Friday 22nd July
During our last day of the school year we thought about what we have enjoyed in Year 4. We thought about what has been particularly memorable for us.
During this service of thanksgiving many of us brought to mind Castleton, our Year 4 overnight residential visit. Some of us considered how much we have enjoyed learning new and exciting things in the Year 4 curriculum. Some of us were grateful that new friendships have blossomed. Lots of us were grateful for our teachers and parents who guide and support us. Some of recalled texts that have been enjoyed throughout the English curriculum. Overwhelming the class were thankful to have good friends who they can rely on and share a laugh with!
Thank you to Year 4 for making this school year so enjoyable for us to teach. We wish you luck as you continue your school journey at OLOL. Love Mrs Larkin, Mrs Kemp and Mrs Shaffer
Friday 15th July
F led a lovely prayer service today all about Mary Magdalene. Beautifully researched and presented.
M led our prayer service this afternoon on St. Oscar Romero. She worked hard on this and was very excited to share her work with her friends. Well done!
Friday 24th June
We had an assembly on The Sacred Heart of Jesus today. We reflected on this beautiful prayer that St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
G led our Friday prayer service today about St. Nicholas Owen. G chose this Saint because he is his our class saint and he has inspired G to put others before himself. Not always easy to do but if we strive for this, the world can be a better place for all!
27th May B led our Friday prayer service about St. Francis of Assisi.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Lord, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
This morning we were led in an assembly by Mrs Lynch about new virtues for this half term: Grateful and Generous. We discussed what these virtues mean to us and how we can demonstrate these virtues at home and in school.
Friday 13th May
We were learning about Compassion today in PSHEE today. Part of this lesson involved a meditation where we sent kind and loving thoughts to ourselves, our friends, our families and our teachers. We were then asked to send kind and loving thoughts to someone who has not shown us compassion in the past - this was not so easy and we thought that we will continue to try and forgive those who we have felt wronged us in the past.
Friday 13th May
A lovely prayer service from P today all about St. Patrick.
Friday 13th May
We celebrated mass today with our school and parish community. In this month of May we gave special thanks to Mary. Mass was followed by a Marian Procession and we said The Rosary around the grotto. We placed flowers and our intentions at the feet of Mary.
6th May: Our PSHEE lesson today was thinking about what makes a successful community. We got into groups and designed a community that we would like to be part of. We had so many super ideas! Some groups had included The Salvation Army, Care Homes for young people, Residential and Nursing Homes and Food Banks. We discussed that successful communities will look after those who are vulnerable in our society. Well done for generating these thoughtful communities, Year 4.
6th May: ET led our Friday prayer service this afternoon on St. John Henry Newman who is remembered for his wise and spiritual guidance.
Today we led the whole school in the Stations of the Cross prayer service. We walked with Jesus on his way to the cross. We remember how much Jesus loved us and how he gave up his life for us so we could be free from sin and live together in his love, now and forever.
A very timely prayer service today from G who reminded us of the good work St. Francis of Assisi did with looking after animals and the environment. This reminded us of the work we have been doing in Geography and focussing on Laudato Si.
We had a lovely assembly that reminded us of the importance and healing powers of the sacrament of reconciliation. To help us prepare for this next week with Father Sean we examined our hearts, minds and souls for times when we could have made better choices.
In our Geography lesson we continued to consider how plastics can harm the wonderful world that God created for us. We reminded ourselves about the letter that Pope Francis wrote to the whole human race to look after our common home. We worked in groups to research how plastics are harming a fishing village in India and what the community are doing to prevent plastics harming wildlife and microplastics becoming ingested into peoples bloodstream and organs.
We celebrated the Annunciation of the Lord today with our school and parish families.
A lovely prayer service from G today.
We have been learning about Laudato Si this week and the dangers of microplastics. There were some horrifying facts about how we are harming our beautiful world that God gave us. However, there is hope as we have the power to make significant changes. We considered how to reuse, recycle and refill.
On a Friday one of us takes home the Prayer Bag. We always look forward to our Friday afternoon prayer service.
We prayed for the people of Ukraine and for world leaders to bring peace.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
We celebrated the feast of St. Patrick by celebrating mass with our school community. Here we all are in our green and all things Irish!
This week is the first week of Lent and we wrote our Lenten promises and placed them on our prayer table. Wen all attended the Ash Wednesday service in church and received the ashes on our foreheads. During Lent we try to PRAY, GIVE and FAST.
Our new virtues for this half term are 'Intentional and Prophetic', we gathered together for our assembly and thought about how we could be intentional and prophetic in school, at home and in the wider community.
This half term we have been mindful of showing how we can be 'Curious and Active' in our play, learning and prayer life. Congratulations to G and G today for living out these Jesuit virtues consistently.
We have enjoyed some very thoughtful prayer services this half term. Children have enjoyed using the prayer bag and are always keen to take it home.
We enjoyed our croissant treat today as we celebrated our Feast Day. In the afternoon we attended mass with the rest of our school family.
Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day
This morning we looked at our historical figure 'St. John Henry Newman. We did some research and created presentations for the rest of the class. Saint John Henry Newman died a Cardinal of the Catholic Church, honoured internationally, but it is his ability to touch and enlighten the hearts of so many and from so many different walks of life.The canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman took place on Sunday 13th October 2019, recognising Blessed John Henry Newman as Saint John Henry Newman. The canonisation Mass in St Peter’s square in Rome was attended by thousands and watched by more across the globe, giving us time to reflect on St John Henry Newman, the educationalist, person of faith and his huge commitment to the people of Birmingham, rich and poor who came to him for advice and instruction.
This week is Christian Unity week and this octave of prayer is shared by Christians throughout the world. Each year the theme for the week is developed by people from a different part of the world. This year the theme is 'We saw His Star in the East'.
HOUSE TEAM MEETINGS SAMPLE OF WORK...
House Team Meetings: Today we worked together in a House Teams to reflect on the works of our House Saints and how they linked to this half term virtues 'Curious and Active'. WE then related this to ourselves and how we can live our lives like our House Saint? How could we show that we are curious and be active in our own faiths? We also took the time to think about one question that really made us curious about school, our faith or God. This led to some fantastic thoughtful and reflective ideas.
We started our week with exploring our next virtues for this half term, Curious and Active. We gathered together for an assembly and thought about how we are curious about everything and active in our engagement with the world, changing what we can for the better.In our liturgical celebrations we offer praise to God; we are also strengthened in our mission to live as Christ in the world.
Epiphany: January 2022- The Epiphany of the Lord was the first time Jesus was recognised as God’s son and a King by others - the 3 Wise Men (or 3 Kings). This was his first manifestation – the first time someone said out loud who he was. Today we gathered together for Mass and produced some art work on the Epiphany.
This was a lovely Advent Prayer service these 4 children led today. This was their own initiative and they took it upon themselves to prepare this. Thank you, you all did a wonderful job.
This half terms virtues 'Learned and Wise' have been awarded to... Well done both of you.
Advent week 3: We've been very busy getting prepared for the arrival of baby Jesus. We shared our own Advent assembly together, watched Year 6 Advent assembly and being practicing for our carol concert.
ADVENT WEEK 2: The peace of God allows us to look at others through heaven’s eyes and help guide the world to see God’s here and not-yet here kingdom. Peace from God, biblical peace, allows us to trust in God’s promises (Proverbs 3:5), through restful, tranquil faith, despite the dark, scary world around us. Father, this second week of Advent, keep us in perfect peace as our mind is stayed on the truth of your powerful love. Thank you for your mighty, sovereign hand. Help us to trust fully in you and rest in the peace that you offer. It’s in the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Red Wednesday: Aid to the Church in Need are a charity who support the people of our Church (the worldwide Catholic church) who are in need in any way – especially those who are persecuted for their beliefs. Last week we wore Red to show our support of persecuted Christians. This week we are going to continue our prayer for them!
What is meant by Learned and Wise? We are growing to be learned and see God in all things and use what we have learned wisely for the good of others.
Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord And let perpetual light shine upon them May they rest in peace Amen
Remembrance Day:Today is Armistice Day– Armistice was when the generals all signed an agreement to stop fighting after 4 long years at the end of World War 1. The agreement was signed at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month and this is why each year on 11th November we REMEMBER and at 11.00 am each year we are SILENT.
All Souls' Day, also known as the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed and the Day of the Dead, is a day of prayer and remembrance for the faithful departed. Today we gathered together for Mass and thought about all of family and friends who have passed.
Laudato Si: Caring for our common home. Today we gathered together for our assembly to help us reflect on Pope Francis' message about looking after the world. We are joining with Fr Sean and the parish to earn the CAFOD Live Simply Award. It helps our community to live, not just simply, but also more fully.
Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary: 7th October. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary. (Our Lady to St Dominic)
Little Way Week: Little Way Week is run by the charity MISSIO in honour of St. Therese of Lisieux whose feast day is 1st October.
We went to church for Benediction with Deacon Tim. We said the Divine Praises together and took a moment to pray for our family, friends and ourselves and to ask God to be there for us and guide us on the right path.
WE have been thinking about the different types of prayer and have wrote our own prayers thanking God for the wonders of his creation.
COP26 Display... WOW, Year 4 you have created a fabulous display about a very important issue.
Climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to future generations Pope Francis We have created pieces of art work that CAFOD will lobby the government on our behalf. We want to build a fairer world and stop climate change...
New Beginnings: We were led in a beautiful, well prepared prayer service by our Liturgy leads
Our virtues for this half term are Eloquent and Truthful: We need to try to use our creative gifts to say things in a way that is interesting, truthful, memorable and faithful. God wants us to be truthful in all we do.
St. John Henry Newman and St.Philip Neri
We pray that the will give us strength and courage to inspire us to live our lives by their example.
Class Charter: We have created our Class Charter to show how we will treat each other this year and follow Jesus' example.
Sycamore class are very happy to be back at school where we can live, love and learn together with Christ at the centre. We hope for a successful year ahead with God's help and guidance on the right path.