For World Day of the Poor, the chaplaincy team and school council went to St Matthias to help with the homeless shelter. Every Tuesday, homeless people come in to eat. They can also sleep in the beds that are provided for them.
It was really exciting for us to help with the cooking; we made vegetarian pasta bake and spaghetti bolognaise: it was important that we made a vegetarian dish because some people in their religion don’t eat meat. We helped to make the beds and put out warm socks and toiletries in order for the homeless people to feel as welcome and comfortable as possible.
We also asked questions like what would happen if there wasn’t enough of beds? It was very upsetting to know that those who did not have a bed were forced to sleep outside in the streets. Whilst serving the food that me made we spoke to an Ethiopian man about his situation. Even though he has nowhere to live he has a very positive attitude to life and prays that one day his situation will improve.
We were delighted to help people be safe by having a nice warm bed and food in their tummy. We are excited to feedback to all the children in the school and tell them how they can help those in need.
As a class we decided to make a class Advent Wreath. We thought it
would be a good idea to colour our hand templates green and then join
them together to make a circle. This circle represents God’s everlasting
love for us. After this we added the candles and made it into a class display.
We were really proud of it!
Today in Tobit class we delivered our class Mass. Father Keith came in
to our classroom. When reading our scripture we came to the front of
the class and bowed at the altar. We also sang lots of hymns.
We really enjoyed our class Mass.
Today in R.E. (year 6) we learnt about Diwali. Diwali is a festival of light, which is in
honour of the Goddess Lakshmi. We learnt that during Diwali, Goddess
Lakshmi is believed to visit homes that are well lit; so families decorate
their homes with Rangoli patterns. The Rangoli patterns are created on
doorsteps to welcome everybody. For this celebration people wear their best
clothes or buy new ones, children are given presents and New Year greetings
are exchanged through visits or Diwali cards. In our lesson, we designed our
own Rangoli patterns using colouring pencils and felt tips.
Thank you to Father Keith, the year 5 team and Mr Scott for celebrating a memorable mass today for All Saints. As always the children were prayerful and sang beautifully. Well done to everyone for singing our new hymn with confidence.
Father Keith invited our head boy Harry and our head girl Alice up during his homily to discuss how they are modern day saints and how we can follow in their footsteps.