Year of Mercy
Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy. The year runs from 8th December 2015 until 20th November 2016. We will be observing this throughout the year in school and our whole school community will reflect on how they can show Acts of Mercy in their own lives and communities.
Our Prayer for The Year of Mercy
You taught us to show mercy through the story of the Good Samaritan.
You ask us to go and do the same, to be good Samaritans to others.
May we be your hands and feet of mercy, helping those in need through our actions.
May we be your eyes of Mercy, looking with compassion on the world.
May our school be a community of Mercy, showing love to others in your name.
Our Key Stage 2 classes will be praying the Stations of the Cross at St Mary’s Church, with parishioners and families every Tuesday afternoon at 2pm. We will also be holding our annual ‘Lenterprise’ event, when children make and sell items to raise money for St. Cuthbert’s Care, a local charity.
Year 5 visit to Newcastle Synagogue
On 25th February 2016, a group of children from Year 5 visited the Synagogue in Newcastle. They learnt about the Jewish Faith and toured the synagogue. They will be joining other schools from Bishop Auckland, who have learnt about other religions, to give a presentation on Judaism later this month. The project is designed as an interfaith celebration to enable children to understand the multi-cultural aspects of Britain today and to help children develop values of respect, tolerance and understanding. The children who attended will become faith ambassadors, sharing the knowledge they have gained with children in their own and other local schools.
You can see photographs of their visit below.
Youth Friday Celebrations
On 4th February Alisha and Natasha attended the Youth Friday Celebration at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle, with young people from all over the Diocese.
Our school is now participating in Mini Vinnies – Junior branch of the St Vincent De Paul Society. The children who choose to be members have prayer meetings, collect items for the Community and have links with the St Vincent De Paul Society in our Churches.
To learn more, visit the Mini Vinnie website.
Our Minnie Vinnie team is now up and running. Click below to read the children’s report