This Advent we chose to support the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal. The school collected gifts for children and young people in our local area who would otherwise receive little or nothing this Christmas. We had lots of donations which means there will be many happy children this Christmas.

“When you forget yourself and think of others, this is love!”

- Pope Francis, 2016

This year the whole school decided to focus on the angels in the Christmas story. We thought about how the angels played an important role from the Annunciation to appearing to the Shepherds in the fields. The angels were messengers for God, so we thought about how we could be messengers for God. 

In class, each child was given an 'Advent Angel' from their peers. They had to look out for them, check in with them and give them positive messages through the month of December. 

In the Chapel a Nativity crib had been set up. Each child were given angels to write what their message would be to Jesus or their message to the world. Lots of the children reflected back on their discussions on Fratelli Tutti and COP26. Classes took it in turns to have a blessing of the crib. This gave them the chance to listen and reflect on a story which is about caring for others, celebrating diversity and understanding our shared humanity. 

At the end of the blessing, everyone was given the opportunity to lay their angel with their message by the crib with Jesus. 

Our Prayer of the month:

Angel of God, 
my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.