Dear St Philip’s Families,
Well, this is not the start to the year we were expecting! After a wonderful first day back at school, with all the staff and 93% of the children back, at 8.00 that evening we found out we were restricting access again. Staff immediately rose to the challenge of completely reorganising the school once more.
Due to the sudden changes, we were unable to practise or celebrate our Epiphany Liturgy. According to Dictionary.com, the word "epiphany" means "an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity. At Epiphany, we celebrate Christ revealing himself in the form of a newborn baby to the Three Wise Men, who travelled from their countries to pay tribute to the Son of God. The Gospel of Matthew describes three Wise Men, named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar, who were told of Christ's birth and set off, following the Star of Bethlehem, to meet the baby Jesus. Each king brought with him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to represent Jesus' elevated position, divine birth and mortality respectively.
I am very pleased to announce that donations for our Christmas Dressing Up Day in aid of CAFOD World Gifts were £252.58. Thank you so much for your generosity, this money will make a real difference to families in the developing world at this difficult time.
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