Mission Together is a charity that was started by a French priest over 150 years ago. Mrs Barry came into school to tell us about the work that Mission Together is currently doing. This year, the charity is focusing on helping refugee children in Jordan. We helped raise money to support a school for refugee children. The school opens in the afternoons. We heard about a girl called Sandra, who is from Baghdad, and how she is benefitting from being able to attend the school. Our money will go towards helping to ensure that the school can remain open to children like Sandra.
We presented Mrs Barry with a cheque for Mission Together from all of the staff, parents and pupils at Sacred Heart.
Second Advent Prayer Group
Today we looked at the different parts of the Advent wreath and what they symbolise. The leaves are from evergreen plants to remind us that God's love is always there. The holly leaves are sharp like the crown of thorns that Jesus wore and the red berries remind us of the blood that Jesus shed. The wreath is a circle that never ends. The candles represent the four Sundays in Advent and the white candle reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world.
Advent Prayer Group
Advent means getting ready for something special. During prayer group we thought about how we are going to prepare for Jesus' birthday. We thought about the ways in which we can help other people. We created an Advent paper chain showing how we are going to get ready for Jesus's birthday.
During our prayer we included people who might be feeling alone at this time of year and those who do not have a loving family around to support them. We also lit the first candle on our Advent wreath.
Parents were invited to join us for our Christingle service. Every child made their own Christingle. The word Christingle means 'light of Christ'. The orange reminds us of the world God created. The candle symbolises that Jesus came to give light to the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness. The red ribbon around the Christingle reminds us of the blood that Jesus gave for our sake.
Father Declan joined us for our first Advent assembly. Some children shared readings and led prayers. Father Declan blessed our Advent wreaths and the wreaths were taken into each class.
We have made Advent wreaths for each class. The wreath is a circle with no beginning and no end - just like God's love for us. It is made of evergreen leaves to show that God's love for us is everlasting. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. The fifth white candle is to remind us of Jesus. The lighting of the candles reminds us of Jesus Christ, light of the world.
The focus of today's session was about being thankful for everything that we have in our lives. The prayer group leaders read a reading from Luke, Chapter 12. Everyone thought about what they had in their lives which was special and precious. The group created a 'meaning tree'.
Year 6 Leavers' Mass
Today was Class 5's final Church visit at Sacred Heart - their Leaver's Mass.
The whole school took part, which was led by Class 5, who recited readings and prayers. We celebrated their efforts and achievements, not just throughout the year, but our whole time here at Sacred Heart. They then shared our favourite memories, pieces of work and achievements from our time here.
Class 5 led our Epiphany Mass in church. We heard all about the special visitors who followed the star to visit Jesus. They travelled a long way to give their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Our school choir treated us to a festive performance of Christmas carols in the hall. The choir sang a range of carols and did readings to tell us the story of that very first Christmas when Jesus was born.
We had our Christingle service during the first week of Advent. All of the children made a Christingle and Class 2 led the service, with parents joining us.
The word Christingle means 'light of Christ'. The orange is to remind us of the world God created. The candle symbolises that Jesus is the light of the world and the red ribbon reminds us of the blood that Jesus gave for our sake. The four cocktail sticks remind us of the four seasons of the year and the four weeks that we take to prepare for Jesus birthday. The fruit shows us all of the good things that God gave us.
The St Pius Travelling Crib has arrived at Sacred Heart. The crib is visiting all of the schools in our learning community. In assembly we found about the first Christmas when Jesus was born.
Our advent preparations have already begun as we prepare to celebrate Jesus' birthday.
Thank you to everyone who donated tins of food to our harvest food collection. It was lovely to have so many parents join us at our harvest celebration. Your food donations will be shared between the Salvation Army and St Wilfrid's Centre in Sheffield.
Some of our pupils celebrated their First Holy Communion at St Michael's Catholic Church, Wombwell. They were joined by staff, family and friends. Father Chris led the service on this very special occasion.
Class 3 Liturgy May 2017
Class 3's liturgy was based on Pentecost.
Children talked about what happened at Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit affects our lives.
Parents were invited to join us in church.
Mary's month of May
Some of the money that the children raise during Lent goes towards The Good Shepherd. This is a caring service provided by the church for everyone.
Some children from all three of our Federation schools went to the Good Shepherd service in Sheffield. Sacred Heart children made the banners for our Federation. During the service we presented a cheque to Bishop Ralph. The theme of the service was Our Lady.
We began Lent with our Ash Wednesday service. The ashes were made from last year's palm crosses and they had been blessed in church. An ash cross was placed on the forehead of all children and staff.
Throughout Lent each class had their own "Travelling Cross". Children had the opportunity to take the travelling cross home with them. Children wrote their own Lenten prayer at home with their family.
Our Lenten Displays
Each class had their own special display throughout Lent.
Class 3 led our Palm Sunday service at the start of Holy Week. Parents were invited to join us. The children told the story of how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on his donkey and he was greeted by crowds of people waving palm branches.
The Last Supper
Class 4 told us all about the Last Supper. Jesus broke the bread and shared it with the disciples. The bread was to remind them about Jesus' body. Following this, Jesus gave each of the disciples a sip of wine. The red wine was to remember Jesus' blood.
Stations of the Cross
During Holy Week all of the children went on a journey around school visiting the stations of the cross and praying at each one. Throughout the journey children found out what happened to Jesus. Jesus was nailed to the cross on Good Friday. Our journey finished in church.
We made Advent wreaths in preparation for the start of Advent. Advent means "coming". The purple candles are lit on the first, second and fourth Sunday in Advent. The pink candle is lit on the first, second and fourth Sunday in Advent.
At the start of Advent we held our Christingle service. Every child made a Christingle.
The orange is to remind us of the world. The red ribbon reminds us that God's love goes all around the world and that Jesus died on the cross. The four cocktail sticks represent the four seasons and the fruits of the earth. The candle symbolises Jesus, the light of the world, who brings hope to people living in darkness.
Parents joined us for our Christingle service at the start of Advent.
The Learning Community travelling crib came to Sacred Heart at the start of Advent. The children heard the story of the first Christmas when Jesus was born. They found out who visited Baby Jesus and what gifts they brought him.
The crib travelled from school to school, visiting all of the schools in our Learning Community.
Mission Together Mass
Some Year 4 pupils attended the Mission Together Mass at Holy Rood Catholic Church in Barnsley.
The Mass was led by Bishop Ralph.