Today, 1st March, is the first day of Lent 2017.
It is traditionally marked by going to mass to receive ashes.
The ashes are made from last years Palms that were presented the the parish on palm Sunday.
The cross is there to remind us that we are preparing for the most important time in the churches year, Easter, when Jesus died on the cross and then rose from the dead.
While KS2 all attended Mass KS1 had a separate service in the hall.