St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School, Burnley

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17th October 17


Welcome to St Mary's R.C. Primary School

Our chosen quote from Pope Francis for this week : If you pay attention to the heart, you will find you are close to the Lord and to others.                     Harvest Mass : Wednesday 25th October, 9:15 am in school. All welcome.                     

World Religion Week

Last week we had a very interesting, informative and enjoyable World Religion Week which complements our Catholic RE programme ‘Come and See’. We were able to welcome our special visitors: Kash, Madhu, Charles, Sadja and Nav who led some assemblies and then shared with our pupils some of the beliefs and  practices of Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Indian drumming and dancing. Pupils also enjoyed seeing artefacts from different religions, doing some role play, trying on saris, playing Indian drums and lots of bhangra dancing. It was a fantastic week.

Come and Stay for Maths

This morning, our Years 4, 5 and 6 classes welcomed a number of parents and grandparents into their maths lessons.  We showed our parents Mathletics, Number Strength, Maths Rockx and various problem solving activities. Judging by the comments from both children and parents alike, this was a fun and useful event.  Here are a few of them...

  • "I'm really pleased that my mum came in to do maths with me. I really enjoyed it." - Soraia Year 6.
  • "It was fun because I could show my mum what I do in maths. My mum enjoyed it too because she could tell all her friends how good I am at maths." - Owen Year 4.
  • "I really enjoyed maths today with my mum, I taught her how to do the 8 and 9 times tables using Mathletics. I told her what I know about 3D shapes." - Spencer Year 6.
  • "I enjoyed my mum and dad coming in because I showed them lots of activites that help me learn." - Noah Year 4.
  • "It was useful to see what kind of problems the children are expected to do in school." - Parent.
  • "Now I know how I can help my child at home." - Parent.
  • "I've really enjoyed that!" - Parent.
  • "It's great to see the kind of work the children are doing." - Parent.
  • "Please can we stay longer?" - Parent.

 

When asked to leave, a few parents did not want to because they were having such a good time.

New School Year Mass 

On Friday Father Peter came to school to celebrate Mass with us and give us his blessing for our new school year.  Year 6 received their gold ties and Father commissioned our new Year 5 members of the Chaplaincy Team.  It was lovely to be joined by many family members.

Caritas Days

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Autumn 1

On Friday we had a special day to focus on the theme 'The Dignity of the Human Person'.  We celebrated the fact that not only are we unique and precious but God loves us all equally.  We worked in our classes and discussed stories, studied some Scripture passages, made talent boxes, created mosaics, shared the gifts we value for ourselves and made friendship bracelets. It was a lovely beginning to our new term.

Judaism

     The children have spent an interesting week looking at different aspects of Judaism – the story Abraham; celebrating Shabbat and making unleavened bread; knowing what a synagogue is; identifying sacred Jewish objects; some Hebrew words; the significance of Passover, making Rosh Hashanah cards and the significance of Mikveh.Judaism

    

The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

               Father Peter celebrated the Feast Day of Saint Peter and Paul with us in school. We thought about Peter the fisherman and (Saul) Paul who persecuted Christians.  We were reminded that God chooses many different kinds of people and people can change.  It was lovely, as always, to be joined by family and friends.

First Holy Communion Mass

            On Sunday our pupils made their First Holy Communion. They have been preparing for this all year, both in school and with Father Peter and St Mary’s Parish Sacramental Programme Team: Mrs Chadwick, Mrs Evans and Mrs Scott. The children all looked amazing and each child played a special part in the Mass. The Offertory Gifts included items from their Retreat Day: a banner, people prayers for loved ones, a picture of the Last Supper made up of their photos, candles and celebration cards.  It was lovely to share this special occasion with their family and friends.

Eid Mubarak

   On Monday we enjoyed a special assembly led by Shifa, a member of our Chaplaincy Gift Team. Shifa shared her faith journey with us and told us about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the festival of Eid.  She explained the meaning and symbolism behind both and brought in some henna and the beautiful clothes she wore for Eid. 

Mass of the Sacred Heart

           On Friday afternoon Father Peter came to school to celebrate Mass in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  We came together to think about how much Jesus loves everyone, and all the people we love.  It was lovely to be joined by some of our parents.

A warm welcome to our website from all at Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary School

 

Our school is situated near our parish church of Saint Mary’s and serves the local Catholic community. We are a Voluntary Aided School within Salford Diocese.  We offer a safe and nurturing environment within which we value every child for their unique gifts and talents and help them to grow spiritually, academically, morally and socially.

Gospel Values and our mission statement ‘Love One Another’ underpin everything we do at Saint Mary’s.

We aim to live our school prayer everyday:

Speak with kindness every day.

Take care of others in a gentle way.

Make friends, forgive and show we care.

Always love and help and share.

Reach out to others when we can.

Yes, we are special in God’s plan.

Say ‘thank you, Lord,’ in a joyful way

For now, tomorrow and every day.

 

Our Mission Statement

   

      Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School is a place where the Spirit of Christ lives.  It is a caring, inclusive school where all children are welcomed and nurtured in a union of support between school, home and parish.  Our faith permeates a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum which enables each child to reach their full potential. We celebrate the uniqueness of the individual and believe that each child is created in the image and likeness of God and has a spiritual journey to fulfil which is nourished by the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

 

Our Mission Statement is ‘Love One Another’ so that our children:

  • feel valued and understand that they are part of God’s loving family
  • fulfil their potential and become the person God wants them to be
  • lead each other to Christ
  • care for, respect and appreciate others and God’s world
  • develop positive supportive relationships
  • have a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith whilst experiencing   and celebrating  God’s love through the sacraments and  meaningful worship and liturgy

Crowning of Our Lady

On Wednesday morning Father Peter celebrated Mass and the Crowning of Our Lady in school.  It was a wonderful celebration. The children brought in a huge number of bouquets which helped us to honour Mary in a very special way.  Later the flowers were shared with some of our elderly parishioners, our local elderly neighbours and the Hospice. It was lovely to be joined by so many of our parents and families.

Delivering Flowers

 After the Crowning of Our Lady, the Chaplaincy Team distributed flowers to our local elderly neighbours and to the local elderly care home.  Everyone loved the flowers and the chance to chat with our pupils.

St. Joseph's Penny

A massive thank you to each and every one of you who have helped us raise a whopping £949.74 for St. Joseph's Penny!

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Walking to Jerusalem (2998 miles)

Father Peter has challenged our children to ‘walk to Jerusalem’ for Lent.  They are not physically going to walk there but through acts of kindness they will add up miles.  One act of kindness = one mile. Here are some of the acts of kindness / good deeds they can do to walk one mile:

 

  • Participate fully in classroom prayers each day
  • Play nicely with each other at playtime
  • Say encouraging words to someone
  • Do a random act of kindness
  • Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to the staff  in the dining hall
  • Help tidy up your classroom
  • Say / write some Lenten prayers
  • Join in Lenten activities at lunchtime
  • Visit an elderly neighbour or your grandparents
  • Give some money to charity
  • Share nicely
  •    Help at home – tidy your toys / bedroom, wash up

Hopefully they will reach Jerusalem before we break up.

 

                                   

We have done it!!

Our children have accepted the challenge and have ‘walked’ 4224 miles already. What a fantastic amount of kind deeds and words.   Well done everyone!