At our school we care for others, share the love of God and welcome everyone into our community. We treat each other as a family and as sisters and brothers we encourage each other, share our gifts and talents and help each other to grow in faith.
We are delighted to welcome our shiny new chaplains to the role who are looking forward to their commissioning at our 70th Anniversary Mass next week with Bishop Patrick!
To prepare them for their duties this year, both our infant and junior chaplaincy teams came together to receive important training from Mrs Pickwell, Mrs Darby and Miss Dodd.
We started with a liturgy from Mrs Darby to remind us why we have all joined this school vocation; we shared our reasons for joining the team and our hopes for our roles this year.
I wanted to be a chaplain so I can welcome guests, lead liturgies and be prayerful.Lena – YEAR 3
I really wanted to become a chaplain last year but I helped my friend Daisy write her speech so she could do it. This year, she helped me and I made the team! I want to share my love of Jesus with our school.Amadis – Year 5
The children then had Christian Meditation training from Mrs Pickwell, who modelled how to create a feeling of reverence and peace before saying our prayer word, ‘Maranatha’, in our heads. The chaplains have been set the task for leading meditation in their own classrooms this coming week now that they have had their training.
Preparing for future roles, Miss Dodd taught the children about fantastic prayer areas: what should always be there, what could be there according to the liturgical season or theme, and what should definitely not be on a prayer area. The children did a great job of sorting items into these three groups and were able to practice live evaluating prayer areas on our evaluation sheet, ready to do this for real with our Governor, Mr Rossa, next week!
The children then voted for which charity they would like to support this term. They chose between City of Sanctuary and the Braunstone Foodshare. City of Sanctuary took a clean sweep of the votes and so our next task will be to decide how the chaplaincy team can support them this term. The school will also support the Braunstone Foodshare in their Harvest donations.
“I chose City of Sanctuary because of the people in Afghanistan at the minute who need our support if they come to England. They won’t have anything and they need our help.”david – year 6
“I chose City of Sanctuary because everyone should have a place to feel safe, shelter and food.”elijah – year 5