Dear Parents/Carers,
As we approach the end of another week, we have entered into the month of May, the Month of Our Blessed Lady, where we focus our prayers on Mary as Mother of the Church. We would like to share together in one of the most well-loved prayers to Mary:

Hail Mary
Full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Amen

During the month of May our pupils would have had Rosary prayer time but with school being closed we have not had the opportunity to pray together. As a way of coming together in prayer as a community, the five schools in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic MAC are asking pupils and families to send in a video of themselves saying the Hail Mary.

These can be individual children, siblings or whole families. Each school will then have a decade of the Rosary with staff from each school completing the remaining prayers. This will be published on our school website and Facebook pages. Videos for Our Lady of Mount Carmel should be sent to office@mountcarmel.worcs.sch.uk with the title ‘Hail Mary’ by Wednesday 13th May. We look forward to hearing from you. We hope that in this way we can pray together for our own needs and the needs of the world in these times.

Thank you so much for sharing information with us regarding your experiences of home learning via the survey sent out last week. We are really pleased to hear that so many of the children are enjoying accessing a range of resources via the school website and recommended learning sites including BBC Bitesize. A few parents were unsure about where to access home learning on the school website. Please follow the steps below to show you where the ‘Curriculum’ pages which contain the learning activities provided by class teachers are located:

1) Click on class pages from drop down menu on website home page
2) Hover over your child’s year group
3) Click on curriculum page from drop down menu on right hand side

We are very aware of the incredible pressure that families are under as you are trying to juggle working from home yourselves as well as looking after your children. Please remember that, although there are a wide range of resources available, your child DOES NOT have to complete everything set. Please focus only on what is achievable for your own family circumstances and we urge you to focus on your family’s wellbeing during these challenging times. As we have said previously, there are lots of resources to promote and support positive mental health and wellbeing on the PSHE curriculum page of the website including mindfulness, relaxation and yoga.

A reminder that our Facebook page is now back up and running- please do use this and our website for regular updates. Please also contact the school office via office@mountcarmel.worcs.sch.uk if you have any queries or concerns and someone will get in touch with you.

Thank you for your continued support – you and your families are in all our prayers.

We hope that you have a very enjoyable bank holiday weekend as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day!

Take care
Mrs Woods

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