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Easter Displays

Here are our lovely class displays for Easter. Next term, the children will be learning about Pentecost and Hinduism

Sponsered Walk

WOW! We are so pleased to advise that the children raised a total of £820 during our charitable walk for Lent. Of this, £410 will be sent to CAFOD Walk Against Hunger and £410 to Oxfam Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. The money raised for CAFOD will help to bring healthy food to those that are hungry, clean, fresh water to those that are thirsty, or shelter to those who don’t have a home. The money raised for Oxfam will Although a little drizzly on the day, the children enjoyed walking and raising lost of money for some very worthy causes. Thank you to all of our families for their generous contributions.


Year 3 Easter Story

Year 3, Maple class have been working on the Easter story.  To help us to write the story, we decided to freeze frame scenes from the story from the start to the end.

Here are our freeze frames. Well done year 3!

First, Jesus shared the last supper with his disciples.
After the last supper, Jesus went to pray in the garden of Gethsemane.
Later, Judas kissed Jesus on his cheek.
Next, Jesus was taken to Pontius Pilot.
Soon after, Jesus was crowned with a crown of thorns.
Eventually, Jesus was crucified.
Following this, Jesus was placed in the tomb. The tomb was found empty three days after Jesus was crucified.
Finally, Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday

The Lenten Tree

The children in Ash class made a Lenten promise to help them prepare for Easter. Every time they carried out their promise the got a footprint for the path to Easter. Happy Easter everyone!


Cedar and Beech Classes Lent And Holy Week

Cedar and Beech class have been learning about Lent and Holy Week in RE. This week we have made Holy Week wheels. Here are some of them that the children have worked really hard on. Well Done Year 2.

Last Supper Art Work Year 3 Willow Class

Year 3 learnt about Holy Week and focused on what happened during the Last Supper.To begin with, they looked at pictures of the Last Supper by various artists and the children then drew their own interpretations.

Willow Class, Lent Work

During lent, Year 3 were learning about various stories that showed how people in the Gospels were transformed by Jesus. Year 3 learnt about Nicodemus and did some role play to re-tell the story. Here are some pictures of what they did.

Year 3 Collective Worship Session

Children in Maple class have been leading the class collective worship sessions. Today they discussed about walking with Jesus and how we could be more like Jesus. Children led the session and asked questions to the class. Children worked in groups and their work was then put into our class collective worship book. The pictures show how enthusiastic the class were to work together and it made it even more special as it was led by children. Fantastic team work and some excellent work Maple class 😊

Stations Of The Cross

In year 6 the children had to create their own Station of the Cross. They found a real life situation that their station might apply to and then used that to design the station. They also included a scripture text that they thought was relevant..

Collective Worship Aspen

Faith, Francesca and Brawley proudly presenting their collective worship on Easter.

Holy Week

In Year 1 we have been learning all about Holy Week. We made Holy Week wheels.

Lent Displays

Here are our school’s classroom displays for Lent. Purple is the liturgical colour for Lent, so you know why?

Pray Stop Go

<div>To mark the beginning of Lent, children and staff at Holy Cross have been reflecting on how they will Pray Stop Go during this important Liturgical Season.</div>
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<div>Pray- Who will you pray for this Lent?</div>
<div>Stop- What could you stop doing that is keeping you being close to God and family/friends?</div>
<div>Go- How will you go and spread the love of God to others?</div>
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<div>In year 2, children have also taken this thinking further and produced lovely R.E work based on this.</div>
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<div>How will you <strong>Pray Stop Go</strong> this Lent?’</div>

Chaplaincy Team - Shrove Tuesday

Chaplaincy Team children in years 3 and 4 celebrated their last session by learning about Lent and Shrove Tuesday.  The children enjoyed weighing out the ingredients and making the pancake batter all by themselves, flipping their pancakes in the air and then, of course, sampling their creations.  Mrs Coacci and Ms VK have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the children and look forward to seeing them in the Club next year.  The club is now open to years 5 and 6 so if you’re interested then please let the office know.

Chaplaincy Team - Epiphanies

In term 3, the Chaplaincy Team have been busy learning about Epiphany. We looked at a passage in the Bible, reflected on giving qualities, such as love and compassion, rather than physical things and made some fabulous tea light holders. Well done Chaplaincy team!

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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!

The Lenten Tree

The children in Ash class made a Lenten promise to help them prepare for Easter. Every time they carried out their promise the got a footprint for the path to Easter. Happy Easter everyone!

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Cedar and Beech Classes Lent And Holy Week

Cedar and Beech class have been learning about Lent and Holy Week in RE. This week we have made Holy Week wheels. Here are some of them that the children have worked really hard on. Well Done Year 2.

Last Supper Art Work Year 3 Willow Class

Year 3 learnt about Holy Week and focused on what happened during the Last Supper.To begin with, they looked at pictures of the Last Supper by various artists and the children then drew their own interpretations.

Willow Class, Lent Work

During lent, Year 3 were learning about various stories that showed how people in the Gospels were transformed by Jesus. Year 3 learnt about Nicodemus and did some role play to re-tell the story. Here are some pictures of what they did.

Year 3 Collective Worship Session

Children in Maple class have been leading the class collective worship sessions. Today they discussed about walking with Jesus and how we could be more like Jesus. Children led the session and asked questions to the class. Children worked in groups and their work was then put into our class collective worship book. The pictures show how enthusiastic the class were to work together and it made it even more special as it was led by children. Fantastic team work and some excellent work Maple class 😊

Stations Of The Cross

In year 6 the children had to create their own Station of the Cross. They found a real life situation that their station might apply to and then used that to design the station. They also included a scripture text that they thought was relevant..

Collective Worship Aspen

Faith, Francesca and Brawley proudly presenting their collective worship on Easter.

Holy Week

In Year 1 we have been learning all about Holy Week. We made Holy Week wheels.

Lent Displays

Here are our school’s classroom displays for Lent. Purple is the liturgical colour for Lent, so you know why?

Pray Stop Go

<div>To mark the beginning of Lent, children and staff at Holy Cross have been reflecting on how they will Pray Stop Go during this important Liturgical Season.</div>
<div></div>
<div>Pray- Who will you pray for this Lent?</div>
<div>Stop- What could you stop doing that is keeping you being close to God and family/friends?</div>
<div>Go- How will you go and spread the love of God to others?</div>
<div></div>
<div>In year 2, children have also taken this thinking further and produced lovely R.E work based on this.</div>
<div></div>
<div>How will you <strong>Pray Stop Go</strong> this Lent?’</div>

Chaplaincy Team - Shrove Tuesday

Chaplaincy Team children in years 3 and 4 celebrated their last session by learning about Lent and Shrove Tuesday.  The children enjoyed weighing out the ingredients and making the pancake batter all by themselves, flipping their pancakes in the air and then, of course, sampling their creations.  Mrs Coacci and Ms VK have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the children and look forward to seeing them in the Club next year.  The club is now open to years 5 and 6 so if you’re interested then please let the office know.

Chaplaincy Team - Epiphanies

In term 3, the Chaplaincy Team have been busy learning about Epiphany. We looked at a passage in the Bible, reflected on giving qualities, such as love and compassion, rather than physical things and made some fabulous tea light holders. Well done Chaplaincy team!

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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 <strong>Advent</strong> 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.

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How will you be preparing this Advent?

<a href=”https://www.celebratetrust.org/celebrateathome”>https://www.celebratetrust.org/celebrateathome</a> 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 <strong>All Saints’ Day </strong>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- <strong>Laudato Si</strong>. 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 <strong>‘The Eyes Of The World’</strong> campaign in November.

<a href=”https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-teaching-resources/Eyes-of-the-world”>Eyes of the world campaign resources for children | CAFOD</a>

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 <strong>2017</strong>! 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

<span style=”color: #000000;”>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.</span>

<span style=”color: #000000;”>So far, the chaplaincy team have:</span>
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<li><span style=”color: #000000;”>Introduced a new end of the day prayer for key stage 2. (This was planned and researched by the school’s chaplaincy team.)</span></li>
<li><span style=”color: #000000;”>Created Chaplaincy profiles of why they have joined and how they can help in the prayer life of the school.</span></li>
<li><span style=”color: #000000;”>Created a harvest display to go in the reflection area.</span></li>
<li><span style=”color: #000000;”>Created and distributed posters for the charity the <strong>Night Shelter.</strong></span></li>
<li><span style=”color: #000000;”>Asked all children and staff to raise money for the <strong>Night Shelter</strong> by wearing pyjamas- the school raised £550 for this!</span></li>
<li><span style=”color: #000000;”>Created and distributed Harvest posters to encourage donations for the Swindon Food Collective.</span></li>
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<span style=”color: #000000;”>A big well done to all the school chaplains and Mrs Coacci and Miss VK.</span>

Day of Many Colours

A big thank you to all children and staff for participating in Mission Together’s <strong>‘Day of Many Colours’</strong>! All year groups were asked to wear different colours for the day and to raise money for <strong>Mission Together</strong> (the Pope’s charity)- which will help children in this country and overseas and the <strong>Emmaus Project</strong> 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?

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