what Jesus would do.
A Y6 pupil during Anti-Bullying Week:
If we bully others, we're disrespecting God. We should do the right thing and spread kindness because that's spreading the word of God.
A Y6 pupil on the Day of Mercy:
All the Acts of Mercy link to the virtue of love. All these acts in action are showing people Jesus' love.
A YF child made hearts out of playdough:
Teacher: "Why did you make hearts in playdough?"
Child: "For God, because he is my friend."
A conversation overheard between 3 YF pupils:
Child 1: "Do you know that Jesus is God's son?"
Child 2: " And God is here for every morning."
Child 3: "And every night."
A Y3 pupil asked his teacher during story writing:
"Can I write that I knew I was going to be alright because God would protect me?"
Two Y6 pupils collected some leaves from the grounds to put on the class altar. A third Y6 pupil stated:
"They collected the leaves because they wanted to collect God's beauty."
Mission Christmas Appeal 2018:
The Mini Vinnies once again organised taking part in the Radio Aire Appeal to provide toys for Christmas for those less fortunate in our local area. Lots of presents were donated.
Our Mini Vinnie group invited the Mini Vinnies from Barkston Ask Primary School, to join us for a special celebration day. During the day the children made Easter baskets to sell for charity. They then learnt various worship songs, before preparing a liturgy in groups. We ended the day by celebrating the liturgy together. The children all worked wonderfully together and demonstrated what it is to be a Mini Vinnie.
Our Mini-Vinnie group continue to do works of charity and look at the Acts of Mercy. Some of the group have visited one of our senior parishioners at home.
Our Mini-Vinnie group organised a collection of toys as part of the Radio Aire Christmas Appeal. These toys will go to children and young people who otherwise would receive no Christmas presents. The huge number of toys and presents collected in school demonstrates everyone's generosity and care for others.
The Mini-Vinnie group in school is concentrating on raising funds to do as many of the Acts of Mercy as possible. They have held a clothes and blankets collection for the refugees from Syria, under the act of "Clothe the naked" and have raised money, bought food and delivered it to the food bank warehouse, in order to respond to "Feed the hungry."
Due to the SVP moto of "Turning Concern into Action" our Mini-Vinnies do not simply ask for donations when they fund raise - they make the products themselves (eg cakes or Easter baskets) to sell in order to fund their charitable acts.
Answer: "We should show that God is in our hearts." Quote from 4 year old in morning prayers.
Spontaneous prayer from 6 year old
"Thank you God for inviting me into your world."
Poem from 11 year old about the Sign of the Cross:
"When I make the sign of the cross,
I remember Jesus dying on the cross to forgive our sins.
I think of the Holy Trinity and when the disciples
received the Holy Spirit.
When I touch my forehead,
I think of how God is in my thoughts.
I ask Him to be in my mind all the time,
especially in hard times.
When I touch my chest,
I think of how God is in my heart.
and to always love me.
When I touch my shoulders,
I think of the Holy Spirit coming down.
and help me remember what He wants me to do.
When I make the sign of the cross,
I think of God and all He has sacrificed for me.
I think of Jesus who has given up so much for me,
and would do anything for me."
After the Passion Play 2014: One Reception child, age 4, was inspired to make the Y6 pupil who played Jesus a picture of herself playig the role, surrounded by her disciples.
Question: Why do you like yellow?
Answer: It reminds me of Jesus who is the light of the world. Quote from 7 year old.