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St Paul's Catholic Primary School

Alive in Jesus

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On Tuesday 19th October, members from BRAVE ( Building Resilience Against Violence and Extremism ) visited St Paul’s to speak to our year 5 and 6 pupils about gangs and extremism. The provider began by asking - What makes a good citizen?

A good citizen

  • Respects people and property
  • Takes responsibility for their actions
  • Is honest and trustworthy
  • Cares for others
  • Protects the environment

During the day the pupils found out that a gang can be three or more people engaged in criminal activity. The pupils learned how gangs groom young people to carry out crimes and we discussed ways to prevent this.

We also learned about that extremist groups target young people online and we discussed ways to keep safe online. The pupils could identify three people they could speak to if they were worried about gangs, extremism or online safety.

We ended the session with reminding ourselves what a good citizen is, and that we shouldn’t be half-hearted when faced with gangs or extremists, we should be fearless and say No!

Here are some quotes from the Year 6 children

' I learnt that you should never join a gang no matter what. Even if they say you need to don't. If you know about it and you didn't report it, you are part of it.' 

Elora

' I learned that even a little favour can get you in a lot of trouble. I also know not to share private information and always tell someone what has happened.'

Scarlett- Roze

' I learned that gangs like to target and trap people into doing their bidding. They lure people in and make people do things that get them into a lot of trouble.'

Tamari

' Gangs have 3 or more people in them and do criminal activity. They can easily manipulate you to join their gang by buying you what you really want with 'their' money. Extremists are people who take things too far.'

Paanya

' A gang is not about looks, it can be people of any age.'

Jamie

' Anyone could be in a gang and try to take advantage of you to transport drugs or weapons and you need to question everything.'

Michal

' I learned that people in gangs don't have a specific look so be careful. I also learned that young children are very vulnerable.'

Muirede

St Paul's Refugee Pilgrimage - July 2021

Pope Francis has asked us to go on a special journey and to think about all the refugees in the World today. He asked us to ‘ walk alongside ‘ the refugees who are forced to make very dangerous journeys to find safety and a better life.  We chose special areas in school where we could stop and reflect on the life of a refugee and the problems they face. 

Station One

Here we stopped to think about where refugees are coming from, and we learned that people are leaving these places because of war and fighting.

Station Two

At this station, we learned that one in nine people will go hungry, and this is one of the reasons people leave their homes. They move away to find a better way of life, yet some people question their right to seek better lives for their families.

Station Three

One of the major causes for people leaving their homes is persecution due to religious beliefs, viewpoints or ethnicity. When people leave their homes, they no longer have their nationality or identity yet in God’s eyes, we all share the one true identity – as his children.

Station Four

The children imagined that they had to flee their home because of fighting. They could only pack a few belongings into a small rucksack, and they didn’t know if you would ever return home. 

Station Five

As the refugees travel to other countries, some family members are left behind. This might be because they are too weak or there is not enough money to pay for the passage ; some get lost or even die on the way. 

Station Six

At Station Six, we heard the devastating story of when, in 2013, a boat carrying 500 refugees from Eritrea and Somalia, sank off the island of Lampedusa. Only 151 people survived.

A local carpenter on the island met some of the survivors he then collected some of the wreckage of the boat. He made crosses from the wreckage for the survivors as a symbol of hope for the future.

At St Paul’s, we understand the difficulties which refugees face every day. We pray for them and know that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

Year 6 Leavers' Assembly

On Monday 19 th July, Year 6 celebrated their Leavers' Assembly in the school playground and lots of parents came to watch. The children began with a poem about the last year and how they have shown strength and resilience during this time. They then read a letter to their friend, thanking them for their help and support during their time at St Paul's and they remembered all the good times ( and some sad times too ).

Charlie shared the story of Oscar Romero who, when faced with difficulty, showed strength and courage. The children presented their parents with a Romero cross and thanked them for all they do. Mrs Damms then presented each child with a St Paul's hoodie, it was a lovely afternoon and one which the children will remember for a long time.

Good luck and God bless Year 6 !

Year 6 Leavers' Disco

Year 6 had a wonderful leavers' disco on Thursday the 15th of July. We were so fortunate that it was a glorious day, as the children were able to dance and play on the field. Later on we had pizza, chips and ice cream. The children dressed up for the occasion and had a fantastic time.

Well done again Year 6!

Year 6

Leavers' Mass

On Thursday 15th July, Year 6 celebrated their Leavers'Mass at St Paul's Church. Father Barry spoke about growing up and the importance of choosing the right friends. He also spoke about trying our very best and using all the talents God has given us.

Father Barry presented us with a Good News Bible and bookmark and he asked us to leave the bible open at a different page each day.

Ciaragh read the beautiful poem, 'Footprints in the sand' as our Communion Reflection.This poem tells us that Jesus is with us every step of the way, through the good and bad times.

Confirmation

On Thursday the 1st of July, we celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation at St Paul’s church. It was a wonderful evening when Father Barry reminded the children of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how these will guide them as they move on to secondary school. The children where fully prepared for the sacrament and chose Saints who demonstrated these gifts.

Well done Year 6!

       

On Monday 28th of June Deacon Owen, from the Diocesan Vocations Office visited Year 6 to discuss vocations to the religious life. He began with this quote from St Catherine of Sienna.

‘ If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire’. This means that each and everyone of us is amazing, unique and special. A vocation is who we are; it is God’s plan for us to be the happiest we can be.

The children also learned about Nuns, Deacons and Priests and how the religious life is bringing Jesus to us today. Deacon Owen asked the question, ‘ Do you think Jesus calls you?’ Year 6 replied by saying,

‘Jesus calls each and everyone one of us to be loving, caring and compassionate to all we meet’.

 

Immaculate Conception School Beirut, Lebanon

 

During the summer term Year 6,along with St Paul's Secondary School Birmingham and Saint Vincent De Paul Primary Liverpool, established links with Immaculate Conception School Beirut, Lebanon. This was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the lives of children living in Beirut and to share experiences. 

In preparation for this, Year 6 learned about Lebanon in Geography. We focussed on the countries which border Lebanon, the climate, culture and sadly, the explosion which happened in Beirut on the 4th of August  2020. We learned how devastating this explosion was and the impact it had on the pupils and staff of Immaculate Conception School.

On Friday 7th of May, we met up with the schools over zoom to share our experiences and learn about their life in Beirut. We also shared some information about our lives in Birmingham. 

The children of Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Immaculate Conception School and realised that, even though we live so far away, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

Here are some quotes from our Year 6 children about the experience.

Esther

I have learnt that the children in Beirut had difficulty in adjusting to the new way of learning after the explosion, it was very hard for them, not only was their school destroyed they had lost many of their loved ones.

I think the Zoom meeting was an amazing idea to share our support and love, to understand how people felt about what had occurred.

Jamin

I learnt that the children in Beirut are struggling due to an explosion, however they have a smile on their faces everyday as they continue to do their Zoom lessons. I learnt they celebrate lots of days.

I was surprised that they are very similar to our school and do lots of amazing things. I enjoyed learning about the school over Zoom.

Olivia

I learnt about the children in Beirut, they have only recently had an explosion that was caused by dangerous chemicals that were stored incorrectly. The explosion injured many and even left people homeless.

During the Zoom meeting, I felt excited to be learning about the other schools and what The Immaculate Conception did after the explosion.  It was also very interesting as I got to learn new things and what other schools do.

Rotan

I liked the Zoom meeting because they each had a chance to speak about their school.

Lizzie

I learnt that the children in Beirut speak Arabic and they also eat Lebanese food. They did not have enough electricity in school due to the explosion.

I felt nervous because I have never met people who speak Arabic but I learnt a lot about their country.

Max

I have learnt that the children in Beirut are brave because of the massive explosion that happened on the 4th August 2020.

On the Zoom meeting with other schools, I was surprised, because I thought that I had already learned enough about the school but I learnt more.

Leah

I felt happy and amazed because I was happy to see other schools and I was amazed about what has happened in Beirut.

Oliver

I felt excited about the Zoom meeting because we got to know a lot about each of the schools. It was very nice to see Sister Marlene on the meeting as well. We also got to show our school to the other schools which I felt proud about.

 Heaven

I learnt that the children in Beirut have school that has a primary and secondary so their school is huge. They also celebrate holidays like Lebanese Freedom Day.

I felt excited about learning about a new place that I didn’t know much about. I was also excited because I was meeting someone who saw the explosion in real life.

Sian

On the Zoom meeting, I felt like I wanted to know more about Lebanon and what the children are doing to help.

Ciaragh

I felt that the Zoom meeting with the other schools were fun. I learnt a lot about the other schools and I would totally do it again. It was nice and I liked speaking to the schools that were further away.

Jordan

I was excited, as we got to see and hear about the children in Beirut and in different schools.

Brooke

I felt excited that I could finally meet them and see and listen to what it is like at their school; at the same time, I was nervous that they wouldn’t like our school or our presentation. Apart from that I really enjoyed the time we spent together. I hope the Year 5s will be able to do this too.

 

We even had a Lebanese food tasting afternoon.

   

  

HSBC workshops, 1st of July 2021

HSBC Bank Plc | Manor Walks 

On Thursday the 1st of July, the UK Education team from HSBC bank delivered two online lessons to our Year 6 children. The first lesson, Sporting Chance, explored how easy it is to get carried away spending money. The children considered a trip to Wembley to watch a match, but had to think about all the added extras such as transport, food and tickets.

In the afternoon, our lesson was called ‘ Going Digital’. The session discussed how more people are using cashless payment methods in society today and looked at how things are paid for, without physically exchanging money. It also taught the children more about credit cards debit cards and managing a bank account online.

Here are a few quotes from Year 6.

‘ I learned that you can buy things cheaper if you shop around.I liked this lesson because I know the value of money’. Ciaragh

‘ I learned that saving money and having a budget is important’. Esther

‘ I learnt that saving your money is important and you shouldn’t waste it’. Jewel

‘Even though the price of the tickets are cheap, the overall cost of a day at Wembley is a lot of money.’ Harley

‘ I learned that money is a resources that can’t be wasted.’ Shay

‘ I enjoyed learning about money because you have to be careful what you buy’. Oliver

‘ I learned the value of money and how age is important because you spend more money when you are older.’ Leah

‘ I have learned to keep on a budget to save money’. Max

‘ I learned how to spend money wisely and it was fun’. Beau

‘ I have learned the importance of saving money and how to save it’. Heaven

Year 6 Vocations Afternoon

On Monday 28th of June Deacon Owen, from the Diocesan Vocations Office visited Year 6 to discuss vocations to the religious life. He began with this quote from St Catherine of Sienna.

‘ If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire’. This means that each and everyone of us is amazing, unique and special. A vocation is who we are; it is God’s plan for us to be the happiest we can be.

The children also learned about Nuns, Deacons and Priests and how the religious life is bringing Jesus to us today. Deacon Owen asked the question, ‘ Do you think Jesus calls you?’ Year 6 replied by saying,

‘Jesus calls each and everyone one of us to be loving, caring and compassionate to all we me

 

Whole School Retreat Friday 11th December

The Nativity

On Friday, we had a wonderful retreat day which focussed on the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and the birth of the baby Jesus.

We began by looking at the Annunciation and how Mary felt when she was chosen to be the mother of Jesus. Mary was just an ordinary girl who loved God and that is why she was chosen.

The children then gained an understanding of how difficult it was for Mary when she travelled to Bethlehem from Nazareth, which was over 90 miles away. Joseph wanted to make sure that Mary had a safe place to have the baby Jesus, eventually found a stable, not a palace for a King.

We produced some fantastic artwork and spent time reflecting on the Nativity and the importance of Jesus in our lives.