Many thanks to everyone who has already hosted Mary and Joseph and a huge thank you for your generous contributions to the food bank. The first bags of food have already been collected and volunteers at the food bank were delighted. If you haven’t had the Holy Family in your home yet there is still time and I will be delivering the next consignment of food next week.
Please see details of this party – taking place on Saturday 15 December 2018 – on the attached flyer.
Thank you to all our wonderful Friends of St Mary’s for a brilliant Christmas Fair, and to all those who supported it to make it such a success.
The latest newsletter has been sent out – look here.
Thank you to everyone who attended and took part in our Advent Mass. For the first Sunday of Advent our purple candle symbolised Hope, with the ‘Prophet’s Candle’ reminding us that Jesus is coming. Our new Key Stage 1 choir beautifully premiered a brand new Advent carol – Stay Awake – written especially for them by David Fawcett. Year 3,4,5,6 impressed us all by singing the Posada Song in Spanish. Finally, Father Tim blessed our Posadas and they were taken back to the classrooms to start their journey, through the coming weeks, until we celebrate the birth Jesus on Christmas Day. We hope you enjoy offering the Holy Family hospitality in your homes this Advent and sharing the Noisy Neighbour story together.
Our next Mass will be on the last day of term, December 21st at 9 am. We will welcome back Mary and Joseph; each class will receive a baby Jesus to complete the family; the food collected for the food-bank will be blessed and we will celebrate Mass together as we look forward to Christmas Day.
Advent begins on Sunday 2nd December and at the 9 a.m. mass we will begin to celebrate the four weeks with a mass theme this week of ‘Light a Candle for Advent’, where each child will have the opportunity to light a votive candle for their own personal intention during Advent.
Every week, at the Children’s Liturgy, we will use the custom called the ‘Jesse Tree’ to help the children develop a stronger sense of who Jesus is and who were the people on the path before him. The stories from the Old and New Testament become a way for children to experience God’s presence themselves. As the tales unfold, we hear of Jacob’s reconciliation with his brother; David, who became a great king but was not too proud to ask for forgiveness for his mistakes; Solomon, who chose the gift of wisdom instead of riches and Mary who said “Yes” to God when she was asked to be the mother of Jesus.
While they listen to the stories, the children will hear about people who sought answers to difficult questions and tried to be faithful to God in spite of many problems. They can begin to feel their place as part of the people of God.
Advent is a wonderful preparation time for children, leading up to the great feast of Christmas and St. Edward and the Holy Spirit offers a warm welcome to you all.
A reminder that PE hoodies are a kit requirement for KS2 children for PE lessons.
They are available to purchase through our online shop with Purbeck Embroidery for £12.50. Please see below link to their website for more information.
To raise money for Children in Need we had a super visit from Pudsey Bear in the morning and a very successful cake sale in the afternoon.
Plymouth CAST schools are running the annual consultation on the School Admission Arrangements for 2020/2021 for an 8 week period before 31st January. St Mary’s consultation will run with effect from Monday 26th November 2018 to Friday 4th January 2018. Details of the consultation are available to view here.
Responses must be submitted either in writing to:
Plymouth CAST Multi-Academy Trust
St Boniface House
Ashburton TQ13 7JL
or by email to email@example.com .
The closing date for responses is Friday 4th January 2018.
Dorset are running the annual consultation on the School Admission Arrangements for 2020/2021 with effect from Monday 12th November 2018 to Friday 21st December 2018. Details of the consultation will be available to view at https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/education-and-training/education-and-training.aspx?folderIds=5377,43802 from 9am on Monday 12th November 2018.
Responses must be submitted either in writing to School Admissions Team, Dorset County Council, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 21st December 2018. Upon the conclusion of the consultation period all responses will be considered carefully and a report will be presented to the shadow executive prior to the determination deadline on 28th February 2019.