St Francis' 
Catholic Primary School 
 
 
A very warm welcome to St Francis' Catholic Primary School  
 

Celebrations 
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St Francis' Feast Day 

We celebrated St Francis' feast day by attending Mass with Fr Reg and enjoying a special animal-themed day. One of the Year 6 pupils rode her horse around the school field, while children in Year 2 cuddled Flash and Toothy, two very furry guinea pigs! We also had a visit from some birds of prey from Avon Owls and a horse called Rosie. Great fun was had by all as we gave thanks to God for His creation, for St Francis and for our school community. 

School Pilgrimage to Downside Abbey to Celebrate Feast Of St Francis 

We had a fantastic day at Downside Abbey. Thank you so much to all our parents, grandparents and governors who joined us for this very special celebration of our feast day. The children did us proud with the Abbey staff being impressed by their behaviour and the way in which they were so interested in what they did and saw. Talking to the children afterwards I was struck with how much they appreciated going somewhere so different and their enthusiasm through the day. They all engaged well when completing their practical tasks around the abbey, and sat beautifully for mid-day prayer in the abbey with the monks. 

Eduaction Mass 

We have celebrated some beautiful Masses together - for example, First Holy Communion , the Education Mass at Clifton Cathedral and mass at church for the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul. Well done to all those children who helped in any way, through singing in the choir, dancing as part of the offertory or leading readings and prayers. Congratulations to all our children who have made their first holy communion recently and who were able to receive communion at a school mass for the first time. 

May Procession 

This year's May Procession was a real community affair with families joining St Francis' pupils as the Year Four class beautifully led an afternoon of joyful singing and prayer to honour Our Lady. 

Pentecost Assembly  

A Pentecost Party took place this week to celebrate the birthday of the Church. Senior citizens from the parishes of St Francis' Nailsea and the Immaculate Conception Clevedon joined children and staff for a Pentecost Celebration in the school hall. Each class presented in word, song, dance and drama thoughts about the Holy Spirit and everyone enjoyed a slice of birthday cake. The celebration was organised by the School Prayer team who wanted to do something special for those who are elderly or live alone. Here are some comments from some of the visitors who spoke to the prayer team after the event "First class in all aspects!" "A really enjoyable morning. All the children did so well." "Thoroughly enjoyed it. Reminded me of my childhood!". "Fantastic assembly. Very creative". "Wonderful! The children have such a clear understanding of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit". "What a lovely way to celebrate the Church's birthday. Thank you St Francis' School!" 

Passover Meal 

On Wednesday afternoon, Key Stage 2 children enjoyed celebrating a Passover meal together. Tables were spread with an array of foods arranged on Seder plates, each food representing an aspect of the freeing of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Children listened to Passover music and shared the food together in a special order. Our six very youngest children all asked a question about the Passover meal, and the year six children answered them.  
 
Many thanks to our fantastic year 5 parent helpers who went shopping, cooked food, chopped food and helped clear up afterwards! 

KS1 Christmas Craft Workshop 

Reception Class and the children in Years 1 and 2 took part in a Christmas craft workshop. They listened to the Christmas story and made Christmas cards, Christmas decorations and edible mangers containing baby Jesus! Lots of parents came into school to assist the children and an enjoyable time was had by all. 

KS2 Carol Service (Year 6 Pupil Report) 
Our Carol Service was called ‘Treading in the Footsteps’ and all of key stage 2 took part and did something. Y3 were angels, Y4 were shepherds and years 5 and 6 led the choir and harmonies, acted part of the story and led the readings and solos. We processed into church with amazing costumes; white tops, black leggings or trousers and star headbands for the choir; robes and head dresses for the shepherds and tunics for the angels. We led the carols and at the end the congregation joined in with ‘O Come all Ye Faithful’. When we asked year 6 pupils their best carols ‘Prince of Peace’, ‘Treading in the Footsteps’ and ‘Bang the Drums’ were definite favourites. Special thanks to the school orchestra which started the service. It was a truly amazing moment because it was the last carol service for Y6 pupils and we loved it. 

KS1 Nativity 

What a fantastic re-telling of the Christmas story we have been privileged to see this week, with our infant performance of ‘Mary’s Knitting’ whisking us back to Bethlehem all those many years ago. The children sang with gusto, the narrators and actors were crystal clear and the smiles on every child’s face showed how much they enjoyed performing for their parents, parishioners and other pupils. 

Advent and Blessing of the Wreaths  

A wonderful number of Advent wreaths appeared in our classrooms and school hall. They were blessed by Father Reg and returned to the children's homes to enjoy as part of our families' Christmas preparations. The children also created beautiful Advent place mats. 

Christingle 

We celebrated our Christingle Mass with Year 2 and Father Reg leading it. Children brought in their Christingle oranges to be blessed at Mass and brought home at the end of the day. A Christingle celebration is a Christian celebration of light – other religions also have such celebrations, eg Hanukkah and Diwali. Through a Christingle celebration we are reminded of the love and hope that Jesus brought to the world and that we often talk about Jesus as ‘the light of the world’. In the same way we are asked to bring hope and love to our families, friends and those around us. 
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