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Catholic Life of the School

The Story of our Patron Saint - Saint Oswald

 

Oswald, son of the Northumbrian King Ethelfrith, fled to Scotland in 616 when Edwin seized his father's kingdom. He became a Christian on the island of Iona.

When Edwin died in 633, Oswald and his family returned to Northumbria. Osric and Eanfrid, his brothers, were soon killed by the tyrant King Cadwalla who ruled Northumbria. Determined to regain his kingdom and rid it of the tyrant, Oswald assembled an army at Hevenfelt (Heavenfield), near Hexham, where he erected a wooden cross, gathered his army around it, and prayed for victory. Despite being heavily outnumbered Oswald won the day and regained his kingdom.

 

 

His next task was to convert his subjects to Christianity. To do this he sent for a Bishop from Iona, who turned out to be very severe and had no success. He was replaced by Bishop Aidan and, although Oswald had to translate his sermons, he had great success and was given the island of Lindisfarne and an episcopal seat near Bamburgh.

Unfortunately, Oswald did not reign for long. After only eight years, he was killed in battle at Maserfield by the pagan King Penda of Mercia; he was only 38 years old. Soon after his death, Oswald was made a saint and his fame spread throughout Europe.

Sixty-two churches are dedicated to him in England and some in Europe.

On Monday Year 3 led the Whole School Worship with a focus on  Matthew's (4:1-11) Gospel.  In 'Going Forth' the children were asked to write a Lenten Promise on a cross, helping them to reflect on the importance of Lent and how they can do something extra to help others.  

Year 3 Whole School Liturgy

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We come together to pray in St Oswald's Prayer Garden.

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Year 2 All Souls Class Liturgy

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Our School Focal Points

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Year 2 - Understanding the sequence of the Mass.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

 

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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! 

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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. 

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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.  

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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)

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Lent

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.   

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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.

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Islam 

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.

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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.

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“We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness”

John 10:10

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