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Samuel Partnership Stations of the Cross 2024

Chaplains of Catholic schools from the Samuel Partnership in Swindon and Malmesbury came together on the 20th March to pray and take part in the Stations of the Cross.  Each school was given two stations to re-enact and it allowed the children to follow and pray with Jesus as they participated, thinking about His final journey of love.   Each school reflected on their stations so creatively, using dance, song, drama and even musical instruments to convey meaning. After each station was read out, the children were given time to reflect on their own lives and the world around us, thinking about how they can work together in solidarity, to show love to others this Lent and beyond. At the end of the service, each chaplain was given a cross and an Easter prayer card to take home as a reminder of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and how we can continue to grow in His love. In the lead up to Holy Week, this was a wonderful opportunity to have time to reflect together and we would like to thank the chaplains who spoke and acted so reverently, and the staff who attended and enabled us to come together as a Samuel Partnership community this Lent

The Good News Easter Play 2024

Children in Middle Phase took to the stage during Holy Week to perform ‘The Good News’. This Easter play was written by the teachers and tells the story of Jesus’ life from his birth to his resurrection and his ascension into heaven. It was wonderful to see the children using their God-given talents to bring the Bible alive and reveal the hope and joy in the Risen Lord.

International Mass May 2023

To conclude the celebrations of the Power of Prayer, and reflect on the joyful Feast of Pentecost, St Mary’s parish priest, Father Michael, led the school community in an International Mass. Children were invited to come into school wearing their traditional native dress and prayers were read out in many different languages, representing and celebrating the diverse and inclusive community of St Mary’s.

The Power of Prayer Arts Week May 2023

Our children experienced the ‘Power of Prayer’ through a two week celebration of the Arts in school. To launch this event, they were blessed with a visit from Joan Fernandes, a former pupil, who led the school community in joyous worship, centred on the theme ‘The Power of Prayer.’ Throughout the two weeks, the children were given the opportunity to praise God through different art mediums. Activities included taking part in traditional Goan Folk dancing, Irish dancing, designing their very own Swinpup based on stewardship and Catholic Social Teaching, developing spirituality through contemplative prayer, praise and worship with flags, fashion designing, Forest school, baking and lots of praising God through song! Parents were invited to come into school and spend time with their child praying and reflecting on the Fruits of the Spirit and how we can use these gifts in our lives today in the Outdoor Prayer space.

The Gospel Show 2023

Children in Year 3 and 4 took the stage to retell the life of Jesus from birth to his death and resurrection in 'The Gospel Show!'. The story is told through the 4 Gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  

St Mary's Big Lent Walk March 2023

On Friday 10th March, staff and children throughout the school walked as many laps of the school grounds as they could to raise money for CAFOD. As we walked round, we remembered those affected by the earthquakes in Turkey as well as families around the world who are coping with the devastating effects of climate change. Our Chaplaincy Council also made a video to encourage others to understand about the effects of climate change on our global neighbours. 

St Mary's Big Lent Walk Video 2023

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The Stations of the Cross 2023

Our school community came together to retell Jesus' final journey to the cross. Each class took a station to freeze frame as narrators reflected on each station. It was a very moving service. 

The Samuel Partnership Stations of the Cross- Lent 2022

In the lead up to Holy Week, chaplains from our Catholic cluster schools came together to pray and reflect on Jesus' final journey to the cross. Each school were allocated two stations and led us in prayer through dance and drama. 

This Man Called Jesus- Lent 2022

Our Year 3 and 4 children reold the Easter story through the performance of 'This Man Called Jesus'. The whole school were invited to watch and reflect on the events of Holy Week.

The Passion of Christ(3)

The Passion of Christ

In the lead up to Holy Week, children from each class reflected on the final week of Jesus’ life through drama and  re-enacted each important stage of His journey. From Palm Sunday when Jesus entered Jerusalem with the crowds waving their palms in praise, to when Jesus ate his last supper with his disciples, to his arrest, trial and eventual execution and finally, His joyous resurrection and promise of eternal life. It was truly wonderful to see the children retell such an important story and we shared this virtually with the children to mark the beginning of Holy Week. 

 Click here to view The Passion of Christ 2021

Care for Creation Week November 2021

In the Canticle of the Creatures, St Francis of Assisi praises God for some of the wonders of our ‘common home’, the Earth. In linking with COP26, we had a Care for Creation Week in school where we looked at the arts through St Francis' words and displayed our wonderful creations at our art exhibition. We also raised money for CAFOD by 'Going Green' with our Eco Warriors baking some yummy green treats to sell at the exhibition. 

Click here to read all about it in our weekly newsletter

Walk for Water Lent 2021

During Lent this year, our staff community launched our Walk for Walk CAFOD campaign to raise money to raise to support families the St Mary's school community raised an impressive £275 for CAFOD. We encouraged our school community to Walk for Water during Lent to support families in poorer communities who need clean water 

Your amazing donations will help to buy :- water for a family - £33 - a bike for a water engineer to travel to a remote communitys water pump - £66. Thank you. 

hared this virtually with the children to mark the beginning of Holy Week. 

St. Mary's Staff - Walk for Water

Helping Ukraine during Lent 2022

Raising money for Prospect Hospice

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