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.
"Christ the King Catholic Primary School is outstanding in promoting the Catholic Life of the school in which the Mission Statement - 'Treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself' - is truly lived out through the whole community. Pupils clearly benefit from belonging to this vibrant community of faith where they feel safe and happy and know that their voice is an integral part of the life of the school." (Denominational Inspection Report April 2022)
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/22
FS2 VISIT TO CHURCH - JUNE 2022
It was FS2’s turn to visit church this week. They learnt about these parts of the church: lectern, altar, pews, font, tabernacle, crucifix and paschal candle. They also learnt to make the sign of the cross with the holy water as they entered the church and to genuflect before they sat down. We really are lucky having our church in our school grounds as it makes getting there often so easy!
BEETLE DRIVE - JUNE 2022
A huge thank you to all of those who donated refreshments for our Beetle Drive this week. A great time was had by all. We are really enjoying being able to spend time with our parish family again.
*We have received a few thank you cards from parishioners saying how much they enjoyed it and how well behaved and polite the children were. Well done everyone!
CORPUS CHRISTI - JUNE 2022
This week we reflected on the Feast of Corpus Christi – The Body and Blood of Jesus.
The Gospel reading was about Jesus feeding of five thousand people with five loaves and two fishes. Jesus took a small offering and transformed it into something much greater. It is the same when we receive Jesus in Holy Communion. We give Jesus a small offering of bread and wine and He transforms it into something amazing. We may not understand exactly how Jesus changes the bread and wine into His body and blood (it is another of the great mysteries) but what we do know is that when we step forward to receive His body and blood Jesus becomes close to us in a very special way. It is the most precious gift that He could ever give us.
YEAR 6 CLASS MASS - JUNE 2022
This week, Fr Louis came into celebrate Mass with all of hte Year 6 children. The children led the readings and reflected on the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Fr Louis talked about how we always need Jesus in our lives and how hte children should remember this as they move onto their next schools.
PRAYER SPONSOR THANK YOU - JUNE 2022
Year 3 had an enjoyable afternoon on Wednesday. They got to meet their prayer sponsors, play Bingo and have an afternoon of fun. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers over the last few months. We really appreciated it. Thank you also to everyone who donated refreshments and raffle prizes.
HUMAN DIGNITY - JUNE 2022
This week, we have reflected upon one of the pillars of Catholic Social Teaching - respect for the dignity of the human person. As it says in Jeremiah: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you."
We believe every human person is made in the image and likeness of God. This is a gift that we all share as fellow human beings; we are all infinitely loved by our Creator. God is present in every human person, regardless of religion, culture, nationality, orientation or economic standing. Each one of us is unique and beautiful. We are called to treat every person and every creature with loving respect. Our scripture reading this week was the story of Jesus healing a man with Leprosy. We were reminded that Jesus was a great example of how we should treat others. He cared for the man and showed him gentleness even when others wanted nothing to do with him.
Over the year, we have been working on helping others feel a sense of dignity through anti-bullying week, food drives for the hungry, raising money for the sick, refugees and those in Ukraine, and those that needed clean water. Our Faith Leaders, Mini Vinnies and School Council members are also learning about older generations and the care they need. As always at Christ the King, we live out our mission statement to 'Treat others the way we would like to be treated ourselves.'
PENTECOST - JUNE 2022
Fr Louis led us in our whole school liturgical prayer this week. He spoke to us about the importance of the Holy Spirit coming into our lives at Pentecost and how the apostles changed. We too are asked to invite the Holy Spirit into our lives each day as we grow to be more and more like Jesus. Fr Louis reminded us that we are the future of the church.
JUBILEE - MAY 2022
As we gather together to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, we give thanks to God for her 70 years of service and leadership. We have celebrated the day with exciting games and activites as well as having ice creams from the vans that came to school, street parties (inside due to the weather) and finished with a 1950s danceathon. A great way to pay tribute to the queen for all she does.
ASCENSION - MAY 2022
We have been thinking about the Feast of the Ascension this week and how Jesus went back up to be with His father in Heaven. We recognise, as Christians, that by doing this Jesus opened a path for us to get to Heaven too. We have thought about how Jesus' friend must have been feeling when He left them and how they were waiting for Jesus to send the Holy Spirit to them.
YEAR 1 VISIT TO CHURCH - MAY 2022
Year 1 visited church and Deacon Tony talked to them about the meaning of different items. He allowed the children to walk around the church and ask questions about anything they saw. The children were very excited and asked interseting questions. They look forward to being in church more often.
PRAYER BAGS - MAY 2022
Some of our chlidren have been sharing pictures of themselves praying the rosary at home. It is lovely to see them sharing this special prayer with their families.
BECOME A CARE HOME FRIEND CHALLENGE - MAY 2022
Over the last three weeks, our Mini Vinnies, Faith Leaders and School Council have joined forces to think about intergenerational links. We have been increasing our awareness of different ages and generations as well as learning about care homes and the people that live and work in them. We hope to make or write something to share with a local care home. It has been interesting listening to the children's ideas and their creative ways to support people of different age groups. We look forward to sharing some more of our work and ideas withyou over the coming weeks.
PARISH CELEBRATION MASS - MAY 2022
Today we joined with our Parish family in celebration of our Holy Communion. Fr Louis reminded us of the importance of attending Mass and receiving the Sacraments often. We also enjoyed seeing our friends and speaking to parishioners and prayer sponosre after Mass in the Parish Hall. Thank you to everyone who has made this special time such a memorable occasion for us.
MAY PROCESSION AND COMMUNION CELEBRATIONS - MAY 2022
We had a lovely procession this morning. The heads and deputies led the procession with our banner, our Holy Communion children followed with the rest of the school in their blue and white as Mr McKenzie led the singing with his guitar. In the hall, Mary was crowned and the Year 4 children led us in readings and prayers. It was a lovely morning and we remembered the importance of Mary in such a special way. Year 3 continued the celebrations with a party out in the sunshine.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - MAY 2022
The sun shone brightly on our children today as they gathered together to celebrate receiving Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time. Deacon Tony reminded us that whether we have put on our team's football kit or not we still support them. In the same way, we won't wear beautiful dresses and smart suits all of the time but it doesn't stop us being children of God when we take them off. Please bring your children to receive the Sacraments often and they will continue to grow in God's love. We keep all of our young children and their families in our prayers at this time.
THE MONTH OF MARY - MAY 2022
May is a special time when we remember Mary our Mother. Many Catholics all around the world join in the special prayer of the rosary. The rosary is a devotion in honour of the Mother of God. It is 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, we have some new bags made especially for us by the ladies from the parish who made our school banner. Please look after them and ensure that you return them to school the next day so that everyone can have a chance to take them home. We hope that you enjoy having some prayerful time together.
HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION - APRIL 2022
We had an inspiring session this evening with both children and their parents exploring the importance of the Eucharist. We talked about special meals that we have had with our families and friends and how at the Last Supper Jesus celebrated with his friends. We are looking forward to receiving Jesus in Holy Communion very soon. Please keep all the children in your prayers.
HE IS RISEN! ALLELUIA! - APRIL 2022
It was fantastic being back in school and coming together as a school community to celebrate Jesus' Resurrection. Unlike the friends of Jesus, we do not have to look for Jesus anymore. He walks with us everyday. He lives among us and wants to be our friend. We thought about how we can be an Easter people, how we can let His light shine from our hearts and show Jesus' love to the world around us.
GOOD FRIDAY - APRIL 2022
ALMSGIVING - APRIL 2022
We have finished our walking against hunger this week and collected a magnificent £250.08 in small change over Lent that we will be sending to CAFOD to support their tremendous work. Thank you to all who have contributed.
HOLY WEEK - APRIL 2022
This week we have been reflecting on the important events of Holy Week. All classes from Little Acorns to Year 6 have been covering a variety of activites to help us think about the significance of what happened, how we celebrate in church today and thinking about what may have turned out differently if key things did not happen. We have completed our station of the cross journey and completed our Lenten observations. We know that this is not the end of the story and look forward to celebrating the events of Easter Sunday when we return from our break.
FIRST RECONCILIATION - MARCH 2022
Thank you to Father Louis, Father Niall and Father Humphrey for hearing our first confessions. What a prayerful and reflective evening. We set fire to the sins that we had been locked away and talked about how the sins were no longer there as they had been turned to ash. The children knew that through God's grace and mercy their sins were forgiven too. Remember that we can receive this wonderful sacrament as many times as we need to.
STAY AND PRAY WITH OUR LITTLE ACORNS - MARCH 2022
Each morning this week, our FS1 parents and grandparents are invited to 'stay and pray' with us when they drop their children at school. We have had a great response so far and look forward to welcoming more families over the rest of the week.
WHOLE SCHOOL PRAYER AND LITURGY - MARCH 2022
Good News! For the first time in over two years, we have gathered together as a whole school to celebrate the Word of God. What a blessing to be able to do this as we have really missed it. We remembered how Jesus said, "When two or three are gathered in my name, I will be there."
BIBLE BUDDIES - MARCH 2022
Some of our older children enjoyed sharing some Bible stories with our FS2 children this week. We have had lots of response to our Amazon Wish List and have been able to add to our collection. We have a new sheep box in our school library that the children can access these stories when they are using the library. Always sharing the Good News.
PRAYER SPONSOR MASS - MARCH 2022
This morning we had a beautiful Mass with the Year 3 children and their prayer sponsors. At the end of Mass, the children presented their sponosr with a prayer card asking them to pray for them over the coming months. Thank you to all the parishioners who came and supported us. Keep us in your prayers and we continue on the next stage in our faith journey.
WALK AGAINST HUNGER LENTEN PROJECT - MARCH 2022
It has been wonderful seeing so many of our classes out and about walking round the school grounds over the last couple of weeks as they remember those people in the world who are not as fortunate as ourselves. We are hoping that all our collection boxes are full by the end of Lent.
RECONCILIATION SESSION - MARCH 2022
It was lovely to welcome our Year 3 parents and children tonight to work together on some activities about Reconciliation. The children enjoyed sharing their understanding with their parents and working together on activities. The evening finished with a short reflection where we locked our sins in a box and are now waiting to find out what is going to happen to them next.
FR LOUIS SPEAKS TO YEAR 3 - MARCH 2022
Father Louis came into school to talk to the Year 3 children about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He was very impressed with what they already knew about it and talked to them about how Jesus is a bridge between earth and heaven and, that through Him, we can come to God our Father.
PRAYERS FOR UKRAINE / UNICEF DAY - MARCH 2022
Today we all came to school wearing blue. This was to support the work of UNICEF in standing up for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. We have raised £261 to support their important work. We thought especially today about the children of Ukraine and all that they are going through. Many activities were held in school, we planted sunflower seeds, wrote prayers and then gathered on the yard as a school to show that we were standing together with them. Our Faith Leaders led a beautiful service of prayers and reflection as we remembered to ask God to look after all those children in need.
ENROLMENT MASS - MARCH 2022
On Sunday, we had a wonderful Mass to enrol 54 of our children onto the Sacramental Preparation Programme for 2022. Thank you to all who attended and read so beautifully. Remember what Deacon Tony said about coming to Mass to get strength from the Word and the Eucharist. Wear your cross each time you go to Mass so that the parishioners know who you are. We had a great response to our prayer sponsor request and look forward to having a special Mass for them very soon. Please keep all our children in your prayers.
SINGING PRAISE - MARCH 2022.
What a joy it was to be back in the hall as a Key Stage giving praise and glory to God with our fabulous singing. Thank you Mr Mackenzie for leading us so well!
CAFOD - MARCH 2022.
Today we had a visit from Mrs McCarthy who spoke to all the children about the work of CAFOD and how they are supporting those in need. The theme this year is ‘Walk Against Hunger’ and all classes are going to be trying to walk a little each day with their teachers and friends to support this worthwhile cause. We will be keeping track of how far we walk in total throughout Lent and then will add it to the CAFOD totalizer. We have decided to have a CAFOD collection box in each classroom for the children to bring in spare change throughout the weeks of Lent. They may decide to give up some of their pocket money or even do jobs around the house to earn some money for their class box. We will send all money raised for our walking to CAFOD at the end of term. Thank you for supporting us yet again with our fundraising efforts. We are always so overwhelmed by your continued generosity.
2RL CLASSS MASS - MARCH 2022.
Father Louis led 2RL in a lovely Mass this week. He spoke to the children about the different parts of the Mass and what happens at each stage. This really helped them with their current RE topic. Thank you Fr Louis
FASTING - MARCH 2022.
This week, we have been thinking about the importance of fasting and prayer. In our Bible story, we learnt about how Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert and He was so strong at the end of it that He was able to resist the temptations of the devil. Quite often when we fast we think that it makes us weaker but actually when we fast our minds become sharper and we can concentrate better. Another reason that fasting is important is that it helps us to think about those who are poor and cannot always afford the food and things that we have. It may also inspire us to help those in need.
How are you getting on with your Lenten fasting? Have you been able to stick to it or have you forgotten? If you have, don’t worry! God wants you just to try again.
LENT - MARCH 2022.
This week, we began our journey through Lent. Ash Wednesday marks the start of this time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. KS2 children went over to church to receive their ashes and children in FS and KS1 received their ashes in school. In Lent we concentrate on prayer, fasting and giving. However, the most important thing about it is love. When we pray we are saying to God how much we love Him but we are also filled afresh with His love. When we give something up it can be hard and we can have a craving for it but when we don’t give into temptation we grow as a person and we become better at making good decisions. Fasting in Lent is about loving ourselves so much that we are willing to grow. We also try and give our time and money to those around us which shows love to others and their needs. Lent is about getting in touch with God and remembering how much He loves us.
Remember that during Lent, our church will be open before and after school for you to spend time with your children in prayer. We are also going to be arranging some fundraising to support the important work of CAFOD.
PRAY FOR PEACE - MARCH 2022.
At this time, we pray especially for the people of Ukraine, for all those suffering or afraid, that God will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices. We pray for the world that in this moment of crisis we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need. Amen.
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION MEETING - FEBRUARY 2022.
It was great to see so many of our parents at our meeting about the Sacraments tonight. The Sacraments are such a big part of our faith journey and we are pleased that it is something we can be involved in with our parish and young children. We look forward to working with them over the coming months. Please keep the 54 children and their families in your prayers.
LEARNING ABOUT OTHER FAITHS - FEBRUARY 2022.
As part of our work on looking at other World Religions, we had an Islam day on Monday We welcomed in Imran Khan who spoke to the children about the five pillars of Islam. Each year group then focused on a different aspect of the faith and completed activities on this. We have used some of their work to create a lovely display in the KS2 building. The children were very respectful and enjoyed looking at a different faith to their own.
COLLECTING FOR BABY REFUGEES - FEBRUARY 2022
Once again, we have been totally overwhelmed by the generosity of you all in response to the Mini Vinnies request for donations of baby clothes and items to support local refugee families on the Wirral. Two cars full of donations were taken in response to the request. Thank you once again.
THE BEATITUDES - FEBRUARY 2022
This week we reflected on the Beatitudes and the true way to happiness. Jesus tells us that happy are those who have little. Usually we think that the more good things we have the happier we will be. If we think about the Franciscans (people who follow St Francis), they live extremely simple lives and promise to live lives were they give up everything. They are some of the happiest people because they realise that the number one thing that will make us happy is having Jesus in our lives. When we follow Jesus, spend time with Him and get to know Him then the more grateful and thankful we are. Possessions can distract us from getting to know Jesus. We need to remember that He is the way, the truth and the life. When we know Him we will live happy lives full of joy that will last. Our mission and purpose in life is to follow Jesus – we can get the greatest joys in life from simple everyday things like loving others, small acts of kindness and spending time with our friends and family. When we put Jesus first and spend time with him, we will truly be happy.
DRESS TO EXPRESS - FEBRUARY 2022
Thinking about our mental health is so important and today the children came to school dressed to express. They did lots of work on the importance of celebrating our uniqueness and individuality as we are all created and loved by God. The children talked about ways we can look after ourselves and others whether it is in the real world or when online.
NSPCC NUMBER DAY- FEBRUARY 2022
Once again, our Christ the King family truly rocked it on Numberday and raised £266 for the NSPCC's vital work. We had a lot of fun dressing as rockstars, calculators, clocks or wearing number outfits. The children worked brilliantly in each hall to solve maths problems and activities whilst Year 6 gave a helping hand to run the activities. They also had lessons on keeping themselves safe. Helping other children in need really supports our school mission and we are very proud of the children and their efforts.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL - FEBRUARY 2022
We are going to be looking at the lives of some important saints over the next few weeks and we have decided to start with St Vincent de Paul. Vincent was born poor and in the beginning he wanted to be rich. This was why he first became a priest! Later, he changed his mind and decided to spend his life helping the sick, orphans, old people, the starving, prisoners and slaves. Vincent’s life is a great reminder for us all to find ways to help those around us. The SVP is a Christian organisation which encourages people to put their faith into action and help those in need. Members give support to people in their community, meeting them face to face and trying to help them in any way that they can. The Mini Vinnies is a branch of the SVP that is aimed at primary school children. Our own group at CTK are always busy thinking about how they can help others. We will be looking for new members soon. Perhaps it is something that you would like to consider being involved with. It would be a great way of promoting the Catholic Life of our school.
CARING FOR GOD'S CREATION - FEBRUARY 2022
Some of our School Council have been out litter picking as part of their efforts to care for God's beautiful creation. They have drawn up a timetable so that each class can be responsible for taking their turn at keeping our school grounds neat and tidy.
CATHOLIC LIFE - JANUARY 2022
Our Faith Leaders from Key Stage 2 have been discussing what makes us a Catholic School since before we went into lockdown and they created an assembly and questionnaire to tell all the other children about what me mean by the Catholic Life of our school. They have finally got to share their ideas discussed the things that we do in school that add to our Catholic character. We were quite surprised by the amount of things that we do to show we are following in Jesus’ footsteps and carrying out our vocation. Jesus Christ is at the centre of all we do at Christ the King and we are even named after Him! The powerpoint of slides can be found below if you would like to take a look at some of their ideas. The children have all been filling in their questionnaires and the Faith Leaders are loooking forward to looking at their responses soon.
FAITH IN ACTION LAUNCH - JANUARY 2022
Our Y6 children embarked on their Faith in Action Award this week and joined a virtual reflection with other children from the diocese who are also participating. They reflected on how Jesus washed his disciples' feet and how this can be their model when thinking about how they are going to put their faith into action as they earn credits. We look forward to hearing about how they get on.
ST JOSEPH - JANUARY 2022.
As a school, we have been thinking about the role that St Joseph has. We know that Mrs Barker led us in a virtual liturgy where we discussed how there are no actual words recorded by St Joseph in the Bible, however, we are still able to learn a lot from him and look to him as a role model. Mt 1:19 "Joseph was a man who always did what was right." St Joseph is the patron saint of fathers, workers and refugees. Each class was given a task to look at art work depicting St Joseph that reflects his many titles. Our work has been collated on display.
THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD - JANUARY 2022.
This week we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord. As Christians, we believe that the most important day in our lives is our baptism. During our baptism we are plunged into a new life in God. We are born into a new life as sons and daughters of God. The symbols of light and a white shawl remind us that God’s light is within us and we are ‘putting on Jesus’ – we want to be just like Him. The oils used in Baptism show us that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. The spirit is with us every day of our lives and helps us to live out our identity as children of God.
Help us to keep our light shining brightly every day and to share that light with others guided by the Holy Spirit.
EPIPHANY - JANUARY 2022
We all joined in the Mark 10 Mission Liturgy for the feast of the epiphany. Epiphany means showing. On this day we remember that Jesus was ‘shown’ to the world. The visitors from the East represent how Jesus came for everyone - Jews and gentiles alike. The Son of God, Jesus, came into the world, to give life to every member of the human race. No matter what our race, nationality, colour or religion, each of us is made in the image and likeness of God. For all of us, this is a day of real celebration – we, too, are chosen. Following the teaching of Jesus, we believe that everyone is chosen and special. That’s why we recognise all people as our sisters and brothers.
ST JOHN'S HOSPICE THANK YOU - JANUARY 2022.
We have received a message from St John’s Hospice over the holidays thanking us enormously for the overwhelming donation made from our Rudolph Run. Christ the King raised an incredible £4,008.60! Well done and thank you for your kindness. A tremendous £27,000 was collected from the Wirral schools who joined in and we even made it to the Wirral Globe.
CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES AND CAROL CONCERT - DECEMBER 2021.
We have been really pleased to welcome parents in to watch our Christmas performances once again this year, albeit with limited numbers. Children from FS1 to Y2 re-enacted the true meaning of Christmas with their nativity plays and Key Stage 2 led us in readings and carols as we rejoiced in the miracle of the Christmas story. Thank you to all who attended and well done to our fabulous children. We wish you all a holy and happy Christmas. Please see our newsletter for times of Masses over the Christmas period.
RUDOLPH RUN - DECEMBER 2021.
Thank you to all of you who have supported our Advent fundraising for St John’s hospice. We had a tremendous response once again. The children enjoyed taking part in their run, meeting John Bear and handing over our donations. We will let you have a final total in the New Year.
ADVENT BAGS - DECEMBER 2021.
Once again, our Faith Leaders have put together Advent Prayer Bags for children in FS1 to Y2. The children signed up to take the bags home for the evening. The resources allowed families to have some time to talk about the Christmas story and how they can prepare to celebrate this important time in the Church’s Year.
LITURGICAL YEAR C - DECEMBER 2021.
The liturgical year is a cycle that keeps repeating itself year after year, but, from a spiritual standpoint, it is always new because it continues to draw us more deeply into our relationship with Christ. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that each liturgical year becomes for us a “year of the Lord’s favour” (No. 1168).
Unlike the secular year, which marks the passage of time, the liturgical year celebrates the sacred mysteries of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It includes the feast of the Ascension, when Jesus returned to heaven with the promise that he would come again, and Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles.
As we embark on a new liturgical year let us remember to keep Jesus close in our hearts and follow in His footsteps even more closely.
THE JESSE TREE - NOVEMBER 2021.
This Advent, we are revisiting stories from the Jesse Tree. It is an old Christian tradition that first started in medieval times. It tells of stories in the Bible from Creation to the Christmas Story. It is a lovely tradition that gets its name from Jesse who was the Father of the great Jewish King David. One prophecy in the Bible, in the book of Isaiah, says: “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch will bear fruit.” A branch is a sign of new life and new beginnings. Jesus was a descendant of King David and Jesus is this new branch. Let us all remember what is important and the real reason for this festive season.
FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING - NOVEMBER 2021.
This coming Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. As we are not in school on this day, we celebrated together today. Year 3 led Key Stage 2 in a beautiful Mass where the children read, sang and responded brilliantly. FS and KS1 celebrated in school with liturgies.
Father Louis reminded us that Jesus wasn’t an ordinary King. He was an extraordinary one! He didn’t wear robes, have servants, live in a palace or boss everybody about. Instead he told his people to love and put others first. We are called to do the same and help build up God’s Kingdom here on earth. Every time we put our school motto into action, or remember our Christian values, we are being ambassadors for Christ. We enjoyed spending time together with an extra playtime and celebrated with a special cake made by the kitchen staff. Our Little Acorns have also been thinking about Kings all week and even came to school dressed up. What a lovely time it was coming together to celebrate as a school family. After Mass, we processed out of church and back to the school playground as part of our 'Walk with Christ'. We finished with Benediction and prayers. It was a beautiful occasion and the parents and parishioners all commented on the children's behaviour and the beautiful, prayerful atmosphere.
2HW CLASS MASS - NOVEMBER 2021.
On Thursday, Father Louis celebrated Mass with 2HW. They talked about how it is important not to build your house on sand and have firm foundations so that it doesn’t fall over and how this is like our faith. He also read some of their letters about the Holy Trinity and was impressed with their work.
ODD SOCK DAY / KINDNESS ASSEMBLY / ANTI-BULLYING WEEK - NOVEMBER 2021
Today we have joined in with a live webinar from 52Lives of Kindness with children from all over the world. We discussed about the importance of being kind, how we can be kind and how it makes everyone feel. We remember that ‘Be Kind’ is our first school rule and that it is what Jesus called us to be. It fits in with our school mission, ‘treat others the way that you would like to be treated yourself.’ At Christ the King, we are very proud of all our children and know that they are all very kind but this week we are going to try extra hard to do small acts of kindness to all that we meet. In every opportunity we should always choose kindness. We have also celebrated Anti-bullying week and worn our odd socks to show that it is OK to be unique and that we should treat everyone kindly.
REMEMBRANCE DAY - NOVEMBER 2021
On Thursday, the whole school gathered on the yard to mark Remembrance Day. Ffion, Jessica and Lexie led us beautifully with the Last Post. We were extremely proud of all of the children for their behaviour and respect – well done! We will remember them.
YEAR 5 CLASS MASSES - NOVEMBER 2021
Over the last two weeks, Father Louis and Deacon Tony have visited both of our Year 5 classes and celebrated the wonderful Sacrament of Mass with them. Thank you for coming in to be with us.
MINI VINNIES AND THE SVP - NOVEMBER 2021
This week, we welcomed Kevin Hogan in from the new SVP centre in Birkenhead. They were very grateful for the £258 we collected to help support refugees. He talked to the Mini Vinnies about the new centre and the continuing work of the SVP on the Wirral. We look forward to working with them in the future.
LAUDATO SI' - NOVEMBER 2021
Today, some of our Faith Leaders led a virtual assembly revisiting the theme of Laudato Si’ – a letter from Pope Francis reminding all of us to look after our world for future generations. We prayed for all those taking part in COP 26 and everyone making decisions about the future of our planet. We thought about how we can keep our eyes focused on climate change and the small changes we can all make every day that will make a big difference.
THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS - NOVEMBER 2021
During the month of November, we have held liturgies in our classes when 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.
ALL SAINTS - NOVEMBER 2021
God has given us many, many saints to help us. Having their help and example doesn’t mean we don’t go to Jesus directly. The saints just want to point us to Jesus. They want to show us God’s love. When Saint Paul was talking about our lives being like a race he said, “Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the beginning and the end.” The saints love Jesus and lived for him and they know that worship belongs only to God.
This week we celebrated the feast of All Saints and we remembered how we too are called to be little saints in our everyday lives by our actions and words. What are you going to do this week to be a saint to others?
HARVEST FESTIVAL - OCTOBER 2021
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Harvest Festival. We celebrated a lovely Mass with Father Louis and Deacon Tony, giving thanks for all that God gives us. The Foodbank were very grateful for the generous contirbutions. Thank you for sharing what you have with those less fortunate than ourselves. Once again, we were amazed with the generosity. Thank you to our Mini Vinnies who helped organise the collection.
4LS CLASS MASS - OCTOBER 2021
4LS had their first class Mass with Fr Louis and Deacon Tom in their classroom. Fr Louis explained how God sent his only son Jesus on a mission to love us and guide us. He talked of the Kingdom and what this means, how it is not a physical Kingdom but love in our hearts. We were asked to think about our choices, to love God, to pray every day and to be humble servants.
ST FRANCIS - OCTOBER 2021
This week we celebrate the feast of St Francis who was born in Italy, in a place called Assisi. His family were very wealthy and St Francis spent his money on expensive clothes and food. One day whilst out riding on his horse, St Francis came across a poor and sick man. Usually he would have turned away, but this time St Francis got off his horse, gave the man his cloak and kissed him. From this day on, Francis started going to church every day and heard God telling him to repair the church. Listening to God, St Francis worked to make the church better by speaking up for the poor and looking after them.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
BAPTISM - OCTOBER 2021
Year 3 have had a great time this week going over to Church to re-enact a baptism. There isn’t anything they don’t know! Thank you to the parents for making them look so wonderful and to Deacon Tony for helping us.
4HK CLASS MASS - OCTOBER 2021
4HK had their first class Mass with Fr Louis and Deacon Tom in their classroom. They talked about the rosary as a special prayer. Well done everyone for behaving so well.
BIBLE EXHIBITION - OCTOBER 2021
This week, Year 4 took part in a great workshop all about the Bible. They had lots of fun using feathers and ink to write in Hebrew and Greek as well completing various other activities about the Bible texts. We thank our visitors from the Gospel Hall who gave up their own time to come in and work with the children. This supported their work on the Bible that they have been doing in class.
ROSARY - OCTOBER 2021
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary and we remember especially Mary our Mother. Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 and praised him for his courage against those who did not believe. She then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses, and told him to preach it to others. It is a powerful instrument of prayer and the best way of honouring Mary.
The rosary is a devotion in honour of the Mother of God. It is 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.
As well as praying the rosary in class, the Mini Vinnies sorted out our travelling rosary bags that can come home to allow you and your child to spend some time praying to Mary together. We ask that when it is your turn, you make sure everything comes back to school in the bag the following day so that the next person can take them. Thank you. We hope you enjoy spending time with your children in this special way.
The Rosary will bring great peace and holiness to your life.
3DJ CLASS MASS - OCTOBER 2021
3DJ had their first class Mass with Fr Louis in their classroom. They talked about the life of St Jerome and how he helped build up the Church. Great behaviour and questions everyone.
YEAR 4 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - OCTOBER 2021
. It was certainly worth the wait Year 4. What a wonderful time of celebration you have had. You led the Masses so well, looked wonderful and behaved impecably. We are very proud of you. Remember Deacon Tony's words. "Don't be afraid to stand out from the crowd." We pray that you continue to receive the blessings of Jesus in this special way everytime that you receive Communion. We know that you will remember your special day for many years to come. We also enjoyed celebrating with you in school.
3EJ CLASS MASS - SEPTEMBER 2021
3EJ were the first class to have Fr Louis and Deacon Tony in to share Mass with them in their classroom. They explained what happens at each
stage of the liturgy and why it is Important. It was a very special occasion and the children behaved impeccably. We look forward to hearing about our next class Masses soon.
YEAR 3 THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY - SEPTEMBER 2021
Year 3 invited Father Louis in to help them with their RE work on the Christian Family. He spoke to them about the role of a Parish Priest and all
the jobs he does to help the parishioners. We thank him so much for giving of his time to help us.
WELCOME FATHER LOUIS AND DEACON TONY - SEPTEMBER 2021
Both Father Louis and Deacon Tony both visited school this week to talk to us about how they can be involved in the life of our school. Unfortunately, Father Louis had to go to another meeting but Deacon Tony enjoyed visiting each class and chatting to the children. We look forward to seeing them both in school lots over the coming months.
YEAR 4 RECONCILIAITON - SEPTEMBER 2021
Well done to our children who were blessed with the healing Sacrament of Reconciliation this week. They were very well behaved and prayerful.
Please keep the children in your prayers as they prepare to receive Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time. All children and their families are
encouraged to attend Mass this weekend before this special celebration.
PEBBLES - SEPTEMBER 2021
Our FS2 children were fantastic this week as they put their pebbles into our school jar. We welcomed them formally into our school community and were entertained with their fabulous singing. Unfortunately, we couldn’t have parents in to watch this year but their Year 6 buddies were very happy to support them.
We also welcome our new children who have joined us in other year groups: Jack in Y3, Alex in Y5 and Joany in Y6.
WELCOME LITURGY - SEPTEMBER 2021
This week we had a virtual welcome liturgy led by our Year 6 children. We welcomed all our new staff and children to our community.
We reflected on the parable of the lamp on the stand where Jesus encouraged his followers to stand out, to be an example and not to hide away. Jesus is saying that for the Christian message to spread and develop, followers must tell everyone about Jesus and show their faith. When others see us being followers of Jesus, they will want to be like us and learn more about Him and His teachings.
Sometimes we would rather hide ourselves away under that bucket and not be a beacon for others because we know that we have sinned. However, we need to remember that God always forgives us and wants us to shine that light. We should remember that it is our vocation (our special job) to tell others about Jesus. So let us in this new school year, think about how we can show that light to others in all that we do.
We hope that it won’t be too long before we are able to meet wo worship and praise God together in person.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/21
SUMMER REFLECTION WITH ONE LIFE MUSIC - JULY 2021
We loved joining in with the OneLife Music Summer Reflection. We even got a ‘shout out’ from them - which was extra special. The music and prayers helped us remember the importance of staying close to Jesus and praising Him for all He does for us.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - JUNE / JULY 2021
After two years of waiting and many change of dates due to COVID restrictions and bubbles burtsing, all of our young children finally managed to meet Jesus personally in the wonderful Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time. We are so proud of them all. They looked amazing, ready confidently and did their best despite all of the restrictions. It really was a beautiful occasion and we know that they will look back on their special day with great fondness. May the spirit of God be with you all as you continue on your faith journey.
THE FEAST OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL - JUNE 2021
On Tuesday, we remembered two of the Church’s great saints – Peter and Paul. When he was alive, Jesus called Peter the rock. All buildings are built on rock. They have strong foundations so that they don’t fall down. Peter was to become the strong foundation for Jesus’ Church, not the church buildings that we sit in today, but the community of the Church that we all belong to. Peter’s faith is the starting point for the Church and he is an example for all members of the Church to follow.
Saint Paul was originally known as Saul, and even presided over the persecutions of the early Christians. However, he experienced a powerful vision that caused him to convert to Christianity while on the road to Damascus. He was baptised and took the name Paul. He travelled the world preaching ceaselessly about Jesus as well as writing letters to encourage those who he could not be with.
Both saints were ordinary men but wanted to follow Jesus and were filled with faith. We are just ordinary people too. But we can try to follow Jesus, to believe in him, and show our faith in the way that we treat others and in all that we do.
DIVERSITY DAY - JUNE 2021
We have been celebrating diversity across school today. We remembered that we are all unique and created in the image of God. We also watched CAFOD's assembly on Pope Francis' letter Fratelli Tutti. Pope Francis encourages us to love everyone with a brotherly love. In his letters, St Paul reminds us that we are all different; we all come from different places, speak different ways and have different customs. However, he also reminds us that we all have something in common – we have all been created by God and are His children, His saints and He loves us. We must remember to let the love of Jesus fill our hearts and minds and celebrate our differences.
Our mission this week is to love one another, help each other and be at peace with everyone because despite all of our differences, we are all members of God’s family and he loves us just the way we are.
HUMAN DIGNITY - JUNE 2021
This week's ethos statement was about Human Dignity. Christians believe that everyone is a child of God and we were all made by God to be like God. Because of this, and because God’s life is within each one of us, we have to treat other people the same way we would treat Jesus. If Jesus walked into the room now and spent the day with you, how would you treat him? What would you do? There are many times in the Bible when Jesus treats outcasts and those others did not like with the dignity and respect. Like Jesus, we should respect and treat all people so that they will feel valued and of worth.
Your mission this week is to think about someone that you don’t find it easy to get on with, or treat very well and think about how you can show that person that God loves them very much. Perhaps you could even pray for them and ask God to help you treat them with the respect they deserve in the future.
MAY PROCESSION - MAY 2021
We were extremely lucky with the weather and able to have our socially distanced May Procession today. Everyone wore blue and our Faith Leaders led the procession with our school banner. After several laps of the grounds and choruses of Ave Maria, the children lay their flowers by the statue of Mary. She was crowned as we sang the beautiful hymn, "Bring flowers of the rarest." Great singing and honour given to our Mother, Mary. It was lovely to be together as a whole school celebrating our faith.
OUTDOOR LEARNING DAY - MAY 2021
Today, all classes took their learning outside. During the day we took part in lots of exciting lessons but we also planted and named our class trees that we want to watch grow and be reminded about all that God provides for us. It was lovely being outside with nature and we all took time to take part in our Prayer and Liturgy outdoors too. Our prayer garden was busy throughout the day.
PENTECOST - MAY 2021
On the feast of Pentecost, we gathered virtually with children from all over the country to celebrate with One Life Music. The birthday of the Church is always a good reason to celebrate and have cake. We try to be like those early apostles, full of faith and energy telling everyone about the good news of Jesus Christ.
NUMBER DAY / NSPCC - MAY 2021
Today we combined maths with raising money for those who need it. We supported the NSPCC's number day by coming to school wearing numbers and taking part in lots of number activities. Including investigating the different numbers that we find in the Bible!
Did you know that over 100 million copies of the Bible are sold each year? The full Bible has been translated into 532 languages and has been partially translated into 2,883 languages. There are 46 books in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament making 73 books in total. The Bible is about 611,000 words long, with 185 songs and 21 dreams. The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35, which states, “Jesus wept.” and the longest book in the Bible is Psalm 119. That is a lot of numbers!!
FIRST RECONCILIATION - MAY 2021
This week, children in Years 3 and 4 made their First Reconciliation. They really impressed us with their behaviour and maturity. Every child came away with a smile on their face and we could see that they were filled with God’s love and forgiveness. We were very proud of them and their classmates who supported them so well.
Children in Year 4 now look forward to making their First Holy Communion in the summer and the Year 3 children will make theirs in the autumn term. Please keep them all in your prayers at this time.
THE MONTH OF MARY - MAY 2021
May is a special time when we remember Mary our Mother. Many Catholics all around the world join in the special prayer of the rosary. The rosary is a devotion in honour of the Mother of God. It is 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, we are unable to send home our travelling rosary bags but why don’t you try and spend some time praying to Mary together at home. You could take a photo and upload it to your class Seesaw page.
HOLY WEEK - MARCH 2021
We spent time in our bubbles this week learning about the events of Holy Week. From Jesus’ triumphant journey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to his death and resurrection.
Easter is a time of joy, celebration and new life. It is the most important time in the Church’s year. Jesus’ resurrection shows us that nothing is impossible to God and this fills us with great hope. Hope that all people will have the chance to live life to the full and have a future free from poverty. Hope that through working together with others we can make the world a fairer, better place for everyone to live.
What is your hope for the world this Easter? How can we make it happen?
After thinking about the importance of the cross, we also took part in a competition to see what unusual things we could use to create our own crosses.
ONE LIFE MUSIC LENTEN REFLECTION - MARCH 2021
This week, we took time out of our busy timetables to find time to reflect about the importance of Lent and sang and gave praise to God. We joined in a livestream event with One Life Music and many children all across the country.
YEAR 5 METHODIST CHURCH VIRTUAL LENTEN WORKSHOPS - MARCH 2021
At this time of year, our Year 5 children usually visit the Methodist Church to join other children from local schools to find out more about the Easter Story. This year, we had to hold the events virtually but we still enjoyed the activities and thank those involved at the Methodist church for organising it for us.
REMEMBERING - MARCH 2021
On Tuesday, we all took part in a minutes silence to remember all of those who were affected by the corona virus. It is hard to believe that it has been twelve months since we went into our first lockdown. We will never forget the changes the last year has brought to our lives. We ask God to hold all us all in his loving hands as we take time to heal.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS - FEBRUARY / MARCH 2021
During Lent, all classes have been joining in Jesus’ footsteps to the cross through focusing on the stations of the cross. For over two thousand years, people have journeyed to the Holy Land to see where Jesus lived, died and rose again. The journey is called a pilgrimage, and every place pilgrims visit is called a station.
Many people could not make a pilgrimage. The Holy Land was too far away, or countries were at war. So the stations of the cross were created. This way, the people who were not able to reach the Holy Land could still make the journey in their hearts.
At each station we say a short prayer and study the picture. We think about the love Jesus has for us and how we may show that love to others. We have enjoyed spending this special time with Jesus and thinking about how each station can teach us something about how we can live our own lives.
OUR LENTEN PROJECT- MARCH 2021
Even though we are all apart, we are still connected. We joined in CAFOD's Virtual Lenten Assembly and travelled to Ethiopia to meet people who make long journeys to collect water because it is so scarce. We thought about the steps we could take to make a difference to communities without water this Lent.
ASH WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 2021
Father Tom recorded a lovely virtual reflection on the meaning and importance of Ash Wednesday and Lent for us all. We were reminded of the importance of fasting, praying and almsgiving. We all made Lenten promises and will review them often to see how we are getting on.
ETHOS STATEMENTS AND WORSHIP - JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021
We have been continuing to look at our weekly ethos statements with both children at home and at school. We have also been sharing our Worship videos on Seesaw too. It has been lovely seeing so many families taking part - it really does bring us all together as one community even when we are apart.
THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY - JANUARY 2021
Once again, things have been turned upside for us but we still found time to pause and reflect on the importance of Jesus' 'showing' to the world. Jesus came for us all. As we enter into another national lockdown, we remember all of those who are affected by the pandemic and keep them in our thoughts and prayers. Help us to serve all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Through Jesus, the light of the world may we be a light for those whose lives we share; may our kindness and care bring courage and hope to those who are sad and unwell.
END OF TERM CHRISTMAS LITURGY - DECEMBER 2020
We ended the term with a lovely and reflective liturgy. Children in Year 3 led our virtual service with readings and prayers whilst everyone enjoyed singing Christmas Carols in class. We were reminded that the best gift we are ever given and can give, is that of love.
ADVENT PREPARATIONS - DECEMBER 2020
This Advent, our activities have been slightly different to normal due to the national restrictions. However, they did not stop us putting our faith into action once more and supporting those in need. On the request of the local Foodbank, we collected an overwhelming amount of toiletries for those in need in our local community. (The photo doesn't really do it justice.) Thank you to everyone for your support once again.
As a reward for our efforts all term, we celebrated with a virtual pantomime, treats and even a Christmas themed treasure hunt.
THE JESSE TREE - DECEMBER 2020
This Advent, we are focussing on some of the stories from the Jesse Tree. It is a lovely tradition of the Church which reminds us of Jesus’ roots in the Old Testament. Different members of staff and classes have recorded videos for us to watch as part of our worship over the coming weeks so that we are all able to focus on the countdown to the birth of Jesus.
NSPCC SPEAK OUT TO STAY SAFE - DECEMBER 2020
Unfortunately, we couldn’t have anyone in to speak to us from the NSPCC this year but we were lucky enough to have Ant and Dec introduce the important message from the NSPCC. We thought about our worries and what we can do to help us if we are worrying about anything. Then we held a collective worship in our classes to remind us that God doesn’t want us to spend time worrying about things that we don’t need to worry about. We were reminded that we can offer all our worries and concerns up to Him and He will be there for us.
THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING - NOVEMBER 2020
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 4 led us in the readings and prayers virtually. We had a fun day off timetable, made crowns, had treats, took part in a school quiz, completed art activities and even had an extra break. We just wanted to make the day fun and special as many of us have missed out on celebrations over the last few months. However, we also wanted to remember that our school has the best role model in Jesus and we need to try to be just like Him!
FAITH IN ACTION LAUNCH - NOVEMBER 2020
This week, some of our Year 6 pupils embarked on their Faith in Action award. At their virtual launch meeting, they reminded that we don’t have to be famous, old or well known to make a difference in the world. Through the small things that we do, we can make a colossal difference. I am sure that all the children involved will enjoy participating and realise how much they can achieve as well as putting their faith into action.
ANTI-BULLYING WEEK - NOVEMBER 2020
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 led a virtual assembly about how we are all in this together and that united we can play our part. We all wore odd socks to emphasise how it is ok to be different.
REMEMBRANCE DAY - NOVEMBER 2020
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 in our bubbles out on the yard. We have neem buying poppies for the British Legion over the last few weeks.
THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS - NOVEMBER 2020
During the month of November, we have held Acts of Worships in our classes when 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.
THE LITURGICAL YEAR - NOVEMBER 2020
We are reminded of the importance of the Liturgical Year. It is a cycle that keeps repeating itself year after year but is always new because it brings us more closely into a relationship with Christ. It begins with the first Sunday in Advent and ends with the Feast of Christ the King.
HARVEST CELEBRATIONS - OCTOBER 2020
Year 5 led Years 1 to 6 in a beautiful Harvest Liturgy. 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.
Instead of bringing in goods, we collected money for the local Foodbank.
YEAR 3 MOCK BAPTISM - OCTOBER 2020
Year 3 have had a great time this week going over to Church to re-enact a baptism. There isn’t anything they don’t know! Thank you to the parents for making them look so wonderful and to Fr Tom for letting us go.
THE ROSARY - OCTOBER 2020
During the month of 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. The Catenians kindly donated rosary beads for all the children in school. On a Friday, different year groups have led the Rosary virtually for the others to follow in class.
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.”
FOUNDATION STAGE 2 WELCOME LITURGY - SEPTEMBER 2020
Due to current restrictions, we were unable to invite anyone in to share our Welcome Liturgy with us but the FS2 children were superb. They were so well behaved and joined in the actions to our song with confidence. Our children know that they all belong to a loving and supportive community.
FATHER TOM HELPING OUT - SEPTEMBER 2020
Year 3 invited Father Tom in to help them with their RE work on the Christian Family. He spoke to them about the role of a Parish Priest and all the jobs he does to help the parishioners. We thank him so much for giving of his time to help us.
MARK 10 MISSION
We have started using the Mark 10 Mission virtual worship to reflect on Sunday’s weekly Gospel Message. We are enjoying the vibrant alternatives to meeting together as a school.
VOCATIONS - SEPTEMBER 2020
Building on the work from last year, Mrs Barker reminded us all of how we are all called by God and given a special job to do. The word vocation comes from the Latin word – vocare which means to call. We have been reminded that we are all created and called by God for a special reason. He wants us to use our talents to be a light to the rest of the world. When we let our light shine, we are leading others to God and showing them what He is like. Each year group looked at the importance of being called in different ways. We now have a lovely display in our Key Stage 1 corridor for everyone to see what we have been learning about.
WELCOME PEBBLES - SEPTEMBER 2020
All new staff and students across the school were invited to put their pebbles into our jar this week. They were all reminded about how they are now part of a very special community and we hope they enjoy their time here.
THE START OF A NEW SCHOOL YEAR – SEPTEMBER 2020
An unusual way to start a new year but we had our first virtual liturgy led by children in Year 6 reminding us that we are all part of one family and we will journey together through the year ahead.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/20
END OF YEAR – JULY 2020
The Year certainly didn't turn out quite the way we had planned at the start of the year, however, we have come through it together and supported one and other along the way. We wish all our school leavers well on the next stage of their journeys and we hope that we will all be back together once again in September.
THE FEAST OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL – JUNE 2020
Children, both at home and in school, have been learning about the importance and work of these two great saints. There is a lot we can learn from their stories and we can strive to be like them.
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.”