Catholic Life of the School

Year 2 Nativity - December 2023

Year 2 performed their Nativity to the school and their families. They worked super hard to learn their lines and sang their songs brilliantly!

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Act of Remembrance - November 2023

As part of their work on Remembrance and Catholic Social Teaching, Year 3 shared an act of remembrance with the other children in school and the school community. The children reenacted key events from World War 1 as well sharing prayers and other important messages. Year 3 have been learning all about the importance of the Catholic Social Teaching principle of peace around our world and they hope that this message came across in their assembly. They also sold poppies and other memorabilia to raise money for The Royal British Legion.

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CAFOD Day

As we continue to learn about Catholic Social Teaching, some volunteers from CAFOD came into school to explain this a little more. The volunteers explained the wonderful work of CAFOD and the difference that they make. We talked about the different principles of Catholic Social Teaching and how CAFOD fulfils these. We also thought about how we can fulfil these principles with small acts that make a big difference. Our RE Governor, Chris Lovelady also joined KS2 to play some CAFOD themed games. The children loved learning about the trade of bananas and the distribution of money. The children were shocked by how unfair the world can be! After much discussion, working out money and deciding what is fair, the children realised that it is always better to buy Fair Trade products!

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Porridge Day - Mary’s Meals

At Twelve Apostles, we are always thinking about Catholic Social Teaching and how we can be more like Jesus. This term, we have been thinking specifically about living in solidarity with others. We raised money for the charity Mary’s Meals by holding a Porridge Day in school. This wonderful charity works with 18 of the poorest countries in the world. They provide a free meal (porridge) in a place of education each day. This encourages children to learn and ensures that they receive the food that they need to help them concentrate. Tuesday 10th October was National Porridge Day, a day to celebrate and raise funds for all those helped by Mary’s Meals. The children brought ‘a pound for porridge’ and enjoyed a cup of porridge in class. As a school, we managed to raise almost £150 for Mary’s Meals!

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'Brighten Up' fund-raising day

Over the last few weeks, Year 4 have been working hard to share the important message that harvest brings. They have done a fantastic job collecting donations to share with the local community and raised an incredible £267.98 for our global charity, CAFOD, through our 'Brighten Up' fund-raising day and afternoon tea. Through these events, the children hoped to remind everyone to be thankful for what they have and to help others that are less fortunate. Thank you to all those who have supported Year 4 at this special time of year.

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Other Faiths Week

Each year, we recognise and celebrate Other Faiths. This week, we learned all about Hinduism. The children loved learning all about the different foods, stories and traditions of this wonderful religion. The children understood that many people have many different religions and that all should be respected equally.

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Year 4 - First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the children in year 4 who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday 22nd April 2023.

It was such a joyous occasion and the children were so respectful throughout the mass.

Please keep our children in your prayers as they continue on their faith journey.

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Easter Performance

Today, the children in Year Five told the Easter Story. They started at Palm Sunday and retold the events of Holy Week - the sorrow of Good Friday and the joy of Easter Sunday. The children performed and sang beautifully. The performance will also be recorded, shared on the school website and sent to the local care home too. We wish everyone a happy and Holy Easter.

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Y4 Prayer and Liturgy for parents

On Friday 24th March, the children invited their families to stay and pray. The theme was Lent and the children shared a very important message about sacrifices and giving.

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Chris Lovelady Y6 Prayer & Liturgy - 29th March 2023

The children in Year Six took part in a very special prayer and liturgy today. Chris Lovelady, our RE governor, came into class to share the Word and pray with the children. During this season of Lent, the children were given this wonderful opportunity to reflect upon their own lives and how we should be more like Jesus. The children listened to the parable of The Prodigal Son and reflected on this through the artwork of Rembrandt. This was a very moving and powerful time of prayer, together as a class. The children have also brought the message away with them; ‘God says, I love you and forgive you. Now you go and do the same.’

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Sacrament of Reconciliation - 10th March 2023

Congratulations to all our children in year 4 who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation today. They were so respectful throughout the service. Thank you to Father Kieran and also to Mrs O'Boyle and Mrs Gallagher who helped to prepare them.

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Sacramental Preparation Programme "With you Always" - 14th February 2023

The children in year 4 are preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist this year. Please keep them all in your prayers as they continue the steps of preparation in their faith journey.

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Whole School Lenten Walk - 13th February 2023

The whole school took part in a Lenten walk to raise money for CAFOD. We delivered cards to members of our local community to connect with them by sending our best wishes for the period of Lent. We connected with local schools, nursing homes and some of our neighbours, old and new!

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Archbishop Malcolm McMahon Visit to Twelve Apostles - 7th February 2023

This was such a momentous occasion and a truly wonderful morning.

We were all so delighted to welcome His Grace to our school. He joined the whole school for prayer and liturgy and the children were an absolute credit to their teachers and parents/carers. They were so respectful and sang beautifully.

He then spent time in each class talking to the children, answering their thoughtful questions and telling his own anecdotal stories. The children presented His Grace with welcome and thank you cards and many had the opportunity to hold his crozier and wear his mitre. We were so pleased that some of the Governors and Father Kieran were able to join us.

We all learnt so much from Archbishop Malcom. It certainly was a special day to remember.

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Mass at St.Joseph's Church

On Monday 6th February, Year 3 and 4 celebrated Mass at St.Joseph's Church with Father Kieran and the Parish community. After Mass, the children took part in a hunt around the church. They had to find and name some of the sacred vessels and objects used in Catholic services and sacraments.

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Year Two Christmas Prayer

Year Two gathered outside for prayer and liturgy. The frosty ground was a perfect setting for our Christmas, end of topic, celebration. The children listened to the Word, prayed and sang together as they thought about the true meaning of Christmas.

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Year Two visit to Manchester Jewish Museum

As part of our Other Faiths Week, the children in Year Two visited Manchester Jewish Museum. Here, they learned all about the Jewish Faith and their place of worship - The Synagogue. The children were very respectful and understanding that we do not all share the same faith.

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Year Three's Remembrance Assembly

On Friday 11th November, the children shared their Remembrance assembly with the school and family community. Year 3 learned about WW1 and why we remember the soldiers and veterans. The children were very respectful during the whole school worship.

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Prayer & Liturgy - Unconditional Love

'Year 6 recently invited their parents along to take part in their Prayer and Liturgy on their focus in R.E - Unconditional Love. This was a wonderful opportunity for the school to come together as a community and demonstrate this love to each other.

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Year 4 – Harvest Assembly : CAFOD and Food Bank Appeal

Thank you to all those parents and carers came along to this fantastic assembly .Year 4 worked hard to share an important Harvest message and thought of ways to help our local and global communities . They reminded everyone to be thankful for what they have whilst thinking about those that are less fortunate. They collected donations for the food bank and also invited parents to an afternoon tea to raise money which will support our global community, CAFOD.

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Other Faiths Week - June 2022

This week, we are celebrating Other Faiths Week. We are learning all about Hinduism. REonDemand came into school to deliver exciting and informative workshops to each class. The children were able to dress up and learn about cultural clothes, taste different foods of this religion, listen to stories from this faith and learn about some of the Gods and Goddesses of this religion. The children in Year Five were also lucky enough the visit a Hindu Temple as part of their learning this week.

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Prayer and Liturgy - The Month of Mary

May is a very special month as it is the month of Our Lady. Year Two invited the parents and carers to a special prayer and liturgy outside on the school field. Together, they listened to scripture, reflected on this, sang hymns and prayed. We crowned Mary with flowers and thought about the wonderful Mother that she is to us all. Everyone was so respectful. It was a beautiful afternoon of worship. Well done Year Two!



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Year 4 First Holy Communion - Saturday 14th May at 10.30 am, St Joseph’s Church, Leigh

The children in year 4 were so respectful and showed such reverence when they received their First Holy Communion . It was a joyous occasion and a delight to be part of. Father Kieran thanked all the children and families for the respect shown throughout the mass and the support given . He all thanked all the staff for helping to prepare the children and supporting them on the day.

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Easter Celebration - 2022

We ended our Spring term with a wonderful Easter celebration. Year 5 retold the story of this most important time in the Church’s Liturgical year with reverence and respect and shared it with their parents and school community. Happy Easter everyone!

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Year 5 First Holy Communion - Saturday 16th October 2021 at 10.30 am, St Joseph’s Church, Leigh

Congratulations to all our children in year 5 who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. They were a credit to their teachers and families and were respectful throughout the mass.

May God guide them as they continue on their faith journey.

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Year 6 Holy Communion - Saturday 25th September 2021

Congratulations to all the year 6 children who received First Holy Communion on Saturday 25th September. Everyone was so respectful throughout the mass and the children were a credit to their parents and to school. May God be with you all on the next step of your faith journey. Holy Communion - Saturday 25th September


Year 5 Easter Play

Year 5 are very proud to present our Easter play! We hope you enjoy this and it helps you to remember and celebrate this important time.


Being an Altar Server

Connie prepared this excellent video to inform our younger children about the role of an altar server in Church.


Advent Wreath - November 2020

On Sunday, we begin the season of Advent. We have learned all about this special time in Year Two today and the children have made their own advent wreath. It is filled with their advent promises of how they can become closer to God in this special time of waiting and preparation. Grace lit our first candle today. We will light another each week as we eagerly await the birth of Jesus!12 Apostles Advent


Year 5 Remembrance Collective Worship - November 2020

Year 5 are very pleased and proud to invite you to share in their collective worship that they recorded on Friday 13th November on the theme of remembrance.


Learning all about Baptism - November 2020

In Year Two, we have been learning all about Baptism and the special signs and symbols of this sacrament. To end our topic, we planned a Collective Worship to celebrate everything that we had learned.

We made white garments and filled these with the signs and symbols of Baptism and we filled our focus table with baptismal candles, baptism certificates and The Word of God. Some of the children acted out the parts of the Baptism and we were even able to use the real font from XII Apostles church!

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Virtual Collective Worship - November 2020

As we unable to have visitors in school at the moment Year 6 would like to invite parents and carers to join in this collective worship virtually.


Virtual Harvest Assembly - October 2020

As we are unable to have visitors in school, Year 5 have prepared a Harvest Assembly for parents to view virtually. Just click the link below. The singing at the end is joyous to watch.


YouTube Videos! - June 2020

Please watch this YouTube video of some of our wonderful singers singing I can sing a rainbow, complete with sign language! Click here to watch on YouTube (external site - opens in a new window)

Please watch this video of our Year 6 children as we celebrate their amazing and unique gifts and talents. Click here to watch on YouTube (external site - opens in a new window)


Collective Worship - June 2020

For the key worker and vulnerable children, Collective Worship has continued in school. In May, the children took part in a very special Collective Worship, thinking specifically about Mary, our Mother. In preparation for the worship, the children made their own rosary beads and they also made flowers to present to Mary within the Collective Worship. We prayed to Mary saying the words of the Hail Mary and we also sung special hymns such as Bring Flowers of the Rarest and Ave Maria. We even watched a live stream of the crowing of Our Lady from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. We also painted stained glass windows and wrote prayers to hang on the prayer tree during the Collective Worship.

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Spreading messages of hope through the lockdown - June 2020

Throughout lockdown, we have been keeping in touch with our community. The children of Twelve Apostles wrote letters and created stained glass windows for the people in our local care homes. This was to spread messages of hope, joy and reassurance that we were thinking about them and keeping them in our prayers.

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Year 1 Collective worship - 14th February 2020

Parents were invited to join the children in year 1 for collective worship at the end of the day. The theme was LOVE.

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Advent is a time of Giving

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Our nominated charity this year is Mission Together - December 2019

Mr Rowlands and the choir entertained shoppers in Sainsbury’s Leigh to raise money for Mission together.

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

Thank you to all those that came along to support the choir.

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Liturgy Team - Christmas Cards

The Liturgy team have worked hard during their lunch times to make Christmas cards to deliver in the local community. They wanted to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year. The cards reminded people of the real meaning of Christmas.

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The liturgy team donated new toys for the Nugent Care to give to children less fortunate. They took these to the Advent Carol Service at the Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool.

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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.

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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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