Advent is the period leading up to Christmas and is the start of the church's year. It starts on the Sunday nearest to 30 November and ends on the fourth Sunday before 25 December. The word 'advent' means 'coming'. It is a time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
Every year, we celebrate Advent by ensuring that the children understand the meaning and significance of waiting. Each class has an Advent wreath that they make and present at a special assembly to mark the beginning of this special season. Class worship during Advent focuses on the themes of hope, joy, love and peace.
Each year the children from Reception and Key Stage 1 prepare and perform the Nativity, an annual highlight for parents.
Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. During Lent it is traditional to reflect on the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross tell the story of Jesus' last day on earth. On Lenten Reflection Day, our children reflect on the themes of Lent and Easter through a series of prayer stations.
Every year, the children participate in and organise fundraising activities towards the Good Shepherd Appeal. The appeal culminates in Leeds Cathedral, when representatives from the schools give what they’ve raised to the bishop.
The children also take part in a Lenten Prayer Walk in the beautiful surroundings of Golden Acre Park. The opportunity to reflect on nature and spend time outside is always a powerful experince for everyone involved.
"I love just being able to breath and smell the nature."
"The daffodils are just making me smile."
"I never listen to the birds singing but it sounds so nice."
Easter, the most important event in the Catholic calendar, is the completion of Holy Week and celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion.