CHAPLAINCY PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY (2018 – 2019)
Below, you will find a visual snapshot of some of the activities of the Junior School Chaplaincy Team, so far, this academic year.
EASTER EGG HUNT
Over 250 children took part in our Junior Chaplaincy Team's creative take on an Easter egg hunt recently. A chocolate egg was given to everyone who completed a nature trail.
PASSION PLAY (APRIL 2019)
JUNIOR CHAPLAINCY TEAM MEMBERS LEADING THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT ON THE SCHOOL PATH
SUNDAY MASS AT ST JOSEPH'S AND THE HOLY CHILD (MARCH 2019)
Our pupils took a lead role recently in the celebration of Sunday Mass at St Joseph's and the Holy Child Church in Bedford, reading and leading the offertory procession. Well done everyone!
ST THOMAS MORE CHAPLAINCY TRIP (MARCH 2019)
Members of the Junior Chaplaincy Team, in Years 4 - 6, on a visit to St Thomas More's to reflect on their role and to follow the Stations of the Cross.
CLASS PRAYER TABLES MONITORING (MARCH 2019)
Supported by the adult Chaplaincy Lead, members of the Junior Chaplaincy Team, monitoring class prayer tables, using a checklist provided by the Northampton Diocese.
WORLD BOOK DAY (MARCH 2019)
Children across the school were invited to dress up as Bible characters and to share a story about their character. Below: Our head teacher (dressed as Pontius Pilate) leading a Bible characters’ assembly on World Book Day. Some of our Junior Chaplaincy Team members are in the pupil line-up.
Teachers on the Upper Primary Site getting into character… donkeys, Goliath, the Three Kings and one of two butterflies from Noah’s Ark!
ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY (6TH MARCH 2019)
Supported by the members of the Junior Chaplaincy Team, who read prayers and Bible texts; they also processed into the hall with the Bible.
SCHOOL PRAYER GARDEN CREATION (February 2019)
Members of the Junior Chaplaincy Team designed and planted the School Prayer Garden on the Upper Primary Site. They are very ‘green fingered’! Roll on the Spring!
FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF ST PETER (February 2019)
A whole-school assembly was led by members of the Junior Chaplaincy Team to explore who St Peter was and the role of his successor, Pope Francis.
EPIPHANY LITURGY (January 2019)
Led by the members of the Junior Chaplaincy Team, assisted by additional actors and actresses.
Writing the Epiphany ‘blessing’ on the hall doors, during the Epiphany Liturgy.
CHRISTMAS ‘JESSE TREE’ LITURGY (December 2018)
Led by our head teacher, supported by the Junior Chaplaincy Team members, who hung symbolic items on the Jesse Tree.
ADVENT SCHOOL ASSEMBLY (December 2018)
Members of the Junior Chaplaincy Team leading a school Advent assembly.
‘COME AND SEE’ WHOLE-SCHOOL ASSEMBLY (November 2018)
These form a vital part of our R.E. curriculum and bring the whole-school together for prayer, reflection, thanksgiving and celebration.
Come and See Assembly: Lion Class (Year 5) performed a play focussed on the Beatitudes.
1ST NOVEMBER – ALL SAINTS DAY MASS
Assisted by the Junior Chaplaincy Team – reading, organising the offertory procession and serving.
Whilst children in Key Stage Two attended Mass, a liturgy was celebrated on the Lower Primary Site for children in Key Stage One. The school choir also sang beautifully.
ISLAM R.E. TOPIC (November 2018)
Our Family Worker, Mrs Fatima, teaching Year 5 children about Islamic prayer.
Congratulations message from staff sent to Bishop Peter on the 50th anniversary of his ordination. (September 2018)
HARVEST ASSEMBLY (September 2018)
Child-led, prior to the calling (start) of the Junior Chaplaincy Team. Donations had been collected for the local Food Bank.
Here are some of the readers.
Symbolic items were carried by pupils, as part of the assembly, to form a display.
WEDNESDAY SINGING ASSEMBLIES (Throughout the year)
Every Wednesday, we celebrate ‘singing assembly’. We learn about different aspects of Catholic Faith and life, in support of whole-school worship and spirituality. We also practise a selection of songs, reflecting, where possible, a breadth of styles. Below: Dance leaders during an action song and a hall view.
OUR SCHOOL CHAPLAIN (Throughout the year)
Canon Seamus is our School Chaplain and local parish priest. He comes into school each week to visit classes, speak to and pray with the children.
CHAPLAINCY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT (August / September 2018)
At the start of the school year, our Chaplaincy Lead drafted a development plan, which was amended and signed off by our head teacher and School Staff Chaplaincy Team, detailing the proposed foci for the year ahead. A ‘diary dates’ document was also written to ensure that key moments in the liturgical year were celebrated in school.
These two documents, with flexibility, direct our activities for the school year.
This year’s strategic foci are:
1. Spaces: Review of children’s prayer spaces on both sites.
2. Prayer: Teaching children across the school to pray for and with each other through the implementation
of a Prayer Pals / Buddies scheme. (See draft class resource provided.)
3. Profile: New creation of a school website page about the Junior Chaplaincy Team
4. Plot: Design and creation of a prayer garden (involving Gardening Club)
CW (March 2019)