Year 6 visit to Southampton Art Gallery

Year 6 enjoyed an excellent day Southampton Art Gallery – travelling by train added to the excitement!  We spent time exploring the Perseus collection of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones.  The paintings tell the story of Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa and were a perfect introduction to our learning about Greek myths.  Not only did we unpick the story, we also had a chance to look really carefully at the pictures – discussing the artist’s choice of colours and exploring some of the different techniques he used.  We the had the opportunity to create Medusa heads as wire sculptures. We will be finishing these at school  – watch out for them on display soon.  Finally, we had the opportunity to look at some of the other artwork in the gallery.  We saw a fabulous range of pictures from those painted in the 1350s right up to ‘wall art’  – where the image created by the artist is projected onto the wall, then drawn onto the wall and re-created in paint by artists at the gallery every time they want to exhibit the piece.  Thanks to all the adults who came with us helping to make the whole day really enjoyable for everyone.

Christmas Collections for Nakirebe Primary School

We hope you enjoyed the wonderful Nativity performances put on by reception and years 1-4, and the Year 5 & 6 Carol Service. Many thanks for your generous donations for our partner school in Uganda; at all these events a total of £323.12 was collected which will be used for seeds, tools and a Christmas treat. Brother John sent Christmas blessings to us all and thanked everyone for their continued support. The orphans who live permanently at the school celebrated Christmas in the country at Brother John’s home village, where they had a ‘happy time’. The pictures shows some of the fruits of last year’s hard work in the garden.

Christmas Food Bank Collection

The food bank were delighted with your contributions to their Christmas food boxes through our Las Posadas initiative. Eighty additional boxes were prepared including some festive treats. Many thanks for your generosity and we hope you enjoyed hosting Mary and Joseph (and their donkey) and sharing the Christmas story in your homes.

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Pupil Chaplains

Our pupil chaplains have been busy writing Christmas cards for all our volunteers, and for parishioners who live on their own or have illness.  We are hoping some of them might like to come to visit us for tea when the weather is a little warmer.

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Christmas Fair

At the Christmas fair the school choir entertained parents with a selection of carols and Christmas songs. Many thanks to the Friends of St Mary’s for organising the event.

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Year 5 & Year 6 Music Compositions

Over the last half term, Years 5 and 6 have been working together, with award-winning composer David Fawcett, to write lyrics and compose music for two new songs.  Year 5 used our school motto – Be loving and truthful – and the Gospel values as themes for their lyrics while year 6 used Pope Francis’ letter to the world, Laudato Si, as their inspiration.

You can listen to the songs here:

Year 5: Be Loving and Truthful

Year 6: It Starts With Just One Feeling

Carol Service at St Edward’s

Thank you to everyone who came to our Carol Service at St Edward’s.  It was a lovely service which the children led with great confidence.  The band, made up from staff and pupils, provided accompaniment to the congregational carols whilst David Fawcett played piano for all the musical items.

Years 5 and 6 premiered the school songs which they have been writing in their music lessons with David Fawcett – the year 5 song, Be loving and Truthful,  is linked to our school motto and Gospel values whilst the year 6 song used Laudato Si (the Pope’s letter to the world) as their inspiration.

Thank you also for your generous donations for Nakirebe Primary School in Uganda –  just over £160.