New nursery at Christ the King School

We are delighted to announce that from 1 January 2019, a nursery will be opening in our parish school as part of an Early Years Unit. It will provide half day placements for 32 children, 16 in the morning and 16 in the afternoon.

Huge benefits to the whole school community will include:
* Enhancing early years education at the school, with continuity of provision reflecting the ethos and culture of the school.
* Early years provision within a faith-based setting for local families, and the support of strong and effective parental links from the earliest opportunity.
* Ease of transition for a nursery-aged child going into Reception
* The opportunity for children to attend nursery at the same site as their older siblings.
* Pupils will not miss out on the start of the foundation phase where trained staff are able to appropriately address their individual development and cultural needs.

One parent writes: “This would be an excellent addition to this wonderful school and would help with the transition for pupils starting Reception. It would help tremendously for continuity of education so that children at a very young age do not have to attend two different schools… long overdue.”

Children are entitled to a part time nursery place from the start of the term following their third birthday. Your child can start full time education in the September following their fourth birthday. Attendance at the Early Years Unit does not automatically entitle a child to a Reception place in the same school. If parents are offered a place for their child within the nursery, a new application must be made for entrance in to the Reception class of the school. So applications for admission to the Early Years Unit in January 2019 can now be made and forms are available from the School Office.

2019 is going to be an exciting year with the establishment of our Early Years Unit. We have a highly skilled and enthusiastic team of staff ready and waiting to begin the new year with our youngest pupils.

Mrs Sue Miles and Fr Matthew

The man with the golden mouth

St John, named Chrysostom (golden-mouthed) on account of his elegance was born of good Christian parents, about the year 344, in the then great city of Antioch. He studied rhetoric under Libanius, a pagan, the most famous orator of the age. In 374, he began to lead the life of a hermit in the mountains near Antioch, but in 386 the poor state of his health forced him to return to the city, where he was ordained a priest.

In 398, he was made Archbishop of Constantinople (Byzantium / Istanbul) and became one of the greatest lights of the Church. However, he had enemies in high places and some were ecclesiastics, not the least being Theophilus, Patriarch of Alexandria, who repented of this before he died. His most powerful enemy, however, was the empress Eudoxia, who was offended by the apostolic freedom of his sermons and talks. Several accusations were brought against him in a pseudo-council, and he was sent into exile.

In the midst of his sufferings, like the apostle, St Paul, whom he greatly admired, he found great peace and happiness. He had the consolation of knowing that the Pope remained his friend, and did for him what lay in his power. His enemies were not satisfied with the sufferings he had already endured, and they banished him still further, to Pythius, at the very extremity of the Empire. He died on his way there on 14 September 407.

Fr Matthew

Georgies for the week

On Saturday 1 September just over 40 of us will set off on our September Pilgrimage. Like the last two years we are staying in Britain, this time visiting the North-East. What on earth are you going there for, you might be asking yourself. Lots of reasons.

For religion, the evangelization of England from the north started at Lindisfarne off the Northumberland coast, and those opening centuries were blessed with many great saints like Aidan and Cuthbert, Bede and Wilfrid. For sightseeing there is the beautiful coast, including Lindisfarne itself and highlights like Bamburgh. Durham and its cathedrals is one of the finest old cities of the UK, and Hadrian’s Wall snakes its way through the area. Then there is Newcastle itself where we will be staying, a lively and friendly city with its renovated Riverside, a bit like our Bay.

As always our week could be described as a Pilgrimage / Holiday, a time to relax and enter on the journey that not only will take us to these fascinating places and others. The real pilgrimage is an internal one, where we hand over the week to the Lord. He takes us, especially through our daily Mass in fine settings, on an inner pilgrimage, as he does on all such journeys. If we let Him!

Please remember the pilgrims in your prayers, as we will in ours. If you want any intentions to be remembered please put them in an envelope and let me have them before this Friday. Please note that because we are leaving at 8.30 to get to Newcastle, Mass that day will be at 7.30am.

Fr Matthew