Holy Name RC Primary School, Manchester

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22nd December 14


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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ................

Look at our super excited children after a visit from Fr Christmas.  They are delighted with their presents.  We would like to thank Fr Christmas for visiting us at such a busy time and to Annie G and her  Christmas helpers !!!


On behalf of Holy Name Staff I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our Parents and Carers and families for the wonderful support given to our school by you all.

I would also like to thank our Parents/Carers Group who work so hard to raise funds for the 'extras' and of course the others parents who support thier fundraising efforts.

We also extend a big THANK YOU to our Parents, Carers and other relatives who again gave up their time to organise and wrap presents for children in our school.  We are blessed with the community spirit that is present in our school.

We also had help from a member of staff's extended family  who mobilised other relatives and friends  to give every child a table decoration of a soft toy, cracker and sweet item on party day, Holy Name, children, Parents/Carers and staff thank you all so very much.

Staff have also asked that I thank you for all the cards and presents they have received.  You are all wonderful.

Have a lovely restful and peaceful holiday to all our parents/carers and extended family members and a very Happy New Year to one and alland we look forward to seeing when school reopens in January.

Catherine Gordon

Please note school uniform will be sold on Monday 5 January, 

School will reopen for children on Tuesday 6 January. Children can still come to the Hall on that day from 8.15am however Breakfast will not be available.  Breakfast Club will restart Wednesday 7 January

School Dinner money for the Spring Half Term will be £63.80 per child.


30 NOVEMBER  2014 - 24 DECEMBER 2014


In the Catholic Church, Advent is a period of preparation, extending over four Sundays, before Christmas. The word ‘Advent’ comes from the Latin advenio, "to come to," and refers to the coming of Christ. This refers to our celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas.  We need to prepare our souls to receive Christ worthily.  

Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Traditionally, it has been celebrated with prayer and fasting, which is why it is known as the "little Lent" Advent is also the start of the liturgical year in the Roman Catholic Church. 

Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) and embracing four Sundays.   That means that the First Sunday of Advent can fall as early as November 27 or as late as December 3.

Advent 2014 begins on the First Sunday in Advent, November 30, 2014.

The Symbolism of the Wreath and Candles

Since circles have no beginning and no end, the circular shape of the Advent Wreath  is used to symbolize God the Father and eternal life. The wreath holds four candles which are lit over the four weeks of Advent.There are three violet (purple) candles and one rose candle, each representing 1,000 years. Added together, the four candles symbolize the 4,000 years that humanity waited for the Saviour.

Violet is a liturgical color that is used to signify a time of penance, sacrifice, and prayer. During the first two and the last weeks of Advent we light violet candles.  The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for Christmas is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify joy, so we light the rose candle on the third Sunday of Advent.

Traditionally, each of the four candles on an Advent wreath has their own meaning.The first Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the Prophet’s Candle reminding us that Jesus is coming. The second Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with the Bethlehem Candle reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. The third Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the Shepherd’s Candle reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus. The fourth Sunday symbolizes Peace with the Angel’s Candle reminding us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”

When Advent Wreaths are decorated the materials often have symbolic meaning. The use of evergreens reminds us of our eternal life with Christ, holly represents the crown of thorns from the Passion of Jesus, and pine cones symbolize Christ’s Resurrection.

Click HERE to visit the GALLERY and  sit back and watch the excitement and fun that underpins life at Holy Name.
Click HERE to be redirected to details of our latest OFSTED and DIOCESAN SCHOOL INSPECTION's. 
Click HERE to see all LETTERS AND NOTICES sent to Parents and Carers all letters are uploaded to the website the day they are sent home.  
Click HERE to be directed to the School Holiday List for this Academic Year 2013 - 2014 and next year 2014 - 2015.

Click HERE to be directed to Louise Knotman who is here every Thursday to give advice and/or assitance to Parents and Carers.

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