11.12.2020 - As we prepare to light another candle on the advent wreath, we are given the opportunity to reflect on the hope given to us when Christ was born.
‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
04.12.2020 - The season of Advent is upon us. Advent is a time of waiting and preparation. In our lives today, we will spend time preparing and waiting for Christmas to be upon us. The prophesy foretold the birth of Christ many years before in the book of Isaiah. ‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’ Isaiah 9:6
27.11.2020 - Father Peter showed us in our reflection this week the importance of being a good neighbour. Jesus used his teachings to tell the story of the Good Samaritan. When a person needs help no matter who it is you must go and help them. Jesus said that everyone is a neighbour, and we must show love and kindness to all. Do not walk away and leave someone in need - live the faith in action. 'Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no greater commandment than this' Matthew 12: 13
20.11.2020 - Our reflection this week has been focused on friendship and finding ways to support one another. What makes a good friend? Jesus used his teachings to share his love and ultimately teach his friends about sharing God’s words of love, kindness and peace. ‘Love one another, as I have loved you.’ John 33v 34-35
13.11.2020 - Our focus this week in reflection has been remembrance -November is always a significant time of the year when we are surrounded by symbols of sacrifice and love. Remembrance Day reminds us of the sacrifice of so many for the freedoms we enjoy today. For they gave their today for our tomorrow.
We Will Remember Them
‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ John 15:13
06.11.2020 - Compassion has been our focus for reflection this week sharing the quote ‘walk in another man’s shoes.’ How? Why? I can hear you ask. Jesus used his teaching to share this idea with his followers each and every day. Jesus healed the sick, cured the blind and was a friend to many in their times of need. To walk with someone in times of need showing understanding, love and compassion is to live the word of God.
‘Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind’
1 Peter 3:8
24.10.2020 - In our reflection this week, we have read the story of ‘The Good Samaritan’ and how Jesus used this story to teach about compassion and love. As a community, there is no greater time to share this compassion and love with one another as we are faced with new changes to our daily lives. What can we do to help? We must live our faith in action by sharing our love, friendship and compassion with those around us to live out Jesus’ teachings.
‘Therefore, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’ Colossians 3:12
16.10.2020 - At this time of year, the crops and the rich harvest is gathered in and we reflect on the gifts that we have. Our faith in action was demonstrated as whole school family through our gifts brought in and those pennies we shared through our values of hope, love and generosity. This reflects that God’s words are being lived here in our family.
“Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
09.10.2020 - Father Peter asked us to reflect on God’s creation at the start of the week and how we are stewards of God’s creation. This led us to think about our faith action in and how we can do this in many ways.
As we celebrate this year’s harvest, we have also had time to reflect on our hopes for this harvest time. Hope within reach means so much to different people. May this harvest time and the gifts we have shared together as a school give hope to those who need it.
‘Those who are generous are blessed for they share their bread with the poor.’ Proverbs 22:9
02.10.2020 - Our reflection this week started with everyone thinking about new beginnings. At the start of each new year, we take time to reflect on a year that has passed and how we can go forward refreshed and determined to do our best.
At the start of the new academic year, we have enjoyed very much being together as a school family within our bubbles and sharing our aims and promises for the new year so we can ‘let our light shine’
‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and plans to give you hope and a future.’
25.09.2020 - Our reflection started this week with Father Peter sharing the story of the cheerful giver. How strange to think we should offer something without being happy or cheerful about it! However, this story asks us to think deeper than this and to use God’s words to guide us. To be a cheerful giver we must give with all our hearts, sharing love and joy with one another without reason. At the moment there is no greater time than now to be a cheerful giver to one another. We can
share God’s love, friendship and peace.
‘Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’
2 Corinthians 9:7
18.09.2020 - In our reflection this week, we have shared a wonderful book called ‘Bloom’ in which a flower wasn’t able to grow because it didn’t have the right things to help it to bloom. We reflected on what we each need to help us grow in the best way possible. Jesus used his teachings to offer God’s love, friendship, kindness, hope, compassion and joy. It is through these words we can not only grow individually, but we can grow together to live out God’s work.
“Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love”
11.09.2020 - Our school vision is at the heart of our school life and it always good to start a year thinking about how we will let our light shine. ‘Let Your Light Shine’ Matthew 5:16
If this year has shown us anything it is that seeing good work inspires others to be the best theycan be and truly reflects what God wants us to do. Each one of us saw the inspiring work of Captain Tom Moore during lockdown.
So, as we start a new year... let us love one another as Jesus loved us, challenge ourselves and others and inspire one another as disciples of Jesus. How will you let your light shine this year?
06.03.2020 - In our reflection this week, we have looked at the story of Adam and Eve and used our big frieze to discuss our Christian concept. We discussed how during Lent this year we could look at ways to show good actions and live out our Christian values. “Your heart will always be where your treasure is.” Matthew 6
28.02.2020 - In our reflection this week, we have shared and discussed this big question: How are you going to put God first?’ As we start the season of Lent, we have thought about how we could find ways to put God first, just like Jesus did. Jesus was tempted, but he found the strength to put God first and this is how we should live our faith in action this Lent. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' Matthew 4:1-11
14.02.2020 - Worship has given us the opportunity to reflect upon the story of Mary and Martha. Luke contrasts the actions of the two sisters when Jesus visited their home. Martha rushed around making sure everything was ready for the meal whilst Mary sat quietly at Jesus’ feet, listening to his words. Neither sister did anything wrong but Jesus warned Martha of the dangers of getting so distracted by endless ‘things to do’ that she missed the gift Jesus came to bring her – the inner peace that can result from simply being still in his presence. ‘Martha, Martha you are worried and troubled over so many things, but just one is needed. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will not be taken away from her.’ Luke 10 38-42
07.02.2020 - Our reflection this week has been to think about the people Jesus met and the words he used. Jesus’ teachings showed his strong belief that people should be loved and shown dignity. Often his daily actions, however small had an important message and he wanted that to be shared. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
31.01.2020 - Worship this week has given us the opportunity to think about Jesus’ faithfulness to God. Jesus was led by God into the wilderness. His time was spent in prayer and fasting, with his mind focused on doing God’s will. Jesus drew on God’s word to remain faithful to his calling and refused to forfeit the dignity that his father had given him at his baptism. ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ Luke 4:8
24.01.2020 - Our reflection this week has given us a time to think about Jesus' unique relationship with God. Jesus
understood that his life was what God had planned and his journey would lead him to share this message with the people he met; the people he healed and the people he loved. He wanted people to know about his relationship with God and to follow his words - just as he did.
'Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of
God and knows God'
1 John 4:7
17.01.2020 - In our reflection this week, we have heard the story of Simeon and Anna; Jesus was revealed in the
temple and the people felt the presence of not just a baby but the Messiah. For those within the temple, they felt the gifts of this spirit amongst them. The values of hope, love and peace filled the temple and these should fill our hearts each and everyday. We have lived our faith in action with our ‘Pray for Australia’ reflection point on the stage sharing these values.
“He is a light to reveal God to the nations and he is the glory of your people”
10.01.2020 - Epiphany has been a focus for our reflection this week; a time to think about the Magi (Three Wise
Men) who visited the stable after Jesus' birth. ‘After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his
star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-12
Travelling from afar with gifts with great significance to Jesus' life. The gift of Jesus' birth is to be shared; his gifts of love, compassion and peace reflect the true meaning of Christmas. May we share his gifts as we start this new year.
20.12.2019 - Our reflection this week has given us all a time think about the true meaning of Christmas. In our Church service this week, we shared the story of the first Christmas and the gifts of joy, hope, wonder and love of Jesus’ birth. This Christmastime may we share these gifts with one another as Jesus did. Jesus said: ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 May his light be with you and your family this Christmas.
13.12.2019 - Lighting a candle is a simple yet profound act. It is a testimony to the power of light over darkness. As
we light the third candle of Advent, we continue our journey to Christmas. The third candle of Advent
is called the Joy candle; as we anticipate Christmas, let us remember the joy felt by those who realised
what was happening. ‘I will turn their mourning into gladness. I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.’ Jeremiah 31:13
06.12.19 - As we prepare to light the second candle on the advent wreath ,we are given the opportunity to reflect on the hope given to us when Christ was born. ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
29.11.19 - The season of Advent within the Church calendar is almost upon on. Advent is time of waiting and preparation. In our lives today, we will spend time preparing and waiting for Christmas to be upon us. The prophesy foretold the birth of Christ many years before in the book of Isaiah. ‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’
22.11.2019 - In our reflection this week we have shared and talked about the role of Prophets. Who were they? What
did they do? Biblical teaching shares the message that God revealed his plan and his words to the chosen
‘For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.’ Amos 3:7
15.11.2019 - We Will Remember Them. The eleventh day, of the eleventh month and at the eleven hour. It is these words that have led our reflection this week as a school family and with others in our community and globally. A time to pause and be silent as we show gratitude to those who have and are still fighting for our freedom. The poppy is a symbol not of war, but a loving memory of those fallen; fighting for freedom and peace.
‘To shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of
peace’ Luke 1:75
08.11.2019 - Our focus for this week in our reflection time has been remembrance. November is a significant time of
the year when we are surrounded with symbols of sacrifice and love. We often use the word sacrifice, but what does it truly mean? Remembrance Sunday reminds us all of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many for the freedoms we enjoy today. It also a time to reflect on how their sacrifices mirror the sacrifice of Jesus. ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’
01.11.2019 - In our reflection this week, we have taken time to think, respond and share to Jesus' teaching on living
well. We have used the saying 'a tree is known by its fruit'.
Jesus said: ''A healthy tree does not beat bad fruit, nor does a poor tree bear good fruit. Every tree
is known by the fruit bears; you do not pick figs from thorn bushes or gather grapes from bramble bushes' Luke 6:43-45
What was Jesus teaching his disciples?
He used these examples to teach us how to live well. A good person brings god out of the treasure of good things in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
18.10.2019 - In our worship this week, we have reflected on the value of love and its importance in our lives. Jesus taught throughout his life that we should love one another as He loved us. But how? He demonstrated his faith in action by showing love, sometimes to people he had never met in order to share his message. He loved people by guiding them, always showing kindness, being a friend to all and ultimately living God's word. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them." Ephesians 4:2
Our reflection this week has been focused on the celebration of Harvest. We use the word celebration as we have much to be celebrate and be thankful for this year. It is at this time of year, the crops and our rich harvest is gathered in and we reflect on the gifts we have. From this we share our values of hope, dignity and generosity to those who are need in our local community and globally. Our vision to live the faith in action has been demonstrated today through the gifts we have brought in and shared as a school family. ‘Those who are generous are blessed for they share their bread with the poor’ Proverbs 22:9
Our value this week has been forgiveness and it has been a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how we can live this value in action. What does it mean to forgive? How do you truly forgive someone? Through our discussions we have talked about forgetting the hurt, offering a new beginning, not holding a grudge and saying sorry to one another. Jesus used his teachings to help us understand how we can do this and even at the most difficult time in his life he was able to forgive. ‘Forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.’ Matthew 6:12
In our worship this week, we have reflected on the word judgement and what this looks like in action. We have reflected and discussed big questions, for example ‘What would the world look like if it was free of judgement?’ ‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged’ Luke 6:37
What does this look like in action? The story of Father Damian, a man who carried out his faith in action by devoting his life to supporting people with leprosy. He used the teachings of Jesus to live out his faith. As we have shared this week if we can all do this the world will be peaceful, full of compassion and friendship.
This week we have been thinking about the importance of prayer. In Matthew 6:9-13 we find Jesus instructing his apostles on how they should pray. This well-known Scripture is remembered as The Lord’s Prayer. Prayer is an important part of our reflection time in school. A time to be still, wonder, seek and talk quietly to God. ‘Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.’ Mark 11: 24
This week in our worship and reflection time we have thought about one of the Beatitudes: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’
It is important to reflect on how we can be peacemakers and show our faith in action. Jesus’ example
of living his faith through action has inspired others to do the same. His example inspired Desmond
Tutu and we have learnt about his vision for peace, joy and compassion for all. A peacemaker must
have peace within themselves, so that they can enable others to have peace.
Our school vision, 'Let Your Light Shine' is at the heart of this new academic year.It is taken from Matthew's Gospel. Jesus had gathered a large crowd around him to deliver his sermon. We encourage our school family to share the Christian faith and to know that everyone is blessed in different ways. Jesus told us to let our lights shine so that others, seeing our good works would glorify our Father in Heaven.
But what does it really mean?
We should act in a way, that others see Jesus in us and because oqf what they see they glorify God. How will you let your light shine this year?