During RE today, we held a class liturgy. After thinking about the Nativity of Jesus and how some people in today’s world have nowhere warm to stay, we wrote prayers for the homeless, refugees and asylum seekers. We all shared our reflections during open prayer.
Congratulations to all the children who earned bronze or silver awards this term for demonstrating the Jesuit Virtues in their work and play at OLOL. A special well done also to the two children who have been awarded with our Learned and Wise certificate this half-term.
This afternoon, we created a piece of art using oil pastels and then took part in Advent meditation. We thought about the hope felt by Elizabeth and Mary as they awaited the birth of their children: John, who prepare the way for the Messiah; and Jesus, who would be the light to dispel the darkness.
Christ the King
The girls have produced stunning pieces of artwork for Mrs David's RE challenge to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.
A Prayer for Refugees
To mark the 70 year since the UK signed the UN Refugee Convention people are showing their solidarity by making orange hearts and writing messages of support. We asked our house saints to join their prayers with ours as we wrote a prayer for all refugees, past and present, inside an orange heart.
This morning, we gathered in prayer and reflection to remember the fallen of war and conflict. As a class, we prayed for the souls of all we have lost - those we have known and those we do not know. We said thank you for the sacrifice of many that came before us so that we could live in a country that is free and strong.
Prayers for the Faithfully Departed
This morning, we celebrated Mass online. Mrs Anthony brought our prayer slips over to church as our offering to those who have faithfully departed.
Baptism of Jesus
As part of our Baptism unit, we looked at a stunning piece of artwork based on the baptism of Jesus and recreated our own version using watercolour paint.
CAFOD Live Simply Award
This morning, we gathered as a school family to give thanks for the beautiful world we live in. We learned about how we are joining with Fr Sean and the parish to earn the CAFOD Live Simply Award. We wrote a pledge on our 'Live Simply' leaves outlining how we, taking note from Pope Francis' Laudato Si letter, will look after our common home that God has created for us.
Whole School Mass
This week, Year 5 led a whole school Mass with a ‘Creation/St. Francis/ Harvest’ theme.
We explored some of the teachings of Jesus to his disciples about being the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We know that Jesus taught his disciples to use their gifts and talents at the service of other people. Then, we looked at the other important form of teaching from Jesus about using gifts and talents at the service of other people found in the Beatitudes. After analysing the version of the Beatitudes in Matthew and Luke’s Gospel, we discussed which gifts and talents are needed to live out some of these Beatitudes Working in groups, we wrote our own prayers asking God to use our gifts and talents at the service of other human beings. We focused on the Beatitudes of Jesus, understanding that they provide a guide for living as a disciple of Christ.
Class Saint Feast Day
Today, we wore our own clothes to celebrate the feast day of our class saint, St Michael the Archangel.
This afternoon, we were introduced to our Year 5 Prayer Bag. We explored why OLOL is having school prayer bags: to share with our families, to say our prayers, to plan our own liturgies and to learn about vocational people and places. We are looking forward to our first ‘prayer bag’ liturgy led by a member of Linden class next week.
The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo
To begin our 'Creation' unit in RE, we recreated a section of the famous painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam: Adam’s hand reaching to touch the mighty right hand of our Lord. We used the grid method to ensure our drawings were precise. Then, we used flesh tones to add colour; we focused on highlighting the areas where the light touches the hands and using a darker shadow to deepen the darkest areas making sure that the whole illustration was blended perfectly.
CAFOD Art Day: Eyes of the World
As part of Whole School Art Day, we found out how we can come together to look after and care for the world which is crying out for our help, and tackle the climate crisis. The eyes of the world are on us this year as Britain hosts world leaders for the United Nations' climate change talks – COP26. We produced detailed sketches of eyes with images that illustrate the climate change crisis and a vision for a fairer world.
Eloquent and Truthful
We worked in groups to explore this half term’s Jesuit Virtues: Eloquent and Truthful. We discussed what is meant by each virtue and how this will shape our work and play this year.
Our Class Saint: Saint Michael the Archangel
We learned all about St Michael and enjoyed completing a fact file about the chief of all the angels and of the army of God. We are looking forward to celebrating our class saint on 29th September, his feast day.
We discussed our school Mission Statement and explored how this will affect our actions and faith this year.
We held our first whole class collective worship on the first day of school; it was a beautiful service of welcome and new beginnings.