This week we shared in a Thanksgiving Service to reflect on our year as the family of Oak. We have grown in our faith and studies and end our time in Year 2 with gratitude.
This week we have been thinking about Our Church. We have visited Church to identify signs and symbols that bring us closer to God and Jesus. We know that when we are at church we are in God’s house and in the presence of Jesus, not only in the bread and wine, but through the words spoken by the priest. We have also been exploring the teachings in the letters of St Paul and know that to live a life with Jesus offers a share in his life.
Dreams and Aspirations
This week we have been thinking about our dreams and aspirations for the future. We learned that many of our teachers had different dreams and aspirations which have changed as they have grown.
Jesus had an aspiration to redeem people through his sacrifice. How can you help to redeem the people?
Feast of Ss Peter and Paul
Year 2 showed their reverence during Mass this week celebrating Ss Peter and Paul and their continuation of Jesus’ work throughout their lives. Back in the classroom, the children spoke compassionately about what it means to share in God’s love and wisdom and how they too can continue God’s word in their own lives.
World Refugee Day
We have been thinking this week about refugees around the globe. We have been reminded that Jesus became a refugee, having no place to call his own. We have asked God through our thoughts and prayers to look with mercy on those today who are fleeing from danger and we ask you to do the same.
Feast of the Sacred Heart
Showing reverence and respect, Year 2 celebrated Mass today for the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Year 2 Oak showed their commitment to the love of Jesus Christ through prayerful thought during communion and through their joyful song in our hymns.
The Holy Trinity
This week we have been thinking about the Holy Trinity. We know there is one God but in the Trinity he takes 3 forms, God the Father, God the Son and the God the Holy Spirit.
We have explored in more detail the gift of the Holy Spirit and know that God, in the form of the Holy Spirit, brings us love, guidance, strength and power. He gives us courage and bravery to spread our faith.
We celebrated Our Lady with a Marian assembly and procession. We were reminded that our lady was chosen by God because she was pure of sin. Mary is represented by many different images around the world, what is your image of Our Lady?
Mass for The Ascension
Year 2 were reverent and respectful during our Ascension Mass today. The children spoke afterwards about Jesus ascending up to heaven after his resurrection and how important it was to our faith. We discussed how our virtues of Grateful and Faith-filled connected with our Mass today in always showing gratefulness to God for our saviour and for enabling his resurrection and ascension to fill us with faith.
What will your mission be?
This week, following on from our Marian Assembly, we have been thinking about how we can share the work of Mission Together. We have pledged to share love, share forgiveness and live in the love of God. What will your mission be?
Year 2 Mass
This week we celebrated leading our whole school Mass at church. Showing our Jesuit virtues of faith-filled and intentional, our readers read Bible readings and bidding prayers to celebrate our Mass of vocations.
This week we have been thinking about how our House Team Saints worked throughout their lives to make things better where they could, they were active in their faith. They spent time asking questions to find out more, to seek God in creation so we ask you to do the same. How will you be active and curious like our House Team Saints this week?
Our Jesuit Virtues for this half term are Curious and Active. We have discussed what these virtues mean and how we can show them in our work and play.
Saint Ignatius says to be Curious and Active is to find God in all things, where do you find God?
Stations of the Cross
Year 4 led the whole school in a Stations of the Cross Prayer Service. It was a time where we were reminded about the final journey of Jesus, the suffering he endured to save us from sin. We took time back in class to reflect on what this journey means to us.
Our Lenten Journey
This week we have continued our Lenten journey by sharing in a decade of the Rosary where we were reminded of The Sorrowful Mysteries. We were also able to share in a Lenten Workshop with members of our family where we thought about the time Jesus spent in the desert and reflected on his teachings.
Class Prayer Service
Thanks to A for leading us in our Prayer Service this afternoon. Is your journey of Lent bringing you closer to God? Have you managed to stay faithful to your Lenten Promise?
Feast of St. Patrick 17th March
We celebrated St. Patrick's Day by joining together as a school family for Mass this morning. We were prayerful and enjoyed participating in all aspects of the mass.
Our Lady of Lourdes
On 11th February we celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes so this week we have been taking part in lots of activities to celebrate this upcoming event. We have enjoyed sharing the story of St Bernadette, who as a child, experienced 18 apparitions with Our Lady. She fought tirelessly to continue to visit the grotto to do as the mysterious lady asked so we ask you this week to continue to fight for what you believe in even when it can be challenging.
The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple is an early episode in the life of Jesus Christ, describing his presentation at the Temple in Jerusalem, that is celebrated 40 days after Christmas on Candlemas, or the "Feast of the Presentation of Jesus".
Year 2 led us in Mass today and did so beautifully. They were respectful and prayerful. Well done.
Lucia dos Santos
This week we have been learning about the life and vocation of our focus historical figure, Lucia dos Santos. We learned that she, along with her two cousins, had visions of Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal. She listened to Mary when asked to make penance so we ask you this week to follow her lead and make penance and repent for any wrongs you have done.
Friday 19th January
We celebrated the Feast Day of St. Wulfstan with our school family by attending mass with our school family. We thank Year 5 for leading our mass for us today so prayerfully.
St Wulfstan was a former Bishop of Worcester from 1062 to 1095. St Wulfstan was a social reformer who struggled to bridge the gap between the old and new regimes, and to alleviate the suffering of the poor. He was a strong opponent of the slave trade and along with other key figures was responsible for ending the trade from Bristol.
Eloquent and Truthful
This half-term our Jesuit Virtues are Eloquent and Truthful. We shared in a whole school assembly where Mrs D asked us to think this week and for this half-term, about what it means to really be eloquent and truthful so as we journey through this half-term, we ask you to do the same.
The Feast of the Epiphany January 6th
We celebrated the day the 3 Kings came to visit Jesus in his manger all those years ago. Deacon Tim led us in prayer and we were reminded that we can bring gifts to those people who we love to show we care.
January 6th a special date for many Christians as it's when people celebrate how a star led the Magi - also known as the Three kings or the Wise Men - to visit the baby Jesus after he had been born. 'Epiphany' comes from the Greek word meaning 'to reveal', as it is when the baby Jesus was 'revealed' to the world.
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
On Thursday 8th December, Sycamore Class led a whole school mass to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We gave thanks to Mary and reflected upon her calling from God. We know that she was free from sin and said yes to God. We were able to explore ways we can also say yes to God and follow his plan for us.
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 ❤️