Mass on the Grass
On Sunday 25th June, St Joseph’s held ‘Mass on the Grass’ for parishioners of St Joseph’s and our school community. It was a wonderful Mass, led by Fr Michael, which was enjoyed by all.
‘I liked the singing in the Mass’ (Year 3)
‘The Mass was fun and we got to play afterwards. I saw Mr Simmonds there. ‘Tega, Year 2)
Year 6 Clifton Mass
Year 6 attended Mass at Clifton Cathedral on Wednesday 14th June, to celebrate their time at Primary school, and look forward to their new start in September.
During the week beginning 5th June, the whole school participated in our multi faith week on Hinduism. During the week, each class focussed on a different aspect on Hinduism. Some of these included: Diwali, learning about Gandhi, learning and performing traditional dances, their worship, and Gods.
At the end of the week, we shared our learning with the rest of the school and our families.
The Chaplains have continued to run prayer club this term, and have just finished making a banner to display in school. Children from all years helped create and decorate the poster, which will be hung in the library.
Year 3 children have been helping with litter picking at break and lunch times, and have shown stewardship, by ensuring our school is litter free!
On Tuesday 16th May, Fr Alan came to say Mass for our school. Year 4 children helped Fr. Alan lead the Mass and Jake and Harry in Year 6 brought up the gifts during the Offertory.
”I really enjoyed Mas today and liked learning about what the priests do and why they do it. Fr Alan was really kind” (Indy, Year 5)
”I really liked Mass because I feel like Fr Alan explained it all really well and I understand more about the Mass (Ava, Year 5)
”I liked Mass because Fr Alan explained it all very well and he was very friendly. He was very fun, especially towards the end” (Matilda, Year 5)
Feast of St Joseph
On Tuesday 21st March, Fr Tom came and celebrated Mass with us for the Feast of St Joseph. The Year 5 children helped lead the Mass, and Fr Tom told us all about who St Joseph was, and what type of person he was.
We then celebrated in school with cake!
On 23rd February, we had Mass with Fr Tom Dubois, and is was all about Lent. Lent is all about preparing for Jesus’ death and Resurrection. Because Jesus was in the desert for 40 days, we try to fast or give something during Lent. (Year 4)
On the last day of term, the Teachers led a Christmas Reflection in the hall where we heard the Nativity story and remembered the true meaning of Christmas.
The Chaplains have been running Prayer Club over the last term, and having enjoyed organising a range of prayer activities from prayer painting, to prayer beads and prayer coasters.
All Saint and All Souls
This week in school, we celebrated All Saints and All Souls. Fr. Tom, from St George’s in Taunton, came in to say Mass and Year 6 children helped lead the service.
Multi Faith Week
During the week commencing 17th October, the whole school took part in Multi faith week, where we studied Judaism. Each class looked at a different aspect of Judaism such as place of worship, Shabbat, signs and symbols and the origins of Judaism. The chaplains then led a celebration assembly, which parents were invited to, and each class shared their learning with the rest of the school.
On Thursday 6th October, the school celebrated Harvest Festival. Each class showed us work they had produced for the assembly including vegetable printing for Hedgehogs, songs and poems from Year 2 and 3, and Year 5 shared their work all about bread.
In addition, we collected food for Bridgwater Food Bank, which is helping those in need in our local community. Thank you so much for all your donations. It is greatly appreciated.
On Thursday 7th July, we celebrated Mass with Fr. Frank in school and said goodbye to the Year 6’s, who will be leaving at the end of the term to go to Secondary school. The Mass was all about Jesus’ Commandment to love one another, and friendships.
Year 6 celebrated Mass at Clifton Cathedral on Wednesday 22 June.
On Sunday 3rd July, we welcomed the parishioners of St Joseph’s to our school to celebrate Mass with Fr. Frank. This gave parishioners to opportunity to see our school, and learn about our school values, and how we show God’s love in our lives at school.
Thank you to everyone that attended the Mass. It was an enjoyable day for all.
The Dunstan Catholic Educational Trust Mass
On Tuesday 1st March, St Joseph’s took part in an online Mass with the other schools in our newly established Trust. Father Frank led the Mass from St Joseph’s, Burnham, and some Year 6 children in our school helped lead the Mass.
Remembrance Day Mass
On Thursday 11th November, St Joseph’s had a school Mass in School with Fr. Frank. During the Mass we held a 2 minute silence and the Year 6 children helped organise and lead the Mass. The choir from Year 4 and 5 also sang the communion hymn.
On Friday 25 June, the Franciscan Sisters came to visit KS2. During this visit, they led an assembly. In the assembly, we learnt what it means to be a sister, their day-to-day life, and all about their clothing. We also learnt a few songs!
We were then able to ask some of our questions to the Sisters, to find out more about their life.
To celebrate the Year of St Joseph, the whole school helped to build a St Joseph Altar. Each class created something for the table which is associated with St Joseph. Each class has also written a Prayer to St Joseph to add to the Altar. Here is some of the work completed on the day and some examples of the Class prayers written.
Lent begins on Wednesday 17th February. This year, Mission Together have created a Lenten Calendar which has a question, activity or reflection for each day during Lent. This calendar is designed for classes and families to come together each day through prayer and reflection. Please see Lent CalendarCandlemas
St Joseph’s Chaplains have written their own prayers linked to the Celebration ‘Candlemas’. This is celebrated on 2nd February, 40 days after the birth of Jesus, where he was brought to the Temple to be presented to God.
The festival is called Candlemas because this was the day that all the Church’s candles for the year were blessed. On Candlemas night, many people place lighted candles in their windows at home. Candles are used in many religions as a symbol of faith and hope. They are used to remind us that, just like light, God is always present. They represent the soul and the beauty of life and candles are lit to show Gods and Goddesses into people’s homes.
Today we celebrate the feast of Candlemas.
Before Holy Mass our priests will bless our candles for the year ahead.
Let the burning flames of these candles be a reminder to us to live, learn and love in the light of Jesus.
Help us to let our light shine brightly, just as Jesus brought light and hope to our world.
We pray to you O Lord to keep the light of our faith shining.
Mia (Year 5)
Seal Class have written Advent Prayers.
Remembrance Day – 11th November 2020
Seal Class have written some prayers and poems after reflection upon Remembrance Sunday. We discussed the emotion and great pride and gratitude that we have for those men and women who gave their lives during many conflicts so that we can have the life we have today.