Catholic Life of the School
Here at Christ the King we believe our children really ‘treat others how they wish to be treated themselves.’ Our faith permeates all we do and we strive to follow Jesus’ example in our work and play.
The Catholic Church provides schools to:
- Assist in its mission of making Christ known to all people.
- Assist parents, who are the primary educators of their children, in the education and religious formation of their children.
- Be at the service of the local Church – the diocese, the parish and the Christian home.
- Be ‘a service to society.’
At Christ the King this is what we strive to achieve.
“The school is committed to providing a high quality Catholic education that enables children to achieve a feeling of self-worth and identity.” (Section 48 Report 2015)
ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/20
THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION – MAY 2020
Usually, we would have shared Mass together to mark this special feast day. Instead, we completed tasks on Seesaw to remind us about the importance of Jesus going back to be with His Father in Heaven. We also remembered all our loved ones in Heaven at this time and look forward to sharing in the celebration of Mass together again very soon.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK – MAY 2020
As a Catholic school, we are contiually trying to live as Jesus taught us to. Through our values and His example, we want to grow ever closer to Jesus day by day. This week, we particularly want to think about the values of kindness and compassion and how we can help others. We have been finding lots of ways to show these values both at home and in our local community.
THE MONTH OF MARY OUR MOTHER – MAY 2020
As part of the their home learning tasks, children across school were asked to complete various tasks on Mary during May. Many children chose to learn about the Rosary, set up their own focal points to Mary, write and say prayers, draw pictures or say the Rosary with their families. We may not be together physically, but we know that we are united in our prayers to Mary.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – MAY 2020
Usually, May is a month of celebrations for our Year 3 children. As they are unable to make their Sacraments at the moment, we set them a little challenge to see which of the CTK staff they recognised in the pictures below.
BEATITUDES DURING A PANDEMIC – APRIL 2020
The Key Worker children in school have put together this beautiful display to help us think about those who are blessed at this time. All children who come into school over the coming weeks will be able to add their own prayers to our display.
MRS PROCTER'S CHALLENGES – APRIL 2020
Each week during the school closures, Mrs Procter has been sending both our parents and pupils messages of support and encouragement which have really kept us going. One of the things she asked us to do was to share some examples of our home worship during Holy Week.
METHODIST AND UNITED REFORM CHURCHES – MARCH 2020
This Lent, the children in Year 4 and Year 5 were due to visit the local Methodist and United Reform Churches for some Easter Trails and reflect on the Easter Story. Unfortunately, both had to be cancelled but our friends sent the children palm crosses to take home instead. Thank you. We will be back next year!
PRAYERS FOR THE WORLD DURING A NATIONAL PANDEMIC – MARCH 2020
In our classes, we offered prayers for all those affected by the Corona Virus. We prayed for all school children and those who work for the NHS. We all came to school in bright colours in exchange for an item of tinned or packet food which we gave to the local foodbank. Thank you to everyone for your efforts.
FIRST RECONCILIATION SESSION 1 – MARCH 2020
What a fantastic turn out for our first session. Unfortunately, due to building work on church, we had to postpone our usual treasure hunt but both children and parents enjoyed taking part in their art work about reconciliation.
WORLD BOOK DAY – MARCH 2020
A little later than everyone else due to lots of classes being out on school trips, however we finally got around to holding our World Book Day. We had lots of fun activities to promote reading but during her assembly, Mrs Procter gave the children some clues about her favourite book. They soon guessed it was the Bible. She talked about how it was so important, especially during the Year of the Word. All year groups turned their classroom doors into famous book covers. I wonder who could find this special door…
FS1 KINDNESS – MARCH 2020
Our Little Acorns have been doing lots of work thinking about being kind. They have been finding ways of being kind around the classroom, to the environment as well as each other. Some of the children then decided to make their own kindness bands and wrote words on like kind / sharing / peace before wearing them with pride.
THE ANGELUS – MARCH 2020
After Bishop Mark’s Pastoral letter at the weekend, we have decided to have a re-launch of the Angelus each Wednesday lunch time. When we are feeling confident, children are going to take part in leading their classes in this very special prayer.
LENTEN PROJECT – MARCH 2020
We introduced our Lenten Project supporting the work of the children’s Catholic Society. We talked about the important work that they do and how it is our vocation to help light up the way for others following in Jesus’ footsteps. We are going to be discussing in class different things we can do to raise money for others this Lent.
YEAR 6 BIBLE EXHIBITION WORKSHOP – FEBRUARY 2020
We have had our final visit from the Bible Exhibition team for this year. They came in to work with children from Year 6 and, once again, were incredibly impressed by the children’s behaviour and participation. Children were able to build on their prior knowledge and learn some new facts about the Bible too.
ASH WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 2020
Due to on-going building work over at church, we decided to hold a whole school liturgy in the hall to mark the beginning of Lent. Father Tom and another parishioner came in to distribute ashes and our Year 6 children led us in readings, reflections and hymns. Our FS1 and FS2 held special assemblies in their class bases and Father Tom went in to give them ashes too.
This half term, we enter the season of Lent. During our Acts of Worship, we will be coming to the end of our readings from Matthew’s Gospel and move on to looking at the Stations of the Cross. Everyone in school wrote a Lenten promise which we have added to our whole school displays.
FAITH IN ACTION REFLECTION POINT – FEBRUARY 2020
Four members of the Diocesan Youth Team came in to work with 29 of our Year 6 children who are participating in the Faith in Action Award Scheme. They carried out activities about the Beatitudes and even had a go at creating some of their own. They finished with a beautiful liturgy celebrating all of their work.
FATHER TOM SPEAKS TO YEAR 3 ABOUT RECONCILIATION – FEBRUARY 2020
After Mass, Father Tom came in to talk to the Year 3 children about the importance of Reconciliation and to find out all that they had been learning about in class. He was very impressed with their knowledge and links with Bible passages. He reminded them that sin is not just doing things wrong but also not doing things that we know we should do. They are all going to try hard to remember this over the coming weeks as they prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
PRAYER SPONSOR MASS – FEBRUARY 2020
We had a special Mass for our Prayer Sponsors and families. Father Tom talked about the importance of prayer and how we should take time out to speak to God each day. We presented our prayer sponsors with special prayer cards for them to remember us when they are praying for us over the coming months.
NSPCC NUMBER DAY – FEBRUARY 2020
Once again, we have all come together to support such a worthwhile charity as well as promoting the importance of numbers as a whole. We know that the NSPCC do tremendous work to help children and we brought in money to support them helping others just like Jesus calls us all to do.
RE CURRICULUM AFTERNOON – JANUARY 2020
Parents, grandparents and carers were welcomed into school to look at the children’s work in RE. It was a great opportunity for the children to share their learning with their parents through their books, displays and collective worship books. Thank you to all those who came and supported us.
YEAR 4 BIBLE EXHIBITION WORKSHOP – JANUARY 2020
Today was time for children from Year 4 to welcome our friends from Bromborough Gospel Hall. We really enjoyed it and learnt lots of facts about the Bible.
MINI VINNIES RECRUITMENT – JANUARY 2020
This week, our current Year 6 Mini Vinnies put together a powerpoint presentation and visited our Year 5 classes to speak to them about becoming Mini Vinnies. Hopefully, we will have lots of new recruits very soon.
ST JOHN HOSPICE THANK YOU – JANUARY 2020
John Bear visited us once again to say a huge thank you for our generous fundraising. As a school we raised an AMAZING £2,518. This money will go a long way and help many families who need help and support at a difficult time. Once again, our Christ the King family has really shown that they care for others and show love and compassion as Jesus wants us to.
ENROLMENT MASS – JANUARY 2020
Forty-nine of our children joined the Parish Mass and led the readings and offertory. During the Mass, the children and parents took part in a short enrolment service. Parishioners were asked to keep the children in their prayers over the coming months and the children were presented with a wooden cross to wear each time they come to Mass.
FAITH LEADERS / MINI VINNIES – JANUARY 2020
As one group we have discussed ideas for a new kindness initiative to set up at Christ the King. We are going to hold a school competition for ideas and then bid for a grant to help us.
YEAR OF THE WORD LAUNCH ASSEMBLY – JANUARY 2020
Mrs Procter introduced us to the Year of the Word that Pope Francis has asked us all to follow. We learnt lots of interesting facts about the Bible and recognise that the Sacred Scriptures are very important to us and can guide us in all parts of our lives. We were also introduced to St Matthew. We are going to be focussing on his Gospel throughout the next few months.
WELCOME TO NEW STAFF – JANUARY 2020
Four new members of staff added their pebbles to our school jar. We are sure they will be made to feel very welcome and we are all going to try our best to look after them and make them feel at home.
YEAR OF THE WORD BOOK DISPLAY – JANUARY 2020
We designed our own book spines this week to go on our Hall display. We are looking forward to finding out more about this special Year of the Word next week.
YEAR 5 BIBLE EXHIBITION WORKSHOP – JANUARY 2020
We welcomed our friends from Bromborough Gospel Hall to work with children from Year 5 about our sacred scriptures. Everyone had a great time and learnt lots as part of our work on the Year of the Word.
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION PARENTS’ MEETING – JANUARY 2020
Many of our Year 3 parents joined us for a preliminary meeting about the Sacramental Preparation Programme for 2020. The turn out was great and we are looking forward to working with the children, parents and parish on this special stage of the children’s faith journeys.
EPIPHANY MASS - JANUARY 2020
We started our new year off by joining together to celebrate Mass with our parish family. We were reminded to keep God at the centre of all we do.
ADVENT WREATH - DECEMBER 2019
Today we lit the final candle on our Advent Wreath and ended the year with a beautiful and reflective Act of Worship to remember how Jesus came into the world to overcome all the darkness.
FAITH LEADERS PRAYER SESSION 2 - DECEMBER 2019
Our Faith Leaders from Year 4 and Year 6 led a morning prayer session before school on the theme of gifts. Again, this group planned and organised it themselves. It was very well attended by children from both key stages.
END OF TERM CHRISTMAS MASS - DECEMBER 2019
We ended the term with a lovely and reflective Eucharist. Children in Year 2 led our service with readings and prayers whilst everyone enjoyed singing our Christmas Carols. Father Tom reminded us that the best gift we ae ever given and can give, is that of love. We presented our staff leavers with cards and gifts from all the children – we will miss them and wish them well.
CONCERT FOT THE MONDANIANS - DECEMBER 2019
Today our choir and brass band entertained our parish group of Mondanians. The event was enjoyed by all.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH AND PARTIES - DECEMBER 2019
We have been having fun celebrating Christmas together as a school community.
MASS OF THANKSGIVING - DECEMBER 2019
Tonight, we celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for the work of Cathy Small, Eileen Kelly and Sinead McMahon. We were joined by past staff, governors, friends and parishioners to wish them well and thank them for their years of commitment to Christ the King. Afterwards, we celebrated back at school with refreshments.
RUDOLPH RUN - DECEMBER 2019
On this cold but dry Monday morning, we all put on our antlers and red noses to take place in our sponsored run. Everyone took part and tried their best in order to raise money for a very special cause. We look forward to seeing how much money we can collect as part of our Advent fundraising.
FAITH LEADERS PRAYER SESSION 1 - DECEMBER 2019
Our Faith Leaders from Year 3 and Year 5 led a morning prayer session before school on the theme of trust. They planned and organised it themselves and spoke to other children about attending. It was a beautiful start to our day and the children did a great job.
CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES - DECEMBER 2019
Throughout the month of December, we have enjoyed learning about the story of Christmas. FS1, FS2 and KS1 enjoyed putting on their nativity plays and KS2 held a beautiful and reflective Carol Concert for families, governors and parishioners. Our Choir and Brass Band also put on Christmas concerts and parents who attended enjoyed mince pies and Christmas treats.
We really are remembering why we have this special time of year.
YEAR 2 ATTENDED PARISH MASS - DECEMBER 2019
Year 2 joined the Parish Mass over at Church. They took items that they had collected for the Food Bank. They were commended on their behaviour and how sensible they were.
DECK THE HALLS/ADVENT DISPLAYS - DECEMBER 2019
his year, all the children designed their own candles to add to our Advent display. The theme is Jesus comes into the world to overcome the darkness. During Advent, we watch the lights grow brighter on our wreath as we get closer to celebrating Christmas. We have also been very busy creating Christmas decorations to put up in school. The Arts Council and Eco Council were concerned about how we look after God’s world and wanted us to use recycled materials and kitchen roll tubes to make our school look bright and colourful.
YEAR 2 VISIT TO METHODIST CHURCH
Year 2 walked round to the Methodist Church on Allport Lane. They met all the characters of the Christmas story with some children from other local schools.
ADVENT PRAYER BAGS - DECEMBER 2019
Our Faith Leaders helped put together some prayer bags for our Foundation and Key Stage 1 children to take home over Advent. They were given the opportunity to share the Christmas Story with their families and say some prayers for those people who are not as fortunate as us at this time of year.
RUDOLPH RUN ASSEMBLY - NOVEMBER 2019
We welcomed speakers from St John’s Hospice in to talk to us about their work and the difference that they can make to the lives of so many. We were touched by their story and are eager to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause which is particularly close to our hearts this year.
FATHER TOM LEADS OUR KEY STAGE ACTS OF WORSHIP - NOVEMBER 2019
Father Tom came in to lead our Acts of Worship for both key stages. He talked to the children about the miracle of Jesus walking on water.
FATHER TOM HELPING YEAR 2 WITH THEIR RE TOPIC - NOVEMBER 2019
Father Tom was really impressed with Year 2’s knowledge and understanding of the Holy Trinity. It is a really difficult thing to understand and the language and vocabulary was outstanding. He reminded them to think of a shamrock leaf so they know there are three ways of thinking about God but only on God.
THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING - NOVEMBER 2019
As the Feast of Christ the King always falls on a Sunday, we took the opportunity once again, to spend time together as a school to reflect on the importance of this special day and what it means to us as a school. Year 5 led us in the readings and prayers and our new school banner was blessed by Father Tom. All the children received a special pencil to mark the day and enjoyed an extra play to celebrate.
FS1 STAY AND PRAY - NOVEMBER 2019
As part of their RE work on ‘Family’ FS1 developed the theme to include their new Christ the King family. Their parents and carers were invited to ‘stay and pray’ with them at the start of each day. Thank you to all those who came and supported them. They also celebrated our school feast day with a dress up day and thought about Jesus our king.
YEAR 5 ATTENDED PARISH MASS - NOVEMBER 2019
Year 5 joined the Parish Mass over at Church. They took items that they had collected for the Food Bank. They were commended on their behaviour and how sensible they were.
ANTI-BULLYING WEEK - NOVEMBER 2019
Inspired by our school mission statement – ‘Treat others as you would like to treat others’ we recognise that bullying is not how we should behave if we want to live like Jesus. Well done to children from our school council who talked to us all about how to help those who are lonely, care for our friends and reminded us that it is ok to be different. We all wore odd socks today to emphasise this point.
CTK FAITH LEADERS - NOVEMBER 2019
Our newly formed group of Faith Leaders from Key Stage 2 met for the first time to discuss future ideas for their role. Their first task was to organise a competition for all children to design a logo for the parish council to use in Church. They spoke to members of their classes and are looking forward to judging all the designs in a couple of weeks.
REMEMBRANCE DAY - NOVEMBER 2019
Today we remembered those who have bravely fought and died in wars. We also remembered all those whose lives were affected in any way. During our Worship, Flossie played the Last Post and the school quietly remembered. Our Year 6s have been selling Poppy merchandise for the British Legion over the last few weeks and were well supported.
MINI VINNIES COMISSIONING - NOVEMBER 2019
It was long overdue, but twelve of our Mini Vinnies were finally commissioned. They led a short service beautifully and were praised by members of the parish SVP for the fantastic work that they do. Well done Mini Vinnies.
THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS - NOVEMBER 2019
During the month of November, we have held Acts of Worships in our classes where we have remembered all our loved ones who have died. The children added their prayers to our Entrance Hall display – we will pray for all those known to us during the coming weeks. We also remember those who have no one to pray for them.
MIRACLES - AUTUMN 2 2019
Building on from our work on parables last half term, this half term we have been focussing on miracles and what they teach us about Jesus. We are reminded of God’s power in our own lives today and how we can help others like Jesus did.
HARVEST CELEBRATIONS - OCTOBER 2019
Year 4 led Years 1 to 6 in a beautiful Harvest Mass. The Mini Vinnies had organised a collection of goods for the local Foodbank and each child brought their offerings and placed them on the altar. After Mass, the goods were gathered and taken to the Foodbank by helpful parishioners.
Foundation Stage 1 and 2 classes held a lovely Harvest celebration in the Hall, thanking God for all He has given us and reminding us to share what we have with those in need.
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING - OCTOBER 2019
Our Head Prefects organised a superb cake sale. All children and staff contirubuted and enjoyed partaking in something sweet as well as raising a fantastic £336 for such a worthwhile cause. Thanks to everyone who helped out.
PEBBLES WELCOMING LITURGY - OCTOBER 2019
FS2 held a lovely and inspiring liturgy that was well attended by both parents and grandparents. The youngest children of our school certainly did everyone proud with their beautiful singing and fantastic behaviour. We received some lovely feedback on Tapestry and the children know that they belong to a loving and supportive community.
THE MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY AND TRAVELLING BAGS - OCTOBER 2019
During October, we have been praying the rosary in classes regularly. The younger children focused on praying to Mary using the special words of the Hail Mary. Older children prayed decades thinking about the different mysteries of the rosary. Each class also had two sets of Rosary Bags to take home. They were invited to either pray a decade of the rosary with their families or say a Hail Mary.
Pope Francis reaffirmed the importance of praying the holy rosary when he tweeted; “Whenever we look to Mary, we come to believe once again in the revolutionary nature of love and tenderness.”