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
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