On Tuesday 22nd May we held a fundraising activities afternoon to raise money for a new prayer garden. Thank you for all your generous donations.
During the week of the 21st May the children took part in Vocations Week. The children had lots of exciting visitors in school to talk about what God had called them to be. The children were visited by a social worker, a nurse, a professor, a policeman and Father David.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable time and the children had the opportunity to really evaluate their purpose in life and think about their own future. The week ended with a whole school vocations prayer service led by Father David and the Liturgy leaders.
On Sunday 20th May St Columba's and St James primary took part in a May procession. The children bought flowers to crown Our Lady. We joined together in the school playground to say prayers and sing hymns dedicated to Mary.
First Holy Communion workshop
Father David and parents were invited to school to take part in a First Holy Communion workshop with the children.
The liturgy group have met with Mrs Simmons to discuss how we can improve collective worship in school. They would like there to be a prayer garden outside. As part of a homework competition children have been asked to design a prayer garden. A winner will be chosen.
In class the children have been learning about their school Saint; St Columba. During the Easter holidays, children were asked to create projects about St Columba. Some wonderful projects were produced and are displayed near the entrance to school.
Every two weeks we gather together for a whole school silent prayer service. The candles were lit, quiet music was playing and we listened to a reflection. Then we had time for our own private prayers and intentions.
Stations of the Cross
During Lent we walk with Jesus on the road to Calvary as we take part in a key stage liturgy of Stations of the Cross. Father David joined us and children wrote and led the reflections.
Mini Vinnie Easter Packs
As our festive homeless packs were such a success, the Mini Vinnies decided that we should make some easter egg packs for the homeless. They held a cake sales during Lent and asked children to bring in easter egg donations. We had lots of eggs donated and were able to make lots of packs. Staff and members of the SVP at Our Lady's went out onto the streets of Birmingham and handed out the packs.
SVP Festive Afternoon Tea
Members of our Mini Vinnies met with Pauline from the SVP at Our Lady's and decided to host a festive afternoon tea for elderly members of the parish. In order to raise money for the food, the Mini Vinnies suggested that we hold a whole school own clothes day and donations could be made. Miss Gibson and year 5 were asked to organise the event by making invitations, table decorations and learning Christmas hymns and songs to perform. We had a great afternoon!
Mini Vinnie Festive Homeless Packs
Our Mini Vinnies decided that they wanted to help and support the local homeless people during the festive season. They decided that we should have an own clothes day and ask children to donate toiletries. The Mini Vinnies put the toiletries into packs and made Christmas cards to go in them. Staff and members of the SVP at Our Lady's went out onto the streets of Birmingham and distributed the packs to the homeless.
Our Liturgy Leaders met with all of the Liturgy groups from our Lumen Christi Academy school. They took part in a retreat afternoon and shared liturgy. The children discussed ways in which they can work together this year and plan shared liturgies.
November is the month of remembrance where we take time to remember the fallen soldiers from all wars, including those that continue today. We celebrated a beautiful Remembrance Mass and have had collective worship services based around remembrance. Each class made a poppy wreath. On their poppy they wrote the name of a deceased loved one or wrote a prayer. We have also been keeping a remembrance book in our school office and staff, parents and children have been writing down the name of a deceased loved one that they would like to pray for.
St Columba's Mini Vinnies made their commitment to supporting the work of SVP by receiting their pledge and prayer in our whole school Mass. Father David, our Parish Priest, led them in their mission and then handed the children a certificate and badge. We congratulated them as they continue their work by 'turning concern into action'.
Pauline from the SVP came into school to talk to the children about the work of the SVP.
This evening, Year 6 were quizzed on their knowledge of their chosen Saint by their parents and teachers in preparation for their Confirmation. The children wowed us with how they handled the pressure of the quick fire questions, the knowledge they have learnt since completing their research project and the pride they showed in displaying these.
A huge well done to Year 6 and a big thank you to all those who came along to make this possible and so much fun! See some of the photos from the evening..
We will be learning about the Liturgical seasons in the churches year. We have a new display in the hall which each class helped to make and put together. We will refer to this each week during our Gospel assembly. We also have a Liturgical calendar in our classrooms.