Welcome to Year 5!
Mrs Barton, Mrs Murray and Miss Horsely are really looking forward to working with you this year.
Our class Saint is Oscar Romero
Oscar Arnulfo Romero was born into a family of ten on 15th of August in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador. His father was in charge of the local telegraph office. Sometimes the young Romero helped his father to deliver telegrams. Oscar learned to be a carpenter, making tables, chairs and doors. When he was 14 years old, Oscar wanted to be a priest so he went to study at junior seminary. Some years later, Oscar went to Rome to study and stayed there during World War II. His father and brother died while he was in Rome.
Oscar was ordained a priest and returned to El Salvador. He became famous for his sermons. He also did a lot of parish work like visiting prisons, organising catechism classes and working with others in the Church to provide help and food for the poor. Oscar Romero became Archbishop of San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador.
Violence increased in El Salvador by the mid 1970s, as the government and army began killing poor people who stood up for their rights. When the army killed three people in the village of Tres Calles in Romero’s diocese, he comforted the families and wrote to the President to protest about the murders. Sadly, his friend Fr Rutilio Grande was shot and killed, along with two companions. The following Sunday, Romero allowed only one Mass in the whole diocese - at the Cathedral - where he spoke out against the murders.
As the violence in El Salvador continued, Romero continued to speak out. Every Sunday his sermon was broadcast by radio,the whole country listened. In his sermon on the 23rd March, Romero ordered the army to stop killing people: “In the name of God, and in the name of this suffering people whose cries rise to heaven more loudly each day, I beg you, I implore you, I order you, in the name of God, stop the repression!” The next day, a shot killed Romero as he said Mass.
Oscar Romero’s feast day is the 24th March.
Our virtues for this half term are Grateful and Generous
In Year 5, we are grateful for our own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with our gifts, now and in the future.
Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of the human person
We believe every human person is made in the image and likeness of God. This is a gift that we all share as fellow human beings; we are all infinitely loved by our Creator.
God is present in every human person, regardless of religion, culture, nationality, orientation or economic standing. Each one of us is unique and beautiful. We are called to treat every person and every creature with loving respect.
Please ensure that all children have a water bottle in class
Please ensure that your child reads each evening for at least 10 minutes and sign their diary.
Mass on designated weeks
Times table test
Homework given out