Race for Life 2019 – Results

On Friday 5th February 2019, St. Matthew’s held a Race for Life in support of Cancer Research UK. Despite the chilly winds and blizzardlike snow, the Race continued as normal and we even managed to set up our P. A system and microphone, despite the weather!

The children and participating adults had a fantastic time running in support of Cancer patients around the world and onlookers supported their children with gusto!

Check out the below video:

On the warmer side of things, in total, we raised a fantstic: £1420 through our just giving page. On top of this we received £270 extra through gift aid, and at least £300 in cash, fundraised by you, the parents! So a grand total of approximately £2000! Which is absolutely fantastic for our Small School to be able to give a large impact to the children

16.11.18, Class 5 Liturgy…Mission

Today Class 5 shared some of the things they have been learning about in their RE lessons with a liturgy about ‘Mission’. They talked to us about our life choices and that central to this, is the mission we have in our lives: the mission to be a child of God.

Through the sacrament of Baptism, all Christians are called to share in the mission of Jesus.

It is not always easy to follow the calling we have been given. It takes courage, commitment and faith to do so. When we are called and asked to do something we may struggle with the confidence to rise to this challenge. However, once we believe in ourselves and trust God to guide us, there is nothing that can stand in our way.

Our faith and our belief in ourselves will shine out and others will follow our example and will be live too.


Rememberance Day – Centenary Celebration

St. Matthew’s Remembers!


As it is the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, St. Matthew’s have tasked themselves in making poppies to brighten up the School in remembrance of those that sacrificed their lives to keep our Country safe during the War.

Thank you all so much for the glass jars, have a look to see the fantastic work the children have used them for:

Children have lovingly made poppies to fill the variously sized jars that were so kindly donated. We then placed tea lights in each one, symbolising each year that has passed since the war ended in 1918. We feel that this has made the celebration extra special, as parents have donated their jars and children have added in their fantastic creations to create a whole-community created celebration!

Have a look at the jars fully arranged and on display for all to see!






Samaritans Purse – Operation Christmas Child

This November, St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, with the help of the Mini Vinnie’s will be collecting shoe boxes for the ‘Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child’.

The Mini Vinnie’s have been working hard on this project and on Monday they lead an assembly in school to talk about how we can contribute to this cause.

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. We can be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child and it is a wonderful way to give to those less fortunate than ourselves.

For more information about how to put a shoe box together, please use the following link,

https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/ (click on get involved)

Shoe-boxes need to be brought into school by Monday 19th November 2018.

The Beatitudes

Class 5 Liturgy- 22.6.18

On Monday Year 6 visited the Diocesan Youth Village at Allensford, to take part in the Primary Youth Festival. The theme for this year’s festival was PLAN “Be”. Today the children shared a reflection with our school based on our experiences of the day.

Here is what they told us….

Before we do anything or go anywhere, we can’t help but begin to make plans; however it is very rare that our plans work out exactly as we hoped. That is why some of us even make a PLAN B, just in case Plan A isn’t as good. However, when God planned us, there was no PLAN B because we are one of a kind – a PLAN A – the only plan.
In Psalm 139 we hear the words “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed”
We were made, each of us, in the image and likeness of God. He has put his imprint on each one of us. We are his PLAN A.

Living out our Faith

Class 1 liturgy for the Year of Mary 4.5.18
Showing Humility
During the month of May in particular, we will be thinking about Mary’s humility and the life of Jesus through the eyes of his mother. We think about the important events in both of their lives.
When we pray we ask for Our Lady’s help so that God will know that we are truly sorry for anything that we have done wrong.
Do not be afraid,
God will always love you.
Whatever you have done,
God will always love you.
Holy Mary, Mother fair
Filled with love for God.
Pray for us in our needs,
Pray for us today.

Reception liturgy for the Year of Mary 27.4.18

Annunciation Liturgy
Children in class 1 celebrated the feast of the Annunciation today and reminded us of when Mary said “Yes” to God’s call to be the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We know this story so well- the message of the angel to a young Jewish girl, telling her she was to be the mother of God. Although Mary was worried, she said “Yes” to God’s plan.
We can follow Mary’s example of obedience by choosing the right path and doing what God wants for us.

Whole School Liturgy 29.3.18

Today we celebrated a liturgy that reflected on the Passion of our Lord. We all listened to a reading from the Gospel according to John that described Jesus washing the feet of his disciples before sharing the final Passover meal.
jesus loved his disciples very much and he honoured them right to the end by washing their feet. It is the spirit of love and service of brothers and sisters which is to be the characteristic of the Christian disciple.
We should glory in the cross of Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection. Through Him we are saved and we are made free.

Lent 2018

During Lent, we received a visit from Mr McGee, a friend of ours who volunteers for Cafod. Mr McGee came to talk to the boys and girls about ‘Give it Up’, Cafod’s latest campaign to help make a difference to some of the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

Mr McGee gave us an A-Z of things we could give up during Lent and donate to Cafod instead. We found out that donating just £1 will provide seeds to grow beans and that £10 will help cultivate a nutritious family vegetable garden.


Class 4/5:
To complete their ‘Sources’ unit in RE, where they have been studying the Bible, the year 5 and 6 children chose a quote from scripture and used it to design their own bookmark. They will be bringing their bookmark home today to use in their Bible, prayer book or reading book at home. We had a wonderful lesson exploring the pieces of scripture that inspire us.
Mrs Saunders

Liturgy – 26th January 2018

Friday 26th January 2018. The children in year 1 shared their liturgy with us today. They reflected on God’s special people and thanked him for the special people in our own lives.


16/11/2017 – Mini Vinnie Assembly with Mr Wilcox

We were delighted to have had a return visit from Michael Wilcox this week. He talked to the whole school about the important work the Society of St Vincent de Paul do and how with our continued efforts as Mini Vinnies, we are making a big difference to lots of people in lots of different ways. It reinvigorated us all and we are committed to keeping up the good work we do in school.

Below is some information about the Society and what it does:

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. Today the SVP England & Wales is pleased to highlight its continuing strong links with young people, through the development of its new ‘Mini Vinnies’ programme – a ground-breaking Primary Schools initiative, based on good work done in Australia, piloted in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, and which is seen as having, “the potential to significantly contribute to the future of our Society.”

‘Mini Vinnies’ are children aged between 7 to 11 (or younger) who, with the permission of their parents and the support of their Schools, are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible ‘Vincentians for life’.

As Mini Vinnies, the youngsters have their own ‘treasured’ Prayer, Pledge and Badge, a dedicated website and a range of bright and colourful documents which guide them in their formative steps – helping and enabling them to become in every sense, young Vincentians – or ‘Mini Vinnies’.


10/11/2017 – Remembrance Liturgy


During November we are remembering and praying for all those who have died,
especially members of our own families and friends.
On and around 11th November, Armistice Day,
we pray for those who have lost their lives through war and
we pray for peace in our troubled world.

God our Father,

We remember those who have died as a result of war or conflict, soldiers and civilians.
We give thanks for their lives and acknowledge their sacrifice.
We ask that the peace of Christ will end all violence and that all may live together in harmony.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
We will remember them

During the centenary of his birth this year, we are remembering Blessed Oscar Romero. In his last sermon he tried to end the fighting in his country when he asked the soldiers to stop killing of the people of El Salvador. We pray that his words and actions continue to inspire us to be peacemakers through our actions, thoughts and prayers. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Have a look below at a  little gallery of photos taken from the heartwarming liturgy performed this morning by our Reception Class, a video is available on our Facebook Page.

03/11/2017 – Yom Kippur Liturgy

Following on from our Judaism day on Thursday 2nd November 2017, Class 5 prepared and practiced a heartwarming assembly and school liturgy around the topic of the Jewish holiday of ‘Yom Kippur’, which is the holiest day of the year with it’s central themes being atonement and repentance, the day is usually celebrated with a fast lasting 25 hours! this year Yom Kippur was celebrated on Friday 29th September 2017.


After the liturgy the weekly awards were given out, we had the following awards to hand out!

  • Ben (Reception) – Amazing Phonics
  • Lilly (Class 1) – Brilliant Maths
  • Henry (Class 2) Working hard during Judaism day
  • Erin (Class 3) – Excellent Maths
  • Whole Class (Year 4) – Good work during Judaism day
  • Jonie R (Class 5) – Great work in History


Sean W (Class 3) received a special award from his Judo Class, he was awarded ‘Player of the Week! Congratulations!