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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.

Key Stage 1 Liturgy

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

Our School Focal Points

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.  

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.

October the Month of the Rosary

Yesterday marked the start of October the 'Month of the Holy Rosary.' Each class will have the chance to pray the Rosary each week, reminding ourselves of Mary, the mother of Jesus through prayer. The Rosary is a beautiful prayer- why not ask your child to pray it with you.

Harvest Festival

We all celebrated Harvest in a very bright and colourful way today. During our Harvest Liturgy we remembered how lucky we are during this time of thanksgiving and we prayed for those all over the world who aren't as fortunate. Through listening to the gospel of Matthew we thought about how Jesus wants us to be compassionate to those in need because we are ALL God's children. The children wore colourful clothes to take part and raise money for Cafod's Brighten Up for Harvest.

November - The Month of Remembrance 

In November we remember all those who have died especially those who have died during war. As you can see our focal points reflect this.

Remembrance Day

They shall grow old, as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them

By Laurence Binyon


Remembrance Tree

This year to mark the 100 years anniversary of Armistice Day the children at St. Oswald's each made a poppy as a tribute. The poppies were then put onto a tree outside the school to remind us of the sacrifice given to us. Each class took their poppies outside and every child one by one put their flower on the tree whilst saying a prayer.  

World Faith: Judaism

During our R.E. lessons this week the children have been learning about Judaism. Each class was visited by Mr Glickman who is a highly regarded member of the Jewish community. He talked to us about The Jewish faith including interesting information about festivals and holy days within Judaism. We thoroughly  enjoyed his visit.

Advent at St. Oswald's

Advent is a period of devout and joyful expectation. It is a time to prepare for Christmas, when Christ's first coming is remembered. It is also the season when that remembrance directs the mind and hear to await Christ's second coming at the end of time.

The children from our wonderful school council helped to decorate the Christmas tree which is situated in the hall, as you will agree it looks very festive.

Advent Wreath Liturgy-Year 6

Focus Tables- Ordinary Time

During Ordinary Time the Sunday gospels follow Jesus from story to story in Matthew, Mark or Luke. Sunday after Sunday we also read through the various letters of Paul and other in the New Testament.

Ash Wednesday

Lent is a time when we pray, do kind things for other people, give up things and give to others, as we prepare to celebrate the great feast of Easter. For forty days, we accompany Jesus on his journey to Calvary and we see the mercy he shows to others, despite his suffering. Together we also prayed for those who live in poverty and we watched a video showing the work of Cafod.


The period of Lent begin 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. During Lent we are journeying together to prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter. The focus tables have purple cloths as it is the liturgical colour during Lent. 

"Turn your life toward God and live!"

Ezekiel 18:32

Stations of the Cross

Throughout Lent the children in our school have been remembering the death and suffering that Jesus undertook for us, through the Stations of the Cross. Together we have prayed and reflected upon the story through the eyes of his mother Mary.


The Passion of our Lord

The KS2 children performed the Easter story for us in the hall. The performance was a powerful and emotional reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made for us.


Happy birthday to the Catholic Church!

Because you are part of the body of the church, Pentecost is the Churches birthday and like any birthday it's a cause for celebration. The word Pentecost is Greek and it means "50th day." Fifty days after Easter Sunday we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. 

St. Oswald's - Our School Saint's Week

This week the children will be learning more about St. Oswald, our school saint. Each class had activities to explore how Oswald followed Christ's teachings and became a role model for all of us. At the end of the week we came together for an assembly to celebrate the life of Oswald. We enjoyed biscuits which had our school badge on and also some refreshing juice.

Islam Workshop

On Wednesday Sadia from Durham University came into school to talk about her faith, Islam. She started with a whole class assembly followed by class workshops. Sadia spoke to the children about Islam customs and beliefs, including their Holy Book- the Qu'ran and their place of worship- the Mosque. The children enjoyed finding out about other World Religions and comparing it to Christianity.



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

John 10:10

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