Our GIFT team recorded a short prayer for Christian Unity to share with local church communities. Usually we would invite them to join us in school but this year we are unable to be together. Year 4 and Sycamore recorded a song and drew pictures to represent Christian Unity.
Year 6 learn about ordination from Fr Kristian
GIFT team visit CHAT
Our school GIFT team (growing in faith together) took our harvest gifts to local charity CHAT. They were shown around the CHAT stores and helped to organise items on the shelves.
Year 4 led our Liturgy for Christian Unity. We were pleased to welcome family, friends and governors, as well as parishioners from several local churches to celebrate with us.
Guardians of Gospel Values
Following the introduction of each class being the guardians for a Gospel Value, we are awarding a certificate each week to a child in each class who has demonstrated on of the Gospel values.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Harvest Liturgy, we had a wonderful spread as our focus for celebration. These gifts will be taken to CHAT by a group of children in the next couple of weeks. We also took time to reflect on the message in Pope Francis' letter Laudato Si, showing us the importance of looking after our world. It was also All Saints Day and so we remembered all those men, women and children who followed God's ways during their lives and thanked God for them.
St John's children welcome our new priest.
A mass was held on Friday September 13th to welcome in the new academic year. The mass was led by Father Kristian our new parish priest for St James'in Tiverton and St Boniface in Cullompton as well as for our school.
Instrumental Concert to raise funds for St James' New Church Building Fund
Pupils past and present came together to present a teatime concert for family, friends and parishioners. There was even a performance from some of our staff. The concert ended with all the performers playing 'Joe, Joe' together, first on the recorder and then on all their different instruments. This is a piece anyone who has learnt recorder at St John's will be familiar with and was a wonderful way to end the evening. The concert was a great success, enjoyed by all who took part as well as the audience. In all, we raised over £200 for St James' New Church Building Fund.
Year 6 Frugal Lunch
During Lent, Year 6 invited parents, parishioners, families and friends to join them for a frugal lunch. Our visitors enjoyed a delicious bowl of soup with homemade bread and were then entertained by the children. The lunch raised almost £150 for CAFOD.
Holy Week in a Day
Bishop Mark's Visit
Bishop Mark visited the school and met all the pupils, staff and parishioners from St James RC Church. The pupils led a welcoming liturgy and, in class, had many questions to ask Bishop Mark about his role on the Church and our school.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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