Lent - We are remembering, reflecting, gathering and listening to the sacrifices Jesus made for us during his forty days in the desert.
Throughout Lent, the children have gathered together for class liturgies, pupil-led liturgies, key stage masses and whole school masses. We have been reverent throughout Lent and discussed ways in which we can follow in Jesus' Footsteps.
During Lent, we have prepared our prayer tables. We have changed our altar cloths to purple to symbolise preparation, reflection and reverence.
Each class has added their own touch, for example, in Year 1 they have created a cross out of soil to symbolise Jesus' time in the desert.
Christmas is such a special time of the year. We welcome the birth of baby Jesus, the Son of God, our new King. We have celebrated his coming in all different ways at Maryvale.
EYFS and KS1 have performed the story in their Nativity and KS2 produced a fantastic Carol Service.
Advent is a special time of year where we prepare for the coming of Christ. At Maryvale, we have been preparing for this occasion by raising money and donating items to our chosen charity St Chad's. We have had class Advent services and an Advent mass.
We also held a 'Purple Day' where all the children came into school wearing the colour purple, where the children enjoyed a range of Advent activities throughout the day!
Year 6 led a KS1 and KS2 Advent assembly, they informed us all about the importance of Advent, it's meaning and ideas of what we can do throughout the time Advent.
The children gathered respectfully, listened carefully, responded righteously and completed Advent activities going forth. By going forth, each class including EYFS set out their own Advent Promises to abide by during Advent.
It was so special to celebrate our first whole school Mass together and to be joined by other members of the community. We had so many donations of food - which will soon be going to charity.
Thank you to our House Captains who have been leading Rosary Club during October.
Collect Worship During Lockdown
During this period, in consultation with the Archdiocese of Birmingham it has been agreed that Mass must not be celebrated in the school building. However, children both at home and in school have been fortunate enough to be able to celebrate Mass virtually alongside other local primary schools thanks to St Chad's Cathedral Birmingham and their live streamed Masses.
All are welcome to celebrate St Chad's virtual Masses. Visit https://www.stchadscathedral.org.uk/ to find Mass times and access to the live stream.
On Wednesday 17th February, the six-week journey of Lent begins, where Christians are called to a deeper commitment of prayer, fasting and giving so that we are renewed ready to receive new life at Easter.
Although we will not be together in school this Ash Wednesday, please find the link below to join in with St Chad's for a special Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday 17th February at 9.30am.
During Lent, you can access daily prayers from home. These prayers are written to be said at home with your family.
Click below to access the prayers
w/c 15 or 22 February 2021
To access Assembly video for home, click on the link below
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. (Candlemas)
Our celebrations were a little different this year but despite all of this, we still made our Bambinelli figures which were blessed in Mass. Take a look at some of our beautiful Bambinelli figures.