Spiritual Life of our School
Our motto is “Learning and Living in the Love of God.”
St Margaret Ward Catholic Primary School is a place where the Spirit of Christ lives. All children are welcomed and each one nurtured in a union of support between school and parish so each may reach their full potential. We celebrate the uniqueness of the individual and believe each child is created in the image and likeness of God.
Africa Clothes appeal
At the end of October, we were asked to support Africa's Children in Education. Thank you to everyone who kindly donated children's shoes, football tops, books and stationery and the volunteers going out to Tanzania sent us some photos once they had arrived.
During our Harvest Assembly, we were reminded of all the good things that God gives us and how important it is to share with others who are not so fortunate. Thank you to everyone who responded to our appeal for tins and food items for Cornerstone, the Day Centre which provides clothes, meals and support to the homeless in Manchester.
Crowning of Our Lady's Statue
May is traditionally the month when we especially pray to and honour Our Lady and so on Tuesday 23 May, we held a special morning assembly to celebrate together as a school family. Each child was asked to bring a flower which they carried in procession and as the children sang hymns, our school statue of Our Lady was crowned with flowers by two of our Year 3 children who had just recently celebrated their First Communion.
First Holy Communion
Congratulations to all the children who completed the Sacramental programme in 2017. With the support of their families, the children fully embraced this time of preparation.
In line with tradition, a Mass was celebrated again on Tuesday 16 May 2017, enabling our whole school community to share in this joyful celebration. The day concluded with a party for all the children who had completed the programme.
Our Easter Reflection this year took place on Tuesday 4th April and once again, it was a very moving and spiritual experience for all present. It started with a re enactment of the Last Supper, followed by the Stations of the Cross and the reflection ended with the joyful story of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Well done to the actors and readers from Years 3 and 4 who moved everyone with their emotional performance and singing.
Following a recent assembly about the East Africa Humanitarian Crisis, the children in our Year 6 were inspired to do something to help the people who are suffering and asked if they could organise a cake sale and send any money raised to the CAFOD East Africa Appeal. A letter from the class was sent home; many children brought in cakes and everyone helped on the day to make the cake sale a great success. We raised £152.50 - well done to everyone in Year 6 for making a difference!
On Friday 31st March the children and staff were invited to come into school in their own clothes for a donation of £1 and this raised an additional £218.50 towards the CAFOD appeal.
Lenten Appeal 2017
Our Lenten charity this year is Kathy's Centre in Uganda which has recently been built in memory of Kathy Smedley, a teacher who worked at St Margaret Ward School for thirteen years but sadly passed away in 2014 from cancer. Kathy and her husband Martin set up a charity called Act4Africa in 2000 and this new centre will be used by the local community in a variety of ways and will include a kindergarten. On 24 February, Martin and a colleague, Sarah, came into school to talk to the children about the charity and the children who will be using the centre, asking if families would consider donating toys suitable from birth to 6 years of age. Within days, our children and staff donated a wonderful selection of toys which Martin has now delivered to Kathy's Centre. He plans to come back into school when he returns to the UK and will share images and news of the Centre and the children playing with the toys.
St Margaret Ward - Our Patron Saint
Margaret Ward was born in Congleton, Cheshire. While working in London she heard that a priest was imprisoned and by making friends with the gaoler's wife, she visited Father Watson and brought him food.Eventually she smuggled in a rope and persuaded an Irish boatman, John Roche, to be ready to take the priest across the River Thames. Although the priest escaped, the rope was accidentally left behind and traced to Margaret. She was imprisoned,questioned and tortured and offered her freedom if she would surrender Father Watson and convert to the Church of England.She declined saying she was ready to lay down her life for conscience and loyalty to God and her Religion-she was condemned to death for felony and sent to Tyburn on 30th August 1588 for execution by hanging. She is one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. She was beatified in 1929 and canonised in 1970.