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  • St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
  • Alvechurch Road, West Heath, Birmingham
  • West Midlands, B31 3PN
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Catholic Life of our School

Live Broadcast of the Rosary with Archbishop Bernard Longley

We had a very special whole school gathering to share the Joyful Mysteries with Archbishop Bernard and the other Catholic Primary Schools in our Archdiocese. It was prayerful and reflective and children and staff listened again to the scripture sharing joyous occasions in the life of Jesus and Mary.

 

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Praying the Holy Rosary

Pupils in Year 1 to Year 6 have been given time and space daily to pray the Rosary in the school hall. Many pupils volunteered their own time to continue in prayer and dedicate special time to Our Lady.

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Prayer Garden

Pupils in Key Stage 2 have been using our prayer garden during the enrichment session on Friday afternoons. They have used bamboo along with their artistic skills to create some beautiful hanging prayers based on Psalm 72. Over the coming weeks these will be displayed in the prayer garden, do take a visit for a quiet moment of reflection before or after school if you can.

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Parish Afternoon Tea
This was a joyous occasion and a lovely opportunity to join together as a school and Parish community. The Mini Vinnies were superb and raised an amazing £450 for the India SVP project thanks to the generosity of those that visited, donated cakes or made donations through the school or Church. A huge hank you to you all!

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Year 3 Retreat Day
This was a truly joyous occasion celebrated in our Parish Centre this week. We were joined by year 3 pupils from St Brigid’s as they also prepare for their First Holy Communion. The day was led by Dan Callow and included opportunities for prayer, music and singing. The children were able to explore their faith further and share this with others. The children were a joy to be with and a real credit to our school.

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May Procession

The sun shone for our May procession in school this year! The children really enjoyed taking part and walking through our prayer garden and around our grounds whilst singing to Mary. Thank you to those families that donated flowers for scattering, it really did help to make the occasion even more special. Our Lady has been crowned in the prayer garden, do pop along to offer a prayer there.

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Vocations Week
We had a truly wonderful ‘Vocations’ week in school. The children engaged in some lovely activities and really considered what God is calling them to be. They’ve had visitors, workshops and presentations all finished off with a dressing up day. Such lovely thoughtful ideas from our children about their bright futures and how they can fulfil Gods wishes for them. Special thanks to all of our visitors for supporting the week and of course to the children who responded so thoughtfully.
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Stations Of The Cross- Key Stage 2

Deacon Pascal came and led Stations of the Cross for KS2 in church.  The children participated fully and with reverence.  It was inspiring to have Deacon Pascal lead us in music and prayer. 

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Stations of the Cross – Key Stage 1

The children in KS1 led Stations of the Cross.  They looked at the stations and chose one particular one they wanted to colour in.  They took it in turns to share their picture and talk about what was happening.  We took time to reflect on these last few moments of Jesus’ life on earth and the children led us in prayer to encourage us to think about our own lives. 

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Holy Week

Our children from the liturgy team led the school beautifully in a prayerful assembly about the events of Holy Week.  There was time for prayer, hymns, quiet reflection and scripture.  Well done to the children for being so reverent throughout. 

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Epiphany

The children have been learning about the Epiphany of our Lord. The Epiphany reveals to us that the birth of our Saviour unites people from all backgrounds.

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Christmas Carol Concert

At St John Fisher we have an extremely dedicated and talented choir who were invited to take part once again in the parish Christmas Carol Concert. What a truly wonderful gift to hear children sharing the good news through song and in doing so giving their time and talents to God.

Thank you to the children and well done you were fabulous!

Nativity and KS2 Christmas Liturgy

We were entertained and moved by our KS1 and KS2 versions of the Christmas story. Thanks you to the staff and children who helped to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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Sophia House Project

During Advent the children received a visit from Theresa Clements who works for Father Hudson’s. She was appealing for donations of toys to be given to a mother and baby who had recently arrived at a local centre for refugees.

As always our families were very generous and always ready to help those most in need. Thank you!

Advent Liturgy

Following on from our visit to St James’ Catholic Primary School the children from our own liturgy group planned, prepared and delivered Advent workshops for each class in KS2. They were focussing on the real meaning of this liturgical season.

The liturgy team led the children beautifully in scripture, prayer and song ready to celebrate Advent in the spirit of love, peace, joy and hope.

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Confirmation

On the 22nd November 2018, we were joined by Bishop Byrne to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation with the children from Year 6. It was a very reverent yet joyous occasion, the children were supported by Fr Cecil and staff from our school.

Thank you to our families for their support and guidance.

Remembrance Day

At St John Fisher we took the time to come together and remember the deceased from all the conflicts around the world. We held a special assembly to commemorate 100 years since Armistice, with a special guest Mr Andrews who is one of our Reception parents. He spoke to the children about being in the Royal Navy including his own experiences and allowed the children to try on his coat and hat. The children asked him some very interesting questions, we finished our assembly with a prayer and a two minute silence to remember all of those people who have lost their lives

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Quad Liturgy

At our school we value the importance of collaborative prayer and worship. St James’ Catholic Primary School in Rednal invited our Liturgy Team to take part in a “Peace Workshop” led by their liturgy leaders and Suzanne O’Malley the Three Parishes Coordinator. Some of our staff and children went along for what was an inspiring and reflective afternoon, which was spent thinking and praying for peace in our world.

Our liturgy leaders thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were inspired to prepare something similar for our children in our school.

Harvest Assembly

During October, our Liturgy Leaders led us in a special prayer and thanks, praising God for his marvellous creation.

Our children and their families continue their special impact by donating vast amounts of food and toiletries to St Chad’s Sanctuary; this is a special place for the homeless and refugees. The generosity of our families is a constant source of pride for our school. Thank you!

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Month of The Holy Rosary

At St John Fisher we have a great love for the Rosary and it is a central part of our weekly prayer life. During October we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and the children from our Rosary Group led the children in a special time of prayer. Saying the Rosary together as a school, we prayed particularly for the clergy and their vocations during this Year of Priests.

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Rosary Rally

The people of St John Fisher Parish took part in a Rosary Rally to pray for peace in Syria.  The children in school were led in decade of the Rosary to link with the parish through prayer. 

 

Prayer for Peace in Syria

God of Compassion,

hear the cries of the people of Syria.

Comfort those who suffer violence.

Console those who mourn the dead.

Give strength to Syria’s neighbouring countries to welcome the refugees.

Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms

and protect those who are committed to peace.

God of hope,

inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with their enemies.

Inflame the Universal Church with compassion for the people of Syria and give us hope for a future built on justice for all.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,

the Prince of Peace and Light of the world.

Amen

 

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Holy Month of May

Miss Musto led the children in praying the Holy Rosary during the Month of May.  We also took part in the parish Crowning of our Lady after Sunday morning Mass.  What a wonderful occasion – and we were so lucky with the weather too!

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Jo Boyce and Friends Mass

Our choir were very lucky to be part of our 3 parish partnership event with Jo Boyce and Friends.  The children sang beautifully and performed reverently and prayerfully.  Many thanks to the children for their wonderful efforts!

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Multi-Culture Week

During our multi-culture week in May, Year 6 visited a synagogue to find out all about the Jewish faith.  They had a fantastic time and found it extremely informative and interesting.

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Holy Week Assembly

Our Liturgy leaders led the children in a Holy Week assembly.  They renacted the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples and shared some prayers they had written.   Well done children for being so prayerful and reverent.

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