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St Bernadette Catholic Primary School

Catholic Life

Common Good

 

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” 

Matthew 22:37-40

 

Our School Mission Statement, "Learning with Christ as our guide", has implications for all of us that go beyond our school environment.  We recognise that each one of our pupils exist as part of society. Every individual has a duty to share in promoting the welfare of the community and a right to benefit from that welfare. This applies at every level: local, national and international.

 

We are continually and actively looking for ways to support social justice and peace. This is achieved in two ways. Through our curriculum with a focus on Christian living we look at inspirational people to understand our faith in action and our responsibility to serve others near and far. Through our children’s missionary groups; chaplaincy team, eco warriors and Minnie Vinnies we engage and galvanise our community to support others both near and far in practical ways. We are delighted and proud to support many charitable organisations: CAFOD, Catholic Children’s Society, Food Bank, Children in need, Mary’s Meals.

 

 'In Catholic Education, we are challenged by Christ 'to see his presence in our neighbour, especially the neighbour who suffers or who lacks what is essential to human flourishing.'  That is why the poor and disadvantage - in financial, social, academic or spiritual terms - must be our primary concern, so that they can live their lives to the full.'

 

The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium (Congregation for Catholic Education 1997)‚Äč

The Common Good

Our Faith in Action

 

December 2019

 

Year of the Word

Miss Hart led a special assembly explaining to children the significance of the Year of the word and how we are looking to scripture to be inspired by Christ.

Carol concert at St Bernadette church

We celebrated the Christmas season with another fantastic carol concert in the Church. Our choir has nearly 100 members ranging from Year 4 to Year 6.

Making contact with the vulnerable in our community

Year groups across the school made special cards and wrote letters to vulnerable members of our community. These were delivered to our local convent and nursing homes

Nativity assembly

Our nativity assembly helped to recreate the Christmas story with prayers and readings.

End of Term Mass

Term ended with a Mass in Church, focusing on the importance of preparing for the coming of Jesus

 

November 2019

Remembrance Day

As a community we gathered together for an assembly to learn and remember about the importance of Remembrance Day. At 11.00 o’clock children gathered in classes around the school to pray, to sing, to listen to the firing of canons and to pay their respects to those who have served to keep us safe.

Minnie Vinnies raise money for Children in need

Our Minnie Vinnie leaders organised a bring and buy sale and raised lots of money for children in need

Eco warriors launch – single plastic campaign

Our Eco Warriors are trying to stop the use of single plastic water bottles in school. They wrote to families asking them to purchase a reusable water bottle for their child. They are continuing to monitor the impact.

October 2019

Harvest celebration

Mrs Weatherby delivered a special assembly on Harvest to the children. Our families donated lots of items for Hillingdon Food bank

All Saints Day Mass

The whole school gathered in the church to celebrate All Saints Day. Fr. Matthew talked about St. Therese of Lisieux in his sermon

 

September 2019

Start of year Mass

We celebrated Mass in the Church, led by children from across the school. This was to celebrate the start of the new school year.

 

Deanery Mass

The staff attended Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Michael in Uxbridge with the staff of the other schools within the Deanery. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Nicholas Schofield.

Christian living topics

All classes have begun their ‘Christian Living’ topics, learning all about why we believe it is important to ‘Serve others’. Each class is looking at examples of people who have dedicated their lives to service, for example looking at St Francis of Assisi in Year One and Eric Liddell in Year Five.

 

July 2019

Open air Mass

We had a Mass in our school playground celebrated by Father Matthew and Father Nicholas to celebrate Miss Simpson working at our school for 25 years

Be a ZERO HERO!

The whole school enjoyed participating in Cafod’s Zero hero’ campaign, inspired by Pope Francis’ letter to us: Laudato Si. We learnt about the importance of reducing plastic waste and each class took part in activities to think about how we can reduce the impact we are having on our environment. For example, Year 4 filmed speeches urging fast food companies such as MacDonald’s to stop including plastic toys in their Happy Meals.

Miss Hart travels to Cambodia

Year Four learnt all about the importance of every child having access to education. They focused in particular on Cambodia, where Miss Hart was volunteering for a charity over the summer holidays to train teachers.

End of year Mass

We celebrated Mass for the end of the school year, led by children in Year 6. Each child was presented with a Bible to remind them of the spiritual journey they have been on during their time at St Bernadette school.

June 2019

Westminster Diocese Mass to celebrate Catholic schools work on the Eucharist

Miss Hart was delighted to take 6 children to Westminster Cathedral to join in the Diocesan Mass celebrating the year of work on the most Holy Eucharist. We were proud to see our scrapbook from Hillingdon containing our Adoremus being presented as part of the service.

Corpus Christi Mass

The whole school gathered in Church for a Mass for Corpus Christi

May 2019

Year 5 go on retreat

Children from year 5 went on a retreat to the SPEC in Pinner. They participated in a range of spiritual and team building activities in small group and as a large group

 

 April 2019

Family homework – what does the Eucharist mean to you?

Our Easter, families were set a special homework as part of our work on Adoremus. They were asked to produce a piece of homework which answered: ‘What does the Eucharist mean to me?’ The entries from our families were absolutely incredible and we were delighted to be able to show them off in an exhibition in our school hall.

Lent 2019

Donating to the Hillingdon Food bank

As part of their Christian Living topic on ‘Rights and responsibilities’ the children in Year Two collected items to donate to the Hillingdon food bank. They learned all about why we believe every child has the right to have enough food to eat.

Alms giving

As part of our focus on almsgiving during Lent, each family collected spare change to raise money the Catholic children’s society

Adoration of the Eucharist

Father Nicholas, our Dean came to join us for a special liturgy where the whole school participated in Benediction.

February 2019

Bishop John Wilson came to visit St. Bernadette. He talked to all the children about the power of prayer and using prayer to connect to Christ. Our year 6 prefects interviewed Bishop John on what it was like to be a Bishop for Pope Francis.

December 2018

Carol singing at the local hospital

Members of our Choir were invited to support Hillingdon hospital by singing carols to visitors

Carol concert at St Bernadette church

We celebrated the Christmas season with an incredible carol concert in the Church. Our choir has nearly 100 members ranging from Year 4 to Year 6.

Making contact with the vulnerable in our community

Year groups across the school made special cards and wrote letters to vulnerable members of our community, such as the elderly and people in hospital. 

Year Four collected items for a Reverse Advent Calendar, where for each day of Advent, they thought about how they could support vulnerable people in our community. A group of children then visited Pendle Court, where they gave them a Christmas hamper and shared carols together.

Runway assembly

Our Runway assembly helped to recreate the Christmas story with prayers and readings.

End of Term Mass

Term ended with a Mass in Church, focusing on the importance of preparing for the coming of Jesus.

 

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