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At Holy Family we always look forward to Advent. It is a chance to find times in the school day and week to slow down and reflect upon the approach to Christmas, and what the true meaning of Christmas is.  Indeed to put 'Christ' back into Christmas.  I always start the Advent season with the following song:

 

We then look at the Advent wreath, that has been kindly made by a member of staff, and see how it helps us to prepare for the birth of Christ.

 

Thank you to Mrs. Rajeev, who made the school Advent Wreath this year.

I've added some resources below that you may wish to use at home with your son/daughter.  They take you through Advent week by week, and might be nice for a quiet family moment.  There are also prayers and songs.
Please also see a guide to Advent published by the Diocese of Brentwood, which some of the resources above have been taken from.  There are some lovely ideas.
We welcome Fr. Nixon Gomes as our new Parish Priest.  Fr Nixon will be saying a Mass with each class every Wednesday in October and November.  Sadly, at this time we are unable to invite families and members of the Parish to the Masses.

🙏🏻MEDITATION DURING THIS CRISIS 🙏🏻

 

During the Coronavirus crisis the Catholic Children’s Society have collaborated with the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) to develop a series of videos on meditation which children and young people can participate in, whether in school or at home.  

Each consists of a phase-appropriate introduction leading to a period of meditation.

The Primary series are released each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Secondary series are released on Thursdays.

Pause for Thought Assemblies

Stations of the Cross

Pope Francis’s prayer to Our Lady during coronavirus pandemic:

O Mary,

you always shine on our path

as a sign of salvation and of hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,

who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of the Roman People,

know what we need,

and we are sure you will provide

so that, as in Cana of Galilee,

we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform to the will of the Father

and to do as we are told by Jesus,

who has taken upon himself our sufferings

and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross,

to the joy of the resurrection.

Amen.

RE EDUCATIONAL LINKS

During these unprecedented times when we are all at home trying to keep our families safe and protected, we often rely on our faith to see us through. So whilst we are trying to home school in Maths and English, RE and learning about Lent, Easter and prayer can be a calming respite to the core subjects.

Many websites are providing free resources for you to access with your children to talk to them and work with them about the Easter story. Many of these sites are updating weekly, so please come back and access them often. 

The Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Testament - The Bible in Animation - Creation and the Flood

Noah's Ark and the Fall in the Garden of Eden are woven together in this absorbing version of two familiar stories. When the Flood comes, Noah and his family...

Please see our Parish weblink above. All weekly Parish newsletters can be found in there.

🙏🏼🙏🏼CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY February 2020 🙏🏼🙏🏼

 

Today we had a lovely celebration assembly and all the different Year Groups talked about their RE learning of this term. It was a beautiful assembly that ranged from Hinduism to the Dead Sea scrolls and the commandments. The art work and prayers were beautifully presented.

KS2 Prayer Service - 🙏🏼

 

The Worship council in KS2 gave a wonderfull prayer service today to talk about the start of Advent. It was a lovely service that was delivered in a respectful manner. Well done to all involved.

First Worship Council Assembly - Harvest Festival

Today the New Worship council gave the school a lovely assembly on the Harvest Festival. All the years took part and it was so lovely to see the older children help the younger children with their parts.

As well as talking about the theme of Harvest festival the Worship council impressed upon the school community the need to bring in a small contribution to the Food Bank fund. If every child in the school brought in a single item of food, the food bank would receive a much needed boost to its supplies.

Thank you Worship Council.

 

Stations of the Cross 🙏🏻

 

Today as part of our Holy Week celebrations we reflected on the Stations of the Cross. The children all listened as each station was read out and responded to a small prayer. It was a lovely and moving celebration.

LENTEN CELEBRATION 

 

Today the whole school delivered a celebration service where each class discussed how they have been learning about Lent. They celebrated their work through pictures, prayers,art work and song. It was a lovely service and the children’s work was wonderful to see.

 

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Diocesan Vision

Tuesday 20th February 2018: Year 6 thought-provoking class assembly led about Lent and how we can make a difference in the world.

Discovering other faiths-Sikhism

Epiphany Service

Brentwood Cathedral Christmas Concert

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On Friday 8th December, our choir were invited to take part in the
‘The Brentwood Christmas Concert’. The children were a credit to our school.

Advent Jesse Tree - preparing our hearts for Jesus in Year 3

Head Boy and Girl Deputies Assembly Poppy Appeal

Autumn displays

Holdfast Assembly

Witham Foodbank

Celebration Assembly🍂🍁

The whole school had a celebration assembly on the 12th October. Each class reflected on the work they have been doing in R.E and shared it with the whole school. 

Autumn Displays

Literacy Assembly

Sharing our faith

The Blessed Sacrament in Year Six

MISSION WEEK 2017

Mr Kelly introduced our very special Mission Week with the theme 'This Little Light of Mine' with an interactive and fascinating assembly...he even invited two of his very special friends to join us!

 

The children are looking forward to the upcoming events of the week, where they will have a chance to reflect on their faith in a variety of ways - including the prayer room, the whole school procession, the special Mass being led at the end of the week by Father David, sharing scripture and prayers, special activities in school...

 

YEAR 5

 

On Wednesday year 5 had time in the prayer room to talk about friendship and love. We talked about caring for each other as a class, how we all work together as a team  , one big family. We discussed favourite parts of the bible that showed us how through Jesus' example we can all walk together and love one another.

Time with Mr Kelly in year 5.

Lourdes Assembly led by Mrs Nicholls

Mission Week - Year 2 - Making clay candle holders

Congratulations to all of our children who made their First Holy Communion recently.
Congratulations to Keira who was voted as HFS Catholic Citizen of the year.

Easter Competition 2017 - The True Meaning of Easter

Classroom Worship Year Six

Pope Francis'10 New Year's Resolutions

Advent Prayer Services

Remembrance Assembly

Rainbow People Assembly- Worship Council

Catholic Citizenship Award 2016

First Holy Communion 2016

Catholic Citizenship 2015

Religious Education

RE fulfils the requirements of the Religious Education Curriculum Directory as published by the Bishops of England and Wales. The RE curriculum at Holy Family follows the Diocesan approved scheme ‘Come and See’, and doctrine is taught in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. The School aims for the Christian growth of its children in their own faith and in their awareness of the world around them.

 

Respect for other faiths and cultures is part of our mission and the teaching of other cultures and religions is an important part of our programme within the context of the requirements of the Curriculum Directory. Pupils will be taught about the integrity of other faiths and not as comparative religion. Pupils will learn about the beliefs, expression and celebration, living and belonging, of the principal religions in Great Britain.

 

School Masses, class Masses, daily prayers and assemblies are central to our worship. The school works closely with the Parish priest and the parish to develop the spiritual life of pupils and their families.

Catholic Citizenship Awards 2014

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