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.
Please click on the link below for more information and resources.
Our vegetable garden is now resting quietly and we are planning for the spring planting. Last year was our first growing season and we had great success with our potato crops, lettuce was good, we could have supplied Tesco with onions and our beans were not too bad. It was very exciting that some families tucked into St. Gabriel’s sprouts on Christmas day! Flat leaf parsley clearly likes our soil and we’re learning how to build up our cabbages. A huge success were the tomatoes which we grew in the eco-bottle greenhouse along with some ‘prickly cucumber’. All in all a good start, we learned a lot and are now looking forward to bumper crops this year.
We have been very lucky to have been involved in a successful climate challenge bid that will mean we will soon be receiving a large polycarbonate greenhouse.
This is where we need your help!
This fantastic greenhouse will need to be built; not our area of expertise. We are hoping that some practical, DIY enthusiasts will volunteer to come and raise the walls as well as give us advice on the best base. We are hoping to put the greenhouse up on Friday 21st February; we can fit in the time around the volunteers. So please ask around the family and coerce in any family member who is in the building trade or has practical hands-on experience. We are hoping that once the greenhouse is up we can begin to bring on some seeds before Easter so that we can have a really flourishing growing space this summer.
Please can you help? Just let us know in school if you would be available (phone, send in a note, pop in) and we’ll make arrangements with you from there.
Now when the angels had gone from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds had to say. As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; it was exactly as they had been told.
(From Lukes Gospel 2:15-20)
The staff and pupils of St. Gabriel’s Primary School wish all visitors to our blog a very happy and peaceful Christmas and lots of joy and success in 2014.
Thought we’d give you a night before preview of our wonderful Bazaar hall full of Christmas delights!
This year, we have a special visitor who will be in his grotto waiting to meet you. Write your letter to Santa and walk through the snow tunnel to find him in the beautiful grotto!
Sweets on Trees for our Raffle
Get Ceramic with P6!
On Saturday 21st September (Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle) Monsignor Leo Cushley was elevated to the college of Bishops and became the eighth Archbishop and Metropolitan of St. Andrew’s and Edinburgh since the restoration of the Scottish Hierarchy in 1878.
The Mass of Consecration took place in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh and representatives from all over the Archdiocese and from Civic Life were present to witness this historic event. The community of St. Gabriel’s Primary School were represented by Mrs. Adams and two of our senior pupils; Megan and Wiktoria from Primary 7. As well as enjoying the celebration, Megan and Wiktoria were able to meet the new Archbishop in person and had their photograph taken with him.
The new Archbishop was educated at All Saints’ Primary School, Coatdyke (1966 – 1967); St John the Baptist’s Primary School, Uddingston (1967 – 1973); Holy Cross High School (1973 – 1975); St Mary’s College, Blairs (1975 – 1979); Pontifical Scots College, Rome (1979 – 1987); Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (PhB 1981; STB 1984; JCD 1997) and the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome (SLL 1987).
He was ordained a priest on 7 July 1985 by Rt Rev. Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell and served in the following parishes: Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell (1987 – 1988); St Serf’s, Airdrie (1988 – 1992); St Aidan’s, Wishaw (1992 – 1993). He also served as chaplain to the following schools: St Margaret’s High School, Wishaw; Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell (1992 – 1993) and St Aidan’s High School, Wishaw (1992 – 1993). He was called to serve in the Church’s Diplomatic Corp in 1994 and has served in many areas of the world: Second Secretary, Apostolic Nunciature, Burundi (1997 – 2001); First Secretary, Apostolic Nunciature, Portugal (2001 – 2004); First Secretary, Holy See’s Observer Mission to the United Nations, New York (2004 – 2007); Counsellor, Apostolic Nunciature, South Africa (2007 – 2008); Counsellor, Apostolic Nunciature, Botswana (2008 – 2009); Head of English Language Section, Secretariat of State, Vatican City (2009 – 2013) and Prelate of the Anticamera, the Apostolic Palace (2012 – 2013).
Archbishop Cushley was nominated 8th Archbishop and Metropolitan of St Andrews and Edinburgh by Pope Francis on 24th July 2013 and consecrated by His Eminence James Michael Cardinal Harvey, Cardinal-Deacon of San Pio V a Villa Carpegna and Archpriest of St Paul’s Outside the Walls, assisted by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, the Archbishop of Glasgow and Archbishop Antonio Menini, the Papal Nuncio to Great Britain.
In preparation for the consecration of the new Archbishop, the school community undertook to pray each day for Archbishop Cushley and all these prayers were presented to him in a spiritual bouquet.
The whole community of St. Gabriel’s Primary School wish Archbishop Leo Cushley every blessing and success in his new role and assure him of our continued prayers.
Ad Multos Annos!