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Catholic Life

Christmas Toy Appeal

A big thank you to everyone at Holy Cross who either donated a new toy or paid money to go towards a new toy for children who may not have anything this Christmas. What a fantastic contribution you have made.

Well done to all at Holy Cross!

Light The Advent Candle One…

At Holy Cross, we have celebrated the beginning of Advent with a service led by Year 5 in our hall. The service included Canon John, Year 6 and for the first time, our EYFS classes. The rest of the school joined in virtually. A big well done for year 5 for leading.


How will you be preparing this Advent? has lots of resources that you can use at home.

Chaplaincy Club

In chaplaincy club, we have had lots of fun creating stained glass windows in the shape of crosses. These lovely stained glasses can be seen at the main entrance of our school.

How many Sacraments do you know?

This term, in R.E, all year groups are learning about the different Sacraments.

In year 4, they have been looking at the symbols used in Baptism, they have thought about when these symbols have been used in scripture and also how the symbols are used now.

If any one has photos, candles or any other items they would like to share this term, please let their class teacher know.’

Aspen Class

In Aspen class this week, three pupils took their turn in delivering Collective Worship. They independently created a fantastic PowerPoint based on St Edmund; sharing their knowledge and encouraging their class to embed his peace-making skills within their own lives. Well done!

All Saint's Day

On our very first day of term 2, and for the first time in a very long time, Holy Cross celebrated All Saints’ Day on the actual feast day! The mass was lead by Hazel and Larch of year 4 whilst all other children and staff in the school attended the celebration virtually. A big well done to all readers who read clearly and confidently and with little time in school to learn the words, and a big well done for the rest of year 4 too for their participation in the mass. Thank you Canon John for joining us too.

Key Stages Work

Staff RE Development Day

For our school staff development day, all staff at Holy Cross participated in a reflection listening to the letter of Pope Francis to the world- Laudato Si. We discussed how we, as adults, can help look after our world and how we can leave the world a better place for the children of Holy Cross and the rest of the world.

It was a very special day, dealing with very serious issues with lots of great ideas and teamwork. Each key stage produced a creative message that they could share with the world.

These messages are proudly displayed in our school for staff and children to be reminded on how we all play a part to help our world.

Following on from this special day, the children of Holy Cross will also participate in their own days such as ‘The Eyes Of The World’ campaign in November.

Eyes of the world campaign resources for children | CAFOD

Rosary Morning At St Marys

In term 1, the chaplaincy team of Holy Cross were invited to pray the Rosary at St Marys Primary School. The chaplains enjoyed taking part, saying the Rosary and singing hymns. Holy Cross participated in this morning with St Marys and St Catherine’s and it was great to be able to do this as a partnership.
A big well done for all the chaplains as they responded beautifully and represented our school with pride.

Harvest Festival

A massive thank you to everyone who attended our first Harvest Mass since 2017! It was great to see Holy Rood Church full of people. A big well done to the year 5 children and staff for the excellent leading of the mass and for Mr Forrester and Mr Christian for providing the music. Holy Cross raised over £300 for CAFOD which will help families overseas.

Another big thank you to everyone who donated to the Swindon Food Collective. These essential donations will help Swindon families who are in need of toiletries.

Chaplaincy Team Term 1

In term 1, the chaplaincy team have been working hard in ensuring the prayer life of our school is up and running for the new school year.

So far, the chaplaincy team have:

  • Introduced a new end of the day prayer for key stage 2. (This was planned and researched by the school’s chaplaincy team.)
  • Created Chaplaincy profiles of why they have joined and how they can help in the prayer life of the school.
  • Created a harvest display to go in the reflection area.
  • Created and distributed posters for the charity the Night Shelter.
  • Asked all children and staff to raise money for the Night Shelter by wearing pyjamas- the school raised £550 for this!
  • Created and distributed Harvest posters to encourage donations for the Swindon Food Collective.

A big well done to all the school chaplains and Mrs Coacci and Miss VK.

Day of Many Colours

A big thank you to all children and staff for participating in Mission Together’s ‘Day of Many Colours’! All year groups were asked to wear different colours for the day and to raise money for Mission Together (the Pope’s charity)- which will help children in this country and overseas and the Emmaus Project which will help schools in Uganda be able to have clean running water. As a school, we raised over £300. Well done!

Can you spot yourself in the picture?