Celebrating our faith
At St Wulstan's we are extremely proud of our Catholic faith, and we take every opportunity possible to celebrate this. Take a look below at some of the events that link to our faith that we have celebrated recently.
May Procession 2023
One Life Whole School Retreat May 2023
In December, many of our Year 6 children celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. We ask the Holy Spirit to guide them as they continue their journeys of faith.
We had a very special day on 13th December celebrating the Catholic tradition of Bambinelli. We brought our Baby Jesus from our cribs to school and Fr Michael visited every classroom to bless each baby Jesus. Now, we all have a blessed Baby Jesus to take home.
First Holy Communion- June 2022
All of our First Holy Communion candidates celebrated this special Sacrament together on 11th June, after months of preparation. Church was packed with families and friends, many of whom joined us in the school hall afterwards to reflect and celebrate together. Congratulations Year 3!
May Procession- May 2022
We celebrated Mass in church, following which we processed to Father's garden, where we crowned Mary. This was a lovely celebration, and we were joined by many parents and parishioners.
Mardi Gras - 1st March 2022
On 1st March, the whole school celebrated Mardi Gras. We made masks; put on performances and had a special lunch! What a great time we had learning all about this festival!
One Life Whole School Retreat Day - January 2022
We were extremely lucky to begin the Spring term with a whole school retreat day with Dan and Emily from One Life Music. We had a lovely day of prayer, reflection and singing to celebrate our faith!
We had a very special day on 10th December celebrating the Catholic tradition of Bambinelli. We brought our Baby Jesus from our cribs to school and Fr Michael visited every classroom to bless each baby Jesus. Now, we all have a blessed Baby Jesus to take home.
KS1 Christingle and KS2 Carol Concert 2021
This year children in Years 1 and 2 celebrated Christingle with a special service in church. KS2 led a Carol Concert in Church, telling the Christmas Story through carols and prayer. We were so glad to be able to share this special time with our families this year.
Remembrance Day 2021
Remembrance was a wonderful day of reflection and prayer at St Wulstan's. We all took part in special class liturgies; we celebrated Mass and we reflected on all of the people who have died for our country or for a cause that they believe in.
Combined School's Mass - October 2021
We attended the Combined School's Mass. Unfortunately, we were only allowed a very limited number of places, but we still have a wonderful time, and even managed to get a photograph with Bishop Stephen!
This Year we collected food parcels for the Alice Charity and Open Door. Our families were extremely supportive and we are so grateful, as were the charities. As part of our Harvest Celebration, we celebrated Mass as a whole school.
Mary's Birthday - September 2021
On Wednesday 8th September the school marked the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, the day we celebrate Mary's birthday. The children offered prayers of thanks, sung “Happy Birthday” and as with all celebrations there were a few treats. A focus of the coming term is looking at promoting the lives of the Saints throughout the school.
Year 3 and 4 Holy Communion June 2021
After waiting a year for some children, we were finally able to celebrate Holy Communion. It was wonderful to see so many staff and parents attending the masses which took place on consecutive weekends. A special thank you goes to Fr Dominic and Miss Smith for their hard work and organisation
May Procession 2021
This year, we were able to resume celebrating the May Procession. Father Dominic involved every class, and one 'bubble' processed to the parish garden in order to crown Mary. We were joined by lots of parishioners too!
A beloved annual tradition at the Basilica in preparation for Christmas, the Blessing of the Bambinelli was first instituted by St. John Paul II. On the Third Sunday of Advent, the children of Rome are encouraged to bring the baby Jesus (Bambinelli) from each of their Nativity sets to St. Peter’s Square. Following the Sunday Angelus address, the Pope blesses the figurines.
We celebrated our own Bambinelli within school. Every class presented their baby Jesus to Father Dom, who blessed each one. We shared prayers and reflections on the significance of such a special birth.
Mardi Gras 2020
To help lead us in to Lent and help children understand the change, the whole school celebrated a special day themed around Mardi Gras.
A special celebration was organised, with decorations and carnival music in the dinner hall. There was a real party atmosphere and it was great to see the children dancing around to the music whilst waiting for their special lunch, which included pancakes and a range of toppings! Children made special masks in the colours of Mardi Gras, and wore these during the day. They also spent time in classrooms learning about the festival and why we celebrate it. Children really enjoyed this special feast before their fast!
Advent and Christmas 2019
What a special and busy time it has been, firstly preparing ourselves to remember the birth of Jesus and then all of the celebrations that have taken place for Christmas. Events have included class-led liturgies; choir performances at the hospital, local care homes and hospices; school and family Masses; Christmas lunch, Carol Concerts in church for Key Stage 2 and Nativity performances for EYFS and KS1. What a special time it has been!