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The Diary dates listed below highlight some of the main events taking place as part of the Catholic life of our school.




 Non-uniform Day for the homeless and Emmanuel House - Friday 20th March 2020

Lenten Charity Fundraising- Food donations for Arnold Food Bank on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March 2020

First Reconciliation in the Good Shepherd Church, Saturday 14th March, at 11.00am.

Miriam presenting to Key Stage 2 about her work in the schools in Sierra Leone.

Year 6 leading the Liturgy of the Word at the 10.30 Mass at the Good Shepherd Church.

Year 5 led class Collective Worship based on the RE topic, 'Memorial Sacrifice'

Year 3 led Collective Worship, Friday 6th March, all are welcome, 2.45pm

On Monday 2/3/2020, whole school Collective Worship, all are welcome, 9.10am

Daily prayers began in school on Thursday 27th March, for the re-dedication of England to Mary, ready for the big day on the 30th March 2020.

Ash Wednesday Mass - 9.15am in school on Wednesday 26th February. Please join us if you can.

Parish Pancake Party, on Tuesday 25th March. Come along and enjoy the company and the delicious fresh pancakes. No ticket needed.

Faith in Action and Chaplaincy Team have organised a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer . Join us for Collective Worship followed by a cuppa! Thursday 13th February 2020.

Tuesday 11th February is the Feast day of Our lady of Lourdes and we are having Mass to celebrate this feast day. Please join us if you can, 9.15am, in the school hall.

Children's Mental Health Day is on 6th February and we will be having an assembly and prayers to highlight the importance of how to look after our mental health and how we can 'Find Our Brave' by sharing our worries with others.

Monday February 3rd, Year 4 Mass to celebrate the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple - 2.30pm, all are welcome.

Please join us for weekly Collective Worship on a Monday at 9.10am and on a Thursday at 9.10am. 

 Monday 6th January 2020, 9.15am, Mass to Celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. 

 Monday 2nd December - Mass to celebrate the beginning of Advent. 

 Remember to keep up-to-date with our Word of the Week videos on Twitter and YouTube.


Here is a sample of some of the things that the children take part in as part of their spiritual growth and encounter of Jesus.





A lovely 'Thank You' from Ann at CAFOD for all of our fundraising.  It was wonderful to be able to share her message as a school community.


Thank you to our school community for your generous donations of Advent calendars, which we donated to Arnold Foodbank.


The Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul




Our Word of the Week for the week commencing 22.06.20 is VOCATION

Our Word of the Week for this week (15.06.20) is TALENT

Our Word of the Week Collective Worship  for W/C 8.6.20 - CELEBRATION 

1st June - Word of the Week - FAITH

Ascension Day  - 21st May 2020

Today in school we would have been sharing Mass together to remember and celebrate Jesus going back to be with God his Father in Heaven.

Here is a small liturgy for you to share at home with your family.


11.05.20 - Our Word of the Week this week is FOCUS.

Please share our Collective Worship about Focus.


Our Word of the Week Liturgy for you to share at home. 27.4.20



Our Word of the Week Liturgy for you to share at home.




Certificate from Macmillan 

On Thursday 13th February, the Faith in Action and the Chaplaincy Team organised a Coffee morning to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Charity. We received a certificate today and an email to acknowledge this great work.

To everyone at The Good shepherd RC Primary School

We really appreciate your support

A massive thank you to you all for raising a fantastic £120.50 for Macmillan Cancer Support from your The World's Biggest Coffee Morning 2020. We hope that you enjoyed it, and all the delicious sweets and treats and that you'll pass our thanks on to everyone who helped to make it a success. Your effort and enthusiasm will allow us to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can. 



Praying at home

During this time at home with your family we have a selection of prayer resources for you to use together. 

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We continue to keep you all in our prayers and hope that before long we will be back together in our school community.  Until then take care of each other, be kind and pray for all of the people in our world.

Non-uniform Day for the Homeless

Today is our final day before school closes due to the pandemic. We have raised £321.60 by wearing our own clothes instead of uniform. This will be sent to Emmanuel House where they will use it to support those without a home or a shelter. Keep safe everyone! 


Arnold Food Bank Collection

Following the governments announcement that schools were closing due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we decided to do our bit and help restock the Arnold Food Bank shelves. A brilliant effort once again, thank you for your generosity.



          Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time  


CONGRATULATIONS to the children and to their families, who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Saturday 14th March. What a very important day for them all and a milestone too in their journey of faith. Well done to you all.

Thank you to Miriam from Educaid, who visited us on Thursday 11th March

On Thursday 11th March, we welcomed Miriam to our school. She talked to the children about her work for Educaid, over in Sierra Leone where she helps to ensure that as many children as possible, receive an education which can transform their lives.

The children enjoyed hearing about children such as Bakaar, who was found on the street, an orphan and who was brought to the school where he is now part of the school family, where he enjoys learning and where he learned to be happy again. Miriam showed us pictures of the school in Sierra Leone, the kitchens, the classrooms which were all very different to our own.

She also told us about a phrase, UBUNTU, which means I am because we are. 

Thank you Miriam, it was a powerful presentation and one which will remain with us. We look forward to establishing some links with Miriam and we look forward to her return in October 2020 

Second Sunday of Lent at the Good Shepherd Church 

Thank you to the eight children who read so well at Church today. They led the Parish in the Liturgy of the Word and took part in the Offertory Procession too. As usual, they also read the Bidding Prayers which some children had written earlier on in the week, after reflecting on the Gospel reading, with Joe our Chaplain.


It was also lovely to see Amy and Nancy on the altar for the first time, as altar servers. They were taking the opportunity to 'shadow' an alter server with the view to becoming part of this important ministry. Well done to you all.  

5MS, 'Memorial Sacrifice' 

Really proud of these children in 5MS for independently planning a complete Collective Worship for the class to share based on their RE topic, 'Memorial Sacrifice' As a result, we were able to focus on how we remember sacrifices in our lives.


Year 3 led Collective Worship 

Thank you to Year 3 who led us all in the Collective Worship, this afternoon. They helped us to reflect on our choices and to go home and examine our conscience. They helped us all to understand the Sacrament of Reconciliation which they have been preparing for. We made the act of contrition together. Thank you to all of the visitors who joined us for this special occasion.

Collective Worship, on the theme of forgiveness. 

Mathew 6:14-15

On Monday, our Collective Worship theme was forgiveness and we reflected on the importance of this especially during Lent. We shared Mathew's Gospel, Chapter 6:14-15 and we saw that Jesus taught us  to show forgiveness to others just as we are shown forgiveness by God. We prayed for God's help and we prayed for the children who will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the . first time on the 14th March



Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent

We celebrated Mass in school today, with parents, parishioners and friends. Thank you to the choir who led us in the beautiful singing of Lenten hymns and also to the pupils who participated so enthusiastically through their prayers, scripture readings and reflections. We thought about how we are going to try to grow closer to God as we journey through Lent, through prayer, fasting and alms giving . We received ashes on our forehead, in the shape of a cross, to remind us of our faith and the need to repent in our lives.

Following the Mass, it was lovely to see our youngest children re-enacting, independently, what they had been part of in the Mass and what they had experienced. The children drew crosses on each others foreheads in their home corner and were very reverent throughout.


'My Soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices'

We linked the scripture and the Magnificat to Pope Francis' five fingered hand prayer as we reflected on the example of Mary and prayed for those who are close to us, those who lead us, those who direct us, those in need and finally, for ourselves. 

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes


 We celebrated Mass in school, with children and parents, on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. It was a beautiful Mass with the choir and musicians leading us in hymns dedicated to Mary. The prayers and litanies helped us to focus on Mary as the mother of Jesus. Thank you and well done everyone.


Year 6 Leading the Parish in the Liturgy of the Word

'Share your bread with the hungry and shelter the homeless' was the message from Isaiah during today's reading.

Well done to our Year 6 children who led the parish in the Liturgy of the Word today and who also read their own bidding prayers. We prayed that with God's help, we will understand more clearly, that He is the light of the world. Well done children, your read so clearly and confidently too

Mental Health Week 


During our assembly, we prayed for all those people who struggle with mental health, who are lonely and anxious and we asked God to help us to 'Find Our Brave'. We remembered that we are not alone and that God is beside us every day.

Laudato Si - Collective Worship- 27th January 2020

Our Collective Worship today focused on our Common Home and the Pope's message given in his letter, Laudato Si, asking us all to take good care of it. We all wrote a pledge promising to do our bit to care for the environment. We also wrote prayers asking for God's help. Our Laudato Si display is a constant reminder to us of this important message.

Year 5 Adoration

Year 5, led by Joe,  shared in a reflective period of Adoration.  They prayed together and shared in the Word of God.


Saint Barnabas' Cathedral and the Mary Potter Centre

Year 5 had a brilliant day at this beautiful cathedral where they participated in Holy Mass. They also visited the Little Company of Mary Heritage Centre. They all learnt such a lot about the mission of the diocese and that of Mary Potter. They arrived back in school with lots to reflect on.

Father Philipp's visit to Foundation

Father Philipp came into school to talk to Foundation about celebrations in Church.  He spoke to the children about Baptism, First Holy Communion, anointing of the sick, weddings and the holy Mass.  He brought holy water, chrism and the current wedding and baptism registers. Father Philipp did a fantastic job of helping the children to learn about celebrations, linked to their current Come and See topic.  The children had a great time.


Mass to Celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany

Such a wonderful start to our Lent term with a Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.  The children sang beautifully and read with confidence as we reflected on the faith and dedication of the Wise Men as they travelled to see the Son of God.

 Advent - Emmanuel House Food Collection

Thank you for your kindness and generosity in your giving for our Emmanuel House food collection. At this time of year we think of those less fortunate than ourselves and without your support we would not be able to help others as we do.  

 Advent - Jesse Tree

As we come to the end of the Advent term we have been reflecting on the stories of the Jesse Tree.  We have shared some lovely Advent reflections and have all enjoyed listening to the stories from the Bible leading up to the birth of Jesus.  We listened and discussed the stories as we continue through the Year of the Word.

 Year 6 Adoration

Such a lovely afternoon sharing in Adoration with Year 6.  You approached your time with Christ in a mature and calm way.  A quite, reflective atmosphere that was a privilege to be part of. Thank you to Joe for leading us.


Valley Court

Matthew 7:12 "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them."

An afternoon of bringing joy to others, as a large group of the choir walked to Valley Court to sing to the elderly.  Such a wonderful Christmas atmosphere.  Well done children.


Nottinghamshire Hospice

Thank you to Nottinghamshire Hospice for inviting us to sing.  It is always such a privilege to be able to do a little something for others and put a smile on someone's face.  Well done children, you were a credit to us all.

Singing at Valley Court and the Hospice

A dedicated group of children from our school choir, along with Mrs Newham and members of our school staff, have been out to sing in the local community.


Advent - Week 3

What a busy week we have had during this third week of Advent.  The children have finished their wonderful Nativity performances and the school is full of excitement.


Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Well done to Year 5 for planning their Class Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Father Philipp joined Year 5 as they shared in their Mass together, listening to scripture from the Holy Bible, singing hymns which they had chosen and praying the prayers that they had written.



Year 6 readers

Well done to our Year 6 children who read in Mass on Sunday.  They then proudly showed off our school entry into the 'Christmas Tree Festival'.

Staff Liturgy

We gathered as a staff to reflect on our whole school word of the week - HOPE.  We listened to the Nativity story and thought about how important hope really is in our everyday lives. 

 Advent Reflections

A wonderful start to Advent with our children leading our daily Advent Reflections, based on the stories of the Jesse Tree.  We wait for the coming of Jesus through sharing stories from the Bible during the Year of the Word. We have shared singing, reflection and discussion.


Advent Mass

To start Advent we gathered together to celebrate Mass and bless our Advent wreaths.  We are so lucky in our school to have so many talented people.  Thank you to Miss Dawes, Mrs Brown, Mrs Bottoms and Mrs Tyler for making our wreaths so that we can use them in our classrooms to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas during this Advent time.

 Year of the Word - Foundation receive their new Bibles

Foundation proudly welcomed Tom and Kieran from the Briars Team They sang them one of the songs that they have been learning in class, as they gather together in prayer, with great confidence.  They were so excited about receiving their new Bibles and couldn't wait to take them home to show their parents.


Judaism Week - 18th November

TOLERANCE is our Word of the Week

Our word of the week was tolerance and this special week began with a Collective Worship based on our word, TOLERANCE and this linked to our 'other faiths week'. Staff shared their visit to Ann Frank's place of hiding, in Amsterdam and we thought about what can happen if people are not tolerant of one another, how this can lead to hatred and suffering. We prayed for tolerance and peace all of the world and to an end to conflict. We reflected on the Bible's message 


 The photographs below show some of the creative and exciting things we have been doing to help us to learn about Judaism.


   Year 2 baked Challah bread which was delicious






Year 3 visited the synagogue and saw the Torah Scroll and many other artefacts. They also made their own Torah Scrolls.


Year 5 had an exciting time too!


Remembrance Liturgy
       Thank you to the children in Year 6 for leading such a reflective and thought provoking Remembrance Liturgy.  We reflected on the people who had died and remembered the sacrifice that they made. 

Staff Liturgy


Our first staff Spiritual Well-being Liturgy took place this week.  One of our Chaplains Issie led us in Lectio Divina, as we listened to scripture and prayed together.

Chaplaincy Team

Congratulations to our new Chaplaincy Team, who were commissioned at our All Saints Mass.  They have embraced their new role, working hard helping in Mass and Prayer groups.  We are extremely proud of the brilliant example they have been setting around school.