Religion in Our School 2015-2016

The Nursery celebrated St Richard’s Feast Day by visiting St Richard’s church. 

Class 11 spent a day of reflection at the Marist Centre 

Celebrating Religious Festivals in the Nursery – our displays 

Celebrating Diwali in Reception 2

In Class 2 during our PSHE lesson we made Diva lamps to celebrate the festival of Diwali. 

We have been learning about the celebration of Diwali this week in Reception 1  and we created diva lamps out of clay. We had to use different tools to make patterns and painted the detail carefully. We now know that Diwali is the festival of light.  Reception 1 have won the first ever trophy for being the best behaved class during lunch time. We were very excited!  When reading the book the Rainbow Fish, we created some clay fish. We stuck some sequins onto the fish so that they looked like scales and then we painted them. We made sure they were on our display near the water area for all to see! 

We have been learning about people who help us in our community. We were delighted to have Veronica our lollypop lady join us in class to teach the children how to cross the road safely.

Reception 2 had a lovely time celebrating Chinese New Year! They listened to the story and acted it out, they made lanterns and monkeys, they tasted some lovely Chinese food and made dragon masks and performed a special dance during PE! They even learned how to write their letters and numbers in Chinese! 

In Class 9 we began to think about the needs of elderly people and some of the difficulties that they can face during their later years. Here, we were trying to empathise with some of these difficulties that they can encounter. 

Fr Dever kindly came to visit Reception 2 to talk to us all about Palm Sunday. He brought palm leaves for the children and we all joined together for our palm procession. We sang songs and waved our palm leaves as we walked around the school grounds. 

At St Richard’s we like to reward and acknowledge the achievements of our pupils.  Every Friday we have an assembly where we pray together and celebrate the children’s achievements.  We celebrate the following awards every week:  star of the week, best behaved class at lunchtime and excellent behaviour.  At the end of every month we have a longer assembly where we celebrate the achievements of the children with the following awards:  star of the week, excellent behaviour, best behaved class at lunchtime, moving up a reading level, accelerated reading programme awards, Lexia awards, Mathletics awards, star writer of the month, star mathematician of the month and prefect of the month.  The children thoroughly enjoy these assemblies and work hard in order to win.  

The children from the Nursery and Reception classes have been working hard to raise money for St. Joseph’s Penny. They had a sponsored walk on Monday 14th March in Crowcroft Park. Luckily the weather was beautiful and the children were able to have a well-deserved picnic afterwards. The staff, children and their family members really enjoyed the afternoon. Thank you to all those who were able to join us. 

Father Dever kindly came to visit Reception 2 on Ash Wednesday. We sang songs and thought about all of the good things we are going to do during Lent. 

We celebrated Shrove Tuesday in Reception 2 by having pancakes in class! We cut them in half and shared them with our friend. The children chose their toppings and had a pancake feast! We also talked about Lent and watched video clips of the teachers talking about what they are going to give up and take up for Lent. This helped the children to think about what they could do. 

Father Dever visits Class 2 

Year 6 pupils visited the Marist Centre.  They took part in workshops and drama based around the topic of ‘Responsibility’.  The children had a lot of fun and learned about their responsibilities at home, at school and in the world. 

Choir at Alma Park School Peace Mala with Lord Mayor July 2015

The Sisters from The Marist Centre enjoyed a day at St Richard’s with year 3 and year 4 pupils which ended with an assembly for the rest of Key Stage 2 

Sacramental Programme 2015

This year’s St. Richard’s Sacramental Programme starts at the end of January 2015 and continues to the end of June when the final celebration takes place. There are 41 KS2 children taking part who will be prepared for receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Sorry for any inconvenience but Father Dever has had to change the date of the first meeting of the Sacramental Programme from Thursday 29th January to the following Thursday 5th February with the Mass of Initiation now being on Saturday 7th February.  To view the revised Sacraments of Initiation Calendar please use this link:  Sacrament of Initiation 2015