RE NEWS - JULY
As the summer term comes to an end, I would once again like to thank you for all your support this year.
The staff at OLOR wish you a happy and safe summer holiday and look forward to seeing you again at the start of the new academic year in September.
Miss Glennon organised a special whole-school assembly for Rainbow Day 2018. The children brought in donations of £1 and wore coloured t-shirts to raise money to enable our sponsored pupils to attend Balamorie School, Sierra Leone for the next academic year. After the assembly everyone gathered in the playground to form a human rainbow and perform the liturgical dance ‘Colours of Day’ which had been taught to all classes by Mrs Thornton Hayes.
Summer Charity Sales
A massive thank you to all the children and parents who provided items to sell or raffle for our annual summer charity sales. The children in Key Stage 2 raised an amazing £1,146.69 in total and cheques have already been sent to the charities nominated by each class.
This brings our charity fundraising total for the 2017-2018 academic year to £5706.43 – well done everyone!
We are, once again, supporting the charity SAL’s Shoes as our final charity appeal this year.
We would like all children who will be participating to leave their shoes on their desks at the end of the school day on Thursday 19th July. The shoes will then be sent to be distributed to children that need them, during the summer holidays. Please ensure that donated shoes are in good condition and have no holes in them. A donation of one pound will help to cover transport costs and children are encouraged to enclose letters, cards or photographs for the recipients of their shoes if they wish.
RE NEWS - JUNE
June has been a very busy month here in school:
Daniel Coleman Visit
Daniel Coleman from the Catholic Education Commission visited Our Lady of the Rosary at the beginning of June. He attended Rosary Club and had lunch with Faith Council members saying,
‘The children play an integral part in the nurturing and development of the prayer life of the school. The Faith Council are at the forefront of this, they are fantastic ambassadors for the school. They meaningfully plan and lead their peers in prayer, acting as wonderful role models. They are deeply committed to their role and understand the part they play in the faith life of the school - it was a privilege to meet them.’
In his note of visit he also commented; ‘It is always a joy to look around the school. The artwork and displays are hugely impressive. It sends a clear message that the mission of the school, it’s ethos and values, have the highest priority.’
Archdiocese of Southwark Picnic and Praise
Children from Year 5 attended the annual Picnic and Praise event at St Columba’s Secondary School in Bexleyheath organised by the Archdiocese of Southwark.
Danny Saldanha in Year 5 wrote this account of the day:
On Wednesday 27th June, fifteen pupils from each Year 5 class went to St Columba’s Secondary School to take part in ‘Picnic and Praise.’
When we arrived at the school we went out onto the field to participate in a sports activity called ‘Kicking Rounders’. It was basically rounders – but instead of hitting the ball, we kicked a football! The team that won got some shiny medals.
After that we walked around the school field carrying our lunch to understand how it feels to be a refugee. We also heard the stories of some refugees, who they were and what happened to them. Then we went inside to the big sports hall to learn two songs; one was called ‘My Lighthouse’ and the other was ‘Wonderful God’. After a picnic lunch with all the other schools, we ended the day with a celebration Mass and received the body of Christ or a blessing before returning back to school.
Corpus Christi Partnership Educator’s Mass
Our Lady of the Rosary was privileged to host this year’s Corpus Christi Partnership Educators’ Mass celebrated by Father Oliver (Our Lady of the Rosary), Father Jim Spencer (St Stephen’s) and Father John O’Donoghue (St Thomas More) on Wednesday 27th June. The Mass was a wonderful celebration of the work done throughout the year by all teaching and non-teaching staff in schools within the Partnership who play such an important role in the faith formation of the pupils in our care.
Members of the Faith Council read and served during the Mass and made a special presentation of Rosaries to all the schools that attended. The choir, led by Miss Stone and Mr Reece sang beautifully and were immaculately behaved throughout. We were very proud of them! Many thanks to all the staff and children of Our Lady of the Rosary who worked behind the scenes to make the Mass such a wonderful and prayerful celebration of our Catholic educators working in the borough of Bexley.
First Holy Communion Celebration Mass
Thank you to Father Oliver and all the parents and who attended our celebration Mass for the pupils who made their First Holy Communion this year.
As many of the children celebrated this special sacrament in different parishes, it was lovely to celebrate together as a year group and they all looked wonderful dressed in their beautiful Holy Communion outfits.
It was a happy and joyful celebration, and the children read and sang beautifully. Congratulations to all the children who celebrated this very special sacrament during the months of May and June.
Faith Council News
During Infant and Junior assemblies this week, members of the Faith Council presented each class with a Crucifix which was bought with the proceeds of their Easter Egg Raffle at the end of the spring term.
The elected members are now coming to the end of their duties for 2018. They have been wonderful ambassadors for the school and have taken on many responsibilities such as organising fundraising events for charity, leading Masses, assemblies and the Rosary Prayer Group every morning in the Chapel, tending the prayer garden and talking to many of the people who have visited our school throughout the year. They have been an absolute joy to work with and should feel proud of their achievements. Thank you children for all your hard work and commitment this year – we are very proud of you!
RE News - May
First Holy Communion
Everyone at Our Lady of the Rosary would like to pass on their congratulations to the children who have made their First Holy Communion over the last few weeks. Receiving Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist is one of the most special times in our lives as Catholics. We hope that the opportunity to receive Communion regularly during Mass every week will strengthen the children's love of God and bring them closer to Him.
Sal's Shoes Update
We were delighted to receive a certificate in the post this week from Sal's Shoes - the charity we supported at the end of the summer term last year. The shoes that were so generously donated as part of the 'Toe to Toe' initiative on the last day of term have finally made their way to their new homes!
The summer shoes have been redistributed to children living in the Ivory Coast and the winter shoes have found their new feet in Syria! A big thank you to everyone who donated.
We shall be running the appeal once again at the end of this year - so look out for more information in the weeks to come!
Marian Re-dedication Service and Crowning of Our Lady
Many thanks to everyone who sent in flowers for our re-dedication service. The children read, acted and sang beautifully as we re-dedicated the school to Our Lady. It was a prayerful and joyful service - well done to everyone who took part!
RE News – April
Faith Council News
Members of the Faith Council have been busy this week tidying up the school Prayer Garden and getting it ready for our re-dedication service and crowning of Our Lady this Friday.
They deadheaded the spring flowers, weeded the flower beds and cleaned the picnic tables and benches so that the garden is ready for everyone to use in the summer months ahead.
Bad weather didn't dampen the spirits of the children (and staff members!) who took part in our annual Lenten Sponsor event on the last day of term. The sponsored bounce in aid of our chosen charities took place in the hall and everyone had great fun trying to complete as many bounces as they could in one minute.
Many thanks to Mrs Middleton and Mrs Baker who supervised the event and to those who have already sent in their sponsor money. The closing date for sponsor money to be handed in is this Friday 4th May.
Easter Egg Raffle
The Easter Egg Raffle organised at the end of the spring term by the Faith Council raised a grand total of £175.77.
The children have decided that the money raised will be spent on plants for the prayer Garden and religious statues for the classes.
Well done children!
RE News – March
Many thanks to all those who have already returned their sponsor Bounce forms in preparation for our Lenten Sponsor event on Wednesday.
We shall be raising money for CAFOD, The Catholic Children’s Society and Demelza Hospice and also hope to sponsor ten pupils at St Mary’s Balamorie School in Sierra Leone for the coming year.
We hope that the weather will be nice and that we are able to beat the amount of money raised last year which was over £6000!!!
Other fundraising events include pupils from Year 6 making and selling laminated bookmarks and an Easter Egg Raffle organised by members of the Faith Council.
Our annual Easter Service for pupils and parents was prayerfully led by the children in Years 3 and 4.
Pupils in Year 4 retold the Easter story through a series of readings, prayers, hymns and liturgical dances ably supported by Year 3 pupils who sang beautifully.
It was a wonderful start to Holy Week and our preparations for the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. Well done children!
CRIBS Easter Performance.
The CRIBs team came in on Friday to share a new version of the Easter Story. The children were enthralled as they retold the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection through a series of news reports. As usual, both pupils and staff members thoroughly enjoyed the performance and everyone left the hall ready to share the Good News that Jesus is still alive today with others.
Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Easter.
We are now currently half way through Lent and the children are trying hard to keep their Lenten promises as we make our way towards Holy Week and the death and resurrection of Our Lord.
It is a busy time in School with classroom displays and assemblies reflecting the season.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
During Lent, Father Oliver will be coming in to administer The Sacrament of Reconciliation to the children in Year’s 4, 5 and 6.
Lenten Sponsor Event
Faith Council members have been busy organising this year’s Lenten money for Cafod, Demelza House, The Catholic Children’s Society and Balamorie School in Sierra Leone.
Following the popularity and success of last year’s event, they have decided to hold another Sponsored Bounce on the last day of term, Wednesday 28th March. A letter will be sent home shortly with all the details!