Ms Ward and I were invited along to Central Library in Manchester last Thursday for the first briefing for the Bee in the City project. We met lots of representatives from other schools who were also taking part in the project and most exciting of all we saw what our bee will look like. We learned about the best materials to use to decorate our bee and watched a video to give us some ideas. Not that we needed any, we are already buzzzzing with ideas! Our bee will be delivered shortly after the Easter holidays so will post a picture when it arrives
Fantastic News! The Friends of Our Lady’s have kindly agreed to sponsor our school taking part in what is supposed to be one of the largest sculpture trails here in Manchester. Over 100 schools will be joining with community and youth groups as well as businesses to decorate a bee. The bee will then be displayed in a city centre location from July to September. Once the sculpture trail is over the bee will be returned to our school where it will remain on display.
The youth club had a fantastic few days at Lockerbrook Activity Centre in the Peak District this Easter Holiday. Climbing trees, stream walking and exploring were the order of the day and in the evenings table tennis, dressing up and card games. Even the youngest children helped out with the cooking and washing up and a great time was had by all of us.
The aim of this years youth club organised carol concert was to bring together all the groups and nationalities from our parish. We had choirs from Holy Name and Our Lady’s Schools, the Youth Club, a Polish choir, an African choir as well as the regular church choirs. The service finished with prayers spoken in different languages; Swahili, Portuguese, Spanis; Polish; Gaelic as well as representatives from the English and West Indian communities.
How exciting! Canon McBride and Lorraine from the diocese came to our school to train the pupil chaplaincy team from Our Lady’s and Holy Name schools. The pupil chaplaincy team will be very busy around each of the schools. They will be helping out with assemblies, prayer groups and lots of other things.
The gloomy weather didn’t stop children, parents and staff from Our Lady’s school taking part in the 5th annual Marian procession.
The procession left from Xavarian College and walked down Wilmslow Road down to Fallowfield, past St Kentigerns Church and into Platt Fields park for a beautiful service.
Children from each school read a bidding prayer and then let a balloon go for all our intentions.
The service finished with the crowning of Mary and children from the schools scattering rose petals at Our Lady’s feet.
This years sacramental programme class met for the first time this year during the 11.30 Mass at Our Lady’s Church. It is a big group with children from other schools as well. We spent our time together today getting to know each other. We are looking forward to going on this exciting journey together.