During Advent the pupils in Lower Phase took part in a Penitential service with a focus on 'Saying Sorry'. We thought about how we can try harder to follow Jesus' example during Advent and to say sorry for the times we didn't do this.
It was a lovely way to begin the season with Fr Richard in Our Lady of Fatima.
The Pupil Chaplains took part in the Catholic Children's Society Advent Carol Service at Westminster Cathedral.
This beautiful service at the beginning of the season of Advent brings together music, readings, and the lighting of candles.
We enjoyed a special visit from The Live Nativity during Advent.
It reminded us of how Jesus our King and Saviour of the World was born into the world as a small baby and not in a palace as a King should, but in a stable where animals live and was laid in a manger made of a trough- a feeding place for animals.
The stable reminds us that Jesus came into the world with nothing.
The shepherds represent us – the people that Jesus came to serve.
The animals are also just as important! The sheep play an important role in the stories in the Bible. Jesus is referred to as the lamb of God and we also refer to Jesus as The Good Shepherd.
EYFS and KS1 had an exciting treat on Wednesday 7th December getting to experience LolBear's Pantomime 'It's a Boy!'. Children and staff got to experience the story of The Nativity bought to life by Karen and Jay who got everyone up on their feet dancing and interacting with the story we know so well. Some children even got to help out in the story! Apolline in Reception, Daris in Year 1 and Marco in Year 2 got to join in as the Three Wise Kings!
The pupils really enjoyed the show and joined in with lots of the songs, Nevaeh in Reception came out of the show with a huge smile on her face simply saying to Mrs Finn "It was BEAUTIFUL!".
EYFS and KS1 children amazed everyone with their Nativity play 'A Gift for the baby'. They really enjoyed performing and parents could see their children applying all the skills learnt in drama lessons with Arwen.
Key Stage 2 pupils and teachers have been working hard preparing during Advent for our Carol Concert.
Our Carol Concert is a wonderful opportunity for us to gather together in Our Lady of Fatima and celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
We celebrated the Epiphany of the Lord (6th January) with a Whole School Mass at Our Lady of Fatima.
This is the first time we gathered together as a whole school- including our Nursery class- and it was marked with everyone coming together wearing crowns to remind us that Jesus is our King.
Mr Pastor celebrated the Epiphany with his class as he would have done if he were back in Spain. In Spain, the Epiphany is a Public Holiday and is also known as Kings Day or Día de Los Reyes. As is Spanish custom he gifted all pupils in his class as a gift from the 3 Kings.
O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.