RE and Collective Worship at St Joseph's School
RE and Collective worship plays a central part in all we do. On this page, you will find examples of the RE and collective worship we do, the dates for past and upcoming collective worship, and information about our Section 48 inspection.
We change our displays across school to represent the Liturgical Calendar
Refugee Week - June 2018
The Reception Class pupils have been learning that to be a refugee means leaving your home and possibly not being able to go back. Refugees will travel away from the home they have known and hope that the kindness of strangers will mean that they can make a new home somewhere else.
We have been looking at what a refugee would take with them in their suitcase. This is not what would be packed for a happy holiday away. A refugee would pack things they would need - such as a blanket, spare clothes and toothbrush. A refugee may also think about what things from their home are most important to them - photographs, a teddy, a treasured possession which has special meaning. A refugee will also need to take important papers which prove who they are, such as a Passport. We then drew what we would take in our suitcase - many of us felt that a teddy bear was something from our home that we would miss too much and would need to take with us.
To help us understand what it feels like to be a refugee, we watched the beginning of the film 'Paddington'. We saw Paddington Bear lose his home and his Aunt sending him away in a big boat to London. Once in London, in Paddington Railway Station, Paddington meets the Brown family. They offer to look after Paddington and ask him to stay with them in their home. We talked about how this would make us feel. Many of us would feel sad to leave our homes, but some of us said that we would feel worried about leaving our homes and making a journey to somewhere new.
For Refugee week in Year 1 we used a PowerPoint presentation to introduce the plight of the refugees to the children and explain and discuss what a refugee is. The children were able to talk very frankly about how it must feel to leave your home for another country where you do not speak the language, leaving your home, friends, school and in most cases the rest of your family behind. We watched an animated video about a boy from Afghanistan who left home with his Grandma and parents to fly to Great Britain to escape the war which was ravaging his county. At the airport his parents were prevented from flying and had to stay behind. The children did some role play to investigate how this must have felt. It was 4 years before the boy got back in contact with his family in Afghanistan! It was wonderful to see how the children empathised with the little boy and they made some very insightful comments about his plight.
This week in Year 2 we have explored refugees. We learnt about what refugees are and why they have the name refugee. We watched a video about what happened to refugees and the impact this had on their lives. We reflected on how they had to up and leave without any warning and the children were shocked at the thought of leaving their family and friends. We empathised with how refugees felt and the emotional journey they had. We enjoyed a drama session acting out what happened to refugees and how they were feeling. The children really enjoyed being in role and some children were emotional as they began to understand how difficult things were for the refugees. We loved our refugee learning!
In year 3, we explored what refugees are, and why they need to go to other countries. We thought about the changing places refugees are from, even back to when Mary and Joseph had to take Jesus to Egypt. We read statements and then stood along a line, decided whether we strongly agreed or disagreed. We explained our thoughts, and decided that we should welcome refugees and help them adapt to life in our country.
We then thought about what refugees would need to start their new life, after watching a clip about a little girl who was a refugee from Zimbabwe. We explained how we would help a refugee if they arrived in our class, and explained why for each of our choices.
As part of our refugee work, Year 5 have been considering how it must feel to leave everything you own and go to a foreign place. We started our refugee work by thinking what 10 items we would pack if we had to leave home. Suggestions such as our pet, family photos, our phones and other electronic devices were high on the list. When Miss Vickers showed us what a Syrian refugee had packed, we were a little shocked at the contents of their bag.
Once we had completed this activity, we moved on to thinking about what being a refugee meant, and what caused someone to become a refugee. Miss Vickers read us a story called The Journey by Francesca Sanna, which is based on the experiences of two refugees the author met in Italy.
As a class, we discussed the imagery, meaning and feelings of the characters as we went through the story. Miss Vickers asked us to generate words that we thought might reflect the feelings of refugees. Some of the words we generated were: heart-broken, loss, fear, war-torn, homeless, journey, endless and worry. After we thought of these words, Miss Vickers asked us to create a piece of art-work which included one of these words. We were aiming to create the emotion of the word through illustration, colour and words.
During Refugee week, Y6 children watched a clip called Juliane’s Story. It is the story of a young girl whose mother is taken away from her and she is then raised in an orphanage. Eventually Juliane is reunited with her mum and they become refugees in England.
This clip is and will continue to be the focus of our writing in Y6. The children are imagining they are Juliane and will be writing a recount about her journey.
On Monday 11th June 2018, Key Stage 2 were joined by two CAFOD volunteers who led them in workshops focused around Refugee week.
Year 3 and 4 workshop
On Monday 11th June, the year 3 and 4 children were visited by members of CAFOD. They began by considering what the letters of CAFOD stood for, and thought about what they do as a charity. They thought about different journeys they go on, including pilgrimages, before considering some refugee children, and the problems that are faced in the countries they were born in. The children thought about how CAFOD looks after children from Syria, allowing them to draw, thinking about the experiences they have been through, before drawing nicer memories of things they had done. They then drew pictures themselves to empathise with the children in Syria, considering what they would miss themselves if they were in the same situation.
Year 5 and 6 workshop
We had to split ourselves into groups of four and five. Once in these groups, we had to assign roles: children, parents and grandparents. We soon discovered these roles would be important as we had to decide six items we would be responsible for carrying on our journey. During the workshop, we engaged in discussions as we faced difficult discussions that had to be made.
The workshop gave us a real insight into the struggles that people, who are forced to leave their homes, face.
We look forward to using the work from the workshop as we continue into Refugee week.
Year 6 Prayer journals
Year 6 have started to use prayer journals as a way of having clam and reflective time. In this time we complete a different activities. Some activities we have completed are listening and responding to a Gospel story, completing a mandala and thinking about how experiences make us think about the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
The prayer journals are private and personal to the children, they are only shared if they wish to share them.
The children who the work belongs to in the photos willingly volunteered for their work to be shared.
Spring term 2018
Throughout Holy Week, each class stopped at ten past three to have some time to reflect on the Stations of the Cross. Each class did something each day to remember the incredibly special and important time in the Church's year. It was lovely to see the prayerful time being participated in by everyone in school.
On Thursday 29th March, Year 6 took us on a thought provoking journey through the Stations of the Cross. It was a lovely re-enactment of the journey Jesus took.
On Wednesday 21st March, Year 5 shared with us the events that occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane and Peter denying Jesus three times. It was a wonderful performance that shared the message and events powerfully.
On Wednesday 14th March, year 4 continued our journey through Lent with their Liturgy.
They did a dramatic retelling of the Last Supper.
On Wednesday 7th March, year 3 started off our Lenten liturgies in school.
They gave the school and adults who came to watch a fantastic retelling of the story of Palm Sunday.
School Sunday Mass in Church 4th February 2018
Thank you to all the staff and children who helped celebrate school mass in church on Sunday.
On Monday 8th January, we were joined by Ann from Mission Together. She led an assembly about the work Mission Together do and how we can help. We look forward to contributing to the amazing work they do.
Autumn term 2017
On Monday 4th December, we marked the first Sunday in Advent by wearing a purple item with our uniform.
Father Sixtus joined us to celebrate a special Advent Wreath Blessing Liturgy.
On Thursday 7th December, Year 4 led a liturgy to celebrate the first week of Advent. It was beautiful and a fantastic way to start off out class liturgies.
Year 5 Advent Liturgy
On Tuesday 12th December, we gathered together to celebrate our second Advent Liturgy led by Year 5. It was a beautiful liturgy full of thoughtful messages focused on the shepherds story.
Year 3 Advent Liturgy
On Monday 18th December 2017, we gathered together to celebrate the third Sunday of Advent led by Year 3. It was a lovely liturgy all about the joy we celebrate on the third Sunday of Advent.
Year 6 Liturgy
On Wednesday 20th December, year 6 led us in a liturgy to celebrate the 4th week of advent, with a focus on the birth of Jesus. It was a beautiful liturgy that finished in a contagious joyful way.
On Tuesday 19th December 2017, we gathered together as a Parish community at Christ the King Church to celebrate a Christingle Service. We were joined by the Mayor of Doncaster for this very special occasion. Children from Key Stage 2 led us in the service, with Father Sixtus leading us in the Gospel and homily. Mr Storey also oragnised for the school choir to lead us in singing the hymns. It was a beautiful service.
We gathered as a community to celebrate a lovely Advent Mass. It was celebrated by Father Sixtus with Year 5 leading us in the readings and bidding prayers. It was a brilliant way to end 2017.
Operation Christmas Child
Thank you for your generous contributions towards Operation Christmas Child.
The event was a big success and many shoe boxes were filled to be sent to children who are less fortunate.
Thank you to Pastor Eric Simpson, from the Rossington Community Baptist Church, who arranged the Operation Christmas Child Shop.
Harvest Liturgy- Friday 6th October 2017
We celebrated a Harvest Liturgy, which was led by Year 5 pupils. During the Liturgy we planted seeds as part of CAFOD's campaign for Brighten up the Harvest and Growing out of Poverty. We also held a food collection so that we could donate food to Doncaster food bank. A huge thank you to Mark Snelson from Doncaster Food bank, who was able to join us and share with us the impact our donation will have. Thank you to all the parents and carers who were able to join us.
School Sunday Mass in Church - 1st October 2017
Each half term we work with the church to hold a celebration in church. This half term, the school celebrated mass in church on Sunday, led by children from Key Stage 2. We also had the St Joseph's choir join us, and one of our pupils altar served.
We were joined by CAFOD on Tuesday 3rd October. We had an assembly where we learnt about the work CAFOD is doing in El Salvador and their focus for Harvest this year. We will be fundraising in school for CAFOD.
Summer Term 2017
School Sunday Mass in Church - 21st May 2017
Each half term we work with the church to hold a celebration in church. This half term, the school the school celebrated mass in church on Sunday, led by Y5. We also had the St Joseph's choir join us, and one of our pupils altar served.
Judaism week Monday 22nd May - Friday 26th May
We talked about Abraham and how God told him he would have as many descendants as stars in the sky and the children drew their family tree on stars. We then discussed the intolerance of the Pharaoh towards the Jews to link in with the British Values outcome and acted out how Moses lead the Jews out of Egypt. The children then drew and had annotated a scene from the story.
We looked at various synagogues around the world and then discussed the various key features. The children then watched a video about Torah scrolls and designed their own based on what is important to them.
During Judaism week Year 4 have been studying the Torah. We discovered a great deal and found some amazing facts. We designed an information poster all about the Torah.
In year 5, we looked at the Shema prayer, which is extremely important to Jewish people. This prayer reminds them of their faith and commitment to God, and how they need to live their lives. We reflected on this prayer, making some links to our own Christian beliefs, and made Mezuzah boxes which contain a line from this prayer.
We talked about new starts we have made and why they are important. Our RE work linked in with our British Values work as we were developing a tolerance for celebrations and an understanding of why those celebrations. We experienced apples dipped in honey, a tradition that Jewish people experience at Jewish New Year.
Spring Term 2016
Ash Wednesday Mass - Wednesday 1st March
On Ash Wednesday, the whole school celebrated mass in school to mark the start of Lent. Thank you to the parents and church community who joined us to celebrate. Every one listened to Father as he described the importance of Lent and about where the ashes come from. After mass, we were asked to think about what Father had said about alms giving. All of the congregation received ashes on their head at the end of mass.
Y3-Y6 have held class masses, led by Father Sixtus, in school. Many of the school community joined us. The children planned and led the masses - organising and writing prayers and readings.
Autumn Term 2016
Harvest Festival Mass - 7th October 2016
Father Sixtus joined us to celebrate Harvest Festival Mass. During mass, Doncaster Food Bank came to collect all the large pile of food which the children and their families had donated to the local food bank. The children dressed in their brightest colours and brought in a monetary donation to support 'CAFOD's Brighten Up the Harvest' collection.
Harvest Fast Day
Christingle Service in Church - 15th December 2016
It was wonderful to see so many of the children, parents, and local community in church to celebrate the Christingle Service.
Year 3 Mass in Church - Sunday 29th January 2017