To commemorate the Month of Mary, in May, and to encourage prayer the children attend a wonderful celebration of Mary. Flowers are placed at Mary's feet during the service and all the children are given a Miraculous medal. This year, the celebration was led by Year 4, Raven class.
After the celebration Year 6 presented the flowers to lavenders Residential care home, in West Malling, for all the residents to enjoy in their 'Morning Room'.
Advent started with the making of Advent Wreaths for all classes. These were then used in class during RE lessons and provided a wonderful focus for Pupils throughout Advent.
Individual Penitential for KS2 pupils took place with Father Peter as well as a group Penitential for all the KS1 children, to help them to open their hearts in preparation for Christmas.
Our nativity service is a highlight of the school year, bringing together pupils, parents and the wider parish. The children told the story of the birth of Christ through narration, prayers and beautiful singing. It was a moving, thoughtful and joyful service
School Mass, led by Year 2, Dragonfly class, celebrated the end of term beautifully with Parents and St Thomas More congregation members joining in the hall.
Harvest Festival Mass
Led by Eagles class, this was a celebratory mass in the school hall. Attended by a large group of Parents and congregation all the pupils join in giving thanks for the harvest and all the wonderful things we are lucky enough to receive. We will also be sending all the non - perishable donations to the local Pilsdon community at West Malling. More information about their work in the local community can be found by following this link: http://www.pilsdonatmalling.org.uk/
The new Memorial Garden in school was blessed today by Father Peter. Led by Miss Cole and assisted by Mrs Moore, Mr Winkworth and the PTA, this wonderful new quiet area will support children who wish to remember close relatives in a peaceful environment. In conjunction with Sunshine day, the school also raised almost £200 for 'SlideAway'; a charity that has supported and continues to support, children in school following the death of a immediate or close family member.
First Holy Communion
As our children approach their First Communion over the coming weekends , as part of St Thomas More Parish, we offer our prayers for them as they take the next step on their journey in Christ. Our prayers are also extended to the children who, as part of other local parishes, will also be taking communion for the first time in the coming weeks.
Led by Year 6, the whole school participated in the Passion Play for Parents and Parishioners today. A reverent, thoughtful but wonderfully inspiring performance from the whole of Eagles class, bought the true meaning of Easter into all out hearts during this final Easter week.
Washing of Hands and Breaking of Bread
As part of bringing Easter week into the lives of all pupils we participate in the washing of hands and breaking of bread as part of a short assembly over the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Good Friday.
Year 6 led the school in Mass for Epiphany. Attended by both parishioners and parents, we celebrated the end of the Christmas.