Our Lady of LourdesCatholic Primary School & Nursery
“Christ at the centre of our school where we live, love and learn together”
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In our Religious Education lesson we reflected on our school mission,
'Christ is the centre of our school community
where we live, love and learn together.'
We thought of so many ways our class family can live, love and learn together and displayed them on our 'Mission Tree' display.
Are you cooperative, kind, responsible, forgiving, supportive, respectful, compassionate, faithful and patient? These were only a few of our choices.
Our class display!
We have accepted our mission to follow in the
footsteps of Jesus.
How can you do this today?
Let us pray...
At the start of our new school year we wrote some asking prayers. We want God's help with the challenges that lie ahead. All our prayers are in our prayer area and we share them when we pray together in the morning.
Lord hear us...
What would you like God's help with?
Help me this year to persevere
to improve my handwriting and get my letter heights right.
Help me to pray more often to your son Jesus.
Lord in your mercy...
hear my prayer
Beginning our work on
' Belonging - We gather as God's family'
Team work was definitely dream work when we worked in groups to decide on what responsibilities and qualities were necessary in our school family.
Progress and cooperation...
Some of our ideas...
We have to be mature and share with others...
We must be supportive when our friends get something wrong.
We must persevere and not let our school group down.
Sharing and listening...
Would you be a fisher of men?
In our Religious Education lessons we read the story of the 'Call of the Disciples' and sorted reasons for and against answering Jesus's call. After careful consideration and much debating, the majority of Beech class decided that the answer was YES but it would be difficult to leave your family, friends and home!
What would you do?
Who are Jesus's disciples today?
A Blessing for the New School Year
Beech class were delighted to welcome Deacon Tim to their class to celebrate the start of our new school year. It was a really reverent and special occasion when we gathered to ask God’s blessing on
us, as we livetogether as his family
on our classroom, where we learn together
on our prayer area, where we show our love together for Jesus
and all the time remembering that Jesus is at the heart of all that we do.
Let the little childre come to me...
Someone is being compassionate and loving! Box 2 filled!
Working hard to understand the signs and symbols of Baptism!
Learning from each other!
More harvest donations and box 3 filled!
'Compassionate and Loving' Beech boys!
Month of the Holy Souls
During the month of November, Beech class are remembering those people who we love and who have died. We also remember those who have no one to pray for them. We have also reflected on Remembrance Sunday and the many who lost their lives in war.
Our class prayer area during November...
Beech class remember a loved one in their prayers each day, when we choose a name from our 'Remembrance Tree'.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord...
Share this prayer together as a family at home.
We are praying and learning it together in class.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
After our first Mass of the new half term, we prayed together for our deceased family and friends.
We lit a candle and remembered them.
Meet Year 3 choir members... so many... so proud!
And our faith filled and hopeful Mini-Vinnies!
Prayer bag launch!
A super start to Beech Class prayer bag being shared at home. Wonderful work and beautifully presented. It was a pleasure to see the commitment and effort made.
Reconciliation...what does it mean to you?
We can't wait to see who has the prayer bag each week!
Another great week with Beech classes prayer bag going home. St John Vianney was the chosen subject with a very reflective discussion about his life of humble service as a priest - very well done!
The Great Outdoors!
Enjoying and appreciating God's beautiful world during our Forest School afternoons!
Read the story of Creation in the Old Testament and remind yourself of how God made our world.
And on the seventh day God rested...
Compassionate and Loving in action!
After Forest School we heard about a very compassionate and loving young man who helped his friend and encouraged her when she was trying to wade through water. This is exactly how Jesus wants us to live and love like him.
Well done! Definitely following in the footsteps of Jesus!
Christians around the world are being persecuted because of their faith. Today we showed our support by wearing red. Beech class were shocked to hear that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world.
We support faith and the freedom to practise it...
We prayed for people who have suffered...we are faithfilled and hopeful that there will be change.
Taking care of God's world. We wished everybody would!
We are practising for our school Mass on Friday, the feast day of St Andrew...
The word of the Lord...
Their word goes forth through all the earth...
Lord in your mercy...
We will lead the entrance procession...
Offering the unconsecrated bread and wine...
Class prayer bag...thoroughly enjoying taking it home!
Another really great presentation this week! Lots of detail and information about the Rosary and all of the mysteries.
Living the Jesuit Virtues in Beech class!
Our excellent role models who won certificates
for being 'Compassionate and Loving.'
Pupils in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
are growing to be..
Compassionate towards others, near and far,
especially the less fortunate;
and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
and the start of Advent!
The First Sunday of Advent and Year 6 received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Thank you to Beech choir members who gave their time and beautiful voices to help Year 6 celebrate their Confirmation. It was lovely to hear a member of the congregation congratulate the children on their singing.
Well done one and all!
Let's get ready to support Year 6 Confirmandi. We are sharing our talents!
Advent - a time of preparation!
Our class altar reflects the Holy Season of Advent. Purple is the Liturgical colour for Advent. Look around school and in church. Where is the colour purple being used?
Sharing our Walk with Me calendar is a special part of our Advent prayer reflections
We wrote some very reflective prayers to help us begin our preparations for the birthday of Jesus. We really thought about who needs our prayers and how we can be the best people we can be! Not always easy, but were going to try very hard. Our prayers are displayed in our prayer basket and we share them during class prayer time.
We pray for peace, hope, joy and love
I pray for all the priests in the church because they work hard for us and they show us the value of
following in the footsteps of Jesus.
Father Sean would definitely approve of this prayer!
Our Advent calendar has an act of kindness task inside it. We are trying to be 'Advent Angels' and are working hard at being even kinder than we need to be.
When we have completed our act of kindness, we write it on our angel on the tree.
How can you put others before yourself this Advent?
Be kinder than you need to be!
Acts of kindness in action! I had to surprise my teacher with a random act of kindness...
Wonder what my task will be?
A home made card with a lovely message inside!
Look what Advent Angel task we had to do!
I made a paper chain with loving messages...
I wrote a thank you letter to Fr Sean...
I helped tidy up after dinner...
In our Religious Education lesson this week we have been reading the Annunciation and reflected on how Mary felt before, during and after this wonderful event.
Mary felt faithfilled and hopeful! God would watch over her...
We made some really amazing connections using this Gospel story.
"I know this story is in the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Also we think about it on the third Sunday of Advent which is a joyful time. We light the rose coloured candle and remember how joyful Mary was."
"I can make a connection! We say the words from the story when we say Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with you!"
"Mary trusted God like Daniel trusted that God would not let the lion kill him."
"Mary obeyed God like Abraham did when he took his Son Issac to be sacrificed."
Mrs Creegan loves a good connection and was so impressed!
A most amazing prayer bag presentation. This week was all about Jesus with the thieves on the cross. A great discussion on admitting our sins, belief in everlasting life and the way we need to live our lives here on earth. Super RE discussion work from Y3.
Do we always say sorry and mean it?
Year 3 Mini Vinnies think about how they can help others in need and pray together...
Delivering my thank you letter to Father Sean after our Advent school Mass...
Christmas Cards and more connections!
In our Christmas carol service, Beech class are singing the Gloria and our reading reminds us of the angels appearing to the shepherds and bringing the good news that Jesus has been born. We decided to make a connection to this wonderful event when we made our Christmas cards.
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
Glory to God and peace on earth...
We used Beech class bidding prayer from our carol service for the inside of our card!
Told you, we love making connections! LOL
I pray that your guardian angel will watch over you
and take care of you.
Advent Angels gave up their lunch time to add the stars to our Christmas cards!
And our work is done!
Compassionate and loving during Advent
Y3 Beech class completed their sponsored 'Spellathon'. Lots of prize winning high and best improver scores, so clearly some hard work and great support from home. Lots of money raised for bee hives in distant places.
Well done Y3!
Fundraising accomplished! Compassionate and loving in action!
Making angels for our Christmas Carol Service!
Painting, sticking and a bit of glitz for good measure!
I'm sure the angels would approve of a bit of sparkle!
Let the skies fill with angels' singing...
We can proclaim our Saviour's birth...
Relationship Education in RE
Beech class started this afternoon sharing how we valued each other as friends in Y3. There’s a lot of difference to being lonely compared to taking time out or choosing some time alone.
A great class discussion about our duty to God and each other.
How can you be extra kind to your friends during Advent?
and using our class prayer bag at home!
A super presentation today from our home prayer bag. It was a prayer about Advent and asking God to help us to become closer to him...very thought provoking.
Let Jesus's love and light shine this Advent....
Carol service rehearsals continue...
As always, we remember that Jesus is at the heart of our Christmas preparations in school. We have been practising hard for our carol service on Friday
Sharing the Christmas story in words, song and action!
Let the bells ring for everyone to hear...
Christmas is such a special time of year...
Join with us and let's rejoice...
Reading with maturity and expression...
The angels left and returned to heaven...
May we share our love...
Acts of kindness in action! An Advent Angel had to make a card for the school crossing lady.
More Advent Angels and their acts of kindness!
I wrote loving messages for my friends and teacher
I made Mrs Hillen a thank you Christmas card
Learning all about the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. Ask us about it! Challenging but we really persevered!
Bringing thanks and happiness to others...
Thanking my neighbours for their Christmas lights
I rang Grandma and sang Silent Night
Advent in Beech class finishes with our class prayer service.
Our Savior showed us how to live
With charity, faith and service.
It makes the holidays a joy,
More peaceful, and less nervous.
So let's remember Christmas is
About our Saviour's birth;
That's the way to happiness,
The way to peace on earth.
Beech class wish all their family and friends a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
...and we are in the season of Christmas until the Baptism of Our Lord.
Our class prayer area reflects the Christmas season and the liturgical colours are white and gold.
With my magic eye...
In our Religious Education lessons this week, we have been reflecting on the shepherds' story and how the good news of the birth of Jesus was shared with them. We wrote some poems with a repeating line in our groups, imaging what we could see if we had a magic eye and were able to look down on this wondrous event.
Captivating, exquisite angels!!!! Love it!
With my magic eye I saw a radiant angel appear directly in front of the shepherds, who froze in fear!
With my magic eye I saw joyful, ecstatic angels excitedly spread the good news that the promised Saviour had been born at last!
Our finished work...
Sharing our class prayer bag
Today we learnt even more about the Rosary. It’s really so inspiring to see our Y3 children learning and praying at home, as well as displaying great reverence in their faith.
How to pray the Rosary...
Sacramental Preparation begins...
No where better to start than with the Seven Sacraments; all stationed around our beautiful church for children and parents to explore and discuss.
Father Sean began our meeting...lots of focus!
Exploring the Sacraments and answering questions...
The Sacrament of Baptism
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of the Eucharist
Sacrament of Confirmation
Sacrament of the Sick
Sacrament of Marriage
Sacrament of Holy Orders
And some more pictures of hard working children and adults...
Deacon Tim finished our evening with Benediction. The Eucharistic host was displayed in a monstrance on the altar and candles radiated on either side. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a blessing on us all, was a powerful way to end our first meeting.
Our first Sacramental preparation Mass
Children and family gathered to celebrate Mass together on the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. It was lovely to welcome children from other schools who will be preparing for the Sacraments with Year 3.
Waiting for Mass to begin...
Father Sean reminded us of the importance of Baptism and thanked home, school and parish for supporting the children on their faith journey. Amazing singing today from Beech class...wow!
We received our Mass cards and are very committed to our Sacramental preparation! Very excited children!
Living the Jesuit Virtues in Beech class!
Our excellent role models who won certificates
for being 'faith filled and hopeful.'
Pupils in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
are growing to be..
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
This half term we are learning to be 'Eloquent and Truthful.' This is what Beech class think!
Our prayer bag journey in Y3 continues and...
a thoughtful reflection about when Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist, signalling the start of his ministry with us on Earth. Further information was also shared about a cross made in the Holy Land.
Praying together as a family is so lovely to see....
Reflections on Reconciliation
It’s very inspiring to hear children sharing the word of God and discussing what it means.
Preparing for our Sacrament of Reconciliation
Beech class have begun their work on Reconciliation and have been learning about a little man with a big problem!
Yes Zaccheaus! His problem? He was a sinner!
In our groups we thought about how Zacchaeus might have felt before, during and after his meeting with Jesus.
1. He felt lonely and fed up of his situation...he felt money did not bring happiness! Maybe it was time to repent and change!
2. He felt grateful to Jesus for helping him understand how his actions affected the people of Jericho and for giving him a second chance. He felt ashamed confessing his sins!
3. Zacchaeus was reconciled with God and the people of Jericho. He might have thought I must tell other people that they can receive forgiveness if they repent and really mean sorry.
Only some of our reflections...super work!
We wondered... did Zacchaeus ever meet Jesus again? Did he continue to be a tax collector but an honest one? Did he confess his sins to the Roman Government?
A reflective prayer for sick people and all those who care for them. A spontaneous round of applause for this beautiful prayer too!
All you need is love!
It’s 14th February so we had a perfectly timed prayer bag presentation on loving each other and from Pope Francis, the love that God and his son Jesus has for us all.
Did you know St Valentine is the patron Saint of
love, young people and marriage?
Help us to be more loving by showing forgiveness and care...
Beech class have been working hard preparing for their celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They can't wait to receive the love and forgiveness of God.
I choose to forgive because it is the right choice to make...
Out with the wrong and in with the right.
Embrace the love which comes with being forgiven.
We use our hands to show love and respect.
Children and adults joined together to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It was lovely to welcome children from other schools, who will be joining us to receive the gift of forgiveness.
Father Sean led the meeting with adults...he reminded them how how important it is to say sorry and to show forgiveness. A little hug of reconciliation helps too!
The children prepared in church...
We all came together for final prayers...
I spy some tired children...
Sisters pray together at home...
A beautiful presentation in class this morning about the life of St John Vianney, using our home prayer bag. It was very thought provoking, with some lovely quality pictures of prayer at home.
Celebrating the Feast of St David
Dressed in our yellow and ready to celebrate Mass together as a school and parish family. Lots of daffodils to lay on the sanctuary when we celebrate our school Mass, led by Year 2.
Sacramental Preparation Mass
Beech class joined our parish family for Sunday Mass as part of their Sacramental preparation. Reconciliation next week and soon we will have received our second Sacrament. A little nervous now but excited too!
Today we remember and pray for those who cannot find paid employment.
Mass will soon begin...hymn books at the ready!
Offfering the gifts of bead and wine...
A surprise rendition of Sometimes Lord...
And Mass concluded with another of our Reconciliation hymns, 'Freely, Freely'
A time to change and put others before ourselves!
We put our Lenten promises on our 'Lenten Promise Tree.' We are extremely motivated to keep these promises because we are supporting the CAFOD 'GIVE IT UP' fundraising campaign during Lent.
With the parish, we are working to raise enough money to purchase a £4,000.00 Health Clinic, CAFOD world gift. World Gifts are life changing virtual gifts which help transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing countries.
This charity gift can pay for the running costs of a
life-saving clinic in a remote community. It keeps the clinic stocked with medicines, medical equipment and even provides petrol for the clinic ambulance, giving vulnerable people vital access to much needed healthcare.
Dan Callow and Emily Clark joined us for our annual whole school Lent Retreat. It was a beautiful day where the children and staff had the opportunity to explore the theme of how we can have “A heart that sees.”
What can you see with your heart?
Have you got your heart glasses on?
How do I bring peace to others? Do I bring joy? How do I give hope? How do I show love and serve people?
Some really reflective ideas to DO REALLY GOOD THINGS for others during Lent.
When someone is sick comfort them. Talk to and help an elderly person. Never give up being kind.
A Lenten Prayer Bag focus this week!
Not even World Book Day will stop Beech class sharing their prayer bag! On no! A private prayer focus this week with additional reflections on Ash Wednesday.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation 2019
Our special day finally arrived!
Congratulations to Beech Class. So proud of you all and your immense commitment to your preparation for today.
Sometimes Lord I make mistakes and say some things I shouldn’t say...
and there are times I get things wrong and do some things I shouldn’t have.
For these times Lord I ask for mercy and forgiveness of my wrong...
My dear Father of compassion, take me in your loving arms.
What a happy day. Let us shout and sing. Jesus has forgiven us, Jesus is our King!
And Granny celebrated with us too!
Thank you Father Sean!
Thank you God for giving us your love and forgiveness. Help us to make the right choices in the future.
What a lovely surprise we had when we received a Happy Our Lady of Lourdes feast day card from our friends at Ss Peter and Paul RC Primary school in Newcastle.
Continuing our reflections during the Holy Season of Lent. Working on our ideas for an acrostic poem in Beech class. How can you CHANGE to be more like Jesus during Lent?
Can you make a change in your life during Lent?
Some of our beliefs...
Comfort those who feel sad or lonely, listen to their troubles and give them a warm, comforting hug.
Happiness is a feeling everyone should have, make sure others are happy, not lonely and ask them to join in with games.
Always go to confession for your sins to be forgiven and then we can reconcile in love with God.
Nobody should be treated differently, treat everyone equally no matter their religion, skin colour or country.
Generously raise money for CAFOD by doing the ‘Give it Up’ challenge.
Even when people are irritating us, we must show tolerance and patience by not getting frustrated.
The Chaplaincy Team lead us in the second Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary during morning prayer.
An excellent prayer bag reflection about reconciliation, which was beautifully presented.
Practising for our school Mass. We will help our school and parish family reflect on the Annunciation.
Beech class welcome you to Mass...
A reading from the Book of Isaiah...
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ...
We pray for the leaders of the Church...
We bring gifts of bread and wine...
Our class prayer area reflects the Holy season of Lent and forty days of loving Jesus...
One of the prayers written on our fish, which are displayed for us to share during class prayer time. Dear Lord, help us to persevere even when a Lenten promise is difficult. May we not give in to temptation and remember Jesus didn’t in the desert. Lord hear us...
Another thoughtful prayer bag
shared in class this morning...
A humble prayer, thanking God for health and family and it was lovely to see the respect and tolerance of a Christian prayer focus next to a Hindu home altar. Once again our children lead the way for us to follow.
Let us pray...
Beech class led a lovely school and parish Mass this morning. They read, sang, prayed and led processions with great reverence and sincerity. Very proud of all!
Waiting to lead the Entrance Procession. Someone thought it was a great honour to carry the Book of the Gospels!
We all look forward to the prayer bag day!
A thoughtful Year 3 prayer bag presentation this morning. A lovely prayer for our class, their First Holy Communion and the health of all who are suffering in our world.
Lovely work and a confidently delivered prayer service, well done!
May God watch over all the children in my class as we prepare for our First Holy Communion...
...and the start of our Holy Week work!
Can you order the events of Holy Week? These clever children can! 10/10 and all independently...Bravo!
Our prayer bag reflection this morning was about Lent. It’s not easy, you have to work hard at keeping your promises but it’s worth it in the end. God also helps us!
A little Mini Vinney helped in our school Reconciliation Prayer Service. Our sins are like stones which weigh us down....
Beech class reflect on the events of Palm Sunday
We made palms for our procession!
We held our own Palm Sunday parade and thought about why Jesus was so popular! We could not understand why the crowd expected him to be a mighty warrior and earthly King when he was so loving, compassionate and forgiving. He was a Heavenly King!
What we believed the crowd thought about this event!
Interpreting and understanding Leonardo de Vinci's
'The Last Supper'
The painting reflects the instant that Jesus said to the disciples, “In truth I tell you, one of you will betray me”
We became detectives to interpret the painting and discovered so many things. Accurate links made to later events in Holy Week too! Awesome progress today!
Google 'The Last Supper' images. Can you find the symbols of the Trinity in the painting? Not sure? Ask a painting detective!
"Peter has a knife to remind us that he cut off the Roman soldier's ear in the garden."
"John looks like he is fainting because he cannot believe that someone was going to betray the man who chose him as an Apostle!"
"Andrew looks like his hand is saying stop because he does not want to hear Jesus's words. They are too upsetting."
"Bartholomew has stood up so suddenly in shock, that his legs are still crossed."
The Crucifixion of Jesus
We read and watched the terrible events of the Crucifixion and wrote our own independent thoughts and reflections. Beech class had so many observations!
How could Peter defend Jesus in the garden then later deny he even knew him? Doesn't make sense! Not impressed by that behaviour. Fear can make you make some difficult choices we decided.
I felt heartbroken when the guards took Jesus to his cross and when his special friends didn't help him in the garden, when he needed them.
I felt so upset when Jesus saw his mother. How hard for them both. Mary must have been so upset to see her beloved Son so bruised and bloody.
I find it interesting that the robber asked for forgiveness even when he was on the cross. It is never too late to say sorry! Now he is forgiven he will be in Paradise!
In our Prayer Service we thanked Jesus for giving his life for the forgiveness of all our sins and for obeying God and completing his plan.