On Tuesday we were visited by children from Archbishop Temple School to talk to us about Remembrance. The children had visited war cemeteries in Belgium and told us about their experiences, paying respect to the casualties of war and following personal journeys to find their relatives ahead of Armistice Day.
We all listened very carefully, before the last post was played and we spent two minutes in silent reflection and prayer.
Generosity is …
Giving something of value to someone else
Encouraging the best in each other
Enjoying helping others
Raising support for a good cause
Offering what we can
Sharing our time and our talents
Inviting someone to join in
Taking care of God’s creation for future generations
You first, me last
The whole school shared together in a wonderful Harvest Festival Service. It was Year 4 who took the lead in our Service. They told us about Harvest Around the World use Facetime to contact children in different countries to find out how they celebrate Harvest. They finished their play by singing ‘We are the World, We are the Children’. What appropriate lyrics.
All of the gifts donated were given to The Salvation Army Foodbank. Captain Alex was invited to the service to tell us where and how the gifts would be used.
Both of our choirs sang superbly. The Year 2 choir performed for the first time singing ‘Thank you Lord for this new day’. The Year 5 children sang One World.
It was lovely morning worshiping together as a school.
This morning Miss Maiden told us a story about a boy who lost £10. When he found it he was overjoyed.
It reminded us of one of the parables that Jesus told about a lady who had 10 gold coins. She lost one of her gold coins. When she found it she was so happy that she had a party to celebrate!
Jesus said that when a person decided to be close to God, there was a celebration in heaven. The angels are joyful when one person stops doing wrong.
Miss Maiden talked to the Infants about being prepared. Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent. During Lent Christians remember when Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. This was the time when Jesus was preparing for his years of teaching and spreading God’s word.
Mr Nash and Katy came into school to lead our Whole School Worship on Monday. It was the start of our Faith Fortnight. They talked to us about being healthy on the inside as well as the outside. Mr Nash showed us a branch that had been blown off a tree in Hurricane Doris. It had no life as it didn’t have the whole tree to give life to it. God has given us the Fruits of the Spirit – love, kindness, peace, patience, joy, self-control, forgiveness and faithfulness. In our school we try to live our lives following these Christian Values.
This morning, I led whole school worship with the infants and juniors both helping me with a retelling of ‘Jesus calming the storm’! The children recreated the wind, rain and waves that Jesus and the disciples must have felt, to help us realise what it must have been like. It was linked to this half-term’s value of ‘peace’ by reminding us that Jesus can bring us peace in difficult times.
On Monday we had a visitor in school leading our Whole School Worship. Chaplain Joe works at Archbishop Temple High School and it was his first visit to our school. He talked to us about our names and what they mean. He told us that the name Jesus means rescuer. God sent Jesus to earth to rescue us. His worship was a lot of fun. We look forward to him visiting again soon.
Anti-Bullying Week – led by Mrs Burrill
Mrs Burrill read the children a story, ‘Something Else’ by Kathryn Cave.
Is it fair to leave someone out because they are different? We should all make an effort to care for and include others.
Some boys from Class 1B read a prayer thanking God for making us all – even if we are different.
Mr Martland began to tell us the story of Daniel today. He told us how he and his friends were taken away from home and given new names by a king called Nebuchadnezzar. The king wanted the men to eat his food in order to be strong and clever, but they would not break God’s rules, even though it might get them into trouble. The story made us think about making the right decision, even when it is difficult.
We sang ‘No Wars’ to help us get ready for our Remembrance service.