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Religious Services and events

Throughout the year, the school celebrates key festivals and celebrations within the liturgical calendar. We are extremely grateful to the the Church for letting us use their premises and to Fr. Taemin who always leads us in prayer and delivers thought-provoking sermons whenever we come together in Christ. We are also very lucky to have regular visits from the Pathway's Team who tell Bible stories in an exciting and accessible way for children with a key message at the end of every session. Each class performs one assembly a year focussing on their Patron Saint and class value and how these link to our school's vision statement. We also have regular events such as blessings, the receiving of ashes on Ash Wednesday and daily Collective Worship in class and in assemblies which allows us to draw nearer to God. Our religious learning is shared once a term in our RE Newsletter so please have a look at these below:

School Blessing

At the beginning of the year, Fr. Taemin blessed the school with prayers for a successful, happy and healthy academic year. Each room in the school was blessed with holy water and the children and staff were gathered outside to receive a whole school blessing.

'For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.' - Proverbs 2:6

Pathway's Assembly - October 2018

We were visited by the Pathway's team in October who told the children the story of the Good Samaritan. The children learnt that when Jesus tells us to love our neighbour He means that we should show mercy and compassion to everyone we meet and not just the people who are known to us.

'He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’"and, "Love your neighbour as yourself."' - Luke 10:27

Harvest Praise Service

Harvest is a time of great thanksgiving to God for supplying us with not only physical nourishment through food but also spiritual nourishment through His love. It is a time when we think of those who do not have food or warmth and the school donates food to the Enfield Food Bank as an act of charity. Each class gives a presentation on a different aspect of the Harvest festival.

'Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.' - 2 Corinthians 9:10

Remembrance Service

During remembrance service, the children and staff paid their respects to all of those who have perished or suffered in war. Representatives of community groups accompanied Mrs Beckwith and Mr Cunningham with the flag of St George to honour the memory of these known and unkown people and we thought about the tremendous courage that members of our armed forces show in times of conflict and how we can strive to make peace within our home and community.

"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends" - John 15:13

Year 6 Class Assembly

Throughout the year each class presents an assembly about their class saint and their class value which is linked to the school's vision. In November, Year 6 was the first class to share their learning. Children, staff and parents were treated to Year 6’s assembly about their Patron Saint Paul and their class value of perseverance. They told us how St Paul was originally a persecutor of Christians until he heard the Lord speak to him on the road to Damascus. He was baptised into the Church of Christ and endured four missionary journeys teaching the world about God’s love for humanity through Jesus Christ. Year 6 explained that St Paul never gave up trying to spread the teachings of Christ which is why he is a good example of perseverance to all of us. The children also linked St Paul’s life to the way we aspire to live out our values and fulfil our Christian journey through the school’s vision statement. Congratulations to Miss Anastasiou, Mrs Bacon and all of Year 6 for a truly  thought-provoking and inspiring performance. The children showed real courage through their fantastic narration, acting, singing and performance. 

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Year 6's Poem about St Paul:

The Journey of a Missionary Martyr

St Paul, our Patron Saint!

Saul was his first name,

a Jew who persecuted Christians,

a very confident speaker

his words as fierce as a lion.

St Paul, our Patron Saint!

His change came when he saw a light,

Christ’s word boomed from heaven,

three days his sight was no more,

baptised to Paul by disciple Ananias.

St Paul, our Patron Saint!

converted to Christianity—born again,

preaching and spreading God’s word,

four treacherous journeys began,

sharing his faith with many non-believers.

St Paul, our Patron Saint!

Messiah’s light shone all over the world,

some wanted him stopped; he never did,

imprisoned, tortured, abused by Nero,

June 29th a martyr born into Heaven.

Pathway's Assembly - November

We were very fortunate to be visited by the Pathway's Team again in November who told us how a Christmas Cracker represents the relationship we have entered into with God through Christ's birth. They explained that the paper crown inside a cracker represents Jesus as the King of Kings and the gift inside symbolises the gift of Jesus Christ that God gave to us at Christmas. The joke inside a cracker stands for the joy we are given through the birth of Jesus and the loud bang shows the surprise that the world felt when Jesus first came to earth and that He will come again.  

'9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.' - John 1: 9-10

Christingle Service

Year 6 were fantastic representatives of the school as they led us in carols, prayer and worhsip in our Christingle service. The children shared the meaning of the Christingle light with us - explaining what each component of the Christingle was and what it represented to Christians. We also enjoyed listening to some of the children read from Luke's Gospel about the arrival of the shepherds and hearing the two fantastic Christingle songs that the children had prepared. Christingle reminds us of Christ coming into the world to be our light and guide before Christmas and we were very grateful to all of Year 6 for encouraging our understanding of this special event.

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!" - Luke 2:14

Epiphany Service

Epiphany marks the end of Christmastime when the three wise men visited the baby Jesus to offer gold, frankincense and myrrh as a sign that He was God in human form. During our service Fr. Taemin chose several children to hold special figurines to remind us of the main events of Epiphany. 

"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you." - Isaiah 60:1

RE VISIT TO SOUTHGATE PROGRESSIVE SYNAGOGUE

One of the most important elements of our religious teaching is that children also learn about other faiths and their practices. This allows them to share their own experience of the Christian faith with other members of religious communities and develop their spiritual awareness and understanding. Year 3 were very privileged to once again meet representatives of Southgate Progressive Synagogue to learn about the Jewish way of life. They were able to see first-hand some of the key Jewish artefacts such as the Torah scrolls and the Ark. They were also shown the shofar and learned the Hebrew thanksgiving blessing for bread and wine. We were so grateful to the Synagogue for sharing such a wealth of information with the children and for their hospitality. 

Pathway's Assembly - January

Our huge thanks go to the Pathway's Team who returned for a visit in the New Year. Chris and Amber expertly re-told the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant through images and choosing some of our children to act out the key parts of the story. The children were, as always, fully engrossed with the story and understood the message we have been given through Christ that we should always forgive one another.

21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.' - Matthew 18: 21-22

Dharma Mandir Visit

As part of their RE learning about Hinduism, Year 6 visited the Dharma Mandir Temple to discover more about the Hindu way of life. We were very lucky to be greeted by Jason who told the children the story of Rama and Sita and Diwali. The children also learned about the Hindu holy book and some of the major deities in the Hindu religion. Here's what the children said about their experience:

"Thank you Jason! We appreciate that you gave up your precious time to accommodate us at your beautiful Dharma Mandir."

"Hare Krishna Jason! We thank you for your teachings and for telling us the story of Rama and Sita in a remarkable manner. We were grateful to hear the story told in a funny and memorable way. Thank you for letting us learn your version of the Rama and Sita story – I will now take the story and share it with others in my own way."

"Thank you for helping us learn more about how Hindus live and worship; you taught us more about how important it is to show respect for people and other faiths."

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Year 5 cLASS aSSEMBLY

We were all incredibly impressed with Year 5’s wonderful assembly about St Peter – their class saint – and their class value of ‘Responsibility’. The children started by telling us the story of St Peter’s life. St Peter was born with the name Simon and was called to be one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. Jesus gave him the name ‘Peter’ – which means ‘rock’ – as He wanted the Christian community to be founded upon the ‘rock of the Church’. Despite Peter’s denial of Jesus, he became a good role-model of responsibility by confirming his love for Jesus and becoming the first Pope.

The children did a superb job of recounting St Peter’s life and linking his story to their class value. They also sang the beautiful song ‘No Charge’ which tells the story of a little girl who asks her mother for payment in return for the chores she has done. Her mother explains that all the things she has done for her daughter out of love is free of charge – linking perfectly to Year 5’s value of ‘Responsibility.’ Thank you so much to the parents / carers who came to support the class and, of course, a huge thank you goes to Ms Knott for her invaluable input.

'Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.' - Proverbs 22:6

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Year 4 Class Assembly

Year 4 presented their fantastic class assembly to the school and their parents. The children told us the life story of their class patron—St Nicholas—explaining how he is now affectionately referred to as Santa Claus who brings presents to children at Christmastime. They also explained how St Nicholas’ caring nature towards others made him a fantastic example of their class value: Generosity. As a tribute to St Nicholas and all our school saints, the children sang ‘When the Saints go Marching in.’ They also sang Stormzy’s ‘Blinded By Your Grace Pt.2’ - expressing the message that God will come to us in times of trouble if we reach out to him through prayer. Thank you so much to the children who performed so beautifully and to Mrs Boyo for putting on such a lovely assembly!

“Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” - Psalm 112: 5

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Pathway's Assembly - March

“Amber and Maureen came to visit us today and they talked about forgiveness and giving someone a second chance. They had a quiz at the beginning and then they told us about when Jesus was crucified. When Jesus was crucified there were two other people crucified with him – one on the left and one on the right. The y were asking Jesus ‘if you are so powerful, why do you not save us?’ Jesus asked God to forgive them because they did not understand what they were saying. After they heard this one of the people being crucified with Jesus said they should respect God because Jesus was suffering like everyone else. He asked for Jesus’ forgiveness, and Jesus asked God to give him forgiveness and he started crying with tears of joy. The lesson was that we should always give people second chances and to be able to forgive.” 

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” - Luke 23: 42-43

wintershall assembly

‘The assembly was about someone who was acting out a person from the Bible. The lady had a daughter who was very poorly. The lady wasn’t a Jew but she had heard of Jesus’ miracles where he could heal the sick. She decided to go to Jesus but when she reached Him, He told her she would have to wait. She became offended because she believed that dogs had to wait for the last scraps so she felt like she was being treated like a dog. She walked away but then she realised that Jesus was there to help everyone not just the Jews. She returned to Jesus and He said “go home, your daughter is healed.” When she went home she found her daughter sitting up in her bed smiling and it made her believe that Jesus was God.’

Wintershall Assembly Prayer:

Lord Jesus,

teacher from Nazareth,

the way, the truth and the life

help us to walk in your footsteps of humility, love and kindness,

to discover the truth from your teaching

and to live a life that brings joy to others

Amen

Year 3 Assembly

What a fantastic performance Year 3 gave us on Thursday during their class assembly. They told us about their class saint—St Veronica—and how she helped Jesus by giving Him a veil to wipe his face on before he was crucified. They linked this to their class value of ‘courage,’ explaining how Veronica was courageous for trying to help Jesus despite the fact He was being treated as a criminal. They also linked this to other people who inspired them to show courage such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. The children finished the assembly by singing the moving song ‘(something inside) so strong’ by Labi Siffre and leading us in special prayers. Well done to all of the children and a big thank you to Mrs Burt and all other staff who helped put on such a great assembly!

'Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.' - Ephesians 6:10

sT gEORGE'S dAY SERVICE

Thank you to Fr. Taemin who led us in prayer and worship on Tuesday to celebrate St George’s Day. The children who belong to community groups looked incredibly smart as they came in with the statue of St George and the rest of our children were also very well behaved. Our school council representatives did a fantastic job of reading the poem ‘The Legend of St George’ - our thanks go to Mrs Hart for rehearsing with them but also for doing the Biblical reading in the service. We were reminded that St George is not just the Patron Saint of our school but also of the whole country and we reflected on how he modelled many of our school values such as: courage, perseverance and responsibility.

'Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.' - 1 Corinthians 16:13

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