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Prayer Spaces 2017
Our upper room was transformed into a number of prayer spaces. Fifteen children from each class went up to explore a range of Christian values and also find out about the events of Holy week. The children loved the awe and wonder of the room and the feelings that it brought out. Please have a look at the photos and read what the children had to say about the experience.
PEACE IS FLOWING LIKE A RIVER
On Saturday 28th January, our choir children sang at the Echo Arena at a 'Peace Proms' concert. We sang with thousands of other children from 71 schools around the North West of England and were accompanied by the Cross Border Orchestra for Ireland. The orchestra was established in 1995 as a peace initiative. The Peace Proms concert was a musical and cultural celebration and provided a unique platform for our children to showcase their talent, while promoting peace, unity and tolerance through music. The children sang many songs which included, 'We are one', 'Disney medley', 'Annie medley', 'Heal the World', and 'Pop medley'.
The children were wonderful ambassadors for our school and really enjoyed listening to a wide range of orchestral music, soloists and watching dancers too.
I would like to thank all the parents and Mrs Kirsty Cooper for their invaluable help on the day. You can see our choir singing and dancing if you go to You tube and type in Peace Proms 2017.
USPG is a Christian charity which is over 300 years old. They work with the church all over the world to help children and their families to get a good education and live healthy lives. They also work with the church to provide help in emergencies, speak out when people are treated unfairly, and to know more about God's love for us all.
St Cuthbert's Church had a wonderful photograph exhibition of pictures from the charity and Year 4 children went over to the church to look at all the photos. The children worked really well in groups and thought about key questions:
What is happening in the photo?
Who does this for you?
How does the photo show God's love?
We will be supporting this charity on 5th October for our Harvest service. On this day, children should wear the colours of the Sri Lankan flag-green, orange, yellow, red.
Prayer Spaces Project
During Holy week, our upper room was transformed into a number of prayer spaces. The children loved exploring the Christian Values of Hope, Friendship, Love, Trust and Forgiveness.
Here is what the children said:
"It helped me to say sorry and get things off my chest" Ruby Foreman
"The room with the lights helped me to get closer to God." Erin McGee
"The room helped me to pray in a quiet space." Olivia Cook
"The room made me feel like I was closer to Jesus." Ellis Carlton
"I didn't know everything, so I liked writing questions down to see if God knows." Matthew Simmons
Remembrance Day Service
Brighten up this Harvest
We raised money for the charity Cafod. We spent the day dancing with Monique and raised nearly £600 for children who are not as lucky as us.
What are the needs of a child?
This year we worked hard to prepare a beautiful service. Here you can see the choir rehearsing, dancers, actors, orchestra and children in reception getting ready for our special celebration of our school.
Holy Week Collective Worship
The Last Supper
On Wednesday 1st April the whole school gathered together to reflect on the events of Holy week.
Mr Williams had already talked about Palm Sunday when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a humble donkey.
We began our special service by singing 'From Heaven you came' The children sang their hearts out, particularly in the chorus.
Then the children in Miss Hall's class read from the bible and acted out 'The Last Supper' We watched Jesus speak to the disciples and witnessed Judas sneak out to betray Jesus.
During the meal Jesus took some bread in his hands. He blessed the bread and broke it. Then He gave it to his disciples and said,
"Take this. It is my body."
Next we watched Jesus take the cup of wine. He said,
"Drink it!" So they all drank some. Then he said, "This is my blood, which is poured out for many people." We watched the disciples sing a hymn and go out to the Mount of Olives.
We all watched the soldiers make fun of Jesus. When the soldiers had finished teasing Jesus, they led him off to be nailed to the cross. Simon from Cyrene happened to be coming in from a farm, and they forced him to carry Jesus' cross. They nailed Jesus to a cross with two criminals on either side. One of the criminals said he was sorry for his sins and Jesus promised that he would go to paradise. About midday the sky turned dark and stayed that way until around three o'clock. Jesus shouted out and then died. At once the curtain in the temple tore in two from top to bottom. A Roman army officer was standing in front of Jesus. When the officer saw how Jesus died, he said, "This man really was the Son of God!"
The Empty Tomb
After the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene took some spices to put on Jesus' body. When she got to the garden she found that the stone had been rolled away. She found an angel inside the tomb who told her that God had raised Jesus to life and He wasn't here. A little while later, as Mary was sobbing in the garden, Jesus appeared beside Mary and spoke to her.
Epiphany is the celebration of the wise men's visit to the baby Jesus. The kings took 3 gifts to Jesus:
Gold is a gift for a king. It recognised that Jesus was a great king, the king of the world.
Frankincense is a special kind of fragrance that was used by a priest.
Myrrh was a sweet-smelling liquid that was rubbed gently into the skin of someone who had died. It indicated that Jesus' death would be important.
Did you know that the word 'epiphany' comes from a Greek word which means 'making known'. The birth of Jesus was the beginning of God making known who Jesus is and God's plan for the world.
We enjoyed talking to Reverend Alastair during our special service and we loved watching the Year 4 children act out the bible passage.
Time for Reflection
'What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man, I would do my part.
Yet what I can I give him-give my heart.'
Think about these words. What do they mean to you?
God of Wonder,
Help us to have as much faith
as the wise men
who left their homes and travelled a long way to find Jesus.
Lead us down the right paths
as we follow your star
and help us to recognise Jesus
in the people that we meet
as we travel through life. Amen.
House Captains Represent Emmaus at our Cathedrals
Our House Captains were invited to a special celebration at both of our Cathedrals on Thursday following the outstanding grading's given by the Catholic and Anglican Dioceses inspection this year.
We were one of only three schools invited to attend this day which commenced at the Metropolitan Cathedral where we were met by Bishop Tom Williams. We were delighted to have a tour of the chapels of the Cathedral and Beau and Sean even managed to have a little tinkle on the magnificent organ!
We then walked along Hope Street, a symbol of how our two cathedrals come together, to our final destination of the Anglican Cathedral were we were met by members of the cathedral staff.
We again enjoyed a tour of this wonderful building before enjoying lunch together.
What an honour it was to be a part of this lovely day.
The children were a credit to their families and fantastic ambassadors for Emmaus School.
Reception Welcome Service
Our new Reception children shared a very special ‘welcome celebration’ with their families on Tuesday. Officially welcoming the children to our school, Father Kenny and Rev Alastair said prayers as they blessed the children and Year 4 talked about our school’s core values and all the important symbols that make Emmaus special. A member of each child’s family then lit a candle to represent the light of Jesus that will guide the children as they begin their journey at Emmaus. The children themselves participated in the celebration by singing songs about their special friend Jesus and were very proud to show their families how much they have already grown up since starting school.
Many thanks to all our Reception families for attending the service and supporting the children to settle in so well during their first half-term in full-time school.
Clergy Visit to Year 6
Thank you to Rev. Alastair and Father Kenny who came to visit Year 6 this week. The children had some insightful and thoughtful questions to ask about why and how our two members of the clergy had chosen their vocations. Both men gave such honest and thoughtful responses and we are really grateful for their help on our R.E. topic of vocations.
Harvest Festival 2014
A huge 'Thank You' for your amazing generosity for our Harvest Festival appeal this year. The ladies from Food Bank were absolutely overwhelmed by the amount we collected. Also, thank you to Father Kenny for coming into school to lead our Harvest Festival Service for the whole school
Year 1 Celebrate a Baptism at St. Cuthbert's
As part of their RE topic 'Baptism' the Year 1 children visited St. Cuthbert's to watch and take part in a Baptism with Alastair. They learnt all about the different artefacts used in a Baptism and how special it is to belong to the church.
We began exploring our current theme of ‘Thankfulness’ by joining Mrs Dennison in Collective Worship.
We listened to Mrs Dennison talk to us about how important it is to say ‘thank you’ to different people every day. We thought about things we could say thank you for today.
Year 2 helped Mrs Dennison tell the Bible story of Jesus healing lots of sick people, but only one of them returned to say thank you to Jesus. We thought about how this would have made us feel if we were Jesus.
We learnt a song ‘Thank You God for this new day’ and said prayers to say thank you to God. At the end of our Worship time, Mrs Dennison gave every class a ‘thank you’ card and told us to take it back to our worship table and decide who we could give it to.
Our Mission Banners can be see in our school hall. The artist worked alongside our House Captains and Vice Captains to produce two beautiful banners that encompass our Christian mission at Emmaus. Within them you will also find our four key Christian values: Love, Friendship, Trust and Hope.