St Therese of Lisieux

St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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Celebrating Faith

July 2019

St Therese of Lisieux CMAT Launch Event

 
We attended special Liturgy and Mass for our CMAT. The Bishop blessed and welcomed our Chaplaincy Team into their mission and service for the year ahead while affirming their duties and contributions so far. Prior to the event, the talented staff and children at school collaborated their ideas for their postcard, incorporating images of the fens, our school and reflections of our faith. Through the exciting challenge, we felt honoured to place our card with those of our sister schools and have now come back with the postcard of English Martyrs with whom we will develop as our prayer partner. Throughout the day, the children were moved by the words and inspiring songs that complimented the event beautifully. As a school, we felt honoured to be part of a true collective worship.

 Year 3 Class Mass

A lovely Class Mass with Father Jim in Year 3 to celebrate the children who have taken their first Holy Communion.

Article 30: You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion.

 

 

 

Year 6 Service of the Word

Year 6 celebrated a very special service of the Word witht the help of our super Mrs Amess as Eucharistic Minister.  As the year is drawing to a close, the children were able to reflect upon the faith journey they have been on through their time here and how they will continue their missionary discipleship beyond St Norbert's.  We have reflected on God's love for each one of us; witnessing for the word of God; shining in the light of Jesus - similar to how lighhouses help ships find their way safe into harbour.

Article 6: You have the right to be alive. 

 

June 2019 

Chaplaincy Hub Meeting

 Our Chaplaincy Team were invited to work alongside chaplains in other CMAT schools and the inspirational NDCYS Chaplain Tom Baptiste.  The children were trained in how to include 'See, Hear, Think, Do' elements in Liturgy in order for those present to Encounter Christ and feel loved - planning liturgies in teams from across our region.

Article 13: You have the right to find things out and share what you think.

 

 Justice - Family Faith Challenge


Inspired by St John the Baptist, our value of Pentecost 2 term was Mission.  With a key focus on Missionary Discipleship, we reflected on how John took on his mission to prepare others for the arrival of Jesus.  The challenge this term was to design a symbol to represent John the Baptist.

Article 8: You have the right to an identity

 

Pentecost Service

The Chaplaincy Team and Fr Jim led a superb and uplifting Pentecost service all about the Power to Follow Jesus.

The singing was beautiful and Spirit-filled, bringing us together in celebration of the Church's birthday!

Article 6; Your have the right to be alive. 

 

St Norbert's Feast Day

The whole school attended a very special Mass to celebrate the Feast Day of our school and Parish's Patron Saint St Norbert.  St. Norbert  around 1080.  The early part of his life was devoted to the work and its pleasures.  After falling from his horse in a storm he awoke his first words were, "Lord, what do you want me to do?" 

During his Homily Fr. Jim has set our current Year 6 children a challenge to come up with a plan to support the St. Thomas project that the Parish are currently working on after the purchase of the old Methodist Church Building.  We look forward to hearing what the Year 6 will come up with,.

 

May 2019  

 Month of Mary - Rosary Challenge

This month, we have been trying to use all prayers of the rosary.  We were challenged to see if we could have said a whole rosary by the end of term.  With the help of the Angelus, we completed a decade in 3 days!

Article 30; you have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion.

 

 

Year 6 - God's Wonderful World Nature Walk

21KM - 25,561 steps - Checking our God's amazing Geographical World on our doorstep soaking up the sunshine on a beautiful walk to Willow Tree Fen. 

 

Mary's Prayer Garden

A re-vamp of Mary's prayer garden is currently underway with the help of some of our Year 5 children.  With the expertise of Mr Matchett, Mrs Wild and Mr Grunwell, the garden has been cleared, plants related to the story of Mary are being sourced as we speak.  We look forward to using this re-invigorated, spiritual space.

Article 29: Your education should help you live peacefully. 

St Norbert's at Work Day

We welcomed parents into our school to learn about how we deliver RE and Collective Worship.  The Chaplainy Team planned, prepared and delivered a short liturgy and discussed the progress against their action plan.  Parents then got to look through books, go on a learning walk through school, share Worship and P4C journals then join their child in an RE lesson.

Atricle 3: Adults should do what is best for you. 

 EYFS Collective Worship - Good News

EYFS shared their special worship all about spreading God's love.  With video, song, musical instruments and some balloons.

Article 9: You have the right to be part of a family.

 

Year 5 Collective Worship - Transformation

Year 5 shared their class collective worship themed on the Holy Spirit and its power to transform the lives of believers.  the children planned all the creative elements and key messages, prepared for and shared their liturgy with school and parents.  Gathering together, the children led reflections and teachings about the gifts of the the Holy Spirit - wisdom, understanding knowledge, counsel, piety, fortitude and fear of the lord (deep respect) enabling us to understand what this looked like in our everyday lives.

Article 29: Your education should help you develop your talents. 

Year 3 Collective Worship - Energy

Year 3 shared special messages of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.  The worship engaged us all with song and dance and the gifting of holy Spirit flames to children, staff and parents.

Article 4: You should have an environment where you can grow and reach your potential.

 

April 2019 

Justice - Family Faith Challenge

Inspired by St Luke, our value of Pentecost 1 term was Justice.  Being a rights respecting school, we reflected on the importance of things being faire, just and right.  The challenge this term was to come up with a new right that could be added to the United Nations Convention of Rights for the Child.

 

 

ECO Fashion Show

 

March 2019  

Faith - Family faith challenge

Inspired by St Patrick, Our value of the term for Lent 2 was celebrated with beautiful depictions of the holy trinity created by children and their parents as part of our home faith in action challenges.

Article 13: You have the right to find things out and share what you think with others by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms or offends other people.

 

 

 Mothers' Afternoon Service

Amazing ladies in our lives were invited to share a special service dedicated to them and to celebrate Mothering Sunday.  The children created a showcase of performances, poetry, video, song, art and dance to show their gratitude.

Article 9: You have the right to be part of a family.

 

 

Chaplaincy Team CAFOD Fundraising

As part of the core missions to Pray, Fast and Give - the Chaplaincy Team are leading on fundraising through running a Lent shop at break times and children across the school will be donating to enter the Eco Fashion Show.  All proceeds from both events will be donated to CAFOD.

Article 27: You have the right to have all your basic needs met.

 

 Special Lenten Spaces

We have engaged with a variety of activities, reflections, services and Masses as a special way of Encountering Christ in our daily lives.  Through encountering Him at this Lenten time, we feel the fruit of his sacrifice; our salvation, unity and love.  With the key messages of the Scripture at the heart of waht we do, we have created special reflection spaces around school, allowing children to take time to pray and reflect.  This project has been enhanced by the work of a local artist helped to create our amazing prayer figures for our entrance, depicting the Stations of the Cross for our modern times.

Article 28: You have the right to good quality education. 

 

 Year 5 Class Mass

Year 5 welcomed Father Paul to celebrate Class Mass.  The theme selected by the class was 'Jesus brings together all people', with a focus on unity being a fruit of our salvation, a special Lenten message as we focus our thoughts on Jesus' sacrifice.  The children contributed to the writing of the introduction, Penitential Act and Prayers of Intercession then read and sang beautifully.  the messages throughout were clear and Father Paul helped us all reflect on the word in a current and meaningful way.  Look at our Twitter feed to see and hear a snapshot of our wonder Mass.

Article 6; You have the right to be alive.

 

Lenten Reconciliation

We welcomed Father Victor and three other priests to share Lenten Reconciliation service with us.  The theme of the 'Running Father' linked to the parable of the Prodigal Son.  In our Reconciliation, we took time to think about when we have turned away from God through our thoughts, words and actions.  The Chaplaincy team helped organise the readings and examination of conscience, demonstratiing excellent leadership skills through their own spirituality.  Children in each year group also took time to create their own 'hugs of forgiveness'.

Article 32: You have the right to protection from work that harms you.

 

 

 Ash Wednesday Service

The childre began their spiritual Lenten journey by attending Mass at Church.  Led by Father Jim, Deacon Dennis and the Chaplaincy Team, pupils and parish joined together to reflect on the importance of prayer, fasting and giving in a humble and unselfish way.  We received the ashes on our foreheads as a symbol of the dust from which God made us and as a sigh of our acknowledgement of our sin and penance.

Article 30: You the right to practice your own culture, language and religion.

 

February 2019

Love- Family faith challenge

Our value of the term for Lent 1 was celebrated with beautiful prayers and hearts created by children and their parents as part of our home faith in action challenges.

Article 9: You have the right to be part of a family.

 

 

 
Saint Valentine Reflections

Year 6 were inspired by the story of Saint Valentine of Rome and used art to express special messages to inspire spiritual growth and love for the Lord.

 

Article 13 You have the right to find out things and share what you think with others, by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms or offends other people.

 

 

 Year 1 Worship

Year 1 led a special worship all about meals. They shared the message of how the Last Supper was a special meal and is remembered and celebrated during Mass. Our mission was to take time to share a special meal with loved ones.

 

Article 27 You have the right to food, clothing, a safe place to live and to have your basic needs met.

  

 

 Year 2 Prayer Service- Books

Year 2 gathered together to encounter Christ through a special prayer service. We celebrated our service with Deacon Dennis and shared our most special book- The Bible.

Article 17 You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being, from radio, newspaper, books, computers and other sources.

 

January 2019

National Hug Day

Living out St Therese of Lisieux’s ‘Little Ways’, we celebrated National hug Day

Article 6 You have the right to be alive.

 

 

 December 2018 

 

Save the Children- Christmas Jumper Day

Children and staff at school showed their Christian love for others in our world by donning their most festive attire to raise money for Save the Children.

 

Article 22- You have the right to special protection and help if you are a refugee.

 

 

EYFS and KS1 Nativity

Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 worked exceptionally hard to share the most famous story of the birth of Jesus our Saviour. They performed ‘Stargazing’ to the school and then their families and loved ones, demonstrating superb acting and joyful singing and dancing. A super way to give glory to God and Jesus.

 

Article 29- Your education should help you develop your talents and abilities.

 

Advent Reconciliation

We came together as a school to prepare for Jesus. We reflected on the parable of the Lost Sheep, considering the things we do that make us lost and what we can do to get back on the path to God. We also reflected on how asking for forgiveness acts like a bridge between the two paths. After the service children who were able, received the Sacrament and we all write special prayers to say sorry for our sins.

Article 14 You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs. Your parents should help you decide what is right and wrong, and what is best for you.

 

Year 5 Collective Worship

Year 5 shared their liturgy about Hope - the Gospel value of Advent 2 - to school and parents, inviting them to light a candle and reflect on where hope can be found. To celebrate the 100 years of Armistice, the children also shared messages about peace and hope on the battlefields in Ypres.

 

Article 38 You have the right to protection and freedom from war. Children under 15 cannot be forced to go into the army or take part in war.

 

 

Walsingham Pilgrimage

Year 6 went on a beautiful, spiritual pilgrimage to Walsingham where they attended Mass, decorated wreaths, visited the Slipper Chapel and went on a 1 mile pilgrimage walk.

 

Article 30 You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion.

 

 

November 2018 

 

Anti Bullying Week

As a school we took part Anti- Bullying Week focussing on the theme ‘Choose Respect’. Each class put kind thoughts, words and actions into practice and some children even decorated some helping hands to show us how we can demonstrate our Mission Statement- Love of God, Love of One Another and Love of Life Itself as well as our Rights Respecting ethos.

Article 15 You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn't harmful to others.

 

 

 October 2018 

 

CAFOD- Brighten Up Fundraising

Hebrews 13:16 – Don’t forget to do good and share with those in need.

We encountered Christ through working to benefit others. To celebrate Harvest we raised money for CAFOD by dressing up in  REALLY BRIGHT clothes. In addition to this classes teamed up to use seasonal produce to prepare soup and bread to share with their families and loved ones- remembering the wonderful gifts God has bestowed on us. 

Article 24 You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.

 

 

Harvest Service

Father Paul joined us to celebrate and give thanks for the bountiful earth and praise God for all he has provided for us. We prayed for people of the world to be inspired to support those who are hungry.

Article 26 You have the right to help from the government if you are poor or in need.

 

 

 A Month of Mary- Rosary Club

Mrs Amess and the Chaplaincy team lead Rosary Club during October, sharing the special prayers, mysteries and reflections of the Rosary in the peace of Our Lady’s garden.

Children from each class lived out their faith through joining the voluntary prayer sessions.

Article 15 You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups.

 

 

Little Ways Week

We celebrated and remembered the message of our CMAT’s patron Saint- St Therese of Lisieux. As a child St Thérèse dreamed of being a missionary. With age she understood that very few of us are called to make big and radical gestures, but that through small, loving actions we too can deliver God’s love to the world.

Throughout the week we engaged with days of prayer and service, following in St Therese’s footsteps. To deliver the core message of spreading love through our actions, Year 6 prepared and shared a collective worship to children and parents.

Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

 

 

 

 

 

St Therese of Lisieux Feast Day Mass

Our School Chaplaincy Team attended the Feast Day Mass of St Therese of Lisieux at the Catholic Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Lincoln. The children and staff were able to worship together with pupils from other schools in out Catholic Multi Academy Trust.

 

Article 14 You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs.

 

 

 September 2018 

 

Home Faith Activities

We prepared to Celebrate our CMAT Patron Saint, St Therese of Lisieux by challenging our families to create special, unique little flowers to be displayed on or prayer web in the entrance hall. A fantastic array bloomed for all to see, reflect on and enjoy.

Article 8 You have the right to an identity.

 

 

The Briars

Year 6 went on a fantastic retreat to the Briars, allowing them to encounter Christ and reinvigorate their faith. Through prayer, worship and fun, the children were spiritually nourished…but they also enjoyed the food! During their retreat, the children attended quiet prayer times, Mass, took part in team building exercises, went caving and marvelled at the wonders of God’s wonderful world in the Derbyshire countryside.

Article 31 You have the right to play and rest.