We are Proud to say that
'This is Our Cathedral'
We are very proud to be the link school for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Our location enables us to have close links with the Cathedral and we work closely with Father Philip to celebrate important events, feasts and Holy days throughout the year.
We now have a permanent display space in the Cathedral. It is located in the entrance Lutyens Crypt. Please see below for current pictures of our display board.
This display currently features work from out Year 5 children who have written their own Litany Prayers of Thanks. We previously had quotes from our year 6 children who have now left us, reflecting on their time here at St Nicholas'.
Harvest Festival Assembly
Every year, we celebrate the true gift of the Harvest. This year, Year 6 children led our assembly reminding us to be truly thankful to God and to all the people who work so hard to provide us with all the food we have. Father Philp for the Cathedral came to bless the donations of food that had been so generously donated by the children, families and staff of the school. After the assembly, we packed up all of the food and gave this to the Sisters of The Missionaries shelter on Seel Street to aid all of their charity work for the homeless.
Each year we join with one of our local schools to remember those that have died during wars. We are lucky to have our school Chaplin, Father Philip, join us to mark this special occasion with walk to the local war memorial. Please click on the link below to see the pictures and videos of this special event.
Bosco Society Donations
This week, we delivered special hampers of items, donated by our staff, to the Bosco Society Homeless hostel. We would like to thank all of our wonderful staff for their generosity and kindness in the lead up to Christmas. James, one of the workers from Bosco, wrote to us to explain more about the charity, the work it does, and the impact our small donation will have:
"Bosco Society is a homeless organisation that provides supported accommodation to homeless people in Merseyside. Bosco was established in 1983 by Fr Booth who was a Salesian Priest, who named the project after Fr Don Bosco. Bosco House was opened as a hostel for young men in the Bootle area who were affected by substance misuse.
Today, we have two hostels that support 29 men and women with various support needs who are affected by homelessness. We also provide supported accommodation via 10 flats in the Bootle area of Merseyside.
Our Keyworkers provide individualised support to our service users that includes budgeting skills, daily living skills, employability, setting up utility accounts, and preparing for move-on, one to one emotional support and advice and guidance. The aim of Bosco Society is to improve people’s skills and confidence for them to move on successfully into their own accommodation.
After a very turbulent year, it was amazing to get a visit from Emma and Sharron from St Nicholas primary school. The donation we received showed such generosity from the staff of St Nicholas and will make a big difference to our service users this Christmas. The items donated, including toiletries, chocolates, food, and clothing will be evenly distributed to our service users and I’m sure they will all be delighted.
On behalf of all our staff and service users, I would like to thank St Nicholas for their kind and thoughtful donation and wish you all a very happy Christmas."
Pensioners’ Christmas Dinner
Every year, we invite local pensioners to visit the school for our annual Christmas meal. Unfortunately, this year due to the pandemic, we are unable to welcome our local pensioners to the school. However, we had to make sure that we are thinking of them at this time and also to wish them a very merry Christmas, so the children and staff made Christmas Cards and we made a special hamper for them. They were delivered by Mrs. Heller. The staff and pensioners of the local care home were overwhelmed with this and could not believe what we had done.
We hope they have a very Happy and Safe Christmas this year and are always keeping them in our prayers.
Last year the School played host to a group of local pensioners during early December to offer them a Christmas Lunch and some lovely carol singing by the children in our school choir. The elderly people who attended all gave very positive feedback about the spirit and goodwill of all the children involved during the day. They said that it was so nice to see such a community spirit at such young ages.
The Feast of St Nicholas
The Feast of St Nicholas is held on the 6th December each year. We celebrate the feast day with our families during Mass at the Cathedral. We also give out chocolate gold coins to our pupils to remember how St Nicholas helped those around him. During this time of year we make a special effort to nurture links with our local community.
The School has fundraised for a number of charities over the course of this year, and plans to continue this throughout 2019-20. With the efforts of the children, staff and PTFA, we have managed to raise some substantial amounts. As a Catholic school we believe in following in the teachings of Christ and helping those less fortunate than us as well as those during a time of struggle. To raise money the school has ran fundraisers such as coffee mornings, carol singing and taking part in Christmas Jumper Day. The Charities we support include:
- Mission Together – £43.72
- Nugent Care – £83.77
- Cash 4 Kids – £611.96
- Engage for South Africa – £72.13
- Macmillan Cancer Support – £214.00
- Chester Zoo – £77.39
- Save the Children – Ongoing over Christmas
- Ray Castle Appeal Day
- Be Kind- Royal Hospice
Harvest Festival 2019
The harvest festival was a great success this year at St Nicholas with a fantastic turnout in donations for the nuns abbey. Combined with the excellent presentation given by year 6 the whole day gave the school a great experience of catholic life all round. The sharing of this food gave the children a very good insight in how to follow in Christs’ Footsteps.