Well done to our Year 3 children who led us in a wonderful assembly on Friday. Your snake dance was amazing! Thank you to our Irish dancers who provided a touch of Riverdance to the morning. It was wonderful to see so many parents celebrating the learning in class and then enjoying an Irish Coffee!
Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Well done to Daniel, Cassia, Liam, James, Grace and Asti, our Fairtrade group, for organising our Fairtrade Assembly and Banana and Biscuit Bar this week. We raised £128.15 for Cafod, our Lenten charity! We are proud to be the only Fairtrade School in Potters Bar and one of only a few in Hertfordshire. The group created a fabulous assembly which was enjoyed by the whole school.
Last the week the NSPCC visited our school. The children took part in an assembly where they reflected on the importance of sharing their concerns with their trusted adults. Speak Out Stay Safe!
Next week Year 5 and Year 6 will be taking part in NSPCC led workshops developing the theme of staying safe.
This week we launched our Year Of The Family 2018. Last year we had a wonderful celebration of 50 years of our school and now we look forward to the next stage of our school’s journey. The Year of the family will link to Pope Francis’ teaching about the family in his writing Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) where he writes
“What God most wants from us is to knock on the doors of families and to find people who love each other, who bring up their children with love and who contribute to a society of truth, goodness and beauty.”
The Catholic World Meeting of Families was started by St John Paul in 1994 and takes place every three years in a different country. Pope Francis has announced that the next World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin in 2018. Families from all over the world will gather to celebrate their lives together, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith. In support of this event, during the year, we will reflect on and celebrate the relationship that exists between our home, school and parish families and how we can develop ways of bringing the love and joy of Christ to others. This week the children have been celebrating their families by reflecting on the people who bring joy and happiness to their lives.
What a wonderful day we had on Thursday! Our Christmas lunch was delicious! Thank you to Hollie and the Herts Catering Team for a fabulous meal. The children enjoyed being served by their teachers and LSAs and then sharing the meal with them. Thank you to FOPPS for providing the Christmas Crackers!
After lunch we were treated to a fabulous Pope Paul’s Got Talent Show. Well done to all the performers and congratulations to Oliver in Year 1 and Sophie in Year 5 who were our overall winners. Please have a look at our class blogs to see many more photos.
Thank you all for you patience and understanding yesterday. It was lovely to welcome the children back to school today. Unfortunately we were not able to have a full dress rehearsal for our KS1 Nativity today but we look forward to sharing the performance with you tomorrow.I thought you might enjoy these early morning shots of our beautiful school grounds!
On Wednesday we welcomed Bishop John Wilson to our school. He took part in a special assembly where he blessed our new Lectionary of Masses for children which was a gift from our Parish. The children then enjoyed asking Bishop John questions when he visited each class.This visit marks the end of our Jubilee Year. We give thanks for 50 years of Catholic Education here at Pope Paul and we look forward to the next 50!
Well done to all our KS2 children who presented a wonderful, moving and thought provoking reflection yesterday evening. Your singing, reading and acting were fabulous! Congratulations to all our soloists who sang with confidence and conviction. Thank you to Mrs Joyce for leading the preparation for this Service and to Miss Pringle, Mrs McNamara, Miss Varga, Mrs Lines and Miss Donatantonio for all their hard work practising with the children. Performing in our beautiful church, it was heartening to see our links with the Parish growing from strength to strength. Thank you to all the parents, governors and parishioners who supported the children by sharing in the Service.