Today, St Gabriel’s was filled with the sound of African Drumming. After lunch the whole school gathered in the gym hall for a demonstration of African Drum Music, Song and Dance given by the Kakatsiti Group from Ghana and who are touring Scotland at this present time.
The children were encouraged to join in with the beat and with the songs.
Then we were shown some African Dance and encouraged to have a go.
The Primary 4 class were then given a tutorial on drumming and dancing.
An enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Thank you to the Kakatsiti Drumming Group for visiting us and sharing your traditional music, song and dance with us.
On Wednesday of this week, the children participated in the Transition Challenge Day which gives them an opportunity to work with children from the other Primary schools who will form their first year in Preston Lodge High School. It was a successful day and all the children had an enjoyable time while meeting the challenges presented to them.
On Thursday the four Catholic Primary Schools; St. Mary’s Haddington, St. Martin’s Tranent, St. Gabriel’s Prestonpans and Our Lady of Loretto Musselburgh, came together to celebrate Catholic Education with a Mass in Our Lady of Loretto and St. Michael’s Parish Church in Musselburgh. Children from each of the schools participated in the Liturgy and there was a fabulous turn out of staff, parents and parishioners at the mass showing the three pillars of Catholic Education: Home, School and Parish.
A big thank you to all the children, parents and staff who supported this important event.
Nex week in school we are celebrating Catholic Education Week. The theme this year is: Proclaiming The Gospel Of Joy. Each class has made a poster that takes up this them. Here are the posters which will be on display in St. Gabriel’s Parish Church during Catholic Education Week.
At the end of the last academic year the children of Primary 6 (now Primary 7) wrote to Archbishop Cushley and invited him to come to the school to celebrate Mass and visit them in their class. They did this as part of their Pope Francis Faith Award.
On Friday 29th August 2014, Archbishop Cushley visited St. Gabriel’s to say Mass for the whole community and to visit the children of Primary 7. It was a wonderful occasion enjoyed by all the pupils, staff, invited guests and members of the local Parish Community.
The Staff, pupils and community; particularly the children of Primary 7, are deeply grateful to Archbishop Cushley for giving up his time to visit us at St. Gabriel’s. During his visit the Archbishop was presented with a cheque for £100 to be donated to his personal charity.
St. Gabriel’s School Show Season is in full flow and some of the Pirates; Deadeye (Sumaiya P7) and Louie (Abbie P7); took time out to visit Mr. Darrin Nightingale (Head of Education) to deliver a personal invitation in the shape of a message in a bottle. Mr. Nightingale didn’t expect to be captured by pirates but I think he enjoyed the experience.
Ole, ole, ole, ole oh what football fun was had today! In small teams we first decided on the country we would become. Using the internet we researched countries such as Portugal, Argentina, Italy and Brazil. We had two challenges today:
Design a new football strip for your team.
Write and perform a team song.
At the end of the morning we presented what we had achieved and had such a lot of fun on the way! Who knows what football related challenges await next week?!
This week we explored why and how we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost and shared how The Holy Spirit works in us and others in building a loving kingdom of God on Earth! We were so very lucky to have a visit from Mrs Hall’s son Scott who shared his experience of Pentecost at the Cathedral in Edinburgh and also told us all about his audience with the Pope in Rome earlier in the year. We had so many questions! Scott was brilliant and very entertaining!