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Advent Prayer Bags

 

As part of our Advent preparations, the children will each get a turn to take home our Advent prayer bags. These bags will give the children, along with their family, the opportunity to take part in reflection time at home about this special season. The children will also have the chance to write their own reflective prayer which can then be shared in class.

Each prayer bag contains:

•A purple cloth.

•An Advent activity book and Advent prayer book.

•A holding cross.

•A wooden nativity scene.

•A picture of the nativity.

•Rosary beads.

•A prayer journal.

We hope the children really enjoy their turn with the prayer bags and we look forward to sharing the reflections they make in their class prayer journals. Please remind the children to bring back the prayer bag the next day so that the next child can use it.

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Adoremus - Let us adore

 

Adoremus is an initiative of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales to create a special opportunity to reflect on the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church. Adoremus (latin for let us adore) has a strong focus on Eucharistic adoration and gives the children an opportunity to reflect on the importance of the Eucharist in their lives. Each year group has been exploring the meaning behind Adoremus in their classes and they have completed beautiful pieces of art work which are now on display in every classroom. This work will continue throughout the year and examples of what they have completed will be uploaded to the school website for you all to enjoy. Please see below to look at what each year group has done so far.

Adoremus - Year 3 

 

The children have been introduced to some key vocabulary and had a chance for discussion on words such as  Blessed Sacrament, Altar, Tabernacle and Transubstantiation. The children explored how the Eucharist can be represented through art and firstly looked at ’The Sacrament of the Eucharist’ by Salvador Dali. They worked in pairs to talk about what they noticed in this picture and how they think it showed the Eucharist. From this discussion, they then looked at other examples of work that different children had created before firstly creating their own interpretation of what the Eucharist means to them and then choosing one piece to focus on as a class to recreate.

 

 

 

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Adoremus - Year 4

 

We began by discussing the children’s personal experiences of the Eucharist. The lesson explained what the Eucharist is and that it is a re-enactment of the Last Supper in mass. The children created a collage of the bread and wine contemplating the moment in mass when the bread and wine turns into the body and blood of Christ. Finally, the children wrote a reflective piece on what the Eucharist means to them and how it strengthens their faith.

 

 

 

 

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Adoremus - Year 5

 

The children discussed what the Eucharist means to them and came up with the following ideas:

Sharing love

Commitment to God and each other

Friendship with God

Forgiveness

Peace - restoring peace with each other and God

Harmony

Hope - of the eternal life we will share with the Father.

Community - being with God and loving each other in our community etc.

 

The children then designed an art piece to show their understanding of these concepts.

 

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Adoremus - Year 6

 

In Year 6 the children have written Adoremus acrostic poems. The children have looked at the importance of adoring the Eucharist and the mystery of the Eucharist. The children have then written their poems in the template of the chalice and host with the rays of light emanating from this image. They have used water colours to create a stained window effect. These will be displayed on the class windows.

 

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Mini Vinnies Fundraising - Christmas Bazaar

 

At this year's Christmas Bazaar, the Mini Vinnies began raising money for the St Vincent De Paul Society. They successfully ran a stall where people could 'Guess the weight of the cake' and 'Guess how many sweets are in the jar' to win them as a prize! There were 306 sweets in the jar and the cake weighed 2.597kg.

Congratulations to our winners for getting the closest guesses!

Marina (who guessed 312 sweets)

Tanya (who guessed the cake weighed 2.363kg)

We were also able to give a second prize in the cake competition thanks to the generous donation of another cake! Second prize went to Justyna who guessed the cake weighed 2.35kg.

A big thank you to all of the Mini Vinnies who were able to help Miss Dunne on the day and also a big thank you to Miss Ashley who very kindly baked and donated the cake that we weighed! 

Harvest Appeal 2018

 

We have had another very successful Harvest this year at Our Lady of Grace Junior School thanks to the generosity of the people in our school community. We were able to collect over 700 items for Ashford Place which was presented to a representative at 3O's Harvest assembly. Another big thank you to everyone who was able to donate to our CAFOD Harvest collection. Everyone's generosity plays a massive part in helping those less fortunate than we are.

Judaism Week - 8th -12th October 2018

 

In school this week, the children have been exploring Judaism in their RE lessons. Each year group has been focusing on different aspects of Judaism such as learning about the story of Moses or about different Jewish celebrations. On Friday, the children participated in a whole school assembly and workshops with a visitor to the school who taught them even more facts about Judaism. Year 3 focused on Shabbat, Year 4 focused on the Torah, Year 5 focused on Passover and Year 6 focused on Jewish New Year. All of the children participated very well during the week. Well done!

Rosary Prayer Group - Month of May

 

Every Wednesday during the month of May, Miss Dunne will be holding a Rosary Prayer group. This is to mark May being the month that we dedicate to Our Lady. The term “rosary” comes from “rosarium,” or a bouquet of roses; the prayers of the rosary were seen as a spiritual bouquet offered to Mary. All children are welcome to join Miss Dunne on Wednesday lunchtimes and may like to bring in their own rosaries from home to pray with. Thank you to all the children who attended the first session today. 

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Please read the letter attached below informing you of a Religious Education inspection that will be carried out across the school tomorrow.

 

 

Lent Prayer Bags

 

As part of our Lenten preparations, the children will each get a turn to take home our Lent prayer bags. These bags will give the children, along with their family, the opportunity to take part in reflection time at home about this special season. The children will also have the chance to write their own reflective prayer which can then be shared in class.

Each prayer bag contains:

  • A purple cloth.
  • A holding cross.
  • Rosary beads.
  • A prayer journal.
  • A candle.
  • The Stations of the Cross.
  • Sorting cards - the children can look at the different activities and decide whether they are times when we pray, fast or give.
  • Catholic Children's Society reflection book - this book offers stories of some of the children who have been helped from the donations made by us to the Catholic Children's Society. These stories also have reflections and prayers.

 

We ask that all children take very good care of the prayer bag when it is their turn and return it to school the next day with all of its contents. We hope the children really enjoy their turn with the prayer bags and we look forward to sharing the reflections they make in their class prayer journals. We hope this also encourages the children to keep any Lenten promises they have made and keep the Catholic Children's Society in their minds in order to raise as much money as possible for their Lenten appeal boxes.

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Catholic Children's Society - Lenten Appeal Assembly

 

On Tuesday, a member of the Catholic Children's Society visited the school to hold a special assembly for the children about their Lenten appeal this year. In this assembly, the children were thanked for all the efforts they have made in the past to raise money for the CCS and informed of how their donations are spent. The children were introduced to this years Lenten appeal and given suggestions as to how they can show their support by making donations. The children will be coming home this week with a donations box, activity sheet and information sheet about the appeal. Please support your children and the CCS by encouraging them to fill in their activity sheet as well as making donations to their box. All Lenten boxes can be brought back into school for collection after the Easter holidays.

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Advent Carol Service at Westminster Cathedral

 

On Tuesday 12th December, Miss Dunne took the Mini Vinnies down to Westminster Cathedral for an Advent Carol Service. The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit and sand beautifully along to all of the carols. They were particularly amazed when an actual donkey arrived at the cathedral while everyone sang 'Little Donkey'! Everyone listened intently as the Christmas story was narrated, acted and sang along to which got everyone in the Christmas spirit. A lovely morning was had by all.

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Advent Prayer Bags

 

As part of our Advent preparations, the children will each get a turn to take home our Advent prayer bags. These bags will give the children, along with their family, the opportunity to take part in reflection time at home about this special season. The children will also have the chance to write their own reflective prayer which can then be shared in class.

Each prayer bag contains:

•A purple cloth.

•An Advent activity book.

•A holding cross.

•A wooden nativity scene.

•A picture of the nativity.

•Rosary beads.

•A prayer journal.

We hope the children really enjoy their turn with the prayer bags and we look forward to sharing the reflections they make in their class prayer journals.

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Remembrance Assembly

 

On Thursday 30th November, the Mini Vinnies hosted a special assembly to mark the end of our Remembrance month. During this assembly, the children were reminded of the Remembrance book which holds the names of all of the people who we kept in our prayers this month. Some children chose to bring in their own rosary beads for this occasion as it also consisted of the whole school saying one decade of the rosary together. Well done to the Mini Vinnies for their help and for their beautiful, clear reading.

Mini Vinnies Fundraising

The Mini Vinnies held their first fundraising event at the school's Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 25th November. The children sold teddies donated by the school community to raise £107 for the St Vincent de Paul Society. Well done to the Mini Vinnies for their hard work promoting this event to the children in their class, creating a poster to advertise it and for helping with the running of the stall on the day!

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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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CARDINAL NICHOLS OPENS WILLOW VIEW

 

 

 

 

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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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:

Advent Prayer Club

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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 2 Make me an instrument of your peace
Picture 3 Touring the school.
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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