Whole School Assemblies/Collective Worship
Academic Year 2017/18
Academic Year 2016/17
Saint Bernadette (Class 1) Assembly 11th May 2018
From Easter to Pentecost
During this topic children have explored the season of Easter as the celebration of the resurrection and coming of the Spirit. The season of Easter begins with Easter Sunday and finishes with Pentecost. The stories of the Season of Easter are our Gold Star stories as they show us that Jesus was not just an ordinary person – he rose from the dead and came to life again!
Without the resurrection the Church would not have begun.
Saint Theresa (Class 3) Assembly 15th March 2018
Lent to Easter
Lent is the season of 40 days before Easter. In 2018 Lent begins on February 14th with Ash Wednesday and concludes on March 29th, Holy Thursday. The Church then begins the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Lent is about conversion, about changing our lives so that they reflect more completely on that of Christ. The Church has identified three Lenten practises which help us great ready for Easter: fasting (often from food but also from practices which ‘destroy’ rather than ‘create’; almsgiving – giving generously…often to a charity; prayer.
‘Let me see your presence Lord, in my life this Lent’
Saint George (Class 4) Assembly 8th February 2018
Jesus at Prayer
This topic presents pupils with the story of the Exodus and within it, the Passover. As a Jew, Jesus would have celebrated Passover with his family; in preparation for Easter this resource teaches pupils about the story that is the foundation for our own Eucharist.
Blessed are You,
Lord our God,
ruler of the universe,
who has kept us alive,
sustained us and enabled us to celebrate this joyous occasion.
May we remember all those who live in fear or oppression;
help us to work towards their release and freedom.
Adapted from the Haggadah, the prayer of the Passover meal.
Saint John Paul (Class 5) Assembly 25th January 2018
New year, new starts and our resolutions
At the beginning of each year many people reflect upon their life and what they can do to improve it.
January tends to be the time when we attempt to turn over a new leaf, making resolutions to make new starts.
What have you thought you would do this New Year? Have you managed to stick to it?
Thank you that each new day is a day full of opportunities.
Thank you that each New Year is full of opportunities and to have a fresh start.
Please help us when we make mistakes and are struggling to achieve our hopes and dreams
Year 1 Nativity December 2017
The big star has to show the way to the stable where a special baby has been born - but he just can't shine. How will the shepherds and kings find their way if they cannot follow the star?
Fortunately, all the other stars lead the big star to the stable where he sees Mary, Joseph and the beautiful baby. He realises that Jesus loves all the stars, angels and people of the world and this love gives the big star the strength to shine again.
Saint Rita Class Assembly
From Advent to Christmas
The word “Advent” comes from the word adventus, the name of a pagan feast held to celebrate the ‘coming’ or ‘manifestation’ of a divine being who came to ‘dwell’ in the temple at a certain time each year.
Adventus was the celebration of an anniversary, of the returning of this presence.
After the birth of Jesus thought and the establishment of the church adventus came to be associated with the coming of God in Jesus. At first the time was used to prepare and wait for the second coming of Christ (Catholic Christians believe that one day, God will come again into the world – listen during Mass when we declare this in the Eucharistic prayer) but gradually it became limited to preparing and waiting for the anniversary of the birth of Christ
For the Church now, Advent is a time to prepare for Christmas, often with Advent wreaths, calendars and prayers.
The liturgical colour for Advent, as for Lent, is purple, the colour associated with penance. However, the mood generated by the readings for Advent is one of devout and joyful expectation, not penance.
Hence more recently there has been a move away from the heavy purple of Lent to lighter violet shades for Advent.
Saint Christopher Class Assembly
Beginning with the Church
During this RE topic we have been learning about Sacraments of Initiation.
Initiation is common to all humans – we welcome people at every stage of their lives: from birth to death.
This prayer was adapted from one which does not name God as the source of our being….now it uses words, actions and symbols to make clear that this is what we believe!
God of my life;
today, tomorrow and always…
Seek truth with courage,
Bring healing through your Spirit,
Cultivate respect, patience and kindness,
Meet responsibilities with creativity and perseverance,
Guide me so that I…
Stop to know your presence,
Make time to speak to you,
Listen to you whispering to me,
RE displays Autumn 2017
Topic: KS1 and KS2 Beginning with the Church
Topic EYFS: Beginnings