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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Author Visit
On Monday morning we were treated to an assembly from past pupil and author Rachel Greaves and her husband Alan. Rachel introduced us to  her character Ruffle the Airedale Terrier and brought to life some of  the adventures he gets up to on the steam railway in her books. This was followed by a question and answer session where the children had come up with some very thoughtful questions. A very enjoyable session was had by all. If you would like to find out more about Rachel and Ruffle please follow this link:



Friday, 2 March 2018

Not much snow for us today

Well the  forecasts of heavy snow never materialised over night so we remained open today  - much to the disappointment of many children whose brothers or sisters didn't have to attend due to school closures. Still it was all hands to the deck to clear the paths before morning school started.

Despite the cold weather, we made the most of the day by taking the time to raise money for the Jo Homan Charity by having a non uniform day.

The Jo Homan charity runs boy's towns in India and we have for many years now sponsored individual children in this project. Over the years we have learnt a lot about the challenges faced by these boys and the difference that sponsorship makes to their lives. For us it is a practical outworking of our desire to make a difference together and a way of bringing hope into individual lives.



In assembly on Tuesday I reflected with the children that endurance is a very important thing if we are to make the most of our abilities and the opportunities that life brings us.

I reminded them that:
God has created each one of them to be individuals
God has given them specific talents and strengths
That ability without commitment or endurance does not achieve its full potential
That endurance is not something that God calls us to experience and commit to alone

As an example I used the story of two sports men Eric Liddell and Derek Redmond.

Endurance is an important aspect of any success in sport, specifically for those athletes who perform at the highest level. As a teenager I was inspired by the story of Eric Liddell, whose story was captured so brilliantly in the movie Chariots of Fire. Liddell was a sprinter and was a favourite for a medal in the 1924 Olympics, his determination, talent and endurance was perfectly captured in the retelling of a famous race in which he fell at the first bend in 400m trails. Liddell picked himself up and dramatically caught up with the rest of the field, over taking the leader in the last few meters.

Having shared the video as part of the assembly I reflected that Liddle demonstrated the following:
A determination to pick himself up
A willingness to try again
The endurance to seek to achieve what he set out to do – to win the race.

We considered that it is very easy to give up when things are hard, to just not try again or when something is asking something more of us to not be prepared to put in the effort.

But if we want to make the most of our God given talents and the opportunities that life brings, we can’t do this. Endurance is a choice, but if it is a choice that we chose to make we will see the benefits and rewards from it.

Liddell’s story continues to inspire. Making it through to the finals of the 100m, he refused to partake in them because they were held on a Sunday. Liddle believed that this was a day of rest, his faith and his commitment to God came before his opportunity to win gold.  It seems that his decision had taken the opportunity away from him, but due to various circumstances he found himself switching to the 400m and making it to the final.

Just before the race an American team member handed Liddell a note ; it read ‘ It says in the big book that those who honour me I will honour’.

The outcome was a stunning win for Liddell and a gold medal to signify his achievement.

In contrast we also looked at the story of Derek  Redmond, a favourite in the 1992 4oom final for a medal. Sadly for Redmond his hamstring went on the back 100m of the track, he collapsed to the ground in agony. Clearly out of the race. Determined to finish he began to limp towards the finish line. At about the 300m mark a man ran on to the track to support him. This was Redmond’s father, putting his arm around his son he escorted him to within 5m of the finishing line, where to a standing ovation Redmond dragged himself across the line.

This story spoke powerfully to me that God does not call us to endure alone. Liddell said that when he ran he felt the presence of God. When Derek Redmond was struggling to endure, his father came to his side. God calls us to endure, to use our gifts and talents, but not to do this on our own. God created us to live in community, we need each other, we need to encourage each other and we need to remember that God himself promises to always be with us, in the good times and the hard.

We are called to endure, but never to endure alone.

If you have never seen the video its worth a watch -

Thursday, 22 February 2018

A thought for Lent from St John's church

If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”’ John 20:23

Jesus preached a crucial message about forgiving our brothers/sisters, as God forgave us. We stand in grace, and He expects us to keep our hearts pure toward others, not holding grudges or harbouring a spirit of unforgiveness, especially after He gave us such undeserved love and forgiveness at such a high personal cost to Himself. He expects us to forgive others 70 times 7 times (Matthew 18:22). When we share Jesus with others, we tell them that Jesus came to save and seek the lost and forgive sins. When we ask Jesus into our lives we give him our brokenness, guilt and shame. We are made free because of what He did on the cross. It doesn’t feel good in our hearts when we hold anger towards someone. It can fester into something ugly.


Light a candle. Watch the flame flicker for a while. Close your eyes. Breath in the spirit and let go of all that hinders you. Pray for those who have hurt you. Seek forgiveness for the pain you have caused others. Write a letter to them, phone them or even better, tell them you are sorry.  Purify you inner life. Draw close to him and he will draw close to you. (James 4.8)

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Year 6 art work

Year 6 have been exploring the artistic theme of creativity, with a little help from one of our administration team who just happens to have a real gift in this area. They have certainly enjoyed this introduction and embraced the work, defining their own style at the same time.