During Advent we wait for Jesus who is coming to us at Christmas. This has been a focus in our school assemblies and RE lessons this week where we have been thinking about the words from Matthew 24:42 “Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.”
In Oak, we have discussed how we can stay awake and be ready during this time and have recorded how we can do this on a class giving chain for advent.
What is your mission?
This Red Wednesday our mission today and moving forward is to ‘Break the Silence’. We know in Oak that we are fortunate to be able to celebrate and share our faith freely but there are Christian’s in the world who cannot.
We wear red today in support of these people and hope that one day, like us, they are free to celebrate their faith.
Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic social teaching is rooted in Scripture, formed by the wisdom of Church leaders and is our moral compass as followers of Jesus. We discussed these principles as a class and thought about how we can live our lives following these teachings.
11th November Remembrance Day
We gathered as a school community today to remember those who gave their lives for us to enjoy the freedoms that we all enjoy today. This was a thoughtful and solemn service and we were respectful and prayerful. We listened to and reflected on this sad yet hopeful poem.
In Flanders Fields
BY JOHN MCCRAE
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
N led our prayer service this afternoon about Remembrance Day. She was prayerful and confident when leading this.
We also joined our school community by observing the 2 minute silence at 11:00am.
Let God’s Light Shine
This week we have shared in an assembly where we were reminded that Halloween began as a religious festival. Halloween is an old English word which means ‘Hallowed Eve’ and ‘Hallow’ means ‘Holy’. People celebrated the overcoming of evil the day before the day victory was won with goodness and holiness, this day is now known as All Saints Day. We were reminded that God’s light shines through in goodness and holiness and thought about the ways we share God’s light like the Saints we celebrate on 1st November. How will you let God’s light shine from you?
Our Harvest Basket
We have started our collection of food items to celebrate the food that has grown on the land. We remember to give thanks to God for the crops gathered from the land and share this food we have gathered with those in need.
This week we shared in a whole school assembly on the theme of Creation where we were reminded about how God created the world in which we live. We were reminded of it's beauty and that he has tasked us to look after it. Think about how you can look after our world.
St. Francis of Assisi left a life of riches after seeing visions from God which taught him to help those less fortunate than himself. He also cared for nature. We have reflected this week how we can help those less fortunate than ourselves, how we can follow the teachings of God.
Year 6 Chaplaincy led us in the Rosary today, for October 'The Month of the Holy Rosary.
Whole School Mass (29th September)
This week we joined the whole school to celebrate the Feast of the Archangels.
We listened to the word of the Lord shared during mass and recognised that through prayer, we can ask the angels to bless us each day and to keep us safe.
Why not say this prayer with your child at home?
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God's love commits me here,
Ever this day, be at my side,
To light and guard, Rule and guide.
Blessings from Deacon Tim
Thank you to Deacon Tim who blessed teachers, children and our prayer area today. He blessed us with Holy Water and invited us to pray with him for a happy, hard working and loving year together.
CAFOD 'Step up to the Plate'
Oak took part in the CAFOD National Assembly 'Step up to the Plate'. They have explored some ways in which they can help those in need by not being wasteful with their food .
Share kindness, do not discriminate.
This week we have been reminded about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in our whole school assembly. We focused on Article 28 which says that children and young people have the right to education no matter who they are: regardless of race, gender or disability; if they're in detention, or if they're a refugee. We remember that God does not discriminate, he made us all unique and he does not make mistakes therefore we invite you to read Acts 15:9-11 and share kindness.
How can we be Compassionate and Loving to bring us closer to Jesus?
We began our week with a Liturgical Assembly about how the Jesuit Virtues help us to live a life closer with God and Jesus. Our assembly reminded us how this half term we can be more Compassionate and Loving in our work and play at home and school.
We thought more closely about this during our House Team meetings this week and discussed how the life of our House Saints help us to be even more Compassionate and Loving.
We have had a wonderful start to our new academic year in Oak. We have shared in a class prayer service where we were reminded that we are called to spread the word, love and hope of God to all people even when we may feel anxious or afraid. We know God and Christ are with us guiding us to live, love and learn together.
We have also shared in a whole school assembly where Mrs David reminded us that through our life with God and Jesus we have the faith to be the person we are meant to be ❤️