The Season of Lent - ‘Follow’
In this week’s Gospel Jesus uses the image of the grain of wheat, which dies to produce a rich crop, to show us that his death was necessary if many were to receive eternal life. Through this Gospel Jesus is also encouraging his disciples to follow him– to give him first place in their lives. This is for each one of us too. Choosing to follow Jesus is not always easy; it demands commitment, but it helps our families to keep growing in love and leads us to happiness in this life, and in the life to come.
The highlight of the week has to be World Book Day. We may have been late but we more then made up for it. This year’s theme of Bedtime stories has inspired children to read aloud and share their stories with their friends. The library was turned into a makeshift bedroom and the children took part in many different activities. The parade of children and coffee morning was once again very well intended. We raised £176 through the refreshments which we will use to help our children benefit from the experience of reading. Once again your support of the school is fantastic and we all secretly enjoyed wearing our pyjamas to school for the day.
Year 2 have just returned from their amazing singing trip. They have been learning songs with Mrs Eschoe and this morning had the opportunity to perform them alongside other schools. I have been told that St Paulinus had some of the best singers there, so well done everyone.
The 13 children who qualified for the regional cross country finals did very well on Tuesday and we await results to confirm whether any have qualified for the Tees Valley round. I have been told that other areas have struggled to get their competitions completed so this will probably take place after the Easter Break. Year 6 took part in a hockey tournament where the ‘A’ team finished third overall and the ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ teams all won their groups. Well done to them.
Years 5 and 6 took part in some first aid sessions with St John’s Ambulance on Thursday and have learnt some essential basic first aid. I did wonder why so many children were wearing bandages in School and thought we must have had a mass accident!
Finally, do not forget it is CLASS PHOTO DAY next Thursday. All children should be in full school uniform and please remember dark socks only for boys, and white socks for girls please, and school coloured hair bands.