St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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Celebrating Faith

Year 3,4 and 5 Easter Performance will take place on Tuesday 28th March 2017

Ash Wednesday Mass 1st March 2017

Year 6 Class Mass 25th January 2017
Thank you to Fr. Jim and Year 6 who enjoyed a beautifully reflective Mass in school this week, the theme was hope and the children’s dreams for the future. They created a beautiful tree of hope as a focal point and made small scrolls with their hopes for the future recorded. As part of our legacy following the Year of Mercy, these scrolls are going to be contained in a time capsule and buried on site here at school. 

Reconciliation Service- 7th December 2016
We held the school’s Reconciliation Service, with grateful thanks to Fathers Paul, Jim and Stan for their invaluable support, and for enabling us to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Key Stage 2 children.  The theme this year was ‘From Darkness to Light’, when we reflected on the need for the light of Christ to shine in our lives. 

EYFS & KS1 Nativity- Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th December 2016
On Monday, with a repeat showing the following day, was the EYFS and Key Stage 1 Nativity Play entitled, “Behind the Stable Door”, where we found out about the Christmas story, told from the perspective of the animals who are puzzled by the strange goings-on in and around their lowly stable. Key Stage 1 children acted, sang and danced with great enthusiasm and vibrancy – putting on a tremendous show for the parents, grandparents and others who made up the audiences on both days. Our thanks go to everyone involved, especially Miss Bools, Miss Blacoe and Mrs Gray, as well as all the other adults whose hard work and patience helped to make the play such a success.

Judaism Day- 16th November 2016
We have been learning about the special objects and symbols this Jewish faith has and how these help us to live our lives; for example we learnt about the Ten Commandments and how these were written onto scrolls for us to live our lives by. We also learnt that the Torah is written in Hebrew and their writing starts at the back of the bible and they read and write backwards to the front of the bible. It was an amazing day learning and sharing stories, artefacts and signs from a different faith.

Year 4 and 5 -What we learnt 

New School Year Mass-14th September 2016
We marked the beginning of the new school year on Wednesday with a concelebrated Mass, led by Fr. Jim, on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and everyone had the opportunity to venerate a relic of the True Cross. Fr. Stan explained to the children about the relic and was very impressed with the answers they gave to his questions.  

Year 3 Class Mass- 6th July 2016
This week we shared a celebration Mass with Fr. Jim to recognise and acknowledge The Sacred Heart. The children prepared the Mass, shared their thoughts, opinions and memories alongside responding in prayer to both the Word and the Holy Communion. The song selection was beautifully put together with Marco and Olivia singing a duet during the worship. Emilija read confidently and clearly the Word of the Lord, making sure the message had been understood. Fr. Jim questioned the children on their understanding of each part of the Mass and shared an insight into why certain actions were carried out and how this translated into the Mass.

St. Norbert's Feast Day- 6th June 2016
Monday 6th June was the Feast Day for our patron saint - St Norbert.  We celebrated this special day for our school and parish with a special Mass.  Fr. Jim told the children all about how the Norbertine order of priests came to Spalding and helped with the growth of the Catholic Church in our area. Thank you to all of those people who joined us to share in this special day including Deacon Dennis and parishioners.  

Bishops Visit- 29th April 2016

St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School were visited by the new Bishop of Nottingham, the Right Reverend Patrick McKinney.  The Bishop came to celebrate a Mass with the children and staff of the school as part of the official opening of the new outdoor learning area that has been built.  The outdoor learning area has an outdoor classroom, bird hide, various benches and seating and animal nesting areas.  The area was funded through careful fundraising by the dedicated Friends of the School and a grant from the National Lottery Funding.  The outdoor area has been named ‘Window to God’s Wonderful World’ and each week classes venture outside to develop their learning in all areas of the curriculum.  As part of the Mass which was titled All of God’s Creation the Bishop blessed the outdoor learning area.  And as a special surprise for the Bishop he was presented with a birthday card, cake  and a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ as he was celebrating his birthday over the weekend that he was in Spalding.  The Bishop was particularly impressed by the children’s enthusiasm and singing during the Mass and recognised how important it was for the children to not only learn in the classroom but have an extra classroom outside to enhance their learning further.

 

Lenten Reconciliation Service- 16th March 2016
On Wednesday 16th March we held our Lenten Reconciliation Service here in school.  We were blessed to have five Priests in attendance: Fr. Jim, Fr. Paul, Fr. Victor, Fr. Stan and Fr. Joseph.  It was lovely for us all to have the homily presented in Polish and simultaneously translated into English with Fr. Joseph and Fr. Stan working together.  The service allowed the children the opportunity to reflect upon their actions and ask for forgiveness, with all children completing a reflection back in their classroom after the service.  Those children who receive Holy Communion were able to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation from one of our visiting Priests.

New Year Mass- 13th January 2016

Mass January 2015We gathered as a school community to celebrate our first mass of the New Year our Theme for the mass was ‘Be Merciful like the Father’ we reflected also on the Jubilee Year of Mercy which began on the 8th of December 2015. Year 6 pupils took responsibility for leading our mass. Fr. Jim as well as celebrating our mass also came to bless our very own Holy Door of Mercy in school. Our Holy Door of Mercy leads out into Mary’s Prayer Garden. As members of the Chaplaincy Team we had a special role to assist Fr. Jim in praying a special prayer with him as he blessed our Holy Door of Mercy with Holy water. Reflecting on the Year of Mercy, Zuzanna said “It makes me feel very special and loved because we are all a global family and should try to be merciful”. Ana shared her thoughts about the Holy Door of Mercy in school she felt really happy because we now have a special place we can go when we feel sad.