Macmillan Coffee Morning
On Friday 29th September, we held our Macmillan Coffee morning.
We would like to thank all those who baked, donated, volunteered and supported this event to help make it so successful.
As always, we were overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of our school and parish communities.
Our coffee morning raised £297.00 which will make a huge difference to those affected by cancer.
Whilst preparing for our annual Harvest Celebration children and families made donations for the Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank.
We came together as a school community, joined by parents, extended family and parishioners for our Harvest Assembly.
Following this our Mini Vinnies packed donations, totalling 77.61kg, which were then collected by Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank ready for distribution across those in need in our wider community.
Combined Schools Mass
A group of children represented Our Lady of Grace at St. Gregory`s, Longton, joining with others of the Catholic faith from across the city to celebrate the annual Combined Schools Mass.
Year 3/4 invited family members into class to join them in a workshop to learn more about the Rosary. They then made a Rosary bracelet together.
A Million Children Praying the Rosary.
On Wednesday, 18th October, children will be taking part in "A Million Children Praying the Rosary"
The idea of “A million children praying the Rosary” campaign was born in 2005 in Caracas, Venezuela. While several children were praying the rosary at a wayside shrine, some of the women present had a profound experience of the presence of the Virgin Mary. They recalled the words of Saint Padre Pio, who, on seeing a group of children reciting the rosary, remarked: “When one million children pray the rosary, the world will change.” The annual drive is organised by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), an international Catholic pastoral aid organisation, which offers financial support to over 5,000 projects in more than 140 countries worldwide. The number of participants in this initiative has been increasing every year, with the aim of reaching at least one million officially registered participants.
This year’s campaign will encourage children to pray “hand in hand with Our Lady and under the protection of Saint Joseph”,
Father Martin Barta, the Spiritual Assistant to ACN International, notes that in “many countries, children, in particular, are suffering from the effects of war and persecution”. He believes that the Rosary campaign is a good opportunity for children to pray together and express their solidarity.
Aid for Israel & Palestine
On Friday 29th October we held a non-uniform day in support of those affected by conflict in Israel and Palestine, raising £110.
Supporting the Royal British Legion
Our Mini Vinnies created artwork to be displayed at the Biddulph Royal British Legion 30th anniversary celebrations.
From the end of October until Remembrance Sunday, our Mini Vinnies support the Royal British Legion by selling poppies and other items.
Children, parents and staff also joined the Biddulph community in laying a wreath and paying their respects on Remembrance Sunday.
Child Led Worship Workshop
Mr Corrigan, Lay Chaplain at St. Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, visited the Chaplaincy Team to provide them with some training in child-led worship.
The children took part in a workshop with Mr Corrigan and prepared a Prayer Service in preparation to share with KS 2 children during Advent.
Our Mini Vinnies carried out their annual collection on behalf of the Samaritian`s Purse, Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need all around the world.
Our families donated items to fill the children receiving the shoeboxes with joy and excitement at Christmas. We received enough donations to fill 16 shoeboxes! The shoeboxes were delivered to our local pick up point where they will be prepared for delivery.
Dougie Mac - Newman Catholic Collegiate Charity for Autumn
Jo from the Dougie Mac Hospice joined us for an assembly to talk about the work of the charity and how we can get involved with the Newman Collegiate`s fundraising for them this term.
Praying and reflecting on Red Wednesday with The Mark Ten Mission for all persecuted Christians around the world.
Advent - One Life Music
Praying and singing to prepare with Emily and Dan for the season of Advent.
Prayer and Praise
This month we launched our Prayer and Praise club. This is is run weekly by our Chaplaincy team.
Bible stories are shared along with prayers and time for reflection. All are welcome and the club is enjoyed by many!
Classes have worked extremely hard preparing for our Advent Prayer Services.
These have been led reverently by each class throughout the period of Advent for the whole school, parents and parishioners.
The services have been a wonderful way for us all to come together and prepare for Christmas.
A group of our choir and instrumentalists, accompanied by Mrs Amison, visited a local care home in the week before Christmas, bringing Christmas cheer to the residents with a selection of carols and festive music. We hope they enjoyed it as much as the children did!
Parishioner`s Christmas Lunch
Our Mini Vinnies hosted a Christmas Lunch for our parishioners.
Following the lunch, prepared by our kitchen staff, they were treated to a performance of our Foundation Stage and KS1 Christmas Production "A Tale of Two Birthdays".
Items were brought in to school and donated to the Dougie Mac to help stock their shops.
Groups of children also designed and made Christmas cards which were delivered to the hospice to send words of comfort at Christmas.
We welcomed Jo from Father Hudson into school for an assembly on their work and how we can suuport them.
Our Mini Vinnies wrote letters, sending words of comfort and kindness, to those people supported by the Dougie Mac. These were collected for distribution by Dougie Mac staff.