Today in our assembly we have been thinking about St. Vincent de Paul. As we get ready to celebrate the feast of St. Vincent this Sunday we reflect on how St. Vincent taught us to help the poor and to give with love.
Please watch the video below for the presentation of this week’s Gold Awards and Head Teacher Awards.
Tomorrow we look forward to celebrating the ordination of Deacon Axcel and Deacon Alex. Today in our assembly we have been thinking about how we are called to follow Jesus in many different ways.
Please share in our assembly.
This week has seen the children settle in to the new routines of school. It has also been lovely to welcome back children to our Breakfast Club and After School Club. This week our new reception children had the opportunity to visit the school and meet the Reception teaching team as well as enjoying a school dinner. We look forward to welcoming them next week as they start their Pope Paul journey. On Monday we welcomed Aram to Year 2, Moini to Year 3 and Samuel to Year 4. We hope that they will be very happy at our school.
This week, Niamh Bell, one of our past pupils, has been working with Years 5 and 6. Niamh is off to the University of Cambridge to study a PGCE in secondary teaching and so as part of this course spent time with us learning about the importance of primary education. We wish her well in her future career.
Today our year 6 class took part in a Leadership Reflection Workshop at OLASV. They joined the Parish Mass and then had the opportunity to reflect on the qualities of good leadership and to meet in their house groups to discuss what they would like to organise as part of our Year of Hope. Thank you to Father Shaun, Mrs Joyce, Miss Donatantonio and Mrs McDonald for supporting this event.
This week we held our virtual meet the teacher sessions which are available on the Class pages of our website. I hope you found the information useful; please let us know via email or phone if you have any queries regarding arrangements or procedures.
Enjoy the assembly below.
This page has been set up to give you some ideas to help keep your children busy over the summer holidays should you wish to dip into them.
The activities are designed to be a review of material from the past school year and also are practical ideas to do both indoors and outdoors.
We encourage you to reward your child at home for their efforts in completing these activities.
Have an enjoyable summer break!
Click on the links to see the challenges !
Social and Emotional Learning
Activities: Click on each activity and have a go!
Please look back at the Reception Blog. There are many ideas posted on each Blog by Ms Pemberton ( Formally Mrs Theo) that you can do with your child.
Log onto your Mathletics Accounts!
For those of you that have a Read Theory Account….log on and complete the comprehension exercises each day.
Grammar Activities: Present_and_Progressive_quiz
Here are some Science Activities for KS1 and KS2.
Click on the Music Icon to see what’s in store for you!!
Music for you to do over a week
This document gives you many design and technology ideas which you can do…..Click here to see!!
Bird Feeders…………………..Kites and much more!!
Games and Activities Click on the links below!
Wild Workout – After completing this session of wild workout, why not design your own workout?
Try following a dance lesson as part of your exercise today. You could have a go at making up your own routine afterwards!
Begin your day with a workout. Click on the the button and get active!
Joe Wicks kept a lot of children active during lockdown…why not revisit his workouts? Click here.
ONLINE SAFETY: NOTES FOR PARENTS
During this time, children may be accessing a lot of resources via the internet, sometimes without your supervision.
- Please highlight to your children the importance of staying safe online.
- Remind them that they should always talk to an adult if they see something that worries them.
Wishing you a very happy holiday!
Last week we explored the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and learnt that the principle of human dignity is the parent principle
|The phrase ‘Image of God’ comes from Genesis (1:26 and 1:27) which says that God made humans in God’s own image. “God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ So, God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created image.” Gen 1:26, 27|
When the Church writes its official teaching, it writes in Latin.
In Latin the phrase ‘Image of God’ is ‘Imago Dei’. We know that God has no physical body. God is pure spirit, so we can’t actually look like God. But we can be like God in our nature – in the way we act and speak and behave. We can be like God, being creative, not destructive.
The Principles of Catholic Social Teaching remind us how to be like God: how to act and be the image of God. Make some decorative signs that say ‘Imago Dei’ and put them on the mirrors in your house, so that when you look in the mirror and see yourself you are reminded that you are made in God’s image. You will find others if you google images, Imago Dei!
This week we are going to look at the list of actions that the Church has made for us as we try to live in the Kingdom of Heaven!
The list of ‘rules’ that the Church has written for us is called a set of principles. So, first, let’s learn about what a principle is.
- A principle is a kind of rule or standard. It offers guidance to us so that when we have to make a decision or choose which way to act we have some ideals to work towards.
- Principles are often very big statements without a lot of detail attached. In your class you might live by the principle ‘we care for each other and ourselves’. The principle doesn’t tell you every single thing you should do (like speak respectfully to each other, listen to each other, look carefully before you cross the road etc) instead it just says: ‘care for yourselves and each other’. You have to work out how to do that.
Here is a principle: Practice thankfulness.
You can see that it’s a bit like a rule, but that its very big and doesn’t tell you exactly what to do.
If we practice thankfulness we might make sure that we notice and appreciate everything we have. It might mean we say thank you for it…to the people who gave it to us, who shared it with us, who allowed us to have it.
If we practice thankfulness we might notice and appreciate all the people who help us, think about us, support us and include us.
If we practice thankfulness we might stop grumbling about what we don’t have; because we realise we have so much.
Make a diary in your books for the week of what you can be thankful for. Every day, write about something or someone you are thankful for.
Live the principle of practicing thankfulness
|Since 1893, as part of their role as the head of the Catholic Church Popes (including Pope Francis) have ‘looked out their windows’ to ‘mark’ how the world was going in bringing about God’s Kingdom. Sometimes they felt that things were going ok, but often they felt that there were things society was not doing well. In 2004 the Church wrote a summary of all the documents that had been written since 1891 on what the Church thought and published them in a book called The Compendium of the Social Doctrine (Beliefs or Teachings) of the Church.
|The principle of Dignity of the Human Person||We know that everyone is important and valuable: no one is better than anyone else.|
|The principle of Preferential option for the Poor||We share what we have so that everyone gets some; we make sure the people who have the least get served first.|
|The principle of Stewardship – Care of our common home||We remember that the world is everyone’s home (even those people who haven’t been born yet!) and so we don’t mess it up.|
|The principle of the Common Good||We work together so that our community is good for everyone to live in|
|The principle of Solidarity||We stick together, and when we find that people aren’t being treated well or are being taken advantage of, we work to make it fair for them.|
|The principles of Subsidiarity and Participation||We make sure everyone gets a chance to talk about decisions. We make sure we include those who will be most affected by any decision.|
Choose some of the activities below
Choose 3 principles that you understand draw or write what you do in your home or school to live this principle.
To learn a little bit more about each principle visit the caritas site and read about the cartoon and watch the short videos.
Discuss which principle you think is the most important?
Look at all the principles and put them in order: most important to least important.
|The principle of human dignity is the parent principle! It says that everyone is equally important and valuable. Just because you might win prizes, be able to count further or run faster or draw better or earn more money than someone else, doesn’t mean you are better than them. Boys and not better than girls, tall people are not better than short people, people born in Australia are not better than people born in Europe and people who are young are not better than people who are old. The principle of human dignity says that every person is important and precious so people should not be ‘ranked’ by what they can do. People have worth and value and dignity just because they are humans.|
Please log onto the live stream at OLSV church for Mass at 9.30 am as we celebrate a school Mass for our school patron St Paul VI.
Yesterday we celebrated the twin founders of the Church in Rome. Both St. Paul and St. Peter proved that they were committed and faithful disciples by laying down their lives for Jesus and His Gospel. St. Paul was beheaded and St. Peter was crucified upside down.
Read about their lives in the link below
Read the Gospel that is read in Church on the feast of St Peter and St Paul
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19
Jesus went to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, where he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
“Some say John the Baptist,” they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some other prophet.”
“What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
“Good for you, Simon son of John!” answered Jesus. “For this truth did not come to you from any human being, but it was given to you directly by my Father in heaven. And so I tell you, Peter: you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my church, and not even death will ever be able to overcome it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
The Gospel of the Lord
Why did Jesus give Simon Peter a new name and the keys to the kingdom?
Simon Peter recognised and believed that Jesus was the Son of God. He had great faith and was willing to put that faith into words but also into actions.
Because of Peter’s great faith, Jesus gave him the keys to the kingdom of Heaven. What are keys usually used for?
Keys lock doors, but they also open them. As a disciple, Peter spent his time sharing Jesus’ message with other people. He opened their hearts to God’s love, just like a key opens a door.
We can open our hearts by taking some time to stop and listen, to pray and to try to hear what Jesus is asking us to do. We can show our faith in our prayers and in our actions. We can try to follow Jesus’ commandments to love God and to love our neighbour. We can be kind and generous to others and we can try to make the world a fairer place where all people get what they need.
Can you think of some key words that show us what Jesus asks us to do? (eg. love, believe, forgive, give, share, hope etc)
These are just like the keys to God’s kingdom – which open us up to God’s love.
This week let’s try to be more loving, more forgiving and more generous to others. Let us try to bring hope to others. And let’s try to open our hearts to welcome Jesus in.
What will you do this week to show your faith in Jesus and to welcome him into your heart?
Draw a large outline of a key and write or draw what you will do to open your heart to Jesus in the coming week or the “key words” that sum up what Jesus asks us to do.
Matthew, the Gospel Writer writes about the Kingdom of Heaven in a type of story called a parable.
What is a parable?
- A parable is a type of narrative.
- Parables are always made up; they haven’t happened (although they talk about everyday things so they could have happened).
- Parables are short; they compare two things. One is called the subject; the other is called the vehicle. It’s a funny word but it’s called that as it ‘carries meaning.’
- You have to figure out what parables mean.
|The Kingdom of Heaven… is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.
Mt 13:31- 33
- Watch the parable in these short videos.
The parable of the mustard seed helps us to see that from small beginnings something big can happen. The life of Jesus and the lives of many people down through history show us that from small beginnings something big can happen. One person can make a difference to the world, no matter how small and unimportant they might seem.
|Although every Gospel talks about how Jesus wants us to build a new, fairer, more just world, Matthew’s Gospel talks about this more than any other Gospel writer does. Other Gospel writers talk about this new world as the Kingdom of God, Matthew calls it the Kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom of Heaven isn’t a real place – it’s a place in our minds and hearts where we imagine that God is in charge (like a king) and everyone lives their very best selves – the way God hoped we would.|
Choose from some of the activities below
- Look at the emojis. List all the feelings you think people would have in God’s kingdom.
Make a list of all the feelings and actions that you would expect to see and find in God’s kingdom. Use the emojis above to help you, but try to add to it.
Read the Parable of the Mustard seed again then divide the story into 3 parts; someone planting a tiny seed; it growing into a tree; the birds coming to nest in it. Draw each part in your book.
Create the final mustard tree with the birds perched in the branches
Make and illustrate a book mark which tells the story of the mustard seed.