CATHOLIC 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 is nurtured in a union of support between school, home and parish. Here are some of the many ways in which this special union is celebrated every year.
You can also go to our Catholic Life blog to see more of the wonderful events which take place in our school on a daily basis.
First Holy Communion
With members of their families leading the prayers, the children could focus on the importance of the First Holy Communion day. Their singing was excellent and enjoyed by everyone. Their special day is one they will always 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
Our Easter Reflection was once again a very moving and spiritual experience for all present. The Reflection was a
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
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.
Visiting the Marist Centre
Our children enjoy visiting the Marist Centre. 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. One Year 6 pupil 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." Year 4 and 5 pupil also visit the Marist Centre each year for a day's retreat.
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 Mass. They asked for God's blessings on the school community 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.
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. Later in Advent, the whole school and Parish community came together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Children from all classes led the reading and the singing was awesome.
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.
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,