‘And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.’
Lent and Easter 2019
The 40 days of Lent started on 6th March with Ash Wednesday. Palm Sunday is on 14th April and marks the start of Holy Week including Maundy Thursday on 18th, Good Friday on 19th and Easter Sunday on 21st April.
During this time we ask children and families to engage with the life and death of Jesus. To help journey through the season of Lent, towards Christ’s death and resurrection and be inspired in our Lenten ministry, it’s important to think about the meaning of Lent. To support our children in this spiritual journey see the Lenten resources and prayers below.
Pray the Stations of the Cross Click at the power point below
Think about your Lenten Promises. What will you give up or work on to be a better person? How will you think about others during this special season? See ideas from CAFOD’s Give It Up resources for Lent and watch the video below.
We started the week off with very interesting and enlightening assembly then different workshops for all classes including EYFS with Mr Singh from the Sikh Education Service.
On Wednesday, KS2 visited a Gurdwara, the Sikh place of worship, in Shepherds Bush. They were able to dress up in traditional Sikh clothing, learn all about how Sikhs worship and even got lots of tasty traditional food to eat!
Area where weddings take place
Children learned about how Sikhs worship and the importance of the Gurus
Everyone was given delicious daal curry and other tasty traditional foods
On Friday we ended the week with a bang! We had Bhangra 4×4 who taught the children folk dance from the Punjab in Northern India using drums and traditional music.
Nursery and Reception
The children had a real insight into how Sikhs worship, their main beliefs, traditions and way of life. the children have really enjoyed their week and have impressed everyone who worked with them!
Sister Lucina’s Farewell Tea party
Good bye and good luck!
We had a very special tea party to say farewell to the lovely Sister Lucina, who has been part of our school family for many years! Sister Lucina has been with us at our parish of St Anslem’s and St Cecelia’s and it is with both sadness and love that we say goodbye to her. We have been incredibly lucky here at St Joseph’s to have Sister Lucina who has dedicated a lot of her time to all of our children and families within our school community. We will remember her with great fondness and wish her lots of luck and happiness as she moves back to her Holy Order in Loughborough at the end of January 2019.
Sister Lucina kindly left us some beautiful gifts to remember her by. One of these was a statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace which proudly sits on display in our hall for all to see, admire and pray to with Sister Lucina’s memory in our hearts.
Sister Lucina also donated £50.00 to each class to spend on a CAFOD gift. Each class chose different ways in which the money could be gifted to others. These are the choices they made;
Nursery chose a Vegetable Garden
Reception chose Fabulous Football, a Solar Lamp and some Wonderful Worms
Year One chose Help a Refugee Child and Happy Queen Bumblebee
Year Two chose Help a Refugee Child
Year Three chose Goat that Gives
Year Four chose Emergency Water and Fantastic Fish
Year Five chose a Mosquito Mat, Water for a Family and Teach a Child to Read
Year Six chose a Happy Queen Bumblebee, a Goat that Gives and a Chicken
We had a special liturgy in honour of Remembrance Day 11th November. Every class wrote the names of special people who are no longer with us and we kept these in a book of remembrance. We watched a clip called ‘Poppies’ about War as experienced by the animal inhabitants of a battlefield.