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Catholic Life of the School

The Catholic Life of our School

 

 

Deacon Julian talking to the children about Adoremus

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Lent 2019 Sufra Foodbank Collection

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As we know, Lent is a time for giving and for helping those in need in our local and wider communities. Our families have generously donated dried food items for our local SUFRA Foodbank over the weeks of Lent. We even had to extend to three tables for our collection, which is a record! Our contributions will go a long way to helping individuals or families who are experiencing acute crisis this Lent. Well done to our oldest Mini Vinnies pictured above who helped generate enthusiasm for this Lenten appeal in our weekly celebration assemblies. 

Y6 Monday Pupil led Worship Assembly 14th January 2019

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Some Y6 pupils prepared and delivered a fabulous worship assembly this week based on  Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 where John the Baptist began to baptise his people. He told them that someone was coming, who was more powerful than him and he would baptise them with the Holy Spirit and fire. Once Jesus had finished baptising the people, he prayed to God and God replied  'You are my Son; today have I fathered you.' The Y6 pupils made us reflect on the symbol of water in this Gospel story, in the Sacrament of Baptism and in Catholic Tradition. We talked about the big question which we are talking about in our RE lessons at the moment 'Where is God now?' and looked to this Gospel story for clues. Many children explained how Jesus was sent in physical form down to earth as God's son and that through our words and actions that he lives in us. 

 

 

Epiphany Liturgy led by Y6 Pupils January 8th 2019

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Our Y6 leaders led us in a beautiful Epiphany liturgy as we returned to school after our Christmas Break. We reflected on the meaning of 'Epiphany' and why it is a special time. We discussed symbols associated with Epiphany, such as the star and looked at how Catholics celebrate Epiphany all over the world.

 

We ended on this final prayer, which helped us think about what Epiphany means to us in our lives today:

 

Dear Jesus,

 

As You led the Three Kings to You by the light of a star, please draw us ever closer to You by the light of Faith.

Help us to desire You as passionately as they did.

Give us the grace to overcome all the obstacles that keep us far from You.

May we, like them, have something to give You when we appear before You.

 

Amen

Mini Vinnies Visit to Victoria Care Home December 2018

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Our Mini Vinnies enjoyed their annual visit to Victoria Care Home in Park Royal. They enjoyed singing carols to the residents, who even joined in with them. They spoke to residents also, wishing them a Merry Christmas and this brought great joy to the residents. The Mini Vinnies also gave hand made Christmas cards to each resident from every junior OLOL child. They felt content that they had made a difference to people in need during Christmas time. The Mini Vinnies were surprised to each receive a harmonica from the care home and some cakes. They plan to write to the residents in the care home, thanking them for their gifts and telling them how they really enjoyed their visit.

 

OLOL Advent Service Monday 3rd December

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Year 6 led us on a reflective Advent Service, where we thought about the true meaning of Advent and how we can prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ into our lives at this time. We lit the first candle on our Advent wreath and talked about what this symbolizes. We look forward to lighting a candle every week during Advent as we get closer and closer to the birth of Christ. 

October-The Month of the Rosary-Monday Pupil Led Worship Assembly by Y6 pupils

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Year 2 Class Liturgy Thursday 21st June

Year 2 prepared and delivered a beautiful liturgy about Discipleship. They made us really reflect on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and how we can show that we are one in our daily lives. 

Brent Deanery Mass June 5th 2018

Year 3 Liturgy Thursday 19th April 2018

Year 3 planned a beautiful liturgy on the theme of 'New Life'. During the first hymn 'Peace Perfect Peace', pupils processed in with signs and symbols of new life. Father Antonio joined us for the liturgy and helped us reflect on the true meaning of The Resurrection. 

March 2018-OLOL Foodbank Collection

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During Lent, we showed our care for our common home and the need to help those in need by holding a foodbank collection for Sufra Foodbank. The Mini Vinnies encouraged pupils to donate various food items and congratulated everyone on their efforts for this collection in Celebration Assembly. They were proud that OLOL was making a difference to those people in our local community who really need our help.
 

Our Y6 pupils planned and led a reflective Holy Week Liturgy. They shared Jesus' journey through Holy Week by narration, drama and prayer.  It helped the whole school to think about the significant events that happen during Easter and put the season of Lent and Easter into perspective for us as Christians.  

Year 4 Pupil Led Worship Assembly

Br Alejandro's Prayer Sessions

Y3 Praying the Rosary with Brother Alejandro

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Year 6 Class Mass November 2017

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Mini Vinnie Visit to local Care Home

The Mini Vinnies recently visited Victoria Care Home in Park Royal. They delivered Christmas Cards for all the residents, made by our junior pupils and they sang Christmas Carols to the residents. They also enjoyed talking to some of the residents. Our Mini Vinnie group bought great joy to the residents, who smiled and danced along to some of the carols. The Mini Vinnies thoroughly enjoyed the visit and said that it made them so happy to know that they had brightened up some of the residents days and even their Christmas.  We are proud of how they interacted with residents and showed real commitment to helping those in need in our local community. 

 

 

 KS2 Visits to the Liberal Jewish Synagogue 

 

 

Years 3-6 visited the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St. John's Wood during Judaism week in June. They enjoyed the workshop which was delivered by the headteacher of the school above the synagogue. During the visit they learnt about worship in Judaism and were shown many different artefacts. They showed great enthusiasm during the sessions and applied their new acquired knowledge back in school during their RE sessions through Literacy.

Synagogue Visit Year 3 and 4

KS1 Judaism Workshop

During Judaism week in June, the infant pupils had a visit from a lady from the Jewish faith. She shared many artefacts that the pupils enjoyed looking at and talking about. They focused particularly on the signs and symbols of Judaism. Year One and Two thoroughly enjoyed these workshops and asked some excellent questions. They used what they had learnt in their workshops as a focus for their Literacy lessons for the rest of the week. 
Year 5 Assembly

 

OLOL Day Friday 10th February 2017

 

 

On Friday 10th February, we celebrated OLOL day to mark the feast of the patron saint of our school. The day began by the whole school going to 10am Mass at the Five Precious Wounds. Year Six children escorted the nursery children and Year Five children escorted the reception children. Sixteen junior pupils lead the mass, taking on many readings, prayers and the entrance and offertory processions. During the Mass, Father Antonio blessed our OLOL statue and special OLOL badges with our school logo on, that were later presented to all pupils and staff. Teachers completed activities linked to OLOL day in class with the pupils also. 

 

 

Classroom Worship


Daily acts of collective worship are lead by our children and have a focus linked to our current RE topic or events in the Liturgical Year. Here are examples of acts of classroom worship in Year 4 and Reception.

 

 

Here are further examples of classroom worships in year three and five with Deacon Julio during the month of November with a particular focus on remembrance.

Mini Vinnies

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We are delighted to announce the introduction of 'The Mini Vinnies'. ‘Mini Vinnies’ is the name for a St Vincent de Paul Group for primary aged children. The focus in our school will be helping others in need within our school community. The elected members received their badges and a prayer card in today's celebration assembly and will hold their first meeting next week to begin thinking about how together they can support and help others in need in their school community.  

 

Take a look at our Mini-Vinnies in the picture below!

 

Watch this space for further updates on the Mini Vinnies and their plans for helping our local community. 

 

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We recently welcomed Dee Mansi a Saint Vincent De Paul Youth Development Officer to initiate the Mini Vinnies and explain more about the initiative to the whole school. The Mini Vinnies representatives said their pledge and received certificates. They look forward to leading and developing ideas for helping others in their local community and embarking on their first steps to becoming possible 'Vincentians for life'. 

Mercy Boxes

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Last week on Friday 25th November, the Mini Vinnies delivered an exciting new initiative that they devised during their weekly meetings, to the whole school during assembly. They shared their ideas about 'The Mercy Boxes', explaining that even though the Year of Mercy has come to a close, they would like to encourage everyone to continue being merciful and compassionate. They told pupils that if they see a child or an adult being merciful, they can fill out a mercy nomination sheet and post it in the Mercy Post Box in their classroom. Finally, they showed the rest of the school the mercy tokens that they will receive if they are nominated for an act of mercy. All OLOL pupils are very excited about this idea and are looking forward to displaying and witnessing acts of mercy around the school.   

Christmas Visit to Victoria Care Home

 

Our Mini Vinnies aspire to help others in need and in their weekly meetings they are always discussing ideas of how to do this. In November, they expressed their interest in wanting to send Christmas cards to elderly people who might be lonely or need uplifting during the festive period. Over a few weeks and many discussions, this developed into the idea for every child in the school to design a Christmas card and write a personalised message inside to each and every resident in a local care home. We liaised with Victoria Care Home and they gave us a list of the resident's names. The Mini Vinnies then delivered this exciting task to their classes. Their idea however didn't stop there, as their wish was to personally deliver all the cards to the residents and sing them a few traditional Christmas Carols. 

 

On Tuesday December 20th, the Mini Vinnies along with Mrs Ellement were delighted to visit the care home and do just as they had planned. On entering the care home we were met by the manager who welcomed us and soon after the residents began to arrive and gather around us on tables. Their smiles at just the sight of the children, lit up the room. Some residents enjoyed talking to the children and even joined in to sing some of the traditional carols that they sung for them. The children then handed the Christmas cards to many of the residents, whom were delighted and emotional. The experience overall was heartwarming and demonstrated the Mini Vinnie's desire to really help those in need. They said that they felt happy and proud that they had really made a difference to many of the residents' day and even Christmases.  It showed the Mini Vinnie's true spirit to put their faith into action and follow in the footsteps of Christ. We are extremely proud of them!  

 

 

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During the month of the Holy Rosary classes have enjoyed praying the Rosary with Deacon Julio and Mrs O'Brien. They used the rosary beads to guide them and help them reflect on some special events in the life of Jesus and Mary. 

Year 5 praying the Rosary with Deacon Julio

On Wednesday 12th of October, Year 4 delivered an inspiring Worship Assembly dedicated to the Rosary. They lead the assembly well and created a calm, reflective mood to focus our minds on the importance of praying the Rosary to remember the special events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. The children shared their own prayers about the Rosary and lead traditional prayers such as the Hail Mary. They also shared a beautiful poem about the Rosary and sang the hymn 'As I Kneel Before You'. If you missed the assembly, please do watch the video below. 

St Mark's Worship Assembly

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St Mark's Worship Assembly continued

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Year 5 Class Mass Thursday 26th January 2:15pm

Retelling the story of The Good Samaritan

2016 Communion Assembly & Celebration Breakfast

Easter Reflection in Nursery

Lenten Food Collection

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Studying the bible in Year 4

Praying the Rosary - October 2015

Spirituality Week

St. Patrick's Day Celebration Assembly

Discovering the Prayer Table in Reception

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