Final Mass of the year led by the Faith Ambassadors
The Faith Ambassadors led the final Mass of the school year. The children read confidently and the Readings and Bidding Prayers reflected upon the importance of waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus.
Infant Nativity Junior Nativity
The Infant Nativity was a joy to watch and the children told the story of the birth of Jesus so beautifully, through acting, readings and song.
On the evening of the 17th December, eighty-one children of the Junior classes and their families went to St.Teresa's church for our Carol Service. The children were wonderful as readers, actors and a choir. The children sang, acted and read, explaining the real meaning of Christmas.
Christmas Dinner for reception children and Grandparents
On Tuesday 17th December the children had their Christmas dinner. The Reception children had their dinner a little later in the afternoon. Some of the children were joined by their grandparents.
Thank you to everyone who came to the Christmas Fair last Saturday afternoon and helped to raise £2236.66 which has been divided equally between the school and the parish, each receiving £1,118.33.
Year 3 Reconciliation Service
Please continue to pray for those children in Year 3 who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confession and Eucharist.
At the start of December all the corridor display boards were changed and the purple backing paper went up. Classes began work on telling different parts of the Christmas Story.
November: the month of the dead
During November, the Church community gives special thought and prayers to loved ones who have died. There is a box in the entrance hall for children to place the names of loved ones that they wish to have remembered in our prayers.
Visits to Places of Worship
Year 6 went to Birmingham Central Mosque
Year 5 went to Shree Geeta Bhawan Temple
Year 4 went to St John's Church
Year 3 went to Singers Hill Synagogue
Year 2 went to Guru Nanak Gurdwara
The school received emails from different group leaders to say how well the children behaved and to praise the children for the great questions they asked. Well done!
Birmingham Hospital Garden
Faith Ambassadors from years 3-6 and House Captains from Year 6 went for a day retreat to Birmingham Hospital Gardens. We met our leaders for the day James and Sam who had planned a packed day of activities with moments to pause and reflect on God's creation.
"What is rubbish?"asked Sam, as he emptied a bucket of waste.
"A banana skin. Is that rubbish?"asked Sam. " How can it be rubbish? God made it, so therefore it cannot be rubbish."
It really made us think about what we view as 'rubbish'.
The children got stuck into picking out worms from the soil for the wormery.
James led the group in a walk along the canal. There were many times to stop and look at the environment and give thanks to God for his creation.
In the afternoon the children dug the soil and panted seeds, which they hope to be able to go back and see growing.
After school the staff went to the Hospital Garden for a retreat. Everyone got stuck into the activities- even digging for worms!
Faith Ambassadors began to look at the school environment
Have you noticed any changes in the entrance hall? Thank the Faith Ambassadors!
The Faith Ambassadors spent a number of lunchtimes walking around the school with clipboards and pens looking at the school environment. They identified what they felt was needed to improve the environment. Mr Corkery took their suggestions on board and began to work with a design company who were able to work with some of the ideas the Faith Ambassadors had suggested.
Please look at the before and after photographs. Well done to the Faith Ambassadors!
Month of Mission
James Trewby came to St.Teresa's and led sessions for children in Years 4-6 with the focus on Mission. There was an attempt to connect with a Missionary in the Philippines via Skype, however technology got the better of us. As James had worked in the Philippines, the children were able to get an insight into the work of a Missionary.
The God who Speaks: The Year of the Word
The God who Speaks: The Year of the Word, is an initiative which focuses on celebrating, living and sharing God's word throughout the Catholic Church in England and Wales from 30th September until the end of December 2020.
"The Bible cannot be just the heritage of some, much less a collection of books for the benefit of a privileged few. It belongs above all to those called to hear its message and to recognise themselves in its words…The Bible is the book of the Lord’s people, who, in listening to it, move from dispersion and division towards unity. The word of God unites believers and makes them one people." Pope Francis
The School bought 32 new Bibles, which were presented in Mass and blessed by Father David. We will use these Bibles to support us grow in knowledge and faith during the Year of the Word. There will be lots of activities throughout the year for everyone to join in with.
We are going to use these quotations as a focus within prayer areas each half term. They will also form the basis of a whole school liturgy and the weekly time of extended prayer in class. They will also be used as a focus for display. The quotations below have been selected as each of them express something about the Word.
Autumn 2: “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us ” John 1:14
Spring 1: “Here is the light you will reveal to the nations” Luke 2: 32
Spring 2: “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said” Luke 1:38
Summer 1: “These have been written in order that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah,
the Son of God” John 20:31
Summer 2: “Go throughout the whole world and preach the Gospel to all people” Mark 16:15
Autumn 1: “In the beginning the Word already existed;
the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1
Autumn 2: “The word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us” John 1:14
Dignity of the Human Person
Well done to Year 4 who raised an amazing £160 for Helping Hands of Birmingham, a charity that supports homeless people in Birmingham. With the money Year 4 bought 10 scarfs, 20 hats, 10 pairs of gloves, 30 pairs of socks, 12 tubes of toothpaste, 18 packs of baby wipes, 15 deodorants and 12 sleeping bags. I urge you to go to the Year 4 page of the school website (via the ‘Classes’ link) and to scroll down the Year 4 page to see a special thank you from Claire, the founder of the charity, who came into school on Wednesday to meet the class, talk about the work she does and collect the items that Year 4 have provided. Thank you to all involved in this super work, truly ‘The Dignity of the Human Person’ in action.
Macmillian Coffee morning
The children came into school wearing green for Macmillian Coffee Morning. The enjoyed a drinks and cake and raised money to help others.
Dignity of the Human Person
On the evening of Friday 13th September children from Years 3-6 came back to school in the evening, to experience what it is like to be homeless. The children in Year 3 and 4 slept in the school hall, this represented a space acquired in a hostel for the night. children in Years 5 and 6 use boxes to build shelters and slept in the playground. Conversations with the children proved very moving. Now we need to think: How can we act safely to use our knowledge, time and skills to bring change in a purposeful way?
October - Holy Rosary
Children in Year 6 worked in pairs and planned and led a decade of the Rosary each day in school.
On Wednesday 9 October at 2:00 the children gathered in the hall to join Archbishop Bernard (via live stream), who prayed the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.
The Faith Ambassadors were elected in September. Children had to prepare a short speech explaining why they wanted to be a Faith Ambassador and what they would do in the role. The children in each class voted for the person they wanted to be the Faith Ambassador for their class.