1.    Mrs Finnegan and all the Staff wish you all  a Happy and Holy Easter 

This day was made by the Lord- we rejoice and are glad!

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The Hallelujiah Chorus

Read about Gymnastic success at OLSK

 The Year4 team came 3rd out of 19 teams. Children in this team were: Niamh Randle, Erin OGrady, Ewan Worrall, Miles Palmer and Leo Banno.

The year 5/6 team came 4th out of 16 teams. These children were : Mia Hims, Keisha Allchurch, Lewis Flatman, Morgan Worrall and Maddison Rudge.

 The Year 6 team came 1st out of 16 teams. Children in this team were : Tiah Shepherd-Marshall, Megan Pennycooke, Martha Muir, Ruth Carey and Daniel Smyllie. They now go on to represent Dudley schools in the next round in June.

We were so proud of them all and a massive thank you for their hard work and dedication over the last few weeks of training.



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St Kenelm Co-Patron of our School


St Kenelm's statue in school                                      St Kenelm's statue   in church


St. Kenelm, from Stained Glass at Sudeley CastleSt. Kenelm
(AD 814-821)

King of Mercia
Died: 3rd November AD 821 at Romsley, Worcestershire

In AD 821, King Cenwulf of Mercia died at Basingwerk, while campaigning against the Welsh of Powys. He left two daughters, Cwendreda and Burgenhilda, and a son, a child of seven years old, named Kenelm or, more properly, Cenelm, who was chosen to succeed him. Cwendreda envied her little brother and thought that, if he were killed, she might reign as Queen. She therefore conspired with her lover, Askbert, who was her brother's tutor and guardian, and gave him money, saying, "Slay my brother for me, that I may reign." Burgenilda was not privy to this wicked deed, however, for she loved her little brother.

So Askbert took Kenelm out into the Forests of Worcestershire on a hunting trip. After the exertions of the chase, the young lad soon tired with the heat, and decided to lay down under a tree for a nap. Askbert, meanwhile, began to dig a grave; but the boy suddenly awoke and admonished him, "You think to kill me here in vain, for I shall be slain in another spot. In token, thereof, see this rod blos-som." And he thrust a stick into the ground, which instantly took root and began to flower. It grew, in years after, to be a great ash tree, which was known as St. Kenelm's Ash. Unperturbed, Askbert took the little King further into the forest and up to the Clent Hills, near Halesowen, where the child began to sing the "Te Deum," the assassin smote his head clean off; and then he buried him in the thicket.

Now, at the same time, a white dove is said to have flown into the church of St. Peter in Rome, with a letter in its beak which it deposited on the high altar. And men took the letter and tried to read, but they could not make it out, for it was written in English. At last, an Englishman was found, however, and he read the letter. It stated that Kenelm, the little King of the Mercians, had been cruelly murdered and his body hidden in a thicket.

So the Pope wrote letters to the kings of the English and told them what an evil deed had been done in their land, and men went forth to seek the body. As they went, they saw a pillar of light shining over a thicket in Worcestershire and, there, they found the body of Kenelm. They carried him to the Royal Mercian Abbey at Winchcombe, in Gloucestershire, where he wa sburied with all honour and reverred as a martyr. But over the place where they found his body, they built a little chapel. Today it is the Church of St. Kenelm at Romsley in the Clent Hills.

The story of Kenelm appears to bear little relation to the known facts about him. Somewhat older than seven, he signed a number of his father's charters between AD 798 & 811, he owned land in Glastonbury (Somerset) and is thought to have died, fighting the Welsh, in AD 812. In an interesting twist, however, local historian, Roger Chambers, suggests that there were two Kenelm half-brothers, one named after the other, and that this may have been the elder of the two; Kenelm the younger being the Saint of popular legend.

His feast day is celebrated on 17th July, the date of his translation to Winchcombe.


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