Happy St George’s Day to all of us!
Today, 23rd April, we celebrate the feast day of the patron saint of England. Many other countries also celebrate this day including Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Croatia. St George was born in Turkey. He was martyred because he refused to deny his Christian faith. Now people turn to him for protection. Find out more here.
Thank you to cook Mrs Finnegan, for our delicious St George’s Day menu today.
Thursday 22nd April, was national Stephen Lawrence Day. The children learned about the beautiful qualities of this young man whose life was cut short so tragically. They wore orange, his favourite colour, and built Friendship Towers in their classrooms to commemorate him.
Year 5 and 6 have been working hard all this term, thinking about the Dignity of the Human Person. They have explored how people sometimes have to leave their homes and travel far away. They found out about being an evacuee in war time in the United Kingdom. They discovered how difficult it is to be a refugee,leaving behind everything you love and making a new start.
They decided to hold a Welcome Event and practised making simple food including bread and soup to serve to our visitors. Today’s menu included 4 types of bread and 4 flavours of soup!
We were all delighted to have so many guests arrive from City of Santuary and St Chad’s Sanctuary as well as some of our own parents.
They children performed The Carol of the Bells and a poem, Everything Touches by Roger McGough, and we were honoured to have a performance of a poem, The Colour of Home, created by a group of writers from Stories of Hope and Home. (You can read it here)
Thank you to everyone who donated items for our harvest collection this week. It was a beautiful mass with amazing singing from the children. Some of our Pupil Chaplains came along to present the food to St Basil’s where it will be used for young people and families who are homeless.
Year 6 have been working towards this award, using the Fruits of the Holy Spirit as a guide in their daily lives:
love joy peace patience kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness self-control
Here are our Gold award winners receiving their medals at St John Wall Catholic School along with our Year 6 friends from the Caritas Schools.
We raised lots of money for the Good Shepherd Appeal with our Easter Egg Raffle. Thank you to all the teachers for donating the eggs.
Year 6 went to visit St Chad’s Cathedral. Thank you Mrs Percival for showing them around.
Year 5 visited the Bhuddist temple
Year 4 visited the synagogue
Year 3 visited the mosque
Year 2 visited the gudwara
Year 1 visited the Mandir
What an amazing afternoon! The children presented their learning from their multi-faith study last week in a huge exhibition in the school hall. They brought their building models and displayed their writing and paintings. They made posters and powerpoints. A group from each class came to answer questions and talk to visitors about their work. A wonderful way to share their knowledge. Thank you to everyone who came and especially the parents who cooked some favourite dishes to share.
Check out the class blogs to see how the children got on visiting places of worship around Birmingham.
Thank you to our new governor Mr Jabal, who came in to talk to Year 1 about Sikhism.
Here are our Confirmandi at their sleep out in aid of the homeless. It was an evening of great debate, song writing and prayer.
…and they even got some sleep before a quick breakfast and then out for a litter pick before class.