The after school Knit & Natter got off to a brilliant start this afternoon with students from years 7 -12 plus staff. The atmosphere was that of excitement and enthusiasm throughout the session as some learnt a new skill while others shared theirs by helping others. The knitters were treated to hot chocolate and cookies whilst knitting and nattering.
The generosity of staff who are unable to come along after school is tremendous with many donations of squares arriving in the Chaplaincy throughout the day.
We shall Keep Calm & Carry on Knitting!
On Friday 2nd February Fr John Aveyard celebrated our First Friday Mass on the Presentation of the Lord.
The Mass was led by students from years 7 & 8. The Mass Intention was for Roger Darbyshire, Chloe-Ann Walker’s uncle who passed away on Wednesday.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May he rest in peace.
Meet the new Chapel Helping Hands
Students from Years 7 & 8 accepted the invitation to offer their services to help in the Chaplaincy, creating and displaying posters, invitations and offering a warm welcome to visitors to the chapel during break and lunchtime every Tuesday.
The Knitting has commenced!
Meet our team of eager knitters……
The Chaplaincy is starting a Tuesday ‘Knit & Natter’ after school club in February for both experienced and budding knitters. Students from across the year groups are coming together to knit squares of varying sizes to make sensory twiddle blankets for residents in local residential care homes with Alzheimer’s.
If you are interested please pop into the Chaplaincy for more information.
The generosity of staff and students has been tremendous with gifts of wool and knitting needles.
SJF have kindly put together a Christmas parcel which has been sent to our link school in Upper West Region of Ghana. (Wechiau Junior High School)
Toys, Games, Stationery and Children’s Clothing made up the bulk of the items. All of which I know will be greatly appreciated and received.
I hope it arrives just in time for Christmas!
Unfortunately it has been necessary to cancel the Batley Torchlight Procession this year. St. Mary’s Church has being undergoing extensive repairs to the roof and in planning the work it was hoped that the scaffolding would be removed and the work completed before the Torchlight was due to take place on Monday 2nd October. Following discussions with Bishop Marcus it was agreed in the interests of safety that the procession be cancelled for this year only.
Our new Year 7 students took part in Rainbow Days last week. A series of days to allow them to explore and learn more about the Catholic life of our school. We had fun missions, a photography project on finding evidence of Christ in our School – who is everywhere! – singing practice and a teaching Mass. Next Thursday the Year 7 induction will end with our Rainbow Mass when all come together to celebrate becoming part of the St. John Fisher Family.
Congratulations to all of the young people of our deanery who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday evening at St. Patrick’s Church, Birstall. It was a wonderful occasion and a great witness of the Holy Spirit at work in our community.
On Thursday 16th March Year 9 walked down to Our Lady & St. Paulinus church in Dewsbury for our Year Group Mass.
Fr. Patrick Mungovin celebrated the Mass for us and in his homily he spoke about our solar system on how all the planets orbit the sun, and that is how it should be in our relationship with God. He should be a centre of everything that we do. As we are in the season of Lent, Fr. Patrick pointed out that the readings we heard, read by Olivia Brennan and Frances Newman-Burke, were perfect instructions on how we should live during lent through prayer, fasting and almsgiving (acts of charity).
After Mass we carried our school banners with pride back to school through Dewsbury Park – it is good to let our local community know who we are and leave them with a good impression.
Our Advent charity focus this year has been on Children. As usual we started with our annual shoebox appeal which was hugely successful. We then turned our attention to the Gianna Project, a Catholic Care scheme which collects and distributes baby items to family across the Diocese.
Once again our St. John Fisher community pulled out all the stops in donating hundreds of baby items. Nappies, wipes, clothing, knitwear, toys and much, much more are being handed to Catholic Care this week, and we are happy that our contributions will help families who are struggling at this time of year.