Religious Services and Events 2019-2020
Reverent Jones-Parry explained Shrove Tuesday (Pancake day) to the children. Following on from this, Fr. Engin explained Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday is important to Christians because it marks the start of the Lenten period leading up to Easter, when Christians believe Jesus was resurrected. During this period, Christians show repentance and mourning for their sins, because they believe that Christ died for them.
St. Paul’s Cathedral Visit
A few staff and pupils from each of the London Diocese church schools joined the annual LDBS Service of Celebration in St Paul’s Cathedral last Friday.
It was a celebration of the family of Church of England schools. This year the service fell around Candlemas and so the theme was “Let There Be Light”. Everyone was given a candle to light during the celebrations.
Year 4 Nativity
Well done to Year 4, they put on a superb performance of “The Nativity Story” at St Cuthbert’s Church. It was lovely to see so many parents/carers, relatives and friends attend. A big thank you to all the staff for their hard work in putting the production together.
SMAB Christmas Day
Christmas Day at SMAB was another roaring success, thanks to all staff and pupils. Most children braved the cold weather wearing their pyjamas ready for the festivities!
We visited “church” for a traditional Christmas service led by Reverend Jones-Parry and ate Christmas dinner together in the hall in our party clothes. In the afternoon, the children watched classic Christmas films, played party games and took part in creative activities.
SMAB Winter Wonderland
SMAB held its first Winter Wonderland. Parents/Carers had the opportunity to view and purchase the artwork their child/children made this half term. The artwork is amazing!
There were also two additional stalls; a cake stall and a pre–loved second hand stall. The event managed to raise £570.00.
Children in Need and Anti-Bullying Day
The children came to school dressed in blue for national Anti-bullying week and Children in Need. All proceeds will go to Children in Need. Please read our behaviour policy/Anti bullying policy on SMAB website. We also have anti- bullying VIPs who help to reinforce our policies. Altogether we raised £295.30.
We held our annual Family Supper in the school hall. As always it was a great success. Thank you to families who attended and brought food and also to those people who performed during the evening. The talent was amazing! An extra large thank you to Mrs Lennon for organising the evening and all the staff who stayed at school to support. A special thank you to our compares Harris and Zerina who did a brilliant job. The raffle raised a fantastic £192.00 for the school.
The Rt. Revd. Rob Wickham The Bishop of Edmonton Visit
As part of the school’s community topic The Bishop of Edmonton visited St. Michael at Bowes for a question and answer session about his role and the church. He joined us in our ’Community Breakfast,’ which was well attended by parents/carers. We had an unexpected excitement in the morning with an unplanned fire drill (burnt toast).
The ‘Community’ topic is an opportunity for the children to really learn and understand about our school as an Inclusive Christian one – especially Year 3, who are new to being in a church school. Our local clergy Rev. Jones-Parry (St Cuthbert’s Church) and Fr Engin (St Michael at Bowes Church) are also getting involved in a variety of ways.
MacMillan Coffee Afternoon
The RRS School Council held a successful and well attended Macmillan Cancer Coffee Afternoon £278.80 for this wonderful charity. Parents/carers and their children bought a mountain of mouth watering beautifully decorated cakes donated by so many people. Thank you to everyone who came, supported the event and bought cakes!
Harvest and Foodbank Visit
Mrs Butcher took four children to the local foodbank. We took some donations from St Cuthbert’s church to the Selby Centre foodbank. One of the people who worked there showed us around. We saw that the donations were put into crates, separated into different items and according to their ‘Use by’ date. The foodbank also need non-food items like toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap and nappies. We learned that lots of different people use the foodbank for lots of different reasons. We understand how important it is that we give what we can to help vulnerable groups in our community.
Rev. Jones-Parry delivered a special collective worship for our Harvest celebration. Thank you to everyone who donated items to the school. Everything is welcome and everything will go to a very good cause.