‘Together we Believe † Achieve and Succeed’

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‘This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it’.  Psalm 118.24 Alleluia! Alleluia!

We dressed in green to raise money for CAFOD and raise awareness of their #GoGreen campaign. We made our own pledges in support of climate change.

Efail Isaf celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and prayed the Rosary together using our new rosary beads from #MissionTogether.

A thoughtful and reflective pupil led assembly all about how we are God’s people, that he loves us even though we are all different and that we should do the same. A special reminder whilst we are marking Black History Month.

Supporting the Vale Foodbank Harvest Appeal.

KS2 welcomed Canon to school to congratulate him on his Golden Jubilee, to let him know how special he is to us and to thank him for his support to the school.

We enjoyed celebrating Mission Together’s Day of Many Colours.. We dressed in the Mission Together Colours and learnt how to greet one another in different languages. We also learnt about our friends around the world.

#lampeter A beautiful pupil-led worship in our prayer garden

#DosbarthGwyrdd – Meditation time. Enjoying quiet time to reflect and recharge for afternoon lessons.

Meithrin September and October

Our first collective worship in Meithrin and each child chose an item from our special RE Box to place onto our focus area as we say thank you to God for loving us.

Our focus to begin RE in September is ‘Myself’. The children drew independent pictures of themselves and we discussed how they are precious to God.

Each half term we discuss our school virtues. This half term the virtues were ‘Eloquent and Truthful’. We have all the virtues on our special tree displayed in Meithrin. The children were able to explain that truthful means ‘always tell the truth’ and eloquent is to ‘speak nicely’.

Continuing with our topic ‘Myself’ the children brought in photos of their families, and we listened to each child explain who their family members are. We then put the photos on our Meithrin Family display for the children to know that their families are always with them, as is God.

October is the month of the Rosary and our collective worship displayed the Rosary, cross and candle. The children understand that each bead on the Rosary represents a prayer.

Congratulations to all the children who celebrated their First Holy Communion. We enjoyed preparing you for this very special day.

The children took part in ‘2million Steps to Acceptance’ during the month of April for AP Cymru’s fundraiser. 

AP Cymru are a charity who support Autistic children and their families. Each day during April the children recorded their steps which were added to the charity’s total number of steps. At the end of the month AP reached their target and the children all received a certificate and medal #CompassionateAndLoving

As part of our May Day celebrations, we prepared a thoughtful pupil-led worship about the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Afterwards we went into the prayer garden where we crowned Mary and took flowers to her. We ended by saying a decade of the rosary together using our own decade rosaries that we had made the previous day to help us. 

Pupils in Efail Isaf have made their own decade rosaries to help them pray the rosary during the Month of May.

Year 5 Pupil Led Worship – Mary, Our Lady.

During Lent we have learned about the importance of ‘The Cross’. We focus on The Cross when we say our welcome prayer and our going home prayer in nursery. The Helpwr Heddiw will place the cross for all to see as we pray. Following the Easter story we have learned that Jesus died on The Cross for us because he loves us and The Cross is a symbol of Jesus’s love for us. During Lent we decorated our own wooden cross with every child in morning and afternoon nursery painting a fingerprint heart on the cross to show our love for Jesus.

As part of our Holy Week celebrations in school the children in Efail Isaf created their own paper Palm crosses and held a class collective worship to remember the events of Jesus riding into Jerusalem. 

The children in Efail Isaf produced their own beautiful Stations of the Cross and wrote their own prayers and reflections to accompany their images. The class then held their own ‘Journey to the Cross’ sharing their work with each other. A beautiful, reflective and thought provoking service. 

As part of our Holy Week commemorations, we took part in our ‘Stations of the Cross’ service. We all tried to place ourselves in Jerusalem on Good Friday and imagine what we would have said and done.

Children in Efail Isaf created beautiful artwork as part of our Remembrance Day celebrations and held a poignant pupil-led class collective worship. #WeWillRemember

World Mental Health Day #HelloYellow.

Efail Isaf took part in World Mental Health Day to raise money and help spread the word that, together, we can look out for each other and feel hopeful about the future. We all dressed in yellow, carried out activities in the classroom and enjoyed playing games and spending time with our friends outdoors.

Operation Teddy Bear took place on May Bank Holiday! Staff and FiSH delivered a St. Helen’s Teddy to every child in the school. It was wonderful to see all of their beautiful faces on our deliveries. We’re missing our families, especially our children and wanted them all to know how much they mean to us and how we are always thinking of them during this period of Lockdown

#TheStHelensFamily #HopeLoveLight

“Thank you nursery for letting us bring home the prayer box. We have all had lots of fun and enjoyed the activities whilst practising our turn taking and sharing! We practised our prayers every night and our favourite activities were the balloons and bubbles. We had a lovely time sharing as a family”

Well done Teilo and  your assistant Oliver! You did a fantastic job selling hot chocolate to everyone for a very worthy cause, helping the homeless.

Teilo and his family used the proceeds to purchase gifts for fifteen homeless people that they met in Cardiff on Christmas Eve.

#servingothers #compassionate&loving

Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern were delighted to receive their hamper from Efail Isaf.

‘DPVC had a very generous Christmas gift from St. Helen’s School, Barry.  The children collected items that could be used at the Memory Café and Community Club.  The cherry liqueurs were particularly well received! Thank you’

Ewenny chose to support East 14 at Llandough Hospital for their Advent Hamper collection. Thank you to our families for your generous donations, the gentlemen and staff really appreciated your generosity. #servingothers #loveoneanotherasIhavelovedyou

Narberth delivered their Advent Box to Bellavista Nursing Home. Thank you to all the families for your generous gifts. The residents really did appreciate them.

A beautiful Advent collective worship in Dosbarth Glas. The children were so thoughtful and reflective.

Taking a moment to be silent with our daily meditation.

An example to us all! Well done TC for demonstrating the virtues of being Compassionate & Loving over the Christmas period, when raising money to buy gifts for the homeless.

As part of our come and See topic ‘Community’ we needed to create a job advert for a priest.  Canon Pat very kindly visited Lampeter and we asked him lots of questions about his life as a Parish Priest.  For example: What is the reason you became a priest? What is a typical day like for you? We all listened and have lots of ideas to help us create the advert.  Diolch Canon Pat!

Foundation Phase celebrated the Feast of the Presentation, commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple, at our Candlemas service.

Canon Pat led our Mass with help from the children in Year 2. The children sang beautifully and participated reverently during our special Mass.

Children in Need 

The Mission Ministry organised a variety of activities in order to fundraise for Children in Need. These included a ‘Do your own thing’ non uniform, best decorated cake competition, cake sale,  famous faces picture quiz and guess the number of sweets in a jar completion. We also joined in with Joe Wicks and his Big Morning Move. In the afternoon we were lucky enough to have a surprise visit from Pudsey himself!  Lots of fun was had by all! #ChildrenHelpingChildren

World Book Day – The Year of the Word, The God Who Speaks. In support of the Year of the Word we held our own World Book Day based around the most important book of all, The Bible and every class carried out activities based on a different Bible Story. Every child was encouraged to bring in their own Bibles from home and both KS2 and FPh were lucky enough to have Canon Pat come in to say a special blessing over our Bibles.

World Kindness Day Everyone was encouraged to think of ways in which we can show kindness towards others. Efail Isaf were lucky enough to have a surprise treat, a little act of kindness, in the form of delicious cupcakes brought in by TL. That little act of kindness certainly made us smile! #BeKind

Members of the Mission Ministry have helped to support the Royal British Legion by selling poppies and other items in their annual Poppy Appeal #WeWillRemember

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Faith can move mountains

Matthew 17-20

Peace begins with a smile

Mother Theresa

Love is the measure of faith

Pope Francis

Anything done for another is done for oneself

Pope John Paul

Prayer is the oxygen of the soul

Saint Padre Pio