OUR CHRISTIAN VALUES THIS YEAR
AUTUMN 1 FRIENDSHIP
AUTUMN 2 COMPASSION
SPRING 1 FORGIVENESS
SPRING 2 ENDURANCE
SUMMER 1 RESPECT
SUMMER 2 FAIRNESS
Our new Ethos team have been busy supporting children to prepare their own worship in classrooms this year, as we are no longer able to meet in the school hall for assembly.
The Ethos Team have been elected from the juniors and carry a big responsibility;
Y3 Holly and Finley
Y4 Alicia and Scarlette
Y5 Michael and Leah
Y6 Cleo and Joshua
During these strange days of the pandemic we have been helping our friends in the community. This term we have designed messages of hope for those elderly residents who are feeling particularly lonely. Our cards 'Apart but not Forgotten' were distributed by members of St Simon's community in 'Bags of Reassurance' which contained reassuring prayers and messages of hope.
We have been planning our own acts of worship in class as well as using the great worship resources supplied by our friend Tabz at the Southport and Area Workers Trust. Over the Christmas period we are recording a special prayer for the congregation at St Simon' Church to be viewed on line in their special Christmas service.
Our thanks go to Tabz, who came to join us for worship recently, to help us reflect on our Christian Value of Forgiveness. He spoke about the importance of having second chances in life, just like Jesus' disciple, Peter. Despite denying him three times Jesus still forgave him.
Using an example of a SAT NAV on his phone, Tabz demonstrated the way we often do not listen to instructions, sometimes this can get us lost! But there is always a new beginning, a way to wipe the slate clean.
Forgiveness is about forgiving others as well as asking others to forgive you.
END OF TERM SERVICE
We were treated to a wonderful end of term service in December, thanks to Reverend David and the children from Year 5.
We enjoyed singing Christmas carols, hearing the Word of God, listening to a Russian fable and learning about the importance of gifts.
Year 5 acted out an old Russian folk tale, called Papa Panov, an old shoemaker, who was eagerly waiting for the visit of Jesus on Christmas Day. He was visited by several local people who were in need but was annoyed when Jesus hadn't turned up. Later he discovered in a dream that Jesus had indeed been to visit him through the poor that he had so generously served.
Y6 COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
On Thursday, some of our year 6 parents were invited into the classroom to watch their children perform their collective worship. The group worked extremely hard on their presentation and all who took part learnt a valuable lesson about friendship. It was lovely to have some quiet time to reflect on what friendship means. We appreciate those families and friends who were able to attend.
We were thrilled to receive our new Prayer Table this recently. It was made by Pete Hesketh, and his wife, at Ribble Valley Woodcraft and they produced exactly what we wanted. Our hall now has a special area for our worship which emphasises our motto, 'Following Jesus, together we succeed.' Thank you for producing a beautiful work of art.