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Pentecost Sunday: 19th May 2024  

Message from Fr. Keith

This is a very exciting time of year for us in the Church, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which we celebrate this year on May 19. It’s even more exciting for us in St. Mary of the Angels this year because thirty of our young people will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit two days before the Feast of Pentecost in the Sacrament of Confirmation. When the Holy Spirit came on the twelve Apostles the first Pentecost, he filled them with courage and joy in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus’ Resurrection openly and boldly even in the face of persecution which at times was extreme. When he comes upon our young people in the Sacrament of Confirmation, we pray that they will receive the same joy and courage in living and proclaiming the teaching of Jesus. But remember! – we already have the Holy Spirit through our baptism and the presence of the risen Jesus in Holy Communion, so let us ask him to help us live our faith joyfully even when we have to face troubles of all kinds.

Change4Life: Parental Workshop (Nursery, Reception and Year 1)
School closure: Thursday 2nd May

The Mayor of London Elections are taking place on Thursday 2nd May and St. Mary of the Angels Will be used as a polling station. The school will be closed to all pupils on Thursday 2nd May.

St. George, Martyr, Patron of England: Whole School Mass 

On Tuesday 23rd April, we were delighted that children and staff from Reception to 6 were able to attend Mass to celebrate the memorial of St. George, Martyr, Patron of England. Please see the message below from Fr. Keith.

Message from Fr. Keith

This week we had the great joy of celebrating the Feast of St. George with our school community. St. George is, of course, the patron saint of England, and also of several other countries, even though he himself probably lived in what is now Israel / Palestine. Everyone knows the story of him fighting the dragon, even if they only know it from the many pub signs on which it figures! Actually, we know very little about his life, except that he was a soldier and was martyred about 300 years after Christ. Catholics often ask the saints to pray for us, and what we ask them to pray for depends on what they were famous for, so we can ask St. George to help us fight bravely in the struggle between good and evil and not to be afraid to give everything for Jesus. We can also ask him to pray for our country always to defend the weak from those who oppress them.

We look forward joining parishioners on Thursday 9th April at St. Mary of the Angels Church at 11am to celebrate The Ascension of the Lord. Parents and carers are most welcome to join us.

Caritas Ambassador

We are also delighted to say that on Tuesday 23rd April, our Caritas Ambassadors were presented with their Caritas Ambassador badges by Sister Silvana Dallanegra from Caritas Westminster, in recognition of all their work relating to Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Caritas Ambassadors is a programme for both primary and secondary schools created by Caritas Westminster. It aims to equip pupils with a strong understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and how we can put it into action in our daily lives. As a group, we are thinking about social issues in our local community and what we can do to make a difference. Please keep an eye out for more exciting initiatives-coming soon!

Caritas Ambassador

On behalf of the Caritas Ambassadors, we would like to say a huge thank you to the pupils of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School for all their fundraising efforts last term and for their very kind donations towards our chosen Lenten Appeals for 2024: Catholic Children’s Society (CCS), Marie Curie- The Great Daffodil Appeal and the Children’s Book Project. Please see the messages of thanks that the school has received due to your kindness and generosity.

We thank you so much for your fantastic fundraising efforts. Just a quick note to say that your donation of £183 has been received and processed. I have posted a letter of acknowledgement for your records and a thank you certificate to your school. Thank you again for your kind support of Marie Curie during the Great Daffodil Appeal! Thanks to the efforts of St. Mary of the Angels, more people will have access to our health care and support service.

Community Fundraiser, Marie Curie

Thank you so much to you and your lovely school for your amazing fundraising efforts. My colleague Marie collected another donation from your school today taking your lent donation to a total of £635.35! Thanks again to you, all the staff and all pupils for all your kind efforts in raising this money. We are grateful for your support, and we will ensure it reaches the children and families that need it the most. We will of course follow up with a proper letter of thanks and a certificate for your school.

Catholic Children's Society (Westminster)

Year 5 Herons trip to Lord's Cricket Ground

On Friday 19th April,  Year 5 went to Lord's cricket ground for their School Engagement day. Despite the weather, the children still got to tour the grounds, engage in cricket-based activities and visit the museum. Hopefully next time they will be able to watch some cricket too!

Year 5 Herons trip to the National Army Museum

Year 5 also were treated to a visit to the National Army Museum on Monday 22nd April to take part in the Trinity College Arts Award. This consisted of; visiting the war museum and discovering the artefacts, creative writing in groups and an afternoon of painting.

Year 6 Swans Prayer Service: Friday 19th April

On Friday 19th April the Year 6 Swans class held their prayer service for parents and family. The children shone as they lead us in prayer and worship based on our current topic 'Pentecost'. They shared how the fruits of the Holy Spirit can be lived out in their own lives, and reflected on a special person in their family who shows this in everyday life. Parents and family joined in the final hymn of 'Shine Jesus Shine'. Thank you for a lovely service Year 6.

The Great Daffodil Appeal 2024

On Friday 22nd March pupils and staff were encouraged to wear something yellow along with their school uniform in return for a small donation to show their support for the Great Daffodil Appeal 2024. I’m please to inform you that collectively we raised £178 for this wonderful cause. Thank you for supporting your child in fundraising for Marie Curie and the Great Daffodil Appeal. 

Catholic Children’s Society Lenten Appeal

At the beginning of Lent, each child was given a purple money box from the Catholic Children’s Society. Boxes were due to the school office by Monday 15th April, but if you have not yet returned it please do so ASAP. Thank you for your support!

Book Fair

Thank you all for visiting our Book Fair, which was held in our school hall in the week beginning 11th March. Research shows that children are five times more likely to finish a book if they have chosen it themselves. Every book bought raised funds for the school to spend on new books. We are thrilled to tell you that we raised an amazing £465.52, which we will use to buy new books for our class libraries.

Journey to the Cross

Thank you to the Herons (Year 5) who began our journey with Jesus to the Cross on Tuesday 26th March with a very special Palm Sunday Assembly. Herons retold the story of Jesus' triumphant ride into Jerusalem travelling on a donkey, which showed that He is a friend of the poor and that He came in peace. Thank you Herons for a wonderful assembly. The following day, Swans (Year 6)retold the story of The Last Supper. Through confident narration, acting and song, the children led all gathered through the events of Holy Week with great reverence. A huge thank you to our Upper Key Stage 2 pupils and staff for leading us so beautifully on our journey to the foot of the cross which concluded with the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross is a form of prayer used traditionally in Lent with each of the fourteen stations retelling part of Jesus’ Passion – His suffering and death. However, the Stations of the Cross are more than the retelling of Jesus’ Passion story: they are a prayerful participation in the event that lies at the heart of Christianity – Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. The children, as always, showed great reverence throughout this moving and solemn ceremony and we pass on our thanks to Miss Hulands, Miss O’Brien, Miss Cox, Miss Smaller and our Year 6 Pupil Chaplaincy Team (Beatrice, Justin James, Kyla and Julia) who read so beautifully and also to our wonderful school choir who lead us in worshipful song. A special thanks to Fr. Keith who joined us for our Holy Week assemblies. Thank you also to Mrs Murphy, Mrs Rastelli and Mrs Fahss who helped set up a Prayer Room for the children to go and pray the Stations of the Cross this week.

Year 3 and Year 4 Boys Football: Friday 22nd March

On Friday 22nd March ten boys from Kestrel’s and Swallows class were selected to represent the school at the Westminster’s Year 3 And 4’s Boy’s Football Competition at Paddington Rec. Mr Drury and Mrs Murphy reported that our pupils played fairly, consistently and skilfully. This was the first ever football competition for some of the team so well done!

Wigmore Hall Key Stage 1: Friday 22nd March

On Friday 22nd March, KS1 were invited to take a dive down into the deep blue sea for an aquatic musical adventure at Wigmore Hall. This underwater extravaganza was brought to life by the Lawson Piano trio, presenter Jessie Maryone Davies and the students themselves. The children sang sea shanties and were even involved in the creation of a stormy piece of music. It was an incredible, interactive experience which truly inspired a love of music and storytelling. Here are some quotes from our Year 2 Pupils:

‘I really enjoyed when we were making the thunder music.' - Chace

'I liked when we did the amazing sea shanties.' - Eliud

'I liked when we were clapping.' - Olivia-Rose

Message from Fr. Keith 

We are now looking forward to the most important week in the Church’s calendar, Holy Week, which this year begins on Sunday 24 March. We are reviving the pre-COVID tradition of starting our Palm Sunday morning Mass at the school, followed by a procession to the Church. And you may be interested to know that this year the clocks go forward one hour on Easter Sunday itself, that is 31 March. We have to begin the Easter Vigil the day before when it is already dark, so that means we can begin earlier this year at 7.30pm. The other main services are Holy Thursday, 28 March at 8pm, when following the example of Jesus at the Last Supper, Fr. Keith will wash the feet of twelve parishioners, and Good Friday, 29 March, when we do not have Mass but instead a solemn service at 3pm. We also have Stations of the Cross for children and families at 11am on Good Friday. We look forward to seeing you at some or all of our Holy Week services!

Lent is a movable feast, occurring between February and April. The 40 days of Lent, echo Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Ash Wednesday is often seen as a time to clean the soul and mind ready for Lent. 

During Lent, Christians devote more time to prayer, charity, and sacrifice as they prepare for the greatest feast in the Church year, Easter – when Jesus rose from the dead.

As Lent is a time of giving, we ask that you donate what you can to this great cause. Each family will receive one box per family and we ask that all boxes are returned to the school office after the Easter Holidays on Monday 15th April. This wonderful charity helps vulnerable children and their families all over the Westminster Diocese. If you would like to know more about our chose Lenten Appeal for 2024, then please click here.

The second charity that the children have chosen to support is, The Great Daffodil Appeal.

On Friday 22nd March pupils and staff may wear something yellow along with their school uniform in return for a small donation to show their support for the Great Daffodil Appeal 2024. More information to follow

Year of Prayer 2024

In preparation for the 2025 Jubilee Year ‘Pilgrims of Hope’, 2024 has been designated a Year of Prayer. The Holy Father has asked that 2024 be year of prayer, as a preparatory year for the Jubilee with a special focus on - The Our Father.

The Pope has asked everyone to pray for Christian unity and for peace throughout the world. During this year, as well as praying for unity and peace, each class will learn more about the Our Father that Jesus taught his disciples and pray it often as a class or as a whole school.

It would be a lovely opportunity for families to come together and pray it at home. The Lord’s Prayer offers us a great opportunity to go back to the basics of prayer.

International Woman’s Day Assembly: Monday 11th March

On Monday 11th March  Miss Hampshire from QPR's Primary Stars Programme led us in a special whole school assembly all about International Woman’s Day, which is celebrated annually on the 8th March. Miss Hampshire spoke to our pupils about gender equality in the world of football. Together we discussed our hopes, dreams and aspirations and looked at how far women have come in football and in society. We looked at some of the amazing female football players who play for QPR and listened to their stories and celebrated their successes. Thank you to Miss Hampshire for delivering such an awe-inspiring assembly and for presenting our girls with a new football kit which our Year 3 and 4 girls wore when they competed in Westminster School Girls Football Competition at Paddington Rec. Well done team! 

Online Safety Workshop

Date of workshop: Tuesday 19th March

Time: 9:00-10:00

Location: School Hall

At the workshop, you will have the chance to find out some of the services that your children might be accessing and contributing to online now and in the future, and be shown some practical ideas and website resources to help you to keep your family safe.

 

The workshop will be run by Mary Rebelo who is an Online Safety Ambassador for CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency) part of the Online Safety subcommittee for the safeguarding board of the London Borough of Camden, and a Parentzone Digital Parenting Facilitator.

 

The school would encourage as many parents as possible to attend the workshop as we know it will contain a lot of invaluable information on this important area.

Click to Download Online Safety Letter to Parents [pdf 174KB] Click to Download
World Book Day 2024

St. Mary of the Angels will celebrate World Book Day by having a Book Character Parade on Thursday 7th March. All staff and children are invited to dress up as a character from their favourite book. Remember to bring your book along for the parade!

To further encourage our love of stories and books, we will be also be running an exciting ‘Book in a Box’ competition. Children are invited to think about how a favourite book could be represented in a simple box. Please make sure that your ‘Book in a Box’ competition entries are clearly labelled with the book that is being represented, your child’s full name and year group.

All entries must be in school on the morning of Friday 8th March for judging. Winners for both the ‘Book in a Box’ and our annual book costume parade will be announced at our Key Stage Assemblies the following week

Book Fair 2024

Monday 11th: Foundation Stage (Ducklings & Robins) 3.25pm – 3.50pm

Location: Robins/ Reception classroom

 

Tuesday 12th: Key Stage 1 (Goldfinches, Hummingbirds & Kingfishers) 8.30am – 8.55am

Location: School Hall

 

Wednesday 13th: Lower Key Stage 2 (Kestrels & Swallows) 8.30am – 8.55am

Location: School Hall

 

Thursday 14th: Upper Key Stage 2 (Herons & Swans) 8.30am – 8.55am

Location: School Hall

 

So please come along and have a look! Don’t forget to check out your teacher’s ‘Wish List’ and donate a book to your child’s class if you can.

My Voice Matters: CMHW 2024 

Schools around the UK are continuing to shine a light on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year's theme is ‘My Voice Matters’ and we want to empower children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to work together to create a positive change for their mental health and wellbeing. Children who feel that their voices are heard and can make a difference have a greater sense of community and self-esteem. 

There are also lots of resources available on Place2Be’s on the Children’s Mental Health Week website which you can access by clicking here

Dress to Express Day: Friday 9th February 

To mark the end of Children’s Mental Health Week, we held a Dress to Express Day and together we raised £141.58. The idea was simple – we asked our pupils to use colour to express themselves by wearing a colourful outfit to celebrate what makes them unique.  

Thank you, to everyone who participated in our Dress to Express Day in order to shine a light on children’s mental health. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated. All funds raised will go to the Catholic Children’s Society who provide a counselling service in our school and many others across London.

Year 5 and Year 6 visit to Wigmore Hall: Thursday 8th February 2024
 

Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, staff and accompanying parents were treated to a special concert for schools at Wigmore Hall on Thursday 8th February entitled Selense – Let’s Merry and Dance. The children were led on a musical tour around Africa visiting different countries and learning about their stories and their sounds. 

The musicians performed songs on various instruments and in the styles from countries such as Morocco, Malia and Nigeria. It was a truly wonderful showcase for the talented musicians and performers. 

Key Stage 1 at The Diana Memorial Playground: Tuesday 6th February 2024

To celebrate the end of their Pirates! topic, Key Stage 1 went on an adventure of their own by visiting the Diana Memorial Park to explore the pirate ship playground. Everyone had fun climbing aboard the pirate ship and looking for land ahoy!  Thank you to all the staff and parents who made the day possible.

The children came home with lots of sand in their shoes but no buried treasure sadly! We look forward to welcoming parents and carers in to the exhibition of the wonderful pirate ship models the children have made and reading their pirate theme poems on Thursday 8th February. 

Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 6th February 2024