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Celebrating Faith

May 2021

 

Year 5 Class Worship

Year 5 led the school in worship, sharing their learning about the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. They carefully led us through prayer and reflection- helping us focus on the fruit of the Holy Spirit and how these look in our daily lives.

 NSPC Number Day Fundraising

NSPC Number Day Fundraising

We supported the NSPCC through engaging activities for Number Day.

 Year 6 Class Worship

Year 6 Class Worship

Year 6 prepared and delivered a beautiful worship sharing their learning about being a Witness. They led the school in signed singing, prayer and reflection.

 St Joseph the Worker Feast Celebration

St Joseph the Worker Feast Celebration

Mrs Hibbert led the school in a special reflective worship all about St Joseph the worker and we all took time to give thanks to the key workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic. We also considered ways we can work better together for the good of others- reflecting

April 2021

Earth Day

Earth Day

 

Earth Day

Responding to the Pope’s message in the Lauadato Si, we were inspired by Earth Day, looking ahead to the changes that we can make and encourage others to do too. Children even went litter picking to practise what they preach.

The whole school also joined in with the CAFOD -Eyes of the World worship, to celebrate and learn about Earth Day. We reflected on our lives and the impact we have on God’s World.

Lord, you call us to be ambassadors, to be light, to be a voice crying in the wilderness. Give us courage to be change makers; building a better world through justice and care for our common home. Amen

Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

Celebrating the beauty of diversity in all forms, including neurodiversity as part of Autism Awareness Month.

Bishop’s Directive- Missionary Discipleship

Bishop’s Directive- Missionary Discipleship

Pentecost Terms at school focusses on Missionary Discipleship and what we can do for others. We are called to serve and be stewards and the message was beautifully reflected in our Ordo theme of Vocation-We continue to reflect on our vocation and think about how we could serve others

Article 8 You have the right to an identity

March 2021

Walk For Water 

Walk For Water

Our Lenten Fundraiser this Year was Cafod’s Walk for Water. We have successfully raised £349.80 to support those in need.

 COVID-19 One Year On Liturgy and Pop – Up Prayer Station

COVID-19 One Year On Liturgy and Pop – Up Prayer Station

 

Rainbows have covered our pop-up prayer station in remembrance, thanks and hope for the Day of Reflection. The power of prayer from our youngest to oldest children certainly makes the world a lot brighter. Blessings and thoughts for you all.

 

Hearts that see

Hearts that see

Incredible kindness and such amazing role models in Year 3 and EYFS.  Well done for raising money and donating 120 eggs to the Amazon Ward and to the amazing Covid 19 team!

 

Stations of the Cross

Year 6 put their mind to create, lead and present an amazing Stations of the Cross reflection for school and to share at home. Through video, song, animation and drama, the

 

Lenten Reconciliation

We were delighted to invite our Priests back into school and we were finally able to celebrate Reconciliation with them once again. The Chaplaincy Team helped lead the service based on the Unforgiving servant. As a follow u, the children in school thought hard about mending broken hearts and produced some beautiful artwork and messages to show how to apply this in daily life.

Article 6:  Every child has the right to life

 
 

CMAT Stations of the Cross

The amazing Chaplains and Year 6 got together to create on of the Stations of the Cross depicted through prayer and artwork to become part of a CMAT compilation in preparation for Easter.

St Joseph Feast Day Mass 

St Joseph Feast Day Mass

St Norbert’s joined with schools across our Diocese to celebrate the start of the Year of St Joseph. A wonderful time to share our faith and blessings with our diocesan family. 
 St Patrick’s Day

 

St Patrick’s Day

Miss Whyles and Year 1 led us in our worship with a theme of sacrifice as we are in Lent. We reflected on Saint Patrick the patron Saint of Ireland and how we can be ‘examples to others and beacons of light in faith’.

Year 2 Worship

Year 2 Worship

Year 2 have been reflecting on their last RE topic - Thanksgiving - celebrating all they are thankful for, in particular the Eucharist and Mass.

February 2021

 Lenten Sacred Spaces

Lenten Sacred Spaces

 

Beautiful Lenten spaces around the school, allowing spiritual reminders and reflection opportunities.

 

Bishop’s Directive- Discipleship 

 

Bishop’s Directive- Discipleship

Even through lockdown, we were were given time and challenges to help us with ‘Answering the call’: preparing for Easter – We tried to remember, it can be easy to get carried away with doing things or giving up things in Lent but it is important to remember that our focus isn’t about preparing for Easter but is a way of responding to the call of discipleship

 

Hearts that See

A HUGE Mr Morris and family for sourcing donations of potatoes for key worker families and staff, incredible generosity of our school community.

January 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day 

Holocaust Memorial Day

The school was led in worship and reflection by Miss Bools to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Classes followed up on this in different ways, considering what a fair, loving and respectful world should look like. Year 1 wrote this poem together:

Hate is a creeping crocodile, a dark, shark infested place. Love is a sunny field of flowers, a sweet dripping watermelon. We choose love. We should all choose love.

 
 Mark 10 Mission

Mark 10 Mission

 

We have been enjoying celebrating the Gospel message with the Mark 10 Mission team every Monday. One of our missions was to celebrate the Lord’s Prayer. Thank you to all those children who contributed at home and school- they have been added to our wonderful prayer web.

 

 

Bishop’s Directive- Discipleship

During the Lent Term we focus on Discipleship: Bishop Patrick says, ‘because of that personal encounter with Christ, I would like to encourage each of us to hear and respond to his invitation to be his DISCIPLES, to follow him more closely, and to seek to serve him generously in our daily lives.’

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

December 2020

 Nativity

Nativity

Children in EYFS and KS1 took part in a wonderful (COVID safe) Nativity. Through the power of technology, we were still able to share the greatest story ever told with loved ones at home. 
 

CMAT Nativity

 

Some of our children helped dramatize a scene from the Nativity Story to build part of a Diocese wide collaboration. Schools from all over the Diocese submitted scenes to present a wonderful Nativity, sharing the true message of Christmas.

 

 

Christmas Carol Concert

The children in KS2 wee still able to spread festive joy around school and home through their beautiful singing. Festive and reflective songs of the season were prepared and shared at school and home to celebrate this wonderful season.

 

Save the Children- Christmas Jumper Day

A huge thank you to all our families supporting our ‘Christmas Jumper’ Day event £215.90 raised for

Save the Children.

In these hard times that is a fantastic achievement

 Y6 Fundraising Run- Maggie’s Charity

Y6 Fundraising Run- Maggie’s Charity

Plenty to celebrate in life- Yr6 focus their minds on running for Charity! Little did they know with determination and a loving heart they could achieve a combined total of 94 miles in 20 minutes! Advent is a season for preparing and giving and our Year 6 children are giving of their time, energy and unconditional love for others. We are proud of you Yr6!

 

CAFOD Assembly

CAFOD Assembly 

Light of the World CAFOD Assembly

 

We have all come together this morning to join other children around the world to watch the

 Year 1 class worship

Year 1 Class Worship

 

Year 1 worked really hard to plan and lead a lovely worship based on the Gospel Value of the term: Hope. They shared special messages, art work, ;prayers and reading as well as set up the worship space.

 

Advent Sacred Spaces

It’s beginning to look a lot like Advent! Reflective spaces all around school. Check out the amazing origami nativity completed by a VERY talented member of staff.

Article 30: You have the right to practice your religion

November 2020

NDCYS 

National Youth Funday

 

St Norbert’s joined NDCYS in a day of prayer, joy and praise. There were liturgies and fun throughout the day and children made crafts to see, to raise money for school. There was even some hidden holiness around and about, where children hid angels with special messages of love  and hope.

 

Article 24

School Pop-up food bank

The brain-child of one of our amazing parents- a leave what you can, take what you need food station is now available at school. A heart that sees and a way to Encounter Christ.

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.

October 2020

 John 3:17-18

 

Harvest service

 

1 John 3:17-18

 

If we are rich and see others in need, yet close our hearts against them, how can we claim that we love God? My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.

 

We welcomed Fr Paul alongside Year 5 to celebrate Harvest and give thanks for all the gifts God has bestowed upon us. The liturgy highlighted the importance of Missionary Discipleship through our actions and that by feeding the hungry and praying for those is need is a truly merciful act which we are called to do.

 

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.

 

Food Bank Collection 

Food Bank Collection- Harvest Donations

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 have three activities over the term: a food bank collection for AGAPE, feeding families in our local community, a dress up day where we will be supporting St Norbert’s Church with our donations who have found raising funds difficult since lockdown. And a Harvest Service that will be led by children in school.

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.

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

Non-Uniform Day – Harvest Fundraiser

Autumn Colours all around!

Part one of our Harvest fundraising is to celebrate the beauty and fruitfulness of Autumn. The funds raised will be combined with the Church’s fundraising on Education Sunday to send to our sister school St Mary’s in Derby for the purchasing of books for each child.

A great start to our Harvest season.

 World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

This World Mental Health Day we said #HelloYellow  here at St.  Norbert’s to show young people they are not alone with their mental health.

Article 17: You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being
Year 6 Worship 

Year 6 Worship

Year 6 led a whole school Liturgy celebrating the Holy Rosary using music, sign language, prayer and scripture to help us reflect on the importance of reflection and meditation upon our own lives and the lived of Jesus and Mary.

Article 30: You have the right to practice your religion

Strength in Prayer 

Strength in Prayer

To show our support for a school in our sister CMAT, we paused to pray the Hail Mary together as a Diocesan family. We pray for ST Mary’s in Derby, part of the St. Ralph Sherwin CMAT.

Article 9: You have the right to be part of a family
St Therese of Lisieux Feast Day Mass

St Therese of Lisieux Feast Day Mass

St Therese of Lisieux Feast Day Mass

This year we celebrated our Patron Saint’s Feast Day in a whole new way. Children and Chaplaincy Teams from all over the CMAT gathered for a virtual Mass. An amazing gathering with thousands tuned in to share and celebrate together.

The Year 6 Chaplains at St Norbert’s very excited  to be part of something so big! They shared the introduction to the Mass and welcomed the 16 schools within the CMAT.

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.
Family Faith Challenge 

Family Faith Challenge

Our challenge is linked to St Therese and her little ways in recognition of the Patron Saint of our CMAT. The Chaplaincy Team invited families to create a flower for our Prayer web in recognition of our special Saint and her little ways. They suggested that different types of flowers could represent different types of prayer- very creative!

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

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,

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.
 Sacred Space

Sacred Spaces

Some beautiful reflective spaces around the school celebrating October as a month of Our Lady and the Holy Rosary. Classrooms and public areas around school have been transformed to celebrate this Marian month.

Article 30: You have the right to practice your religion

 September 2020

Feel the Joy

Feel the JOY!

Key stage 1 shared a special Liturgy all about praising God with joy, smiles and laughter as well as seeing the wonderful things that are in our lives that should be celebrated and enjoyed. They used musical instruments to make a joyful noise in a Litany if thanks. Praise God!!!!

Article 31: You have the right to play and rest

Creative Prayer 

Creative Prayer

Outdoor learning might have been rained off but that didn’t stop Year 5. The children made their own dream catchers to catch our worries and negative thoughts and give them to God in our prayers

Article 17: You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being
 Outdoor Reflections

Outdoor Reflections

Creative curriculum, outdoor learning and PHSE - all of God’s creation is unique. How can you respect our differences?

Article 8 You have the right to an identity

April 2020

March 2020

 Fouth Sunday of Lent

In the Gospel story this week, we hear what happened when a blind man saw Jesus for who he really was, trusted in Him and was healed as a result.

Like the blind man in the Gospel, we too can trust in Jesus. We can give ourselves to Him, we can believe in Him and we can receive a better way of looking at things.

We can see Jesus as He truly is - our friend and our God.

 

1st Sunday of Lent 

Our Lenten mission is to Pray, Give Alms and Fast with Mr Morton

Matthew 4:1-11

Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. After spending forty days and nights without food, Jesus was hungry. Then the Devil came to him and said, “If you are God's Son, order these stones to turn into bread.”

 

February 2020

 

Gospel Worship Monday 24th February 2020 with Mrs Withers; Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) with Mrs Withers

 

Today Jesus asks us to love our neighbours and to share generously all that we have. Let’s think about sharing in our community as we listen to the reading.

Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48

 

Ash Wednesday Mass

St. Norbert's Voluntary Academy shared Ash Wednesday together with their Parish community.  Fr. Jim and Deacon Dennis delivered a clear message of Prayer, Fasting and Alms giving with Chaplaincy Team leading the readings and writing their own intercessions for mass.  How will you be sharing Lenten message?

 

 

Pop up Prayer Station - Journey with Matthew

Our Journey with Matthew began in Ordinary Tme and continues into Lent with a reading each day to focus on and understand the life of Jesus through our Scriptures.  Children are able to quietly reflect upon the importance of prayer; we should not make a big show of it.

 

 

 

 

 

Gospel Worship with Mrs Withers : Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A)

Today we thought about the light that Faith and Love brings and how to use that light to bring others closer to God.

 

 

Gospel Worship - Monday 3rd February 

The Presentation of the Lord- Led by Miss Whyles

 

Today we hear about Jesus and his family and a special trip they took to Jerusalem. We hear about the special things that happened to Jesus there and all that was said about him.

 

 

Year 6 Worship

An amazing worship created and delivered by Year 6 today - what a testament to their creativity and confidence.  They involved so many children by inviting them to share prayers - such an engaging way to start.

 

 

January 2020

Pop up Prayer Station - Week of Christian Unity

 

 

 

 

Gospel Worship

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A): Led by Mr. Morton 

Today we are going to be talking about light. We are going to think about how we can bring light to the lives of other people.

 

 

Year 6 Homelessness Day

Year 6 are beginning to understand the simple nature of being homelees - living outside; the wind is blowing; it's cold; and we are experiencing how to be resourceful with limited equipment.

 

 

 

Gospel Worship

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A): Led by Mrs.Withers

Today we hear how something special happened to Jesus after his baptism. The Holy Spirit came down and rested on him. We are going to think about the Holy Spirit and how it can help us to do what is right.

 

 

Year 5 Worship

Year 5's Class Worship reflected all of their hard work in RE so far this term.  We reflected on whether we have a mission in life?  A huge well done to all the children.

 

 

 

Gospel Worship

The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord- First Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A); Led by Miss Whyles

Sunday was the first Sunday of  Ordinary Time and the Solemnity of the Baptism of our Lord.  This event marks the conclusion of the Christmas Season and the beginning of  Ordinary Time.  It’s a feast of transition from Jesus’ hidden life to that of His public ministry.  It also echoes the theme of the Epiphany in that the Baptism of the Lord is another way of showing Jesus’ divinity to all.  

 

 

Epiphany

May we extend our thanks to Father Jim and everyone who joined us today, gathering to celebrate the Holy Mass for the Epiphany Lord.

 

Article 28:  You have the right to a good quality Education.

 

 

December 2019

Walsingham Pilgrimage

The children in Year 5 as well as other school children.  Enjoyed their pilgrimage reflecting on the Word of God, sharing in Mass and taking time in personal prayer in and around Our Lady’s shrine in the Slipper Chapel.
Five members of the public came to us at the end of Mass to commend our St. Norbert’s children.  Their outstanding behaviour, impeccable manners, exceptional conduct and beautiful singing.  So proud of you all.

 Carol Singing at the Dementia Cafe

Year 6 took a special Christmassy type of joy to the Dementia Cafe where they sang a collection of modern and traditional Christmas carols.

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

 

 

 

KS1 Nativity

On Tuesday and Wednesday, EYFS and KS1 shared the greatest story ever told .... along with the help of Stable boy - Sam and his friend Shrew in the Nativity play 'Prickly Hay'.  A wonderful production with super acting, reading and singing.

Article 30: You have the right to practice your own religion. 

 

Advent Reconciliation

Chaplains from Year 5 and 6 helped plan and lead our Advent reconciliation alongside four of our local Parish Priests who came to celebrate and hear confessions.  A passage from Isaiah formed part of our reflection time back in class for those who do not receive the Sacrament.

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

 

Christmas Unwrapped

Year 6 are reflecting on their session at the Baptist Church, 'Christmas Unwrapped' which took place on Friday.  They have been considering factual information shared in the bible relating to the birth of Christ.

 

 

Gospel Worship

Led by Mrs Withers

Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a special time when we get ready for the coming of Jesus. It is very exciting when we know that someone is coming to visit us. We make sure that we are ready when they come. During our Gospel Worship we thought about what it means to be welcoming, and how we get ready to welcome Jesus.

We also thought about the new month we welcome a new value…Honesty.

The children enjoyed singing our Psalm today, follow the link if you would like to reflect on the words through song. 

 

November 2019

Saint of the Term, Saint Lucy

Our Saint of the Term is Saint Lucy, linking to the Gospel Value - Truth.  Our family faith mission was to create a light, as the name Lucy itself,  means light.  Her feast day, known as Saint Lucy's Day, is celebrated on 13th December.

Article 19; You have the right to be safe. 

 

Universal Children's Day Liturgy

To celebrate the amazing children in our school and indeed, across the world, the staff prepared and led a special liturgy to celebrate Universal Children's Day alongside the help of Fr Jim.

 

Article 2;  All children have rights no matter who they are.

 

Year 1 Class Worship

Year 1 planned and shared their special Class Worship all about belonging.  We reflected together on what this means to us as individuals, as part of a community and as part of God's family.

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

 

Anti Bullying Week

As a school we took part in Anti-Bullying week.  Each class put kind thoughts, words and actions into practice and used our RE, prayer and P4C sessions to consider how we can demonstrate our Mission Statement - Love of God, 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. 

Remembrance Service

School Council led on commemorating the fallen by delivering a Remembrance Service alongside Deacon Dennis.  The children delivered a heart-felt and reflective liturgy with prayer, silence, poetry and song.

They also worked  exceptionally hard as a team to promote and raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

Article 38: You have the right to protection and freedom from war.

Year 6 Collective Worship

 

October 2019

Harvest Service

Father Stan joined us along with the Chaplaincy Team to celebrate and give thanks for all God has provided for us.  We had an extraordinary amount of donations for Missio as part of the Pope's call for October as a month of mission.  In additionto this, in response to Bishop Patrick's directive to support the homeless, our school community also donated clothes and non-perishable goods.

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

 

Year 6 Leading Gospel Worship

Year 6 shared a beautiful Gospel Worship, one pupil recited Luke 17:11-19.  Don't forget to share your prayer and thank Jesus as part of your mission.

We were reminded that we should be thankful to God like the leper who said thank you in the Gospel.

Article 30; You have the right to practice your religion. 

Year 2 Collective Worship

Year 2 celebrated Mary the Mother of Jesus and all mothers everywhere through a beautiful liturgy.  Key messages about the rosary, the special call to be a mother and the thanks and love we have for them.  We were delighted to have so many family members come and share in our special message and dedication.

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

 

A month of Mary - Rosary Club

Mrs Amess and the Chaplaincy Team led 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.

 

 

Year 4 Collective Worship

Year 4 led a wonderful Class Worship based on our topic 'People'.  Year 4 planned the worship together and did a fabulous job of reading and singing.  They wanted everyone to remember we are all part of God's family and we can follow and guide others to God.

Article 12; You have the right to your own opinion.

 

Little Ways Week

We celebrated and remembered the message of our CMAT's patron Saint - St Therese of Lisieux.  As a child St Therese 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.

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.

 

 

World Mental Health Day

 

This World Mental Health Day we said #HelloYellow here at St. Norbert's to show young people they are not alone with their mental health.

We added comments to our display all day -

#HelloYellow

#MentalHealthAwarenessDay

Article 17;  You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being. 

 

Mary's Garden

To enhance and reinvigorate our beautiful prayer space, children at school have been planting a wide variety of bulbs in our prayer gardent.  We are looking forward to seeing them grow and bloom.

Article 31: You have the right to play and rest.

 

St Therese of Lisieux Feast Day Mass

Our children and staff, including the 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.

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

 

Year 3 Collective Worship

Children celebrated being part of and not just their own families but also part of God's family.  They thought about all the different families all over the world and the places that they live in.  They gave thanks to God for the love and care they receive and celebrated the gifts that we are given as part of a family such as love, happiness and joy.

 

 

 

September 2019

Saint of the Term - St Francis LOVE

Our prayer web greets everyone who walks through the school.  We have been discussing St. Francis who is the patron saint of ecology and animals and this formed part of our family faith challenge.  did you know, his feast day is on the 4th October.

Article 8: You have the right to an identity.

 

 

NSPCC - Drop your books and BOOGIE!

We had a visitor from the NSPCC to teach us about who they are what their mission is.  We learnt about children who needed the help of the NSPCC to help to stay safe and live happy and fulfilled lives.  We raised money through sponsored 'Drop you books and Boogie' day, where on the hour, we danced!  It was fantastic fun and we raised a staggering £347!  We took the opportunity to reflect on our cause and why we were fundraising during worship and prayer times in class.

Article 36: You have the right to protection.

 

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 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.