The children and staff at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School in Tamworth have chosen this year again to support the Samaritans Purse Shoebox Appeal, Operation Christmas Child. This is an exciting initiative which supports children in a time of need throughout the world, who receive a shoebox filled with wonderful Christmas gifts of toys, stationery and toiletries.
The appeal was launched at St. Elizabeth’s in early October and an impressive 46 shoeboxes will be making the long journey from Tamworth in Staffordshire to a country where poor children in disaster-stricken or war-zone areas can have the opportunity to have a happy Christmas. Before the shoeboxes start on their long journey they will be checked by volunteers at collection points and then they will begin the over land journey in time for distribution on Christmas day.
The children and staff of St. Elizabeth’s fill these simple but powerful shoeboxes to change lives as a symbol with lots of love. These small shoeboxes will have a big impact in creating joy, hope and happiness for those grateful children that receive them wherever they may be. It is exciting to see the pile of shoeboxes growing in the entrance hall. We all understand that we are only a small part of the whole process.
Our Harvest festival this year was celebrated during Holy Mass, by Fr. Michael White. It was a beautiful celebration and lots of parents and parishioners joined us for this occasion. The families and staff in the whole school community were able to bring in food donations, which are then taken by Deacon Brian to the local food bank in Tamworth for distribution.
A big thank you to everyone who donated food, came to our mass, prepared the hall and children for the mass, this was evident by the beautiful singing and reading so well.
On the 13th September 2017, Year 6 went to Alton Castle where they had a retreat from their normal daily lives. Whilst on this retreat, Year 6 participated in a range of activities including archery, hiking and indoor climbing. Children reported that this was the best school trip St Elizabeth’s has to offer! Highlights of the trip included doing an adventure trail blindfolded, going to the top on an indoor climbing wall, doing a pop the balloon challenge in archery, getting really wet and muddy whilst going on a hike and finally the disco on the last night, where everybody had a great time. So all in all, everybody had a fantastic time and we will all remember it forever.
The children at St Elizabeth's School chose to support the charity 'The Heart of Tamworth - Community Project' during the academic year 2016-2017. This project is an exciting initiative which will support the building of a shower facility at St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Tamworth, to allow a homeless project to provide a worthy service to the local community. Fr. Michael White came into school to launch the charity appeal (pictured below with some of our children).
Each class raised funds by holding cake sales - a staggering £820 of scrummy cakes; and took part in sponsored events including games, craft making, a sponsored run and sponsored boogie - raising a fantastic £904. During Lent children took part in an Easter egg raffle, raising £186. The overall fundraising total raised for Heart of Tamworth came to a wonderful £1,900 - an amazing contribution and thank you to everyone who took part.
During July 2017, all our children took part in a day celebrating art and sculpture upon the theme of 'We're off to the Beach', receiving additional teaching from Sue Clews, a scupltural artist. Please find some pictures below of children busy creating and painting, along with some examples of work children brought in from home to take part in our school competition.
On 19th July, our Year 5 and 6 classes visited St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham as part of preparation for Confirmation. Children had a guided tour of the Cathedral including St. Edward's Chapel were the relics of St. Chad are depicted upon a stained glass window, viewed Cardinal Newman's zuchetto (skull cap), the Archbishop's special seat called a cathedra and also visited the crypt.
On Monday 19th June, some children took part in a local athletics compeition alongside other primary schools. The event was well attended with lots of excitement and cheering.
Last term all the children in school had a dedicated day taking part in lots of activities enhacing their learning upon the amazing world of science. Pictured are children from Year 2 and Year 4.
Please find a few pictures below of our Year 2 class searching around school for hidden 'mini beasts'!
We were very proud of all our Reception, Year One and Year Two children who made a fantastic array of Easter bonnets, all the staff and parents enjoyed the parade which took place on 4th April.
On 3rd April school took part in a Lent retreat day involving prayer, song, laughter and quiet time. It was also an opportunity for us to remember, including Jesus dying on the cross. The afternoon Liturgy was held by the Ministers of Faith from Year 5 & 6, they read readings, supported the whole school with actions to songs and placed items on the prayer space.
On Tueday 21st March Year 3 and Year 4 had a really fascinating time in Derby visiting two places of worship, a Mosque and a Mandir. They learned about the Muslim and the Hindu faiths and got to experience some of the elements or worship within the religions.
On Monday 13th March, Year 6 delivered the Good Shepherd assembly to the whole school. The Good Sherherd appeal is asking us to give our pennies to the poor of the Diocese in boxes that children have now taken home; asking our family and friends to donate. These boxes will then be emptied and counted along with boxes from all over the Diocese, to contribute to a wide variety of initiatives.
Y6 and Reception have joined together in the hall to sell cales for our whole school Lenten charity HOT (Heart of Tamworth). The money gained will go towards a shower at St. John's Catholic Church in Tamworth. The Y6 children worked with their Prayer Partner in Reception to sell cakes, they brought in homemade and shop bought cales to sell to the whole school, instead of having toast this morning. One child even raised money by bringing in a 'Guess the Weight' of the cake.
St John's Catholic Church has recently undergone a refurbishment, to include a Community Centre. The children at ST Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School are fund raising this Lenten season through a variety of activities; one of those is having in house cake sales. Funds will go towards a shower facility, which will be used by the 'Winter Night Shelter' group, supporting those that are homeless in Tamworth.
On Thursday 2nd March, St Elizabeth's children and staff celebrated World Book Day in style, dressing up as our favourite book characters. There were some amazing costumes and all the children looked wonderful! We enjoyed reading and sharing our favourite books together.
Before Christmas, KS2 had the chance to participate in an athletics competition against other schools in Tamworth. The Year 3 / Year 4 event was first and the children represented our school very well, earning a respectable 8th place. The following week Year 5 / Year 6 took part and working extremely well as a team, being victorious in seven out of eight events!
As a result of this, pupils from Year 5 / Year 6 have been asked to represent our school on a county level, which will take place at Fenton Manor in Stoke-on-Trent on the 16th February.
Please find a selection of pictures taken from the indoor athletics heats.
Here are some of our children from KS1 and KS2 interacting with our new playground equipment during lunchtime. Daily organised activities are led by the children, including; French Skipping, Skipping, Skittles, Cat n Mouse game, Helicopter, High Tower and the Anti-Bullying dance.