Many thanks for all the generous contributions that were sent in for our Go Green for Harvest campaign. We have a wonderful selection of food and toiletries to take to the Swanage Foodbank – the School Chaplains delivered it to the Foodbank. We also raised £168.83 for the CAFOD Harvest Appeal. Thank you, as always, for your kindness and generosity.
Last week, we were delighted to commission our new Pupil Chaplaincy Team. Father Tim led a lovely liturgy where he presented the new chaplains their letters of commissioning from Bishop Mark. We wish them every blessing as they start their new ministry in school, our local Parish and in the wider community.
Year 5 and 6 worked with partners and then together as a whole class to write a psalm and a litany giving thanks to God.
We are once again supporting the Rotary Christmas Shoebox Appeal; however, due to the Coronavirus pandemic they are running the appeal in a similar way to last year.
Like last year, Rotary have decided not to issue empty shoeboxes for completion by families; instead, they are asking for suitable donations to fill shoe boxes. These will then be sorted and packed in to boxes by Rotarians prior to transportation. A copy of the items suitable for shoeboxes is attached with this letter. If you feel able to provide the £1 coin normally added to each box it would be very much appreciated.
Our contributions will be collected on the last day of this half term so we have plenty of time to go shopping; there will be a collection box in your child’s classroom.
We prepare to celebrate harvest by going green for CAFOD and donating to the local food bank.
May is Mary’s month and we were delighted to hold our Mary Procession this afternoon after missing it last year. The weather rather let us down, but it was nevertheless a super celebration of our namesake and a chance for the whole school to get together. We processed in classes around the school field before presenting our gifts to Mary. Key stage 2 classes then held a celebration liturgy.
Thank you to Father Tim for officiating and to all parents and carers who supplied plants to beautify the school.
Details of special services during Holy Week are here.
The Church of the Holy Spirit & St Edward, Victoria Avenue, Swanage.
Food Blessing Święconka – Holy Saturday, 3rd April @ 11am
Please bring baskets filled with Easter food and chocolates.
We bring eggs (hardboiled and decorated) as a symbol of new life; bread as a symbol of the body of Christ; salt and pepper to add to our other Easter food and any other food you would like to be blessed.
We hope to see you there.
Year 6 chaplains and happy helpers packing the next figures for our family nativity sets and also a Christian Aid candle shield and reflection ideas for the Christmas period. These will be coming home on the last day of term. Happy Christmas to everyone!
We will be celebrating Las Posadas again as part of our Advent preparations. The ‘Holy Family’ were brought to our class liturgies and blessed, ready to start their journey visiting your homes. This year everyone will be having their own Mary and Joseph at the beginning of Advent. We will send home baby Jesus, shepherds and some livestock at the end of the term, and the kings and their camels after the holidays – ready for Epiphany – so you can create the whole nativity.
Do email us photos of The Holy Family in your homes so that we can share them on the website.