Catholic Life of the School

Afternoon Tea Extravaganza

On Friday 11th October, Year 4's afternoon tea extravaganza took place...and what a success it was! The children, helped by Dot, made scones with jam and cream, a selection of finger sandwiches and cakes all washed down with tea, coffee or juice. The children served their parents and guests and everyone left full and happy.

Our parents said;
"Wonderful afternoon tea. Food delicious. All children were well behaved."
"The sandwiches and cakes were delicious, the atmosphere was lovely too with beautiful decorations and such beautiful greetings and manners from you all...well done!"
"The children were a credit to the school!"

Altogether, the children raised a spectacular £94.53 for CAFOD. Thank you to all those that came and supported this event and well done children!

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Harvest 2019

Year 4 presented a superb and thought provoking Harvest Assembly. They delivered an important message reminding us all of the inequalities in terms of food distribution and what we can do to help.

They have been working hard collecting food items to make up hampers for people in the community and planning activities to raise money for our global brothers and sister through CAFOD.

They have been baking and have planned an afternoon tea for family and created estimation jars.

To find more about the work of CAFOD please click here.

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Introduction to liturgy team - September 2019

Hello we are the liturgy for 2019-20; Praise, Alex, Ola, Connie, Kathryn and Evie. We applied for the position in the Summer because we wanted to plan collective worships for different classes and work with Mrs Newton and Father Kieran. We wanted to come together to plan how we can spread the good news. We are looking forward to planning and delivering assemblies for the whole school.

We are creative and have many ideas so watch for us. Please ask us any questions you would like.

We will introduce ourselves in assembly at the beginning of term.

We all want to work with you all to live out our mission statement and live out the gospel values. This will make our school a happy and loving place.

Please let us know if you want us to say a prayer for anyone special at our weekly liturgy team meetings.

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Eucharistic Voices - July 2019

After problem with the traffic and minibus the Liturgy team finally arrived at the Crypt of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral to join in a wonderful celebration .Here, they sang songs with John Burland to Praise God and celebrate his love for us. As part of the Eucharistic Celebration, the children also reflected and prayed in the presence of God through exposition. The children saw Jesus in the Monstrance displayed on the altar. We were all blessed. We also listened to The Word of God and thought about how we must love others as God loves us. We talked and listened to God in our own way, thanking him and asking him to help us. The day was a wonderful celebration of God’s love for us.

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Real Change Wigan and Leigh Charity Event - June 2019

On Friday 7th June all schools in the borough were encouraged to take part in a non-uniform day in return for each pupil donating £1 to Real Change Wigan and Leigh.

Launched last year in the borough, Real Change is a charity which supports people who are homeless to rebuild their lives. Real Change pays for practical items people need to build independent lives away from the streets. It may provide a deposit for a home, fund a training course or buy clothes for a job interview. All donations to Real Change go into one pot which is then distributed with the help of local charities and partners, including The Brick and Jigsaw Housing, so people can be confident their donation is going to the right place and will make a difference.

The children at XII Apostles supported this to help end homelessness. They raised £165. Thank You to all our children, parents and staff.

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Lent; A time to strengthen our relationship with God - March 2019

As part of our Lenten preparations Father Kieran planned meditation sessions with each class in KS 2. The children listened to a reading from the gospel and were then given time to reflect and pray. The meditation ended with all children placing a candle to make a heart to represent the love we should demonstrate towards God, our families and each other .

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Carol service - December 2018

A fitting end to the term as the whole school came together for the Carol service . This was prepared and delivered by the liturgy team and each class sang a carol as the Christmas story unfolded.

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Year 2 Nativity Play - December 2018

The children in year 2 performed their own version of the Nativity which was truly magnificent . It was heart-warming to see how much the children enjoyed being in the spotlight . The children performed confidently and sang beautifully . They had been well prepared by their teacher Mrs Whitton.

The children collected for CAFOD at the end of each performance and raised a fantastic £107

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Advent Charity CAFOD - December 2018

Miss Hitchen and the choir entertained shoppers in Sainsbury’s Leigh to raise money for our nominated charity. They raised a fantastic £ 108.32.

Many Christmas shoppers commented on how well the children sang and about the lovely festive feel of the occasion.

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Jesus is the Reason for the Season - December 2018

The Liturgy Team made Christmas Cards to send to people in the Local Community wishing them a Peaceful and Holy Christmas.

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Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool visit - December 2018

The Liturgy Team attended the Advent Carol Service at the Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool . They donated toys for the Nugent Care Christmas Appeal.

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Leigh Community Christmas Carol service - December 2018

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National Eucharistic Congress - December 2018

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Year 3 performed an assembly for WW1 - November 2018

Throughout school we have been thinking about WW1 as it is 100 years since the war ended. Year Three performed an assembly to the whole school to remind everyone of the terrible events of the War. We thought about the question – is there ever really a winner in war? We prayed for the soldiers who lost their lives during this time, all of those who were injured and the members of their families

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National Eucharistic Congress - November 2018

This year is the National Eucharistic Congress and we have been celebrating this throughout the school. Year 5 and 6 visited church to take part in Eucharistic Adoration with Father Kieran. Each class has also participated in Collective Worships, hymns, assemblies and created art work for around school.

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The Liturgy Team 2018-19

Hello we are the new Liturgy Team ; Abraham, Ellisyah, Mairead, James, Lilly and Isabelle

Every year the Liturgy team organises various events and activities to make our school happy and a holy place. We also spread the good news in our community through making and delivering cards to nearby neighbours. We also do charity work for our local community and global community. Each year we visit Christ the King Cathedral and take toys at Christmas for those less fortunate.

We like to plan and deliver collective worships and masses and work with Father Kieran, As you will notice there is a new space in the little class room where you can write prays and spend time with God and Jesus.

Written by Abraham and Ellisyah

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Holy Week March 2018

The liturgy team made Easter cards to send to our neighbours in the local community, to wish them a happy and Holy Easter.

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Lent 2018

As part of our Lenten preparations Father Kieran delivered meditation sessions with each class in KS 2. The children listened to a reading from the gospel and then were asked to think about strengthening their relationship with God and making time to pray. The meditation ended with all children placing a stone of the focus table to make a cross.

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Memorial Service Monday 12th February 2018

In loving memory of Mrs Susan Twist: 9th October 1958 – 19th November 2017

The school community gathered with Mrs Twist’s family for this special remembrance service to celebrate her life and give thanks for all that she did for our school community.

Mrs Twist had been the business manager at XII Apostles for over 25 years and during that time impacted on the lives of so many. She was a dear friend and colleague to us all.

The liturgy team helped to prepare and lead the service. Mrs Twist loved ‘Take That’ so Mr Rowlands taught the children ‘Greatest day’ and they sang beautifully.

The children wrote poems, prayers, thoughts and memories and many were read out at the service. These were presented to the family in scrapbooks. Gary Senior attended the service on behalf of the archdiocese and presented the family with a certificate in recognition of Mrs Twist’s long service to the school.

The liturgy team worked with artist Victoria Hough to create a piece of artwork to be displayed in school as a permanent reminder of Mrs Twist. As you can see in the picture below they have included symbols to represent Mrs Twist and words and phrases taken from the book.

Father Kieran concluded the service by blessing the bench that Mrs Twist’s family had commissioned and that has been placed outside the office where she worked. To show our love and thanks balloons were sent up together with our prayers for Mrs Twist and her family.

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Glory to God in the Highest and peace and goodwill to all men

The liturgy team made Christmas cards to send to our neighbours in the local community. They wanted to reinforce the reason for the season and wish others a peaceful and happy Christmas.

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Advent Charity CAFOD

The liturgy team delivered an Advent assembly and asked the children in each class to write their Christmas message on a bauble to hang on a tree in their class and donate 50p. This was instead of buying Christmas cards . Watch this space to see how much was raised !

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Advent Service Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool - December 2017

The liturgy team attended this wonderful service in which they watched the Christmas Story unfold in words and song. They took gifts for children less fortunate and placed these on the altar. The theme this year was Celebration, not only to mark the birth of Jesus but also to celebrate the Golden jubilee of the Cathedral . They also took a piece of writing about a celebration special to them. This will be displayed in the children chapel.

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Faith in Action - December 2017

XII Apostles Liturgy Team achieved the Pin Level Award and were invited to a special ceremony to celebrate their achievements. The award was presented by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon on Thursday 21st September. This reward is in recognition of the work the liturgy team have done in school and the wider community to spread the good news and shine the light of faith. It also challenges these young people to deepen their relationship with God and change the world in which they live.

Well done Liturgy Team

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Final piece of work submitted - December 2017

This is the final piece of work submitted for the faith in Action Pin Award by XII Apostles Liturgy Team

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Liturgical Calendar

The liturgy team work with the artist Victoria Hough to create this liturgical calendar which is displayed in our school hall.

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