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Lent and our Lenten Mary's Meals Fundraising Appeal

This Lent, our mission as a school is to try to put Jesus at the centre of our lives. 

Our School Chaplains will be giving us weekly missions based around this theme. 

On Ash Wednesdays our KS2 pupils attended Mass at St Aidan's Church in East Acton in the morning with Father Mark. Father Mark then very kindly gave our EYFS and KS1 pupils a visit in the afternoon alongside Father Richard so that all staff and pupils could receive our Ashes on this very important day. 

Year 5B's Class Worship reminded us that during Lent as well as try to keep Jesus in the Centre in our lives, we need to think about the importance of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. 

Years 1, 2 and 3 gathered in church to think about all things we use our hands for. We thought about playing, praying, painting, building and waving hello in the morning. But we also thought about how we could use our hands more to help others and say sorry for the times that we have been a little selfish.

With Fr Richard we took the time in the silence of the church to think about how Lent gives us a chance to reset our relationship with God and repair our relationships with others. 

We hosted 3 Mothers Day Afternoon Tea sessions to help raise money for Mary's Meals. We thanked the mothers and ladies in our lives for all their care. We will continue to support Mary's Meals throughout the school year, but especially during Lent. 

This half term as part of our Lenten charity fundraiser for Mary’s Meals, we will be aiming to complete a ‘Virtual Journey’ as a school and parish community. This year we will try to complete the distance from our school to Fatima, Portugal – 1880km.

Instead of running the distance, this year we will be attempting to walk but we will be trying to cover the entire distance in one day – and we need your help!

On 28th March we will leave school at between 9:00am and 9:20am to walk around our local area to ‘collect km’ and are inviting as many parents, friends and family members as possible to help us reach our target.

Our school is proud to support Mary’s Meals, a charity aiming to provide a nutritious meal for children in an educational setting each day. The work of this charity cannot be underestimated. Research has proven that school feeding has a range of positive impacts, since children who are not suffering from hunger are able to make the most of their education.