As part of St Peters High Schools Advent preparation and the Year of Communion we were invited to participate in their Posada Prayer Service.
The custom of Posada originated form Mexico where two young people were chosen to dress up as Mary and Joseph. They used to travel from house to house in their village telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus and asking them if they would give them room. On Christmas Eve t would re-enact a community play and bring figures of Mary and Joseph to be placed in the crib.
Instead of children dressing up we were sent statues of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. The beautifully carved figures were made in Zambia.
he stautes visited different schools during Advent and we received the figures from The Rosary School.
Our Chaplaincy team had the chance to sit with the Reception children and show them the figurines an the Chaplaincy team lead the prayer.
Advent Acts of Kindness Tree
Advent is a time of preparation where we prepare for the birth of Jesus. The children wanted to think of a way to encourage children to prepare and one idea was to do acts of kindness leading up to Christmas.
The children decorated boxes. Each box was then numbered and filled with a reading from a scripture from the Nativity story, one to go in their class prayer book and one by the tree. Also inside the box, as well as a little sweet surprise, was a little slip of paper with an act of kindness on for the children to do each day. These were written by the Chaplaincy team.
Each day a member of the Chaplaincy team went with a child from a different class to the box numbered with that day and found the goodies inside. then the act of kindness slip was given to each class for them to follow that day.
A lovely thoughtful idea to help all the children think of more than just presents and Father Christmas!
Ava opening the first box with a Year 1 child
Chaplaincy were amazing toady during our school Advent retreat. They were put into groups of three and allocated a class. The children had to help prepare class area, set out resources and light the candles ready for the retreat. After they had watched the teachers first introduce the station they were then able to have a go themselves, talking to the children from all the classes, ask questions and get them to complete a task.
Mrs D'Arcy came around and watched each group and said how brilliant and respectful the children had been.
Well done Chaplaincy Team
We took over from the teachers
Elsa, Summer and Leo have written a piece about their day
Today was a special day for 8 of our chaplaincy team members as they were commissioned by Bishop Declan at Clifton Cathedral. They received a badge and certificate.
We had a lovely day, the children met chaplaincy members from other schools around the Clifton Diocese and were able to talk to them and find out what other schools had been doing last year during The Year of Prayer. We are now looking forward to starting the Year of Communion.
Carrying the school banner
Meeting children from other schools. Have to be brave!
Receiving our badges and a special candle to take back to school
proud to be wearing our new badges
We all support each other
Isabelle and Leo attended the Education Mass on Tuesday evening taking up our school banner. They also handed over a cheque to Missio for £130.00 which was money raised by the Chaplaincy team this year.
Welcome to a new school year and new members of the Chaplaincy Team. I am so pleased to welcome 8 new children to our team.
We held our first meeting and the children were given their books to use during the year to write ideas down, prayers, challenges that are set and any thing that will help them during the year.
We listened to a podcast sent by Bishop Declan welcoming the children and encouraging them to think of others during the year.
I asked the children to look at their class prayer tables and think of ways these can be improved and this is one of the things we will be looking at this year.
Important dates ahead -
Education Mass is on 19th October where Bishop Declan will introduce the Year of Communion.
Chaplaincy Mass at Clifton Cathedral 13th November
Advent Retreat - December
Working with a class to make their prayer chain
Our First Prayers link , red representing the continent of America
All the Prayer chains completed and put around the outside classroom for the children to see.
The 5 colours representing the 5 continents, America, Oceania,Europe,Asia and Africa
Hands held around the Cross. with our Prayer Chain we show that we are all joined together in Prayer
Prayer around the cross - ‘We are linked together in prayer to help one another.’
This is a special cross called the LAMPEDUSA CROSS. This pilgrimage cross has been entrusted to all pupils in our diocese. It left Clifton Cathedral in November during our Chaplaincy Commissioning and has visited each school in turn.
The crosses were originally made by Francesco Tussio, a carpenter from a small Italian Island in Lampedusa. When hundreds of refugees drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, he was moved to gather the driftwood from the wrecked boats and turn them into crosses, which he gave to the survivors as a symbol of hope.
As this cross has travelled around each of our schools in turn, it reminds us that we need to work to bring justice and hope to our world, to remember that God walks with us, even in difficult times, and of our need to pray.
We used different coloured card to write our prayers on. 5 colours for the 5 Continents. In the poorest areas of these Continents we think about their suffering, and how our prayers can give them love, hope, strength and perseverance to overcome the difficulties they face.
WE will write our own prayer promising God how we will remember and help these people. Then link all our prayers together to make a chain symbolising ‘we are all linked together through prayer to make a difference in this world’.
We finally counted the money from the Missio Boxes.This was our Lent fundraising 'Give it up or Do Something Extra'. Out of 160 boxes sent out we received 50 back. Thank you so much to all who returned their boxes. The children counted £311.00.
£150.00 of this will go to Cafod and the rest will go towards Missio.
Today was the feast day of St Joseph. We were very lucky as Bishop Declan came to say our special mass.
After a lovely service he came around the school, talking to the children and then met with the Chaplaincy team who presented him with a gift of print of a cross, in the theme of Jackson Pollock , created by the Year 3 and Year 4 classes.
The Chaplaincy team helped choose the hymns for the mass and sang 'Come and join the circle' accompanied by Mrs D'Arcy on the flute. They did an amazing job.
The Year 3 and 4 children then read the Bidding Prayers.
Well done Chaplaincy team.
sorting the baskets out, labelling with class names
Setting up ' Servant King'
Asking the children questions
Our Chaplaincy team are working very hard this term. The Year 5 and Year 6 children did a brilliant job setting up for the Lent Retreat in KS1. They organised the classroom for the teachers, prepared the resources and introduced the theme to the groups of children who came into the class with respect and knowledge. During the session they asked the children questions and when setting the children a task, helped the younger children with their writing.
The children have been very busy today with lots of jobs that needed doing ready for Lent.
They were making Prayer boxes for the classrooms, for their classmates to use if they want to have a prayer said during Class Prayers or they wanted to class to think of someone in their prayers,
Next as a team they worked together to make a display. This is our fundraising for Lent in support of both CAFOD and MISSIO.
Give Up for Lent is the Slogan. We are asking the children to give up something for Lent and instead use that money to put in the Missio box to help other children around the world. If they are not giving up then we ask that they think about doing something extra for their family and friends. If they are given money again we ask that they think about putting it in the Missio boxes.
We will collect the boxes after Lent .
Today the Chaplaincy team gave the morning assembly to the whole school about the Year Of Prayer, The Mission Prayer and our development plan.
They made a power point for the children to see and designed a prayer sheet for the Mission prayer.
The prayer was said together, and the chaplaincy team will take it in turns to go around each of the classes saying the prayer every afternoon after registration.
Our Prayer Promise
May all children
In the world
Share friendship and live
In the peace
Of God's love
Now and forever. Amen
Concentrating really well
I hope they will remember this!
Getting to know new schools
St Roses School in Stroud invited our Year six Chaplaincy members to come and visit their school and to learn 'The Lord's Prayer' in Makaton.
The school hall was decorated for Christmas and it gave us a special feeling being there and meeting other children form different schools.
It was quite difficult remebering all the actions but I hope the Chaplaincy team can show the other children and we can use it when saying our prayer.
During this Year of Prayer it is good to get together with other schools to pray.
We had a lovely morning, especially as we called in for jam doughnuts on the way back to school!
The Flag Bearers having a rest!
Showing off our new badge
30th November 2018
Today was a special day as our new Chaplaincy members went to Clifton Cathedral for their Commissioning. They went with The Rosary School for the day. It was very exciting as many of the children had never visited Clifton Cathedral.
Betty and Kara took our school banner and paraded around the cathedral with all the other schools. There were over 900 children there!
The new members received a badge and a certificate. We took our Prayer promise with us which Holly gave to the Bishop. This was signed by all the members of the Chaplaincy team promising to Pray for children overseas who are living in poverty. This was also to help us remember that this Church year is 'The Year of Prayer'.
We had a chance to talk with other schools, infact we met some past pupils who have moved onto Secondary School and it was nice to see how they were getting on and, that they are still Chaplaincy members in their new school.
It was a long but enjoyable service where we learned new songs and actions!
Today I went to the Education Mass. Leo and I carried the banner to represent St Josephs . The cathedral
was full up with lots of other schools who all came to celebrate the start of the new education year. At the end of mass we all got a candle to take back to our schools.
The parade of prayer poles
In November our new Chaplaincy Team were invited to St Peters Catholic Primary School to a Mass with other school in the Diocese to celebrate 175 years of Mission Together. To honour children around the world who live out the Mission motto - 'Children helping Children' through prayers and sharing.
We made a Prayer Pole adding our own Prayers to it which we exchanged with another school during the service. This was to represent our children sharing faith with one another.
The children sang and read beautifully. At the end of the Mass we were given a special candle and a Prayer card.