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Start of term mass - 22.09.2022

All Hallows students lead Liturgy

In preparation for the transition from Year 2 to Year 3, our feeder school, All Hallows lead a liturgy based on facing new challenges and how these new  beginnings can be difficult to embrace but it can be the start of some great opportunities and adventures. Lauren, Charlie and Grace offered up bidding prayers asking God to help the children to be courageous as they move from the Infants to the Juniors. Anna and Jessica were brilliant at helping out too! They did a great job planning and carrying out the liturgy and our children really appreciated their efforts and kind considerations. 

Year 6 Leavers' Mass

Our last Mass of the year was outside and for the first time in a long time, we had our whole Catholic family together to celebrate the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, whilst saying goodbye to our beloved Year 6s and staff who were leaving.  Fr Anthony led a beautiful mass and blessed all the leavers with holy water. The Y6 children were also presented with a leather-bound prayer book.  We will miss them and wish them luck with their future sucesses.

Yr3 Corpus Christi Procession

To celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi we processed around our local area, sprinkling rose petals and singing ‘Oh Sacrament Most Holy.’  Afterwards Fr Anthony led the children in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  This was helping the children to understand one of our rich Catholic traditions, whilst also ensuring that the children know how important it is to evangelise and be a witness to our faith. The children were able to bear witness to their faith whilst showing them the importance of evangelisation.  

Yr 5 & 6 Corpus Christi Procession and Mass - 16.06.2022

The Feast of Corpus Christi is such a joyful ocassion, we used the opportunity to process to our local church, St. Joseph's.  Year 5 & 6 made beautiful banners so that residents along the way to church would know what we were doing and why we were doing it.  The children learnt the importance of evangalisation whilst showing that they were bearing witness to our faith.  Mass was led by Fr Anthony and Deacon Kim and it was a delight to be able to celebrate mass in our affiliated church.

Spiritual Garden Revamp

t was hot. It was a mess! However, to the rescue came children from our feeder school, All Hallows. They cleaned the wood and painted everything in sight. They were a tremendous help and on hand was our Director, Mrs McLaren! Good job people!

Annual School Mass

For the Annual Schools' Mass, we went to the mother church, St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth.  Some children brought gifts for Bishop Philip who thoroughly enjoyed meeting the children.  He led an inspring mass about the importance of symbols and how we can recognise them in our faith.  Afterwords, Deacon Craig led us in a tour around the Cathedral which celebrated its 140th year this year.  Our RE Director, Mrs McLaren, helped out by looking after the children and ensuring that we had a wonderful day.  Later, we ate icecreams in the park!

Marian Procession

In the month of May, we remember Our Lady and the special sacrifice that she did for us. To commemorate this and celebrate this, we went on a Marian Procession so that our local residents would remember why this month is very important to Our Lady as we remember her and the gift of the Rosary.  The children enjoyed this procession as one of our rich Catholic traditions as they offered up their intentions by saying the Rosary.

Bible Exhibition

Some pupils from Year 5 were lucky to go and view a Bible exhibition in Aldershot.  It was based on the first five books of the Bible and the children got to learn quite a lot about the Jewish faith.  They enjoyed their time learning about another faith that is so closely related to our faith.

An audience with Fr Anthony

After Early Years children received their ashes on Ash Wednesday, Fr. Anthony stayed to chat to the children about who he is, what his job is and why they got their ashes on their foreheads in the shape of a cross.  He then went on to explain why the cross is so important in our faith and why we bless ourselves in this shape. Fr. Anthony explained to the children that by blessing ourselves we are clothing ourselves in Jesus’ love. It was wonderful that the youngest of our children had this opportunity to ask Fr. Anthony any question they wished whilst they were learning about the basics of our rich traditions. All involved had a wonderful time! 

Holy Communion Celebration

Lots of children in Years 3 and 4 made their Holy Communion across many parishes. However we celebrated it by having a special assembly and giving the children candle holders that they decorated and blessed St. Joseph’s key rings. 

Ash Wednesday 2022

To prepare our souls for the season of Lent, Fr Anthony came to school and burnt the blessed Palm Crosses that we would be putting on our head to mark Ash Wednesday.  The children enjoyed learning about where the ashes come from.  The following day, the children were led in a special liturgy to mark the start of Lent and receive the crosses on their forehead.  Even the babies in pre-school got ashes on their forehead.  This is an important way that we evangelise and bear witness to our faith.

Spiritual Life

The atmosphere within ‘The Well’ is of a sacred space, often with sacred music playing softly and it is in this atmosphere that the children come to learn about our Catholic faith, the Liturgical Year of the Church, God’s Word and the people of God.  They listen to stories about Jesus’ life, His ministry and His teachings, they explore and discuss stories about His miracles, and of the greatest commandment he left us with, ‘Love one another as I have loved you’. 

Our School Chaplain is Deacon Craig Aburn.

Tour of The Abbey in Farnborough that holds the national shrine of St. Joseph. Abbot Cuthbert greeted us and led us on the tour. Edmund Adamus from the Portsmouth Diocese joined us on this memorable day. Deacon Craig let a candle and placed it on the altar for the intentions of all the boys, girls and staff of St. Joseph.

Updated September 2022.

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