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5P Assembly - Remembrance Day

On Thursday 9th November 2017, class 5P held a beautiful assembly for the school and parents to explain the importance of Remembrance Day. The children did an excellent job explaining to everyone why this day is celebrated and its importance. Thank you to 5P for such a special assembly. 

November - Remembering the Holy Souls

 

As we are now in the month of November, we especially pray for and remember those of our loved ones who have passed away. The children have all added a name and message to our Remembrance book which is currently in the entrance of the school office. Please come and have a look at this special book. You are also very welcome to add the name of someone you would like us to remember during this month.

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Poppy Appeal 2017 - The Royal British Legion

 

Some Year 6 children have spent the last two weeks using their break times and lunch times to go into the playground and sell poppies to the children and staff. We are really happy to say that we have sold all of the poppies and we thank everyone for the generosity. Thank you also to the Year 6 children who took the time to help.

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Today, we were very privileged to welcome His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, to our school as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.


His Eminence arrived in time to be included in our whole school photo before chatting with our Mini Vinnies. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that, they processed together into the hall to watch 6D's wonderful assembly which included a very special 'This is Your Life' for Cardinal Nichols.  After that, parents and children were able to watch a live streaming of the Cardinal blessing Willow View (the name for our newly developed multipurpose learning area) from the hall.

 

 

 

The Cardinal then spoke with the children about where the name of our school Our Lady of Grace originated. After the assembly, parents had a chance to have some refreshments and meet the Cardinal.

 

 

Overall everyone had a lovely afternoon.  The children behaved beautifully and we thank all the parents and staff who were able to share this memorable occasion with us. There are more photos and some videos below.

Cutting the ribbon

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Blessing of Willow View.mp4

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Mini Vinnies Commissioning Ceremony 2017

 

On Monday 16th October 2017, the school held a very special commissioning ceremony for our newly appointed Mini Vinnies. During this ceremony, Mr McGrath spoke to the children about St Vincent De Paul and the important work that has been done for many years through the St Vincent De Paul Society. Our new Mini Vinnies have now pledged to make a difference in the world, love and respect themselves and reach out to others in our school and

community through friendship and doing good works. The children proudly received their badges and certificates in front of the whole school and some parents to mark the beginning of their important role. See below for pictures of this special occasion.

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Harvest Collection 2017

 

Thank you to everyone who was able to donate to another very successful Harvest collection at our school. Due to the generosity of the school community, we were able to collect over 700 items which have now been donated to Ashton Place. 4M hosted our Harvest celebration with a fantastic assembly explaining its importance. Thank you to Renee Gallagher, an employee at Ashton Place, who attended this assembly to speak to the children and accept the donation. Look below to see a picture of our Mini Vinnies and Renee proudly standing with the collection.

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50th Anniversary Celebration.

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Feast Day Mass

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Celebrating Our Lady of Grace Day with the Infant School.

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As a FairAware School we teach students where their food comes from, what is meant by ‘Fairness’ and evaluates how Fairtrade can work to address unfairness in supply chains. 

 

Brent Year of Mercy Candle

Mrs O’Mullane  and I accompanied three of our Mini Vinnies: Zak Y3, Jaad Y4 and Soliyana Y5, to St Gregory’s College this week to pass on the Brent Year of Mercy candle. We were made very welcome and celebrated a liturgy in the school chapel with some past OLOG pupils and other St Gregory’s students.

 

The children have really enjoyed the work they have done this week on Judaism. Ruth joined us from ’Judaism for Schools’, and led a whole school assembly on Wednesday morning. She then worked with each year group over Wednesday and Thursday in the hall. As well as learning about Shabbat, the Torah and Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the children were given the opportunity to handle scrolls, religious clothing and artefacts. They have learnt new things about one of the major world religions which will help them understand how everyone in the world is different and unique. 
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Lent Prayer Club


The Lenten Prayer Group was on Wednesdays during Lent and has been a huge success. All pupils were welcome and twenty attended most weeks. We focused on Stations of the Cross this year. A favourite activity was Stations of the Cross Bingo. Children also enjoyed making their own Last Supper scenes.
Look out for The Rosary Prayer Club in Mary's month of May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Year 4 children wrote about what the Eucharist means to them and how they felt receiving the Holy Communion.

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We are waiting to celebrate the birth of Our Saviour:

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About thirty five children have been meeting every week in Advent to prepare for the birth of Jesus in a peaceful and focused way. Here we are creating crib scenes:

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Autumn Creation Topic
 

Autumn Creation Topic

 

In this term's work, pupils are beginning their study by examining one or both of the stories of creation found in Genesis 1 and 2. In learning about and then praying the Psalms, pupils are learning how the Church praises God in creation.  
 
It is hoped that pupils will develop:

 

  • A sense of wonder for creation
  • A willingness to learn from Scripture
  • An appreciation of the truths contained in Scripture
  • A sense of the value of prayer

 

Here are some images from around the school:
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Picture 4 Dancing to 'Footsteps in the sand
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Picture 6 Blessing the Peace Garden
Picture 7 Bishop John Sherrington
Picture 8 Our Cafod Collection
Picture 9 Our R.E Topic Board

Bishop John Sherrington's Speech - Part 1

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