SPIRITUAL LIFE - Our School

St Margaret Ward Catholic Primary School is a place where the Spirit of Christ lives. All children are welcomed and each one nurtured in a union of support between school and parish. We celebrate the uniqueness of the individual and believe each child is created in the image and likeness of God.

We are a family who love, believe and achieve together.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to all the children who made their First Holy Communion recently.  With members of their families leading the prayers, the children could focus on the importance of the day. Their singing was excellent and enjoyed by everyone. Their special day is one they remember. One child said, "I wish I could do that all over again."  

Crowning of Our Lady's Statue

May is traditionally the month when we especially pray to and honour Our Lady and so on Tuesday 1st May, we held a special service in the hall to celebrate together as a school family. The service was led by children in Year 5 who shared a Bible story and prayers about Mary. It was moving to see all the children sign as well as sing the Hail Mary (special thanks to Year 1 children). Each child was asked to bring a flower which they carried in procession and as the children sang hymns, our school statue of Our Lady was crowned with flowers by two of our Year 3 children who will shortly be making their First Communion. We thanked Mary for all she does for us and asked her to continue to guide and bless us.

 

Easter Production

Our Easter Reflection this year took place on Tuesday 27th March and once again, it was a very moving and spiritual experience for all present. The Reflection was a re enactment of the events of Holy Week leading up to the joyful story of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Well done to the actors and readers from Year 4 who moved everyone with their emotional performance and to all the Key Stage 2 children for their wonderful singing.

Fundraising during Lent

This year, the children in the school council decided to hold an 'own clothes day' and talent show in aid of CAFOD. The children in year 5 and 6 sang, danced, played instruments and told jokes, to name just a few of the acts that took part. The rest of the school enjoyed watching the talented children.

Our school council children also sold Creme Egg knitted chicks for £1 in aid of Francis House, raising over £200.

Year 3 and Year 6 attend the Marist Centre

Our Year 3 and Year 6 children visited the Marist Centre in Spring One 2018. The focus for Year 3 was Reconciliation and for Year 6 Moving On and during these days of reflection, the children enthusiastically embraced all aspects of the programme. Kali in Year 6 said, "My favourite part of the day was doing the role play, as we got to dress up in funny costumes and work together as a team." 

First Forgiveness

The children enrolled on the Sacramental Programme made their First Forgiveness in March. This Sacramental celebration was an opportunity to renew their spiritual relationship with God and reflect on their relationship with others. The presence of the parents, families and school community at the celebration showed the support of the wider Catholic community for the young people.

 

Year 6 and Reception Buddies Mass

The children in Year 6 and Reception joined together to celebrate the first mass of 2018. They asked for God's blessings on the school community during the coming term and the theme of the mass was Friendship. The children in Reception read brilliantly and appreciated the support of their buddies in Year 6. Not only was this a great opportunity to reflect spiritual values, but it also highlighted the importance of the Buddy System as a way of developing confidence and friendships between pupils.

Christmas Mass

The end of term was celebrated with a whole school mass when the school and parish community came together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Children from all classes led the readings and reflections and the singing was awesome.

KS2 Advent Service

The children in Year 5 led a beautiful Advent service for the rest of the school and parish community. Through their acting, they told the story of Christmas in a reverent and emotional way. The children in Years 3, 4 and 6 had the important job of leading the singing - this was done in an inspiring and joyous manner.

Advent Stations

Year 6 prepared Advent Stations for the children in Upper Key Stage 2. They worked hard as a team to consider how their station would contribute to the spiritual journey that their classmates were participating in during the season of Advent. The children in Year 5 and Year 6, as well as staff members, embraced this opportunity to reflect and pray during this special time.

Fundraising during Advent

The children, staff and wider school community responded wonderfully to our fundraising activities during the season of Advent. We raised enough money to feed eleven babies for a year in Sudan. After our Christmas Mass, eleven stars were placed on our Christmas tree by the children, representing each baby who had been helped. We also collected tins and food items which were then delivered to the Trafford Food bank for distribution to people in the Sale West area.

Harvest Collection

During our Harvest Assembly, we were reminded of all the good things that God gives us and how important it is to share with others who are not so fortunate. Thank you to everyone who responded to our appeal for tins and food items for Cornerstone, the Day Centre which provides clothes, meals and support to the homeless in Manchester.