On the last week of January saw the conclusion of St Joachim’s annual Classic Poetry Project – an English project which is focussed on reading, analysing, and reciting classic poems. On Friday 21st January children from Reception to Year 6 came together to celebrate the project with class recitals of famous poems such as The Charge of the Light Brigade, by Alfred Lord Tennyson; which were of the highest standard. It was a delight to welcome so many parents to the celebration assembly as it was fantastic for the children to have such a large and appreciative audience. Children from Reception to Year 6 all recited their poems with great enthusiasm and joy. There were some particularly powerful recitals, and all the children had learnt their class poem off by heart.
Representatives from St Joachim's and St Helen's attend the Newham Holocaust Memorial Day at the Old Town Hall in Stratford. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 is One Day
One Day – 27 January – is a day that we put aside every year to come together to remember, to learn about the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, in the hope that there may be One Day in the future with no genocide. We learn more about the past, we empathise with others today, and we take action for a better future.
Year 5 , at St Francis’, took part in an exciting project called ‘Architecture in Schools’. The project aimed to get the children thinking about the architecture around them and how it can be made more sustainable. The children worked with professional architects to design their own building, using many problem solving skills as well as learning about our local area. They visited the Olympic Park with professional architects and viewed the architecture around Stratford New Town, visited Chobham Academy (which the architects involved designed) before making their own models.
Mark, a postman of thirty years, went to St Helen’s in Plaistow to read the story to a class of children. The Jolly Christmas Postman, written by the Allan and Janet Ahlberg, has been a Christmas favourite for 30 years. All the children featured also received a copy of the book thanks to Puffin Books.
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Staff at St Helen’s volunteered to host the Parish Christmas Lunch. This was put on for the pensioners and Sisters in our community. After a 3 course meal, they enjoyed singing and dancing as well as a game of bingo.
Children at St Antony’s have campaigned, through their music videos, to promote the London Living Wage. Staff at the school have supported children to understand the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and through their voice to raise issues of poverty and injustice. Their work was recognised in an assembly and in the Newham Recorder. Living Wage Week: Forest Gate school marks accreditation | Newham Recorder
Children representing the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy Trust joined with other schools in Newham to remember those who died in World War I and other conflicts. The Last Post was played followed by the two minutes silence, which was reverently observed by all attending the service. Monseigneur John Armitage presided and children from all the Trust schools read poems, prayers and reflections as everyone remembered those who gave their lives for our freedoms.
On Saturday 16 th October governors, trustees and senior leaders across the Trust came together to review the successes of the previous year and spend time reflecting on the values, vision and mission of the Trust. They also agreed on some next steps to ensure that all schools in the trust can provide the best education for all the children they serve.
On 5 th October teachers from across the Trust and beyond, came together to start planning for a next year’s Citizenship themes. Discussions centred around Laudato Si (Praise Be to You) and Frattelli Tutti, (All Sisters and Brothers) two important recent letters from Pope Francis. Teachers are now planning in their schools to ensure the message is easy for children to understand and to help them understand their role as future citizens. Other groups of teachers are working together across the Trust to share new ideas and joint projects for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), inspirational uses for future information technology and improving standards across all phases in our schools.
- 29th London Youth Games
- 29th Mini Vinnies Sleepover
- 29th Cambridge Graduation
- 14th Royal Dress Up Day
- 13th Maths Market Week
- 8th No Smoking Day Poster Competition
- 3rd Tower of London
- 26th Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Celebration Concert
- 11th The Great St Winefride’s Spelling Bee Challenge
- 7th Newham Money Wise Challenge
- 1st Welcome to St Winefride’s
- 31st London Stations of the Cross Walk
- 8th St Francis'- World Book Week
- 3rd Making bread for Citizenship at St Francis’
- 25th St Edward's Art Week 2022
- 24th St Edward's Rocks Out!
- 21st St Antony’s Building Bridges with Communities in Newham
- 17th St Joachim's School Council Visit the Refugee and Migrant Project. (RAMP)
- 31st St Joachim’s Classic Poetry Project 2022
- 27th Holocaust Memorial Day 2022
- 18th Architecture in Schools at St Francis’ – Working in Our Community
- 21st 30th Anniversary of the Jolly Christmas Postman
- 16th St Antony's- Dot Dot Fire Financial Literacy
- 14th Supporting Parish Communities
- 24th St Antony’s children and staff are recognised as London Living Wage employers
- 18th Armistice Day 2021
- 27th Trustees & Senior Leaders Meeting across the Trust
- 13th Teachers working together across the Trust
- 13th Celebrating the schools in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy Trust
- 27th St Edward's Happy Days Video
- 25th St Antony's- Another Round of Applause
- 24th St Antony's -You Called We Came
- 21st St Helen's Happy Days Video