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)
All children and adults who make up our school community have placed a pebble in our bowl. This represents how we are all part of the one community and, with God's guidance, we can work together side by side to help build up God's Kingdom here on earth. We want to truly live up to our mission of 'treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves.'
"You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it." [1 Corinthians 27]
STATEMENTS TO LIVE BY 2018
This year we are introducing a new 'ethos statement' each week. They are intended to help the children and adults too, think about who we are, what we believe and what we hope to become.
It is hoped that they will nurture a sense of what it is to be fully human and alive as children and adults sharing in this Christian community.
WELCOME MASS 2018
To mark the start of our new school year, we gathered together for our Welcome Mass to offer God thanks for the blessings that marked our school holidays and asked the Lord’s continuing blessing on the new school year.
We welcome all our new pupils, parents and staff and hope they settle in quickly, make new friends and enjoy their time here.
“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me." (Matthew 10:40)
Our Mini Vinnies lead assemblies for the school on our Harvest Project this year. Thank you to everyone for your generosity and kind donations. The local Foodbank were once again very grateful and overwhelmed by the contributions from Christ the King.
"The one who reaps the harvest is being paid and gathers the crops for eternal life." (John 4:36)
ADVENT ALMSGIVING 2018
The Rotary Club have also thanked us for the shoe boxes they collected from us. Many children who would not have received any presents this Christmas will do thanks to your generosity.
"Acts of kindness and charity are as lasting as eternity." (Sirach 40:17)
CHRISTMAS CAROLS 2018
Our Choir have been very busy this half term. They sang for the Mondrians in our parish and helped spread a little Christmas cheer. Their behaviour, as always, was exemplary.
"Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God." (Luke 2:13)
CHRISTMAS PRODUCTIONS 2018
Our children have surpassed all our expectations again with the wonderful talent and enthusiasm that went into each of our Christmas Performances. Amongst all the hustle and bustle they really have reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas. Well done everyone!
CHRISTMAS MASS 2018
We gathered together in Church with Fr David and celebrated Mass together. We remembered the significance of the great feast we have been preparing for during the season of Advent. Fr David quizzed us on our knowledge of the events of the Nativity and where they could be found in the Bible - we impressed him with our knowledge! On behalf of everyone at Christ the King, we would like to wish you a very happy and holy Christmas.
"You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12)
BEETLE DRIVE 2019
Members of our Parish Community were invited to our annual Beetle Drive. A great afternoon was had by both young and old and credit must go to the Mini Vinnies for providing the refreshments, setting up, tidying away and being great company. We have received many letters of thanks from those who attended. Well done!
FAITH DAYS AND ART EXHIBITION 2019
This year, we came off timetable for two days to think about the importance of Big Questions and the Lord's Prayer. Each classed explored the prayer in many different ways and were called to respond to their learning through art. This work was then displayed in our first Christ the King Art Exhibition that was a tremendous success and very well attended. The children's hard work, understanding and enthusiasm has to be commended. Well done everyone!
ASH WEDNESDAY 2019
Today we gathered together as a community to mark the beginning of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and remind us that life passes away on earth. We remember this when we are told “Remember, man is dust, and unto dust you shall return.” Ashes are a symbol of penance and contrition but they also remind us that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him. We are called to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.
What can you do this Lent to prepare for Easter? How can you help those in need? Can you try and pray a little more each day? Can you give something up in order to help others? Perhaps you could receive the sacrament of reconciliation? Whatever it is that you decide to do this Lent, remember that God is with you always and you can ask Him for help when you are finding it hard.
"Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return." [Genesis 3:19]
FIRST RECONCILIATION 2019
Following on from our successful parent and child preparation sessions, 56 of our children received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time after a thoughtful and reflective liturgy about the importance of God's love and mercy. The children's behaviour and understanding has been fantastic and as a community we are very proud of them. Thank you to the parents and members of the Parish who helped the children prepare for such a special Sacrament.
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." [John 10:11]
SCHOOL BANNER 2019
Before Christmas, the banner ladies from our parish came into school to talk to all the children about the banners they have been involved in making for church. They spoke about the work that goes into preparing the banners and all the different processes involved. Then they invited any children who wanted to be involved to help them make a banner for school. Over the weeks that followed, many children from across all the classes met the ladies during lunch times to discuss what they wanted on their banner and why. Then they drew lots of different designs and talked about the materials, colours and positioning they wanted before actually getting on to make them. After a lot of hard work from all involved, the banner is finished and the ladies came back to present it to the school. We had a special assebly and thanked the ladies for all their hard work. If you want to see our banner then it is hanging in our school entrance hall waiting for our first opportunity to use it. We are sure that everyone will agree, it really represents the values we uphold here at Christ the King.
This Lent children were asked to bring in items for Care Packages to support our 40 items for 40 days of Lent challenge. As always the children surpassed expectations and an amazing amount of items were brought in and distributed by Forum Housing to those in need. Thank you for your continued support.
"Since you have plenty at this time, it is only fair that you should help those who are in need." [2 Corinthians 8:13-14]
HOLY WEEK 2019
We have shared some very thoughtful and reflective liturgies this Holy Week and they have allowed us all to think about the true meaning and significance of Easter. Each day we focused on a different aspect of the Easter Story over in Church and then we participated in different prayer stations thinking about how we can speak to God in many different ways.
We hope that you all have a happy and holy Easter.
TRAVELLING ROSARIES 2019
May is a special time when we remember Mary our Mother. Many Catholics around the world join in the special prayer of the rosary. The rosary is a devotion in honour of the Mother of God. It's made up of decades which recall our Lord's life, passion and glory. As our fingers move around the beads we think carefully about the words we have been listening to. This year, the Mini Vinnies have put together some travelling rosary bags that can be taken home to allow parents and children to spend some time together praying to Mary.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019
Our Year 3 celebrated their First Holy Communion in May and entered into a new and special relationship with God. They did their families, school and parish proud. They looked magnificent and were exceptionally well behaved and respectful during all the celebrations. We gathered as a school at the end of term with a lovely Mass led by the children in thanksgiving of this important ocassion in their lives.
THE YEAR OF HOLINESS 2019
Bishop Mark has invited us to think about how we can all join the path of holiness. We launched our exploration of holiness with a whole school assembly earlier this month and we also started to think about the saints who are our role models; supporting us and encouraging us on our faith journeys.The saints help us to serve God better by giving us a good example of how ordinary people can serve Him and have great faith. God has given us many, many saints to help us. Having their help and example doesn't mean that we don't go to Jesus directly. The saints just want to point us to Jesus. They want to show us God's love. We don’t worship the saints they are just special heavenly friends who encourage us and cheer us on. We think of them as being holy and, if we live like them, we can be holy too. Everyone who goes to Heaven is really a saint. We are called to be saints – this doesn’t just mean that we are all called to be well known, we can be holy and saintly by doing our best to live for God, by obeying our parents, by loving and obeying God and doing our best to stay close to him. We are all finding out about different saints, why they are holy and what they are remembered for. We are even investigating the saints that we are named after.
Year 5 children entered the Diocesan art competition on what they think it means to be holy and we look forward to seeing if any of them have been successful.