Our vision and values at St John Fisher are guided by our Mission Statement:
"Growing and Learning together with Christ"
Let it be known
To all who enter here
That Christ is the reason
for this school,
The unseen but ever present
Teacher in its classes
The model for its children
The inspiration for
Christmas is a special time of the year
Holy season full of cheer
Remembering those we love
Into our hearts, Jesus comes from above
Singing carols with joy and glee
Tinsel sparkling for you and me
Making cookies for Santa in his sleigh
Adoring Jesus as he lay in the hay
Showing us to God the perfect way
By Kyra Toscano (3R)
Putting christ back into Christmas
This article is a reflection about how Christmas was originally an event to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but now in this current world, Christmas has become an event where people focus only on decorating their homes and receiving presents. So, in other words, Christmas has lost its true meaning. This article is also about what we can do to restore the real meaning of Christmas in our everyday lives.
Is Christmas just about presents?
A couple of weeks ago, when I was listening to the radio in the car on the way back home from school, I was mortified at the fact that someone on the radio was talking about decorating their house even though it was just October! The Radio Jockey did not say a single word about Jesus or Jesus’ birth! I was disappointed at the fact, that nowadays people only care about gifts, decorations and having parties. It is alright to do those things but as long as you remember that Christmas is also a time to celebrate Jesus’ birth and everything that he taught us during his life on earth.
Also, when I went to the supermarket, I saw an abundance of Christmas decorations but there was not a single crib for sale. When I looked at Christmas cards, none of them had the nativity scene but just Christmas trees, snowmen and other things not related to Jesus’ birth. This made me realise that Christmas has lost its true meaning in current times.
What can we do this year to ensure that Christmas is not just about gifts but also about Jesus…
Jesus not only preached but put into actions his words. Do you think we can start the Christmas season by doing good deeds every day and living out the words of Jesus Christ through our actions? As a Catholic and as a Catholic Ambassador I want to pledge to do the following things and want to invite you to join me:
I know it will be difficult to do this sometimes, but I will try my best!
By Kian T
Catholic Life Ambassadors:
Their duties consist of: creating and updating displays around the school, reading bible stories to younger pupils, leading Collective Worships in the lower year groups, leading assemblies, completing prayer table audits, encouraging all pupils, staff and families to be aware of current events and charitable causes that we may be involved in.
They will also participate and help organise school masses and liturgies and converse with our local priests to plan special events.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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