Monday 2nd - Friday 6th November
‘I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me’.(Philippians 4:13)
At the month of November comes to an end, I am pleased to report that the opening of the sports hall has given a new meaning to sport in St Edmund’s. This has opened many new sports to the whole of the school community and exciting extra-curricular activities for all year groups such as badminton, basketball and volleyball. As the term draws to a close year 11’s will be facing their mock exams in the upcoming weeks, as well as their prefect lunch, which is a reward for all the hard work and dedication they have put into the school over the past few weeks. Finally the Sports Captains are looking forward to hosting our ‘Silly Sports Event’, which is the first instalment of our Student vs. Staff matches, which will be a swimming event in onesies and pyjamas held on Wednesday 4th December in the pool. We hope as many of you can attend to encourage our participants and enjoy it as much as we will!
Sophie Saynor, Sports Captain
This week is the first week of Advent. Advent began on Sunday. Advent simply means ‘to come’; it is a time of waiting, a period of four weeks; a time of preparation for Christ’s birth.
During our assemblies we will light our first Advent candle which is a purple candle. This candle symbolises HOPE. Next week we will light a second purple candle and the third week we will light our rose candle, the rose candle symbolises JOY. The following week we light our final purple candle and on Christmas Eve we will light our white candle which is placed in the middle of the wreath and symbolises Christ, the light of the world.
Our purple candle of HOPE is a reminder to us of the hope that Jesus brings into the world. We too can be signs of hope for one another. We can do this by being a positive person, by saying a kind word, a smile, giving a helping hand to a friend or at home. Each year group is collecting for a charity so you can donate to your charity and bring hope to other people.
*GOD OF HOPE, come! Enter into this heart of mine which often loses itself in self, missing the message of your encouragement because I am so entangled in the web of my own whirl of life. Enable me to not lose sight of the power of your presence or the truth of your consolation.
(‘Out of the Ordinary, Joyce Rupp pg. 24)
This week we will all have time to stop and reflect upon the real meaning of Christmas. We will have time to look at our lives and to see what we would like to do differently. Each year level will be having a Reconciliation Service either on Wednesday or Thursday. Make the most of this time and prepare your heart for Christmas.
*The message during this time of Advent is ‘prepare the way of the Lord’, a message to open our hearts and eyes in anticipation for the arrival of Jesus.
We ask you Jesus, to open our hearts that we may be generous and give to others this Christmas. Help us to focus on what is important; that of giving and not always receiving. Help us to give and share our material possessions as well as our time, kindly thoughts and words.
God Bless, Fiona, Chaplain
Have a good week, and work hard.
Mr S. Graham - Headteacher
Click here for details of two Parent Governor Vacancies
End of term arrangements:
12th December 2013: Year 9 Parents Evening
16th December 2013: Carol Concert (6.30pm St John's Cathedral)
17th December 2013: Christmas Lunch
18th December 2013: Prefect Christmas Lunch
20th December 2013: Emmanuel Celebration.
20th December 2013: School closes at 12noon.
6th January 2014: School Re-opens at 0825
23rd January 2014: Year 11 Parents Evening
30th January 2014: Year 9 Options Evening
Please click on the link below for full details.
letter to all parents re end of term arrangements Dec 2013
Parent Focus Group - Click for further information
Click here for our Autumn Newsletter
Click here for Homework Tasks & Calendar 2013/2014
Click here for timings of our current School Day & School Calendar
Click here for our Draft Admissions Policy 2013-2014 Consultation Documents
Measles Vaccination (MMR) Vaccination - Important Information For Parents.