Back to school this week: you can hear the cheers of mums and dads and grandparents all over the Parish! The Staff are in for two days for various meetings and preparations; mind you some have been coming in over the last few weeks to get ready: children start on Wednesday. It’s the beginning of a new era and we warmly welcome Mrs Maguire our new Head teacher, she comes with a wealth of experience and is really looking forward to the new challenge let’s keep her and all the School in our prayers. There will be many changes over the next few months and I am sure you will find among them a much richer closeness between St. Bernard’s family of Parish and school.
As a “starter for ten” Mrs Maguire asks “This term we are covering a topic on WW1 with the older children. Please could you ask if there any parishioners with memories/stories/photos/medals of parents and grandparents regarding WW1 who would be willing to come into school and share them with the children; a personal memory is always so much more effective than a textbook”: If you can help please contact School.
I mentioned last week about starting St. Bernard’s Cadets, based around the 9 to 11 years of age children, well some of our boys and girls came up with a better name last week, instead of Cadets call them Kidets, why not?; and so we shall. We will start the breakout of this scheme in the next few weeks. Of course we are desperate for helpers; this does not call for a weekly commitment which can over stretch people! I was pleased with the reaction to our version of Messy Church for little tots and their parents which we will set in motion after consulting and listening to some of the parents and grandparents over the next few weeks. As Jesus challenges us to take up our Cross and follow him it is good to remember that at times it means that we become like Simon of Cyrene, stepping out and going the extra mile to enable others to carry their Cross. God Bless