The Religious Life of Our School
The Church’s liturgical calendar is followed and pupils are instructed for Reconciliation (their first confession) and First Holy Communion in Year 3. Active support of parents and their full co-operation is of invaluable assistance to the parish and the school in the preparation of their children before they make these sacraments.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from religious education. It must be understood that religious education takes place in all curriculum areas and that the catholic values and beliefs are expressed throughout the day in everything we teach the children.
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Catholic Life at St. Wulstan’s
The Catholic life of St. Wulstan’s is rich in opportunities for children to encounter God and to deepen their relationship with Him as a loving, compassionate Father. Below, we aim to share with you and celebrate many of the elements which make our Catholic school so special. Here you will find information and that we have been up to as we work together with our families, the Parish and the school work together in supporting the development of our children’s faith.
Every Monday, we welcome Father Farrell into our school. He spends time in each class on a rota basis (socially distancing) and talks and works with the children on their current R.E. topic. The children and staff look forward to his weekly visit. It is especially important during these unusual and challenging times that we stop and pray and take the opportunity to spend time with God. We aren’t yet able to take the children to monthly Mass but collective worship takes place daily allowing the children to become closer to God through prayer.
This year our Harvest Assembly was led by Year 3/4. We thought about those in the world who are less fortunate than us and how we could help them. We learnt about how festival of the harvest came about. After the assembly, a collection of food gathered from our school's families and staff members was taken to the Great Harwood Foodbank to give back to our community. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our collection.
Remembrance Day - Lest We Forget
We held a special assembly on Monday 11th November and observed a 2 minute silence and we recognised the service and sacrifice of past and present generations. Children spent the day remembering all those who have died in wars. Thank you for your very generous donations in the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. We collected £292.35 – an amazing total and the best school total in Great Harwood. Without your help and support, the Royal British Legion would be unable to continue their vital welfare and benevolent work.
CAFOD and Bob, are regular visitors to St. Wulstan's. Bob has worked with all the children on Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si', and looking closely at how it is everyone's responsibility on the planet to care for our common home. All Key Stage Classes wrote action plans, detailing how they could reduce water wastage, pollution and recycle. We know very clearly that we can all be superheroes if we use the superpowers in our fingers to help look after the world! We have collected lots of Eco Bricks and have two eco-benches on the top playground and we are busy collecting even more so we can make some bedding boxes to grow our own fruit and vegetables. We will soon be starting work with Bob on Climate Change.
Anti Bullying Week 2019
Anti Bullying Week 2019 took place from 11th-15th November with the theme 'Change Starts With Us' being looked at very closely by all the children.
Our older pupils looked cyber bullying and everyone designed posters, read stories, wore odd socks, made friendships bracelets and friendship hands and some classes have made their own unique biscuits. All classes made a giant odd sock which were displayed in the Hall to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness.
All our children have been taught that bullying is a choice and that we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other and that we all need to choose to respect each other, both face to face and online.
Christmas at St. Wulstan's
Year 1 and Year 2 children put together their Nativity - Whoops a Daisy Angel, and Reception stared in their Nativity - Nursery Rhyme Nativity which they shared with the rest of the children in the school and completed two performances for parents - a great job done by everyone!
We enjoyed some exceptional assemblies and performances and the children really got across the Christmas message and had a lot of fun doing so. The acting and singing talents were on show across the school were very special to watch – our children were wonderful! The school choir was out in force over the Christmas period, singing at Dukes Brow, sheltered accommodation, along with singing at the Great Harwood Christmas Lights Switch On. They have worked very hard and their singing brought a tear to many an eye. Reception joined the community at Bank Mill for a Christmas party.
We held our Christmas Craft Workshop to which all parents/carers/grandparents were invited. We had a range of Christmas Crafts produced which included tree decorations, stockings, calendars, snowmen and much more. Thank you for coming along.
Lancashire Day 2019
On Thursday 28th November, our Junior Leadership Team were invited to attend Churchfield House to celebrate Lancashire Day, a day when Lancastrians are reminded of their history – a history that stretches back to the original and still existing boundaries of the county. The Civic Society organised the Town Crier to perform the Lancashire Cry, which was cried by Town Criers at the same time throughout Lancashire. The children were at the House to listen to the cry, and then asked questions of the Mayor, Mayoress and Town Crier about the history of our great county. Travis, Dominic, Isla and Grace represented the school extremely well.
Look who we received a letter from!
Miss Hadfield worked with Year 5/6 looking at vocations and calls to the priesthood. Father Farrell was interviewed regarding his calling and the children were fascinated by his life experiences. Who better to write to though than the Holy Father...
World Religions - The Jewish Faith
In Spring 1, all the children were busy learning about the Jewish faith increasing their cultural awareness of other religious practices and faiths.
ST WULSTAN'S DAY
Sunday 19th January is the feast day of St. Wulstan. St. Wulstan was born in 1008 in Warwickshire. He studied at the abbeys of Evesham and Peterborough, received ordination, and joined the Benedictines at Worcester. He also served as treasurer of the church at Worcester, was Prior of the monastery, and finally was named Bishop of Worcester in 1062. After overcoming initial doubts about his ability to hold the office of bishop, he demonstrated such skill after the Norman Conquest that he was the lone Bishop to be kept in his post by William the Conqueror (r. l066-l087). For the next three decades, Wulstan rebuilt his cathedral, cared for the poor, and struggled to alleviate the harsh decrees of the Normans upon the vanquished Saxons. He was canonized in 1203 and is the patron saint of vegetarians and dieters! On Monday 20th January, we had a special day, St. Wulstan’s Day, in school as we found out all about him and other significant saints. The day ended with a whole school liturgy which members of our Parish family attended and a birthday cake for everyone!
During the Spring term, all classes take part in a Grandparents' Liturgy to which their grandparents are invited into school so that the children can show and tell them how much they appreciate everything that they do for them. Prayers of thanks are offered, readings are said and special gifts are shared.
The God Who Speaks: The Year of the Word
30th Sept 2019 - 31st Dec 2020
Celebrating, Living and Sharing God's word
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have designated 2020 as 'The God Who Speaks': A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini - Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin.
Mass dates for this term are as follows:
Ash Wednesday Mass will be celebrated by the whole school on the 26th February at 9:30am Mass.
Whole school Mass is the 2nd Friday of every month at 2pm.
4th March - Year 5/6 and Reception
11th March - Year 4/5
18th March - Year 3/4
25th March - Year 2
1st April - Year 1
*These may be subject to change so please keep an eye on the website and the school newsletter*