All Hallow’s Eve DISCO
WEDNESDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2019
Primary 1 – 3 6pm – 7pm
Primary 4 – 7 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Don’t forget to bring pennies for some yummy cakes!
We would be delighted for any donations of home baking for our stall.
All donations can be handed into the school office on Mon 30th & Tues 29th.
Dress up and come along and join in the fun! There will be prizes for the best dancers and best costumes.
THE CHRISTIAN ORIGINS OF HALLOWE’EN
Hallowe’en is a name that means nothing by itself. It is a contraction of “All Hallows Eve,” and it designates the vigil of All Hallows Day, more commonly known today as All Saints Day. (Hallow, as a noun, is an old English word for saint. As a verb, hallow means to make something holy or to honour it as holy) It begins the three-day observance of All Hallow tide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including Saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
Both the feast of All Saints Day (November 1) and its vigil (October 31) have been celebrated since the early eighth century, when they were instituted by Pope Gregory III in Rome. A century later, the feast and its vigil were extended to the Church at large by Pope Gregory IV. Today, All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Throughout Britain, Halloween has traditionally been celebrated by children’s games such as bobbing for apples in containers full of water, telling ghost stories and the carving of faces into hollowed-out vegetables such as swedes and turnips. These faces would usually be illuminated from within by a candle, the lanterns displayed on window sills to ward off any evil spirits. The current use of pumpkins is a relatively modern innovation imported from the United States.
Later, Christian elements came into play, as All Hallows’ Day (All Saints’ Day) and All Souls’ Day contributed their own unique traditions to the core, such as trick or treating (collecting “soul cakes” on All Souls’ Day) and dressing up in frightening costumes as protection against evil spirits.
At no time, either in the Celtic religion nor in the Christian, was Halloween history connected with the devil or devil worship.
Once Hallowe’en came to America from Ireland and Scotland, other cultures have added their own elements to the modern American celebration – vampires, werewolves, etc.
At St Joseph’s we focus teaching on All Saints Day and All Souls Day during this week, remembering those who have gone before us and teaching the children how to pray for them. We have Mass on All Saints Day and prayers in the hall and in class, to teach them about this special time of the year in the Church calendar. The disco is nothing more than a chance to dress up and have fun together and is in no way a celebration of evil.
Articles compiled by Michal – P7
An exciting opportunity for children aged between 6 and 15. Aberdeen Sports Village is running an open Talent Identification session for diving which we would love for any of your pupils to attend. Our hope is to identify the diving talent of the future!
Wednesday 6th March
Mass and Ashes at 9.30am in school hall.
Acts of Kindness to print and colour over the 40 days of Lent.
Lots of activities to get involved in the World Book Day!
Bring some books you’ve finished with to get a voucher for a new book!
Friday 8th March
Family Ceilidh – still time to get tickets!
Send in correct money in an envelope to the office marked with your
name/ class and ceilidh.
It’s Fairtrade Fortnight! This year’s theme is cocoa, and to celebrate we’re holding a “Cocoa Off”.
Design and create a recipe – sweet or savoury – that must contain Fairtrade chocolate or cocoa. The rest is up to you, so let’s get creative!
Entries to be brought in for judging (both taste and appearance) with the recipe card, on the morning of Friday 8th March. Fairtrade prizes to be won!
Parents and family members are welcome to join us for the Fairtrade Afternoon Tea, where the entries of the Cocoa Off will be served, and the winners announced. 2:30pm in the School Hall, Friday 8th March.
As part of of journey to becoming a Rights Respecting School, we set about making a whole school charter. We gathered the views of pupils, parents and staff to decide which 4 UNCRC rights should form our charter. The final four are included below. Thank you to everyone who took part in choosing the rights and who decorated a butterfly for our dining room. The display is looking beautiful which more butterflies being added each week.
The RRS Team