15 February 2019

14 Feb 2019

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time: In the Book of Job, the main character, Job, says “….relentlessly I fret till twilight falls.” He lies on his bed and ponders his life and probably remembers the better days he’d enjoyed.  Job (pronounced Jobe) was a man whose faith in God was tested to the very limit.  He wasn’t always in this situation.  Far from it.  Job was a wealthy man who was happily married, had lots of children, enjoyed the finer things of life and was blessed with good health, livestock, land and property – that is until all of this was systematically taken away from him and he was tested over many years.  He was stripped down to the basics and only his faith in God remained. There are times in our lives when our faith is tested to the very limit because of the many hurtful and destructive things we encounter.  Faith can be an anchor of strength but it can also be lost if painful circumstances overwhelm and crush the vulnerable spirit inside. The good news is that God is close to the broken hearted as we read in Psalm 146.  Faith can be rediscovered again and allowed to grow if the hurt person chooses to seek God with all their heart.  They are never turned away for our loving Lord does not snap us in two if we are a broken reed or snuff us out if our flame is a smouldering ember.   Essentially, at the heart of the gospel message is the person of Jesus.  We strive to follow a person, not a set of rules and our Lord knows how we feel all too well.  During the whole of His life, Jesus suffered much which hurt Him, broke His heart as He endured the difficulties of life and the…

Confirmation 2019

14 Feb 2019

REMINDER FOR ALL PARENTS, CARERS AND CONFIRMANDI IN YEARS 7 & 8. Homework tasks to be completed: All completed homework from session 1 Chapter 1 in the red book needs to be handed in as follows: All St Peter’s pupils need to hand theirs in to Miss Downes in her office or leave their book on her desk by 3.30pm on Friday 15th Feb. All OLMC Redditch pupils need to hand theirs in to the Parish Office at Mt Carmel Church by this weekend 16/17 February if they haven’t already done so. If the Parish Office is closed, please put all books through the Office letterbox.  This is so they can be marked in time to be returned for the next Sacramental Preparation session which will be on Monday 25th February. OLMC PUPILS: All Green Sponsor Cards are to be returned to the Parish Office as soon as they are fully completed. ST PETER’S BGROVE PUPILS: All Green Sponsor Cards are to be returned to Miss Downes in her Office in School as soon as they are fully completed. Many thanks.

Lenten Charities – 15/02/19 Friday, 15 February, will be our annual Lenten Charity fundraising day in school. This year pupils will be working within their houses to raise money for different charities, including St Vincent de Paul and Father Hudson’s. Over the next week, pupils will be planning their charity stalls and then will run them throughout the day on Friday. This is a successful day where we manage to raise between £1500-£2000 each year. Your son/daughter may come home with requests to take prizes, cakes, games etc. into school please contact their form tutor if you need to clarify anything. Pupils can bring in some change to spend on the stalls during the day.

Skern Lodge 2019

7 Feb 2019

The final payment for the Skern Lodge trip was due on Monday 4 February, could parents please ensure all payments are completed as final arrangements are now being made. Please see below if you wish to buy your child a Hoodie: Skern Lodge Hoodie Letter 2019  

Fifth Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time  Jesus said to Simon (Peter) “Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4 This weekend we are in the Fifth Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time. At this time of year we are encouraged to focus on how our lives are going as we look towards Lent which will begin with Ash Wednesday on 6th March.  In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, we hear Jesus asking Simon Peter to cast out his nets again in the daytime for a catch. This would be a totally foolish thing to do, as fishermen would only ever fish at night so the fish would be caught more easily as they feed near to the surface of the water. Peter caught nothing the previous night and is hard pressed to believe that he will catch anything.  Jesus isn’t a fisherman but Peter listens to Jesus because Peter may well have heard about Jesus and he believes that the Man standing before him is much more special than he could ever imagine. The result of Peter trusting in Jesus, who is the Holy Son of God in human flesh, is that the catch is so huge it takes another boat to help him haul in the fish.  Peter will now be catching people for Jesus not fish and we too are called to do this every day of our lives as we live out our faith.  We are to be putting out into the deep of the lives of those around us.  We can only do this with the Lord’s help. As we reflect on our lives and prepare over the next few weeks as we approach the holy Season of Lent, let us think about how we can grow…

ParentPay – 04/02/19 There has been an issue with ParentPay today. This should now be resolved – please ensure your child’s lunch account is up to date.    

Some children wish to bring anti-antiperspirant/deodorant to school to use after PE which we would like to encourage. Can we please request that they only bring roll-on deodorants and not aerosols to school? Please also remind them that these are for their personal use and are not to be shared with others for hygiene reasons. Thank you for your support.

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord: Candlemas 2nd February Some 40 days after Jesus was born, He was presented in the Temple.  As a Jewish first-born male Child, He was to be dedicated, consecrated, set apart for the Lord, made holy and acceptable to Him.  Jesus didn’t need to be made holy, for He was and is the Eternal Son of the Father, our Messiah, the Second Person of the Most Holy and Blessed Trinity.  Everything that happened to Jesus during His short life here on earth was to set us an example and be for our encouragement.  This ceremony in the Temple completed Mary’s ritual purification after having given birth also according to Jewish Religious Law, the Law of Moses which was given by the Lord on Mount Sinai. It was a special time to thank God for His blessings and the gift of new life He had bestowed upon the mother and father of the child in presenting him to the Temple. The Catholic Church blesses new candles for use on the Altar and in Church on this Feast. As part of the celebration of Mass, we give thanks for the gift of light and the use of candles in worship of God and we remember that Jesus is the Light of the World.  In His Birth, the Glory of the Lord was revealed.  As the Magi visited Him, He was presented to the world, not just to the Jewish nation and peoples.  In His Presentation in the Temple, Simeon foretells the reason for Jesus’ Coming to earth – that He will be a sign that is rejected and a sword of pain will pierce Mary’s soul too.  These chilling words point towards the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus will make as the Lamb of God as He…

Confirmation 2019

31 Jan 2019

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION 2019 To all parents of Year 7 & 8 Confirmandi: Sacramental Preparation Sessions begin this coming Monday 4th February 2019 for ALL Confirmandi who attend OLMC and STP Parishes.  Redditch pupils: OLMC PARISH These Sessions will be held in St Bede’s School from 5.30-6.30pm. Bromsgrove pupils: STP PARISH These Sessions will be held in St Peter’s Parish Centre from 6.15-7.10pm. These Sessions are for PUPILS ONLY.  Parents are not required to attend. The course book will be available on the evening as will the Sponsor Card which needs to be completed and handed in before the Easter holiday break and the deadline for this will be Friday, 29th March 2019 as this has to be received in School. A suggested donation of £5-00 for the course book would be most welcome.      

Severe Weather/School Closure In the event of severe weather or other event which will require the school to close parents will be informed through the following channels: The school website: st-bedes.worcs.sch.uk Our Twitter & Facebook Pages/Account Text to your child’s registered primary contact Worcestershire County Council website: worcestershire.gov.uk For our text system to be of use to you please ensure you have updated the school with any phone number changes – this can be done via your SIMs Parent App. NB: Do not take note of a text message from your child, or a third party – the information on the school website WILL be accurate.

Confirmation

25 Jan 2019

For the attention of all parents and Confirmandi in Year 7 and 8. Confirmation Masses this year will be on the following dates:  Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Redditch – Monday, 3rd June 2019 at 7pm Parish of St Peter, Bromsgrove – Tuesday, 4th June 2019 at 7pm.  Bishop Robert Byrne CO will be the Principal Celebrant and will be conferring the Sacrament  at both of these Masses.  The Sacramental Programme Sessions will begin for both Parishes on Monday 4th February 2019.      

World Book Day is taking place on Thursday 7th March, where the children will be taking part in various book-based, creative activities. We would like to encourage all children (and staff!) to dress up as their favourite book character on this day (there will be a prize for the best dressed in each class!) and bring in their favourite book, which will be needed for some of their activities. We are asking for a minimum donation of £1.00 per children, payable on ParentPay –  this is to help cover the costs of the day and to help to buy new books for our school library. Miss Mogg

24 January 2019

24 Jan 2019

Third Sunday on Ordinary Time: Jesus said; “This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen.” Luke 4:22 ‘The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for He has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, To proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight, to set downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour. ‘ Lk 4:18,19   At Mass this coming weekend we will hear these words being read as they are being proclaimed by Jesus in the Synagogue in Nazareth, His home town. St Luke mentions that Jesus was a regular worshipper in the Synagogue on the Sabbath Day and was in there praying and serving as He usually was. It was His turn to read from the Scroll of the Prophet Isaiah.  He read these words of which He is the fulfilment. (c.f. Isaiah 61:1-3).   Throughout the whole of His life on earth, Jesus sets us an example.  Jesus, the All-Holy One, the Just One, the Son of God Incarnate in human flesh, goes to weekly worship, prays and reads Holy Scripture.  He does not need to do any of these things for He is the Author of all life and faith, but He chooses to submit to the Will and obedience of His Father, our Loving, Eternal and True God.  We too should imitate Jesus by our regular prayer, worship and study of scripture so we can take His word to others and bring about the Kingdom of God on earth by our actions. Jesus comes to fulfil the Law and the Prophets by His Incarnation, His becoming flesh as Man.  He is the living embodiment of the prophecy for Jesus’ whole life, work and ministry will be bringing about the promised…

Police presence – 23/01/19 This morning we had an unauthorised person on site. Our practices and policies have worked and the pupils and staff are safe. Staff were out on duty and supervising the pupils in the sports hall. A man was challenged walking across our school field. He then exited the site over the fence into Alders close. The police have just informed me that he has yet to be apprehended but is not a threat to our site and is not a threat as an individual. Be reassured that all pupils and staff are safe and school routine will continue as normal.   Mr Lloyd Roberts – Principal

Traffic News

23 Jan 2019

Warwick Highway has been closed in both directions near to Morrisons due to a severe accident.  Please use alternative route.

17 January 2019

17 Jan 2019

Peace Sunday 20th January 2019 Jesus said “Peace I leave you, My Peace I give you.”  John 14:27 This weekend will be the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time and will also be Peace Sunday. Pope Francis continually asks all people to come together and pray for peace in our world. We hear these words every time we come to Mass as they are spoken just before we offer one another the sign of peace and friendship which is represented as a handshake. Jesus’ Peace is not as the world gives, for peace which comes from people can often only last a short time and it is conditional, that is, ‘if you do this then I’ll do that.’ Jesus’ peace is so much more and is unconditional.   Our Heavenly Father freely gives us His peace especially through the death and Resurrection of Jesus.  Through the Cross, God has reconciled us to Himself and all that stood between us and God has been destroyed through Jesus’ perfect sacrifice of Himself.  Through Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we can have peace with God and with each other. Our world needs God’s peace in all the places of conflict, hatred and division.  As we think and pray this through over the next week, may we remember to pray each day for peace to come into our world in a new way. Our prayer this week comes from part of Pope Francis’ prayer for peace: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-a-prayer-for-peace Now, Lord, come to our aid!  Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace.  Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”; “With war everything is lost”.  Instil in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.   Lord, God of Abraham,…

To all parents of Year 7 & 8 Confirmandi Confirmation Enrolment Masses are taking place on this coming Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January 2019. The Certificate of Commitment when fully completed is to be presented to the Priest celebrating these Masses –  Redditch pupils: Confirmandi can attend either: OLMC Parish Saturday 19th January at 5pm Mass or OLMC Parish Sunday 20th January at 11.15am Mass Or Mass at St Peter’s Bromsgrove. Bromsgrove pupils: St Peter’s Parish Bromsgrove Sunday 20th January at 10.30am Mass or either of the Masses at OLMC Parish Redditch  

Year 6 SATs Information Thank you to all those parents/carers that attended the Information Evening last night. Please see attached the information that was shared – individual reports will be posted home for those that were unable to attend. SATS 2019 Presentation Calculation Leaflet for parent Top Tips for Helping with Spelling Top Tips for Reading at Home with your child Top Tips for Writing at Home with your child  

Pupil Absence

15 Jan 2019

Pupil Absence A reminder that if your child will be absent from school, for any reason, you are to report this via our absence line or e-mail (reception@st-bedes.worcs.sch.uk) by 9am. You are required to report daily for absences.  

10 January 2019

10 Jan 2019

The Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ Now when all the people had been baptised and while Jesus after His own Baptism was at prayer, heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily shape, like a dove.  And a voice came from Heaven, ‘You are My Son, the Beloved; My favour rests on You.’   Luke 3:22 We have now come to the end of the Christmas season which closes with the final ‘epiphanal’ or ‘showing’ of Christ to the world. This weekend we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus.  This marks the beginning of Ordinary Time once again. Over the past few weeks the Church has concentrated upon the Coming and the Birth of Jesus and the visit to the Infant Jesus by the Magi with their three symbolic gifts.  Now, we fast forward to when Jesus is a thirty-year old man.   Following His hidden years in Nazareth as a humble carpenter, we come to the moment in His life when Jesus is about to begin His public ministry which will culminate in His Death, Resurrection and Ascension. Before He begins His ministry and the work that His Father has given Him to do, Jesus comes to be baptised.  He comes to John, His cousin, and presents Himself to be baptised by him.  In choosing to be Baptised, Jesus becomes our role model once again and sets out the path He asks us to follow.  We too share in Jesus’ Baptism when we are baptised either as infants or children perhaps even later on as an adult seeking to be received into the Church.  Through our Baptism, we become adopted into God’s Family, we become children of God.  We become like Jesus. Jesus’ Baptism is one of the last epiphanial moments in…

To all parents of Year 7 & 8 Confirmandi Confirmation Enrolment Masses are taking place on Saturday 19th January and Sunday 20th January 2019.  The Certificate of Commitment when fully completed is to be presented to the Priest celebrating these Masses –  Redditch pupils: Confirmandi can attend either: OLMC Parish Saturday 19th January at 5pm Mass or OLMC Parish Sunday 20th January at 11.15am Mass Or Mass at St Peter’s Bromsgrove. Bromsgrove pupils: St Peter’s Parish Bromsgrove Sunday 20th January at 10.30am Mass or either of the Masses at OLMC Parish Redditch Certificates will be available on Monday 14th January.  Please collect in school from Miss Downes.