Congratulations to some of our Year 3 children who made their First Holy Communion at St. Bede’s church on Sunday. The children looked beautiful and were well supported by their families and parish.
The Mini Vinnies made some lovely flowers for the May Procession at St Bede’s Church and they were joined at mass today by children making their First Holy Communion as well as children from St Bede’s Children’s Liturgy group.
They processed into church carrying their flowers and placed them around the feet of Mary in celebration of Our Lady.
The children performed a beautiful Liturgy for their mams to celebrate Mother’s Day. The children spoke and sang so confidently. Afterwards, the children spent time with their mams planting a sunflower and making a photo frame. A lovely afternoon had by all!
Representatives from the 156 schools in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle celebrated the installation of Bishop Robert Byrne as the fourteenth bishop of Hexham and Newcastle at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary in Newcastle.
Freya and Will from Y6 represented St. Bede’s South Shields. Freya had the special privilege of being one of the 12 pupils chosen to read at this very special service; she rose to the occasion and read beautifully.
It was a wonderful occasion and one which the children and I will treasure and remember.
The bishop was presented with a book of welcome to which each school had contributed. Eva from Y6 designed the page of welcome for St. Bede’s School. Well done to Eva for her beautiful design.
I was very proud of our Year 4 and Year 5 children who sang so beautifully in the Durham Choristers Outreach Concert at Durham Cathedral on Wednesday March 13th.
The children have loved learning the songs (some of them very challenging ones) and have practised nearly every day for the last six weeks. Their hard work was rewarded when they truly shone in their performance to a full cathedral of parents, grandparents and family friends.
The children really appreciated the opportunity to sing with the choristers and have three singing lessons with one of the masters from the Choristers School Durham.
It was a very happy day: the children practised in the cathedral in the morning; enjoyed their packed lunch in the cathedral grounds; and explored the cathedral in the afternoon while following the ‘Bishops Trail’.
Many thanks go to the parents and grandparents who came along to watch the concert in the afternoon. It was a truly memorable experience for the children and their families, and for staff who came along too. Mrs. Molenda and Mrs. McQueen were as thrilled with the children as I was and were full of admiration for their confident and polished performance.
Well done St. Bede’s
In RE, Year 2 have been learning about the importance of books and the role they play in our lives. The children brought in their favourite books to share with their friends in class. They learnt about the most important book of all, the Bible, learning that the Bible is made up of many different types of books, being split into 2 main parts – the Old and New Testaments.
Year 2 wanted to share their learning with families and friends and invited them to share in a celebration Liturgy. The children read, acted and sang beautifully and their families proudly joined in with the lovely celebration.
Here are some photos of our Liturgy.
Y3 celebrated our class Liturgy on the topic of Journeys. Children reflected on their personal journeys and the people who support them on the way. It was lovely that family members shared in our gathering together.
As part of the Forward Together in Hope initiative, the Mini Vinnies decorated candles to give out to families of the parish at Mass on the Feast of Christ the King.
Here are the Mini Vinnies hard at work.Year 3 Mini Vinnies
Year 4 Mini Vinnies
Year 6 Mini Vinnies
Today, the Mini Vinnies went to mass at St Bede’s Church. They joined in with the Children’s Liturgy, helped dress the Jesse Tree and gave out candles to each family in the Parish.
Freya read beautifully at the Children’s Mass – she introduced the Jesse Tree and explained that the Mini Vinnies would be giving out candles so that each family could share in some private prayer together during Advent.
Lauren and Abbey attended the evening Mass (Lauren attending both Masses) and they did a super job together, with Lauren reading this time.
Mrs Kennedy was so proud of the children. They were so well behaved and prayerful during Mass and there were lots of lovely comments about them from the Parishioners. Well done!
To celebrate the end of our Baptism topic, Year 2 visited Father Michael at St Bede’s Church.
Father Michael chose some children to be the parents, God parents and the Priest and he carried out a short baptismal ceremony using our baby doll. Father Harry stepped in for Father Michael, Jasmine and Anthony were the proud parents of baby Isla and Maisie and Izaac were the God-parents.
St Bede’s Mini Vinnies organised a fundraiser for Children in Need. All children were invited to pick a rubber duck to enter into the Annual Children in Need Duck Race. Thank you to everyone who took part – we raised a fantastic £193.00.
The children gathered in the hall to watch the race live with thousands of other people around the country.
With much excitement, the children watched their ducks live on screen make their way along the dramatic course, eager to see their duck win the race.
Of course, the winner was Pond, James Pond!!
And the winning children were …