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Lighthouse team visit Southwark Cathedral
The Lighthouse team enjoyed their trip to Southwark Cathedral. For some, it was their first time travelling on a train. We travelled with the Prayer Rangers from Holy Family School. At London Bridge, we stopped to look at the Shard building, which we thought was incredibly high! In the morning, we made special beeswax candles and candle holders with beeswax and clay. We enjoyed being creative and engraving designs on our candle holders. After, we had a tour around the Cathedral and had to think what Bible story each stained glass window was featuring. The highlight of the tour was spotting Doorkins Magnificat, the Cathedral's cat. In 2008, the stray cat started to visit the Cathedral and sat the door each day in the hope of being fed. After being fed each day, the cat decided the Cathedral was her home! It is not unusual to spot Doorkins during a service at the Cathedral and she has even had the honour to entertain the Queen! It was a very interesting and enjoyable day and for most of the children, their first time in a Cathedral.
As part of Religious Education, it is important for children to be encouraged to develop an awareness, an understanding of and develop a mutual respect for people of another faith. During the week of 16th October 2017, each class studied an aspect of Judaism. The week started off with a talk by a Jewish visitor, Jon Leigh, who spoke to the children about The Torah and Jewish Worship in assembly. He then delivered workshops to different classes in Key Stage Two and the children enjoyed a taster of the Jewish faith. The children had lots of interesting questions to ask and follow-up work was done throughout the week by class teachers. Both staff and children enjoyed studying Judaism and found it interesting to compare the Jewish faith to the Catholic faith, looking at the similarities and differences.
Standing in the hall of fame - Choir perform at the O2
The School Choir won a national competition for a place to sing at the Indigo, O2. Their performance was outstanding! They enjoyed meeting the special guest Ore Oduba, who gave an inspirational talk about perseverance. He is a television news and sports presenter and is well known for presenting BBC children's news. He also featured on 'Strictly Come Dancing' and was the dance champion in 2016. The Choir certainly will remember this day for the rest of their lives! It was a real accolade to perform in such a prestigious venue as the O2.
St Thomas More and St John Fisher Church Visit
As part of the Year 3 and Year 4 RE Curriculum, The Mass is one of the topics covered. Both classes visited our local Catholic Parish Church, where a visiting priest, Fr Terry Donnelly spoke about the Mass, the purpose and its importance. The children handled the holy objects that are used during Mass and they learnt about their symbolism. It was a very informative lesson and the children worked together to find the correct name for the holy objects and the parts of the Church.
Carol Service 2016
The Junior classes took part in an Advent Carol Service at our local Parish Church. Each class made decorations for the Church and told of the story of Jesus' birth through drama and song. Year 6 led the drama with freeze-frames, which portrayed the wonderful story as we heard the Readings. Carols were sung in between the Readings, which added to the spiritual beauty of the occasion.