RE Events Update
All school/parish youth events for 2018-19 can be downloaded here here
Sprucing up our Shrine to Mary
We had a busy morning on Monday cleaning up our school shrine to Mary. Class 3 did a grand job and Mary looked magnificent as we celebrated our Collective Worship in front of the shrine.
For Collective Worship on Monday the whole school went outside and enjoyed a brief burst of sunshine. Everyone collected leaves to create their own trinity symbols as we gave thanks to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
World Faiths’ Week: Islam
During our week studying Islam, each class had a topic focus. Class 1 explored prayer mats, Class 2 studied the life of the Prophet Muhammad, Class 3 looked at the origins of the Qur’an and how Muslim’s treat their holy book today, and Class 4 explored Ramadan and Pilgrimage and designed boxes for Muslim charity collections called Zakat.
Advent Window Opening
It might only be November but we are already busy creating our Advent window to be displayed at Images in Bishop Auckland. The theme for our window is the flight from Egypt by Jesus, Joseph and Mary found in Matthew 2:13–23. Come along to the shop at 11am on 20th December for the great unveiling.
Can you help?
The Mini Vinnies are gathering items to fill shoeboxes to wrap up and send to the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is even more important.
The deadline is Thursday 8th November so that we can get our boxes packed in time to be delivered to children around the world in time for Christmas this year.
Packing up a whole box can be expensive. Instead the Mini Vinnies at St Chad’s are asking for individual donations and we will make up the shoeboxes in school.
- £5 donation
- Shoeboxes covered with Christmas paper
- Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls or stuffed toys (with CE label), toy trucks, harmonica, yo-yo, skipping rope, ball, small puzzles etc.
- School Supplies: Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks & paper, solar calculators, colouring & picture books etc.
- Toiletries: Toothbrush and toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel.
- Other Items: Hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets (best-before-date must be at least March of the following year).
Do Not Include: Used or damaged items, war related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; chocolate or other food items; liquids or lotions of any type including bubbles; medicines; hand-made or knitted stuffed toys; anything of a political, racial or religious nature; sharp objects; glass containers, mirrors or fragile items; playing cards of the 4-suit variety; clothing other than as listed above.
With support from our Parish, Class 4 were invited to The Event, celebrating its 2nd anniversary, at St Joseph’s at Hebburn. This photo is of the only time our children were motionless long enough to take a photograph. They are writing prayers for a prayer snowball fight.
Advent Window 2018
We are so lucky that Bishop Auckland has once again organised the Advent Windows and we have once again been asked to take part. We are already busy creating our Advent window to be displayed at Images in Bishop Auckland. The theme for our window is the flight from Egypt by Jesus, Joseph and Mary found in Matthew 2:13–23. Come along to the shop at 11am on 20th December for the great unveiling.
World Faiths Week: Judaism
Mrs Evan’s launched our Judaism topic with an introductory assembly and Class 3 helped to create a display of Judaism artefacts including a persona doll wearing a kippah and prayer shawl. Eagle eyed children spotted Zac, Archie and Joe wearing kippahs on their different visits to the synagogue.
Class 4 explored the Jewish festival of Passover, looking at the story Jews remember on this occasion and why special food that is eaten. With such fabulous weather on Wednesday, Class 3 were out in the afternoon sunshine re-enacting scenes from Moses’s life written in the Torah which are also in the Old Testament. On Friday, they finished writing our prayers which were sealed inside some beautifully decorated mezuzahs and taken to be attached to a doorway at home, in the style of Jewish homes. The mezuzahs looked wonderful.
It was lovely to have so many volunteers for our first Family Mass of the new school year. Special thank you to these children who read so confidently and clearly or who performed other tasks so well: Yasmin, Isabel, Joel, Harrison, Lucy, Isla, Grace, Esmie, Zac, Clara, Evan, Phoebe, Lorna, Finley, Alfie and George C. A special thank you to Grace, Isla and Phoebe who stepped in to do extra jobs at the last minute. Father Barker and other people in the congregation paid complements on the children’s speaking and behaviour during the Mass. Well done. A special thank you to all the families that come along to support the children.
Parish Youth Council 2018-19
Our school members on the Parish Youth Council are Zac, Harrison, Lucy, Imogen and Thomas.
The latest minutes of their meetings:
Mission -Unbroken update
Two volunteers from Class 4 (Francesca and Tess) went to St John’s with Mrs Jackson to teach the Year 7 children the Mission dance using the music from Amazing Grace. On Wednesday at the Family Night, Francesca and Tess had to perform infront of the whole audience and they also collected our mini Mission Cross and Mission jigsaw. It was a fabulous night!
Mission -unbroken update
As part of our Mission week, The Plastic Free School group prepared a lesson for Class 2 explaining about how God has told us to look after the planet at the beginning of the Bible in Genesis and Pope Francis has written a letter to us all asking us to do what we can to look after Earth. The group then taught the class how to reuse old plastic bags to make bright flowers to decorate our Lenten cross. They were so brilliant that Class 2 have asked them to come back next week to help them again in their science lessons on recycling. Well done to all of you!
In assembly today, Charlotte and Francesca announced Fairtrade Fortnight starting 26th February when the Fairtrade group will be doing an assembly, organising our Family group activity on the Banana Game and holding a Fairtrade competition to help raise awareness about why Fairtrade is important. Over the last year, the group has earned over £75 through their Fairtrade Friday sales and are deciding how to spend their money.
To help us with our world faiths topic on Islam, on Friday two visitors from Syria came in to school to bake biscuits with Class 3 using a recipe from Syria using sesame seeds. Iman and Zainab taught the first group how to make the biscuits and then that group taught the second group of children how to form the biscuits and cover them in sesame seeds (called sim sim in Arabic). Altogether the group made enough biscuits to share with the whole school! Afterwards, Iman answered the children’s questions on how Muslims pray. We had a lovely afternoon. Iman, Zainab and their families have arrived in County Durham as refugees from the fighting in Syria.
This week, the partnership Mission Cross arrived at St Chad’s from St Wilfrid’s School. Tess, Evan and Lucie planned and led the Mission Cross Liturgy on Friday afternoon which included a film of Class 1 children talking about who they love and how they show their love. After school, Mrs Brown returned to visit us and to take the cross on to her church, St Thomas in Shildon, for the next part of its jouney around the partnership churches and schools. The next time we see the cross, it will be filled with wooden plaques from each school and church it has visited.
Last week the whole of St Chad’s celebrated Youth Friday which is a charity organisation helping young people in the Diocese. The Mini Vinnies organised the event and all of the children and parents at St Chad’s made a fantastic effort of raising money.
The children wore a Hoody to be a Goody or their own clothes and on the afternoon there was a Hula Hoop and Basket Ball throw competition with prizes on offer for the winners. The competition got underway and so many children got involved and had a great time. The Hula Hoop competition lasted for a very long time and the winner with a magnificent time of 10mins and 11secs was Harriet. We were astounded at the basketball competitors with how many goals were scored but the winner overall scoring a perfect 3/3 was Joe-Antony.
Altogether the total amount raised was a magnificent £110.70! A huge thank you to everyone and a big well done! We will present the cheque at the Youth Ministry Diocesan celebration on Wednesday 1st February at the cathedral in Newcastle.