Music Players at Mass: Two of our young musicians played with staff at the
parish-school Epiphany Mass in church. (Jan 24)
Apprentice Project 203/24
Y6 once again set up and ran their own business from October half-term
until the start of January. They raised over £3000 for charity by doing this and
learnt lots of skills. (Oct 23-Jan 24)
Advent Presentation 2023: Child of Virtue
This year's whole-school Advent Presentation was based on our Virtues.
Y1 took the Nativity parts as usual with various children showing their
talents in singing, drama and liturgical dance. (Dec 2023)
Y5 and Y6 made their own Advent Wreaths, learning about the symbols
and their meaning as they did so. (Nov 2023)
Class 4 Charity - Martin House:
Class 4 organised a collection of goods for their chosen class charity, Martin House
and then took their collection down to the Martin House Charity Shop. (December 2023)
Christmas Jumper Day:
Children and staff took part in Christmas Jumper Day
to raise funds for Save the Children. (December 2023)
Advent Calendars for Foodbank:
Pupils donated chocolate Advent calendars for the Foodbank - some
of them delivered them there in the 1st December so that children would get one
at the start of Advent. (December 2023)
Class 6 Charity Ride:
C6 have chosen St Gemma's Hospice as their class charity this year. They decided to cycle the distance
between Boston Spa and Lucca in Italy (birthplace of St Gemma) to raise money for this charity.
They cycled 880 miles and raised £735. Well done! (October 2023)
Virtue Awards 2023:
At the end of the year, one of our pupils was chosen as the "Person of ..." for each
of our 8 key Virtues. These awards are given annually.
Y6 End of Year Retreat:
Y6 attend a full day retreat at the end of their time in primary school. Held at
St John's School for the Deaf, the pupils reflect on the theme of Journeys and on the Beatitudes.
Pictured are some of them presenting their liturgical dance on the Beatitudes. (July 2023)
Class 5 support Class Charity:
Class 5 pupils collected unwanted items and took them down to St Gemma's charity shop
(St Gemma's hospice is their class charity). July 2023
Worship in the Prayer Garden:
Classes use the lovely prayer garden for their class worship on nice days in the summer -
Class 4 are pictured using it here (July 2023)
Good Shepherd Mass:
A group of our Mini Vinnies went to the Good Shepherd Mass and handed the Bishop
a cheque for over £1700 for Catholic Care. This money was raised from Apprentice and Lenten Activities. (May 2023)
Y6 Plays for Y2 Collective Worship
One of our Y6 pupils learnt to play a hymn on the piano that Y2 had learnt
in their RE lessons. She then played it for them in their end of term collective worship. (May 2023)
Faith in Action visit to Marian Shrine:
Our Y6 group joined other Catholic schools for mass, a procession to the
Chapel of Our Lady of the Cragg, a short service there and private prayer inside the shrine. (May 2023)
We enjoyed a whole school mass with parishioners to celebrate Our Lady. Our Faith in Action
pupils planned the mass (readings, Gospel, wrote bidding prayers and choreographed a liturgical dance).
All of Y6 took part in a procession and crowned a statue of Mary. (May 2023)
St Edward's Crowns:
For the coronation of the new king, we made our own crowns. Many children
were inspired to make a St Edward's crown as he is our patron saint. We all also
learnt about the links to St Edward in our class lessons. (May 2023)
Mini Vinnie Party Day:
Our Mini Vinnie group invited the Mini Vinnies from St Joseph's, Wetherby
and the adult members of our parish SVP to a party/activity afternoon to celebrate
the birthday of St Vincent de Paul. (April 2023)
Y6 performed a beautiful Passion Play for the whole school and the parish at Easter. (March 2023)
Veneration of the Cross
As part of our annual celebration of the Easter Triidium, we venerated the cross
as part of our worship.
Washing of the Feet
We celebrated Maundy Thursday in school, including re-enacting Jesus'
washing of the Feet.
Y6 Gift Giving in Lent:
During Lent Y6 brought flowers and chocolates to give out to locals
just to make them happy. (March 2023)
Mini Vinnie Food Bank Visit
Some of the Mini Vinnies visited, and were put to work, in the Wetherby
Foodbank warehouse. They then reported back to all the other Mini Vinnies in school. (Spring 2023)
Mini Vinnie Easter Stall 2023
The Mini Vinnies made baskets and bought treats to fill them in order
to run a tombola to raise money for charity.
KS2 planned and ran stalls in the hall to raise money for charity
during Lent. (2023)
Pupils play in Worship
Our first pupils played during worship, rather than just playing us in,
during our Lenten Reconciliation Service, Lent 2023.
Pupil Lead Whole School Prayers
Members of the Y6 Faith in Action group continue to take their turn planning
and leading Whole School Collective Worship.
Apprentice Fundraising Oct 22-Jan 23
Once again, Y6 set up and ran their own businesses for 10 weeks
in order to raise money for charity. They raised almost £3000. Congratulations!
Advent Presentation 2022
The whole school took part in our annual Advent Presentation, this year
entitled, "A Chorus of Angels."
C5 St Gemma's Stall:
Class 5 pupils collected items for a stall which they then ran at the Wetherby
Dickensian Market one Sunday, in order to raise money for their class charity, St Gemma's Hospice. (Dec 2022)
Mini Vinnie Cake Stall October 2022
The Mini Vinnies organised and ran a cake stall to raise money
for the Sight Savers International Charity.
Visit to Relics of St Bernadette:
In October our Y6 pupils went to the cathedral to view the relics
of St Bernadette. (Oct 2022)
Mini Vinnie Shopping Autumn 2022
Some of our Mini Vinnie group went shopping with money they had raised,
filling a trolley with goods for the Wetherby Food Bank.
People of Virtue 2022
All members of our school community collect virtue stamps in their passports
during the year. At the end of the year one children is chosen to be our, "person of.....
love, faith, hope, courage, self-control, justice, wisdom or respect." Here are most of our 2022 winners.
Mini Vinnie Pajama Day Summer 2022
The Mini Vinnies organised and ran a come to school in pajamas day in
order to raise money for Ukraine.
Mini Vinnie Cake Sale Summer 2022
The Mini Vinnies raised more money for charity with a cake sale.
Passion Play 2022
Y6 again re-enacted a beautiful and moving account of the Passion
Mini Vinnies Easter Baskets
The Mini Vinnies made, decorated and filled Easter baskets with chocolate.
They then ran a tombola stall to sell them, raising money for the DEC Ukraine Appeal.
Lenten Activities - Spring 2022
During Lent children came up with their own fundraising stalls in order to
fulfil their duty to Lenten Almsgiving. Lots of money was raised for charity.
Advent Presentation - December 2021
The whole school took part in our production of, "A Joyful Mystery" for this Advent.
It was a wonderful presentation with beautiful singing.
FIA Visit to York - November 2021: The Faith In Action Group visited York in search of our team saints -
they went to the Bar Convent and Margaret Clitherow Shrine before stopping off at the
Chocolate Story cafe on the way to the Minster.
Mini Vinnie Shoebox Appeal - Autumn 2021
The Mini Vinnies promoted the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal.
Mini Vinnie Cake Sale - Autumn 2021
Our Mini Vinnies organised a cake sale as their first social action of the new school year.
Christmas Goodie Bags - 2020
As we were unable to hold our Senior Parishioners Christmas Party due to Covid,
we made up fabulous Christmas goodie gift bags which our Mini Vinnies helped to deliver.
Outstanding RE Inspection 2019: Following our recent RE Inspection (Section 48) we have been graded "outstanding" overall and "outstanding" for each element judged, namely: Catholic Life, Religious Education, and Collective Worship. The school was also judged to be "outstanding" for each aspect of those three elements. We are very happy with this report, which reflects how well we all work together (school, home and parish) to promote the Catholic ethos and teachings. Below you can read and enjoy our glowing report!
Latest RE Inspection Report (2019)
Easter Garden 2020: The children in Key Worker Club made Easter Gardens
Crosses from around the World: To decorate our hall for Advent 2019, the whole school made crosses of different kinds in may different materials. Some of these were International crosses including from: Australia, Salvador, Mexico, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The school is turned into a card making "factory" near the end of December every year 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.