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Friday, 2 February 2018

Collective worship

Our class based assemblies focus on our theme for the week, taking time to consider the main issues through times of reflection and creativity. The verse for the term is used regularly as are each classes own prayers. Here are a few from around the school this week.

Around our school this week

Its been great to see the children being involved in so many different activities and topics this week in KS1.

Year 2 have been producing some wonderful tiger art work.

Year 1 have been exploring the artic.

A week full of fun and learning.

Forgiveness brings HOPE

Hope – the power of forgiveness

This week’s assembly theme is forgiveness, a subject that is much debated at times and reflected on by many great people in the past.

Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying that ‘ the weak can never forgive, forgiveness is the attribute of the strong’. Likewise Nelson Mandela said ‘ Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.’

Both saw forgiveness as both a necessary part of human life, but also a positive action that can lead to hope for a better future.

In Matthew 18 when Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive, he suggested to Jesus that maybe seven times was enough. Jesus answer put the question of forgiveness into perspective – not seven times, but seventy times seven. In other words always.

This was summed up by Martin Luther King Jnr in his words – Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude. In our assemblies this week we have been considering what forgiveness means in practise, what implications it has for us as individuals and what forgiveness teaches us about the love of God.

Our Hope from this  week has been that we may have reflected on the positive power of forgiveness and how it impacts on our lives and the lives of others. 

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Love is

 Our theme for this term is that of HOPE and it has been wonderful to read the thoughts of the children as they have responded to this idea. I was particularly impressed with what the year 6 children brought to the whole school assembly on Friday, rooting the idea of peace in their own experiences and those of their families.  It has also been great to see different approaches to reflecting on this in and around the school, with some thought provoking ideas in the classrooms. I am very grateful for all that the staff contribute to the collective worship of the school.

This week’s  theme of love has focused on actions as opposed to feelings, although the latter is a very essential part of the experience of love.

I shared with the key stage two classes on Tuesday one of my favourite verse from the bible – For God so loved the world that He gave His only son. This to me is a clear demonstration of love in action, for the sending of Jesus is rooted in God’s love for his creation and particularly us. It is this love that leads to action and it is this action that clearly demonstrates his love for us.  So we considered in assembly how we might take action this week to show love to others.  In doing so I asked the children to respond to the challenge of Mahatma Gandhi –‘ Be the change you want to be in the world’. A phrase that was more recently used by Barack Obama when he said ‘ We are the change we seek’ .


I finished the assembly with a reflection based on the life of Martin Luther King Jnr, a man who certainly sought to share love by his actions and to be the change that he wanted to see.

May we continue to focus on what it is we hope for over the coming weeks. 

Friday, 19 January 2018

Our hopes for peace

This week our assembly theme has focused on our hopes for peace. We have taken the time to consider what peace means and also what it does not mean, in a number of different scenarios.

On Monday we thought about how God can help bring peace into our lives, taking the story of Jesus’ calming of the storm as an illustration of how God can intervene in a situation. We had great fun acting this out and adding sound effects to the story, particularly the part were the disciples begin to panic and try to wake Jesus up. 500 children shouting ‘ wake up’ at the top of their voices certainly wasn’t an illustration of peace!

In today’s assembly some of the year 6 children will be leading our reflections and prayers as we take time to think of the places and people that do not experience peace in our world at this time. They have been very enthusiastic in their research and in the things that they wanted to say. What they have prepared is a very powerful insight into the needs of our world, but also it provides a very clear focus for us in our prayers and in our reflections on how to be ‘ channels of God’s peace’. I will be sharing their PowerPoint on the website as part of the information available to parents with regards this terms assembly theme. 

We have also created a ‘wall of peace’ in the main hall to which each class has contributed. This captures of hopes for peace in so many different ways and locations.