Harvest Liturgy 6th October 2017
While the earth remains,seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease (Genesis 8.22)
During our Harvest Liturgy the children in KS2 reminded us all about how fortunate we are. We celebrated Harvest Fast Day by coming together to pray for our global family and those who are without food. We would like to thank our parents/carers for the donations. These will be going to two local charities that support the homeless; the South Tyneside Key Project and Hospitality and Hope.
All Saints Day
In the Key Stage 2 Liturgy we celebrated All Saints Day in which we remembered all those who have died, particularly those who have sacrificed their lives for others in war.
November- The Month of Remembrance
In November we remember all those who have died especially those who have died during wars. As you can see, our focal points reflect this in St. Oswald's.
Year 6 Class Liturgy in the Prayer Garden
Our class liturgy this week took place in St Oswald's Prayer Garden. It is a peaceful place where we feel we can reflect and pray together. In our liturgy we thought about preparation whilst listening to Matthew's gospel. At the end of the liturgy we placed a poppy on the cross as it is the Month of Remembrance.
Decorating the Tree
On Friday we decorated the our Christmas tree. The members of the School Council were given the task of making it look beautiful. Well done boys and girls, as you will agree it looks splendid!
Advent in our school
During Advent we prepare for Christmas, when Christ's first coming is remembered, and it is the season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ's second coming at the end of time. The season of Advent is a period of joyful expectation.
The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
The feast of the Baptism of the Lord closes the Christmas season and prepares us to follow the teaching of Jesus and celebrate his life during the coming year. Here at St. Oswald's we have the liturgical colours of white and gold on our focus tables which symbolises joy and triumph.
The Give it Up Challenge- CAFOD
On Monday we were visited by Margaret Hodgson to talk to us about the work of CAFOD. At the beginning of the day Mrs Hodgson told us all about the history of the charity and the valuable work being carried out to help those in need. As a whole school we decided to take up the Give it Up challenge during Lent to raise money to transform lives through donations. For example a donation of just one pound would buy seeds to grow beans to feed a family. Over the course of the day Years 1-6 took part in workshops, which were :
Year 1 and 2- Caring for our World
Year 3 and 4-Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Year 5 and 6- Caring for our Common Home (Laudato Si)
The period of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on the evening of Holy Thursday. It is a time of spiritual growth and traditionally a time of prayer, fasting and giving money to charity. During Lent we are journeying together to prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter. The focus tables have purple cloths as the liturgical colour during Lent is purple.
May- The month of the Rosary
During May we come together to pray the rosary. It is a prayer founded on the relationship between Jesus and his mother Mary- which comes with an invitation to us to become part of that relationship through reflecting on the events of Jesus' life on earth and into his risen life. There are four sets of five mysteries, we will be focusing on one each week.
This week we have been learning about the Islamic religion as part of our unit of work on other faiths. This week we were visited by Mrs Yeusef to talk to us all about the Muslim faith. Each year group attended a workshop with Mrs Yeusef, in year 5/6 the children were taught about the five pillars of Islam.
House Group Worship- St. Bede
Today in our house groups we have been learning about St. Bede the Venerable. During our worship we discussed his life and work, together we prayed to St. Bede and reflected on his wisdom and teachings.
“We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness”