Carol Concert

What a fantastic carol concert today! The musicians were terrific and the singers and choirs were superb. Bury Choral Society members were full of admiration for you all. You were a credit to the school, well done.

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Jungle Book

Had the privilege of going to watch the Jungle Book at the cinema in Bury today with year 6. We walked there and back and despite the snow and rain the children were amazing and a credit to the school. Well done Year 6 (staff as well!!).
Dr Chris Babbs
Foundation Governor

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imageOver the past couple of weekends it has been a pleasure to celebrate the Masses of First Holy Communion with and for our children and their families.  Our celebrations were really prayerful and it was wonderful to see the children receive Holy Communion with such devotion.

For our first celebration we could our theme from the Gospel of the day ‘Who do you say that I am?’   I reflected with the children how Jesus asks that question of us, not as a group, but individually and that He calls us to respond like Peter ‘You are the Christ the Son of the living God.’   To strengthen us so that we can witness to Him in this world He gives us His Body and Blood.

For our second celebration I highlighted the theme of Jesus calling His disciples to follow Him and how that call to follow is immediate.  He asks us to follow Him NOW and not when we have the time or the inclination.

Again to strengthen us for our following of Him He gives us His Body and Blood in Holy Communion.  This is my Body – which words do you not understand?

As a way of including our polish children and their families I told them about a picture in the sacristy at St Marie’s.  It shows Jesus holding up the Host with the words around it saying ‘To jest bowiem Ciało Moje.  Którego słowa nie rozumiesz? [This is My Body. Which word do you not understand?].

Jesus tells us that the bread and wine are His Body and Blood and in faith we believe Him because we know what He says is true.

Once again many thanks for the lovely celebrations over the last two weeks.  May you, my dear children, grow more in love of Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament.

Fr Francis


First Holy Communion Visit

imageThis afternoon I came into school to chat with the Year Three children in preparation for their First Holy Communion that will take place over the next two weekends.  It was great to see the growing excitement of the children as they realised the time to receive Our Lord for the first time in Holy Communion was nearly here.  

We spent the afternoon reflecting on the importance of the Sacrament of the Eucharist and having a personal relationship with Jesus.  The children gave some examples of how they made ordinary friendships and then we moved this onto our friendship with Jesus and how it was important for us to talk to Him each day to strengthen our friendship.  

Children be assured of my prayers during the coming days as you prepare for your First Holy Communion.  

Fr F 


Learning Walk Around School

Dear All

I was delighted to go on an introductory walk around school recently. Thanks to Mrs Myerscough for arranging it  and escorting me. I was hugely impressed by the sense of calm energy in every class and the good manners of the children. Keep up the good work.

Dr Chris Babbs

Foundation Governor

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Mówisz Po Polsku?

Hello everyone,

This is the first time I have blogged on the governors site so I hope it goes well.

I visited school and spent sometime with our younger children in the early years.  I had the opportunity to welcome a new child who has recently joined us from Poland.  I think she was a bit surprised when I started speaking to her in Polish!!!   I wonder if she and her friend would like to sit the exam for me next week?!

It was also great to see some of the children practising for their forthcoming assembly on animals.  I am sure it will be excellent.

Looking forward to being with you soon.

Fr Francis

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Science Fair

Dear Pupils,

As a Foundation Governor of St Joseph and St Bede RC Primary School I was privileged to listen to, learn from and help judge the presentations at the Science Fair held in school today. I was bowled over by the high standard of all the experiments. The cool, calm and mature way they were presented were a credit to the children and their teachers. My(awkward) questions were answered thoroughly and politely and I shall remember never to put white chocolate in my pockets again! Well done to all concerned.
Dr Chris Babbs
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