Happy New Year everyone and welcome back to school on a cold and frosty January morning. Today in assembly we shared the story of the visit of the Three Wisemen from Saint Matthew’s gospel to complete our Nativity scene.
Across the world this weekend there were many traditional celebrations for the Feast of the Epiphany on 6th January, including religious services, parades, swimming and dancing in the sea.
This is a short half term, only 5 weeks long and we look forward to settling down to our work. Please make every effort to come into school every day.
All Saints recently underwent a RE Inspection resulting in many positive comments. Please navigate to Religious Life>RE Inspection 2017 for a link to the full report.
Today it was the turn of R1, 1S/H and 2M to ‘tread the boards’ in their Nativity play ‘Born in a Barn’. and their performance was just as outstanding as the classes the previous day. Once again there was a marvellous turn out of parents, all eager to see and support their children’s efforts and they won’t have been disappointed!
Thanks must go to the staff of all the classes for preparing them so well.
The Christmas activities got underway today with a lovely Nativity performance from R2, 1D and 2M. They were superb and it was wonderful to see so many parents/grandparents turning out to support them. Well done, and we look forward to seeing R1, 1H and 2G perform their Nativity.
We are delighted to invite you to our Christmas music performances next Tuesday 19th December at 2.15pm in the school hall. Please click on the link below for full details.
The season of Advent is very short this year – it is only three weeks and one day long – and this means that Christmas will be upon us before we know it. For our school this will be a busy week. The Nativity Story will be acted out for parents of Infant Children on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. As a school community we will share our Christmas Dinner on Wednesday lunchtime; dressed in our festive jumpers. More importantly however, amidst all the hustle and bustle, we will spend time in our classes and assembly to come together and light the second candle on our Advent wreath and pray for Peace in our world.
Today is the first day of December and the meteorological first day of winter – it certainly feels like it today! This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. The name “Advent” comes from the Latin meaning “coming.” Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.
The purple color associated with Advent is also the color of penance.
The color of the Third Sunday of Advent is rose. This color symbolizes joy and represents the happiness we will experience when Jesus comes again. The Third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration. It is formerly called “Gaudete” Sunday; gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin.
Our beautiful new entrance and jigsaws have now been completed and have greatly impressed parents and visitors alike. The mosaics at the entrance incorporate pictures and words that embody our gospel values as a school, while the jigsaws completed by each year group were created by choosing a word then choosing a background to compliment each word.
Our thanks to Mrs Thompson who worked so hard with the children and to Miss Thomson for her assistance.
A quick update on our new look entrance! The artwork at the entrance is now complete and Mrs Thompson has been working hard with the year groups to produce their jigsaw pieces. Early years have nearly completed theirs and as you can see the bright, vivid colours they’ve chosen perfectly reflect their words.
Year 3 and Year 4 children recently undertook projects on Africa and the Romans respectively. Huge congratulations to children and parents alike who showed such creativity and imagination with their offerings from rainforests and safaris, to Colosseums and Roman baths!