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Advent Presentation - December 2016:
This year's Advent Presentation, entitled "The Most Joyful Mystery" was based on the 5 Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. The whole school took part in the production, which also contained a look at the legacy of the Year of Mercy, including, the Mini-Vinnie Christmas present appeal and prayers reflecting the acts of mercy.

 
Leading Whole School Prayers:
As part of the Year of Mercy, pupils have begun to plan and lead whole school collective worship themselves. This is always themed on mercy and being merciful towards others.

Days of Mercy:
During this year, we have held three separate themed "Days of Mercy." On these days pupils have  done lots of creative and cross-curricular work on the theme of mercy. Here they are shown making up their own liturgical dance to a mercy hymn on the first themed day, and creating crosses out of nails and wool on the last themed day.

 
Day of Mercy:
November 2016: On our final "Day of Mercy" the children all ran stalls to raise money for different charities linked to the physical Acts of Mercy. We then released balloons with our promises of how we would continue to be merciful on them.

 
Passion Play 2016:
On the last day of term, Year 6 gave a beautiful and moving portrayal of the Passion of Christ. They had very little time to practice and were excellent with both the movement, drama and singing. Well done to them all!

Washing of the Feet 2016:
We re-enacted the Last Supper in school as part of our Easter celebrations. This included a re-enactment of Jesus washing the disciples feet.

St. Edward's Mini Vinnies:
As part of our work for the Year of Mercy we have set up a children's group of the St. Vincent de Paul society. Thirty-five of our year 4, 5 and 6 pupils were commissioned in a special ceremony, attended by two members of our parish SVP group. Our Mini Vinnies will be planning and carrying out many "acts of mercy" for this important Jubilee.


 
Year of Mercy: Christmas Jumper Day
This year school took part in the Christmas Jumper day as on of our events for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. This is an act of mercy because it raised money for charities that help to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty and heal the sick (namely: MacMillan Cancer Support, Make a Wish and Save the Children). We raised £118 on the day for these worthy causes.

Card-Making Day:
The school was turned into a card making "factory" near the end of December as all the children spent a fun time making a Christmas card to give to every member/family in our parish. The finished cards were given out at masses before Christmas.

 
Advent Presentation 2015: Child of Mercy
As this year's Advent Presentation was held on the 8th December, which is the beginning of the Pope's Jubilee Year of Mercy, we made mercy the theme for the production. It introduced both pupils and adults to the meaning of mercy and to what we are asked to do this year to be people of mercy. The presentation also celebrated the birth of Jesus, as the person who came to bring us mercy and forgiveness and teach us how to live.

 
40th Anniversary Parish Party and Celebration Mass:
On Sunday 12th October the parish came together to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of St. Edweard's opening on its current site. A huge party was held and enjoyed by many. Then on 13th October, St. Edward's feast day, we held a special celebration mass in school, to which all our parishioners and families were also invited.


(Current Head, Miss Gilpin, pictured with former Head, Mr. Carter)
Passion Play 2014
Y6 performed our annual Passion Play beautifully this year; it was a moving and thought provoking account of the Passion of Christ. A great way to lead into the Easter season - well done and thank you to all of Y6.

 
School rated as "Outstanding" by Diocese

Diocesan inspectors visited the school on the 5th and 6th February 2014, to inspect the Religious Education and the Catholic life of the school. The school was rated as Outstanding for overall effectiveness, as well as for each of: Outcomes for pupils, Provision for Catholic Education, Leadership and Management. Congratulations to everyone involved with the school.