GIFT ‘Growing in Faith Together’ Pupil Chaplaincy Team
The role of the Gift Team is to serve and support the Catholic Life of the School so that we live as witnesses to Jesus Christ.
Recruitment begins in Summer term by the existing GIFT Team so that they can be ‘Missioned’ by Fr Heakin and ready to start their work in Autumn term. Children are selected to join the team from Year 5. They remain as GIFT Team members as they move into Year 6 and are included in the recruitment and training of the new year 5 GIFT Team members.
The GIFT Team can easily be recognised by the school community because they wear royal blue jumpers proudly. The GIFT Team is supported by the GIFT Teams coordinators Miss Palmer, Mrs Moore and Mrs Buckley
As members of The GIFT team, we have a very important job to spread the Word of God throughout our school and the school community. It is our mission to interpret scripture so that children can better understand stories from the Bible and relate them to their own lives.
The GIFT team have a very high profile in school through our weekly prayer clubs, leading the prayers in our own classrooms, helping deliver whole school liturgy and collective worship, welcoming visitors and new pupils to our school and organising liturgical events.
We work hard to promote our Catholic faith in school.
This year, we’ve raised over £500 for McMillan Nurses by inviting the community to our cake sale. During Remembrance we held a moving whole school Liturgy. In our weekly prayer and craft clubs we talked to the youngest children in our school about Lent and how we can be closer to God during this special liturgical time. We organised key stage assemblies by CAFOD to talk to us about how we can help the Pope to protect our ‘Common Home’.
Children Of God Squad
COGS is a prayer and craft club ran by the y5 GIFT team members. This year, highlights have been introduction to the rosary, learning about Saints and Lenten activities. They especially enjoy planning from the CARITAS in action modules, focusing on social justice in action.
CAFOD RETREAT DAY
We joined lots of other GIFT teams from the diocese and took our RE Governor, Mrs Lees, to St. Anthony’s where we heard all about Veronica’s story. We learned about the reality facing millions of children around the world and the dangers of paraffin lamps. We joined the Power to be a campaign – to give children around the world hope for a brighter future through the use of renewable energies.
Back at school, we raised awareness and money to support this important campaign.
Our Faith Space
This year, much of the GIFT team’s energy has been developing a sacred outside space that our community can use for prayer and reflection.
The Pope’s encyclical “Laudato Si (Be Praised)On the Care of Our Common Home” has been a real inspiration for our work.
The community has really pulled together and donations from parents and parishioners have led to a stunning example of God’s creation where we can feel close to Him.