Taster Day - St Ursulas
Year 5 girls visited St Ursula's in Greenwich on Thursday 22nd June. They were invited there as part of their Taste of Technology Day, where they took part in a carousel of activities under the different aspects of design and technology. After a short introduction, the girls were split off into groups and made shortbread biscuits, a mobile phone holder and some hand warmers.
Most importantly the girls were excellent ambassadors for the school, showing exemplary manners throughout the day. Also, it was also a real pleasure to see some past pupils from Our Lady of Grace come to say hello; it was great to see them doing so well at St Ursulas.
Technology Day - St Paul's
On Tuesday 14th June, Year 5 visited St Paul's for a 'Taste of Technology'.
We were met by members of staff and students who showed us around and gave us all a 'taste' of what we might expect should we decide that St Paul's was the place for us.
So many different activities - the gym, the theatre, art and design technology - we took part in it all!
The students and staff were welcoming and informative and it was lovely to see past pupils looking wonderful in their school uniform and so mature. We really did appreciate it!
Taste of Technology - St Ursula's
What a fantastic day the Year 5 girls spent at St Ursula's secondary school. They were invited to take part with two other schools in a technology day doing food tech, DT and Textiles. They made shortbread biscuits (which didn't last very long once cooked!), made a photo frame using equipment to file and bend plastic and in textiles, made hand warmers by sewing felt material together and filling them with rice before being put in the microwave to heat.
Well done to you all - I was really proud of how the girls worked with the other schools and what a delight to see so many of our past pupils some of whom helped out with the activities.
Eliza - I really enjoyed the St Ursula's taster day. I made tasty shortbread with my friend Sofia and made hand-warmers. I also learnt how to bend plastic to make a picture frame. My favourite part though was making biscuits!
Links with Uganda
The School has developed its links with St Anne's School in Uganda.
As a School, we have raised money to help with the school's building expansion programme to provide better quality eductional services for their children. The older classes have written letters to children of the school and have recently had some wonderful replies.
We have sent money for the school to Father Joseph who was delighted to receive this and wrote to us saying - "I am writing with great joy to thank you for the Monies you sent with Mrs Sully. Within 3 days that money was already in my account. In Ugandan shillings, you sent us 1.700.000! The timing was the best for us because it came just in time to meet the most urgent need. We have now bought 5 double-decker beds for our boarding pupils. We have started with 16 boarding pupils, which is a good start. We are concentrating our efforts to putting in place the best environment possible for studying and learning in this countryside of Bbongole. Your donation is taking us to great lengths towards this achievement. Thank you very much! Assure all who contributed that they have effected a great development in St Anne School. For now I wish you many God's blessings."
The school has continued to develop links with St Anne's and have again raised money to help provide better quality educational services for their children.
Father Joseph was delighted to hear this and wrote saying:
It was a great Joy for me to learn that you have done some generous fund-raising for St. Anne in the meantime! For thinking of us and for this generosity we are infinitely grateful!
You gave us two options which I have taken sometime considering since I received your Mail. I have carefully studied the situation on the ground.
I am seeing two outstanding needs that lead us to choose the option of requesting you to send us the first bunch of the Monies at your earliest convenience.
The first Need is the occasion of the soon coming Easter. We could use this Opportunity to give some Motivation to our Teachers.
The second need is the half-closed Dormitory. With your assistance, we can then be able to complete the closing of this Dormitory, making it ready to be used in the Second Term- in May.
I am really very grateful for enabling us do something for God's people.
I wish you many Blessings in the Coming Easter!
Thank you parents and carers for your kind donation of £300 towards works at St Anne's. Father Joe sent this message of thanks.
Am overjoyed to confirm to you that the Monies you sent have been credited to my account, in fact it was as early as Monday this Week. Thank you very much for this great assistance. It amounted to 1,300,000 Ugandan Shillings.
Running a private school is something heavy, but you have helped us lighten this weight. We are very grateful to you Sean for always keeping us in your thoughts and heart. Kindly convey our heart-felt Thanks to all who share your heart and join in contributing to this assistance to our School.
May the good Lord reward you abundantly.
We shall keep in touch.
Keep well Sean.
An update from Father Joe - January 2017
More news from St Anne's - March 2016
Am very glad to hear from you after a rather long time! I am so glad to receive this Joyful news from you!
Indeed on 19/02/2015, I received Ugandan Shillings 1,416,360/- from you. This is about 360 Pounds. This is a great joy for us in St. Anne Bbongole School! We are very grateful for this financial Support from Our Lady of Grace School.
This Support has come in the right time to boost our Teachers' Salaries payments and to improve on our Sports' life here at St. Anne's. We shall send you a pictorial activity that we we've done before Easter.
Our weather here is horribly hot since January-ranging in 30 degrees Centigrade+.
We are simply very thankful to you and wish you lots of God's Blessing.
Update from Father Joe - November 2015
Thank you very much for thinking of us in this Advent Season! I also often think of you!
I share your joy for all the great successes achieved in Our Lady of Grace School! Congratulations on being awarded the accolade of being one of the top performing schools in London.
It is a well-deserved accolade given the ethos and dynamism in Our Lady of Grace School.
We were extremely delighted to host Pope Francis in Uganda - yes for us he is Papa! We deeply particularly loved his Message to the Youth - "To always turn negative life experiences into positivity for the future!"
I was privileged to attend the Mass he led at the Uganda Martyrs' Basilika in Namugongo.
For St. Anne's School, Bbongole, we had solar energy installed and a Television Set bought. The purpose of this was to give a chance to our Children and the people in the village to watch the Pope on Screen. They will never forget this experience!
I can imagine the business invested in the rehearsals for the Christmas performances. I wish you the best in all these activities and we thank you very much for considering St. Anne's School in your expected Charity action.
May God bless you abundantly.
Devotedly yours always
Fr. Joseph Ssemmanda