Knowledge is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It might sound very simple but you’ll often hear people say “knowledge is power”. When you take the time to learn about the world around you, you can start to see just what God has created for us. When you learn something new you grow as a person. Think this week about how much you learn at school and how you can use this time wisely. Take the time to ask a question or to read a book and improve your knowledge this week.


  • On Monday we welcome Year 5s from our feeder primaries for their STEM day, please say hello and make them feel welcome!
  • Wednesday is the Y7 Retreat Day 
  • On Friday we have our Whole School Mass on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, if you would like to help with any part of our celebration – reading/ altar serving etc then please see Marsha or Joe by Tuesday.
  • It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Briars this weekend. Check out the poster below and try to come along with your family and friends to the celebrations this weekend!

50th Anniversary Main Poster

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

We begin our week with an update from Tom, a Programme Leader at The Briars who gives us an update on all of the special celebrations that will be happening during our ‘knowledge’ week!

There were loads of things that we were prompted to reflect upon in that video so take some time in your forms to reflect on some of those themes now.

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Knowledge is mentioned a lot in the Bible. Take some time to reflect on these verses from the book of Proverbs:

To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the Lord. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn.

My child, pay attention to what your father and mother tell you. Their teaching will improve your character as a handsome turban or a necklace improves your appearance.

Proverbs 1: 7-9

So much knowledge is shared with you everyday and as the scripture suggests, we should share our knowledge so that our knowledge can help others.

As a form come up with 3 key pieces of knowledge that you think need to be shared. You should aim to have a range of knowledge including:

  • faith e.g. prayer and reading the Bible are 2 of the ways we can strengthen our relationship with God
  • body e.g. you should have 5 pieces of fruit or vegetables a day for a healthy diet
  • mind e.g. you need a minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night for your brain to function at its best

When you have decided on the knowledge that you will share, add it to the comments box below so we can all learn from the knowledge of others! 

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

This week our Year 9s are sitting their exams and are having to put all of the knowledge that they have learnt this year to the test!

Even when we are not facing exams we often need to draw upon knowledge that will help us to face different situations or challenges so today let’s pray that we can use our knowledge to: ‘Work hard. Be Kind. Do the right thing.’

Take a few moments in silence to think about the knowledge that you might need to use today or the knowledge that you might like to improve.

Let’s pray together as we say,

Thank you Lord for the knowledge that you have given me. Help me to draw upon this knowledge when I need to so that I may complete exams to the best of my ability, I may face challenges with courage and I may live my life following the example of Jesus in all that I do. 


We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Our Christian faith is all about following the example and teachings of our Saviour, Jesus Christ but how much knowledge do you have about the life of Jesus?

This video tests you with 10 questions and gives you 10 seconds to answer each one. See how well you do as a form and then let us know how you did by adding your score to the comments box below!

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

As always we take time in our week to listen to Sunday’s Gospel.

This Sunday’s Gospel was a classic! The story of the feeding of the 5,000. This week we have a cartoon version to help us visualize the incredible scene when 5 loaves and 2 fish were able to feed the crowd. 

Before you watch, read the scripture through and think about what it would have been like to be one of the members of that great crowd on that day.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Glory to you O Lord

When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured.

The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place.” But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” They did so and made them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

How can you be more like the example set in the Gospel – to share what you have and to have confidence in Jesus?

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

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