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25.11.2022 - Our reflection this week has been focused on the joy that Mary felt after receiving the news from God that she would give birth a Son. Mary with great dignity accepted that she had been chosen by God. She felt joy in her heart and wanted to share it with Elizabeth - someone very close to Mary. When Elizabeth heard Mary's news her heart was full of joy. This is the same joy that we get when we receive good news - our hearts become full of joy and love for one another. It is this joy that we take forward as we continue our journey towards Christmas.
'Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!' Luke 1: 39
18.11.2022 - Our journey into Christmas has continued this week with the story of Mary being visited by an Angel to bring her the good news. God sent a messenger to earth to tell her the news that she would have a son - he would be the Son of God. We reflected on this story by looking at artwork depicting this event and discussing each one. With humility and great dignity and courage Mary accepts the message and begins her journey as God's servant with hope in her heart.
"Don't be afraid, Mary: God has been gracious to you. You will give birth to a son." Luke 1:26-38
11.11.2022 - Our reflection this week has been focused on our value of hope and the journey to Christmas has begun as we think about all that we can hope for. God wanted us to understand that praying with hope is waiting with trust in him. Praying in hope is not like wishful thinking but is more about waiting with simple trust in a God who can do more than we can imagine. God wanted us to have faith and hope in him.
"Immeasurably more than all we can ask or even imagine" Ephesians 3:30
04.11.2022 - As we start our new term, we begin our journey towards Christmas and the joy this season brings. Our value of hope links to this journey as prepare for the coming of Jesus. In the Bible Isaiah foretold the coming of Jesus. It was the hope of a new beginning - the hope of what the Messiah would being to each and every one of us. The prophecy told us that he would be many things and it was always the hope that he would be all that was said. Let us begin our journey to Christmas with hope in our hearts.
'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
21.10.2022 - Our final reflection this term has been focussed on the value of dignity. How can we share and live this value in action? Jesus shared this value many times in his life and most significantly when he washed the feet of his disciples. He was very clear that his disciples should love one another in the same way Jesus loved them. He wanted his disciples to love and afford everyone the dignity that comes with being a child of God. Jesus refers to it being a new commandment, but his disciples would have been familiar with this as love was at the forefront of everything he did. 'Love one another as I have loved you' John 13.34
14.10.2022 - This week our reflection has been focussed on the value - wisdom. We have thought about the fruits a tree bears and how do we know it is good fruit. At some point in our lives, we have had fruit that has perhaps turned, and it no longer looks fresh and healthy. How does this relate to us? We are like the fruit in the way live and interact with others. Sharing the good fruit is important and the core of Jesus' teaching. To live our faith is to share our good fruits of love, friendship, kindness and compassion. It is how we share these with one another that will ensure we live our faith in action. 'For every tree is known by its own fruit' Luke 6
07.10.2022 - This week our reflection has been focussed on harvest and thanking God for his gifts. We have come together as a school family and brought gifts to share within our community. It is this time of year that we offer extra thanks for all the food that we can share with one another. We are thankful to our school family for the gifts brought into school and these will be shared within our community. Our faith in action has been lived. 'The Lord will indeed give what is good and our land will yield its harvest' Psalm 85:12
30.09.2022 - Our reflection this week with Reverend Rebecca was focussed on a Bible verse in Matthew's Gospel. Our value of peace was at the forefront of his teachings, and he didn't want us to spend time worrying. Jesus said that God would give us what we needed and it is important to focus on things that are of great importance - to care for one another and to live in peace.
"Don't worry... your Father in heaven takes care of them!" Matthew 6.25
23.09.2022 - This week our reflection has been focussed on judgement and how we can live free from judgement. Sharing a little more kindness and a little less judgement will help to ensure that within our community we are sharing love and kindness. We talked about how we can live this out - living our faith in action. It is important that we show in our words and actions that we can show respect, compassion, love and fellowship to one another. To do this is to live our faith in action. 'Do not judge others and you will not be judged' Luke 6
16.09.2022 - Our reflection this week has been to reflect and celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth II. She dedicated her life to service and duty to the nation and the commonwealth. Her steadfast leadership over the last 70 years was rooted in her strong Christian faith; she knew she had been called to service and through God’s love she was able to fulfil the duty. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. ‘I urge, then first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all People – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all Godliness and holiness.’ 1 Timothy 2:1-2
09.02.2022 - As we start our new year together as a family, we have thought about how we are going to 'LET OUR LIGHT SHINE'. We have thought about Jesus being the light of the world. It is with this in mind that we use Jesus' teachings to guide us this year. It is through this that we can all ignite our individual lights and let them shine brightly. Do not hide your talents - share them and live them! 'Let Your Light Shine' Matthew 5:16
22.02.2022 - As we reflected on the year, we look back to see the challenges we have faced and overcome, the surprises and the amazing things we have achieved. It may not have been easy, but our faith will have guided us throughout everything this year. In some way every member of our school family will have 'let their light shine' in ways unique to them. As we wish our Year 6 children farewell may they continue to let their lights shine brightly. 'Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.'
15.07.2022 - Our reflection this week has been focused on understanding that God loves and cares for us. God sent his only Son to earth to ensure that everyone knew about God's message. Jesus in every part of his teachings wanted others to know about the treasures of God's love. What does it mean treasure? Treasure is the quantity of something special or valuable. This how we can describe God's love - it is precious to everyone! It always cares and never fails. 'How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!' Psalm 36:7
08.07.2022 - In our reflection this week, we have thought about making the right choices, Sometimes, we may be influenced to make the wrong choices and it is important that we try to always make the right choice. Jesus used his teaching to help guide people on the right path and to make the right choices. 'Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.' Psalm 25:4
01.07.2022 - In our reflection this week, our value has been truthfulness. Jesus used his teachings to share God's message of truth and love. Jesus often referred to himself as the truth and he wanted people to understand that by walking with him they would live truthfully. It was the job of the disciples to ensure that others followed this path after Jesus' ascension into heaven. "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
24.06.2022 - Our reflection has been focussed on understanding that Jesus is the light of the world. This idea is central to our faith – the idea that Jesus is a light. What does a light do? Lights guide you and show you the way when in darkness. Jesus himself is an example of this – he is a light that led his disciples. Through his teachings he wanted people to follow his words. Let Jesus guide us to the right path and in truth each day. “I am the Light of the world” John 8:12
17.06.2022 - This week our reflection has been focussed on the Trinity. This is often difficult to understand but is one of the most important to share. The Trinity is the belief that God is three separate persons God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Three different parts, but equal parts. God is all three but ultimately is one God. We can use the example of an egg – three parts – the shell – the white- the yoke. Yet is one egg. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all” 2 Corinthians 13:14
10.06.2022 - On 6 February 2022, the 70th anniversary of her accession, Her Majesty the Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. As a nation we have come together to celebrate this occasion. The Queen said: "I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service." She asked for God's help in this service. Let us all seek God's help in serving one another this term. 'Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.' John 12
27.05.2022 - Our reflection this week has been focussed on the upcoming festival of Pentecost. When the day of Pentecost came the disciples were in one place - it is here that they received the Holy Spirt - a wind and flames appeared above their heads. It was from that moment they each knew that the Holy Spirit would guide them in their life of service to others. 'They were filled with the Holy Spirit' Acts 2:4
20.05.2022 - Our value on service this term has helped us to think about Jesus’ life and how he used his teachings to share his service with God. Jesus taught his disciples that life is about service to others, and it was his example of service to God’s word that exemplified this.
‘Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.’ John 12
13.05.2022 - Our reflection this week has been focussed on our hearts. When we think about our hearts what do we see? It is our Christian mission to always have a good heart and that within us God looks inside each person. What does a good heart look like? A good heart is one that shares love, kindness, fellowship, peace and compassion. God looks inside the heart of each person. ‘’For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
06.05.2022 - Our reflection this week has been focussed on our relationships with one another. Jesus used his teachings to help man build a relationship with God. Jesus wanted us to understand that with the help of one another we can grow when we give and receive from each other.
'May the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you.'
1 Thessalonians 3:12
29.04.2022 - Our reflection this week has been focussed on our relationships with one another. Jesus used his teachings to help man build a relationship with God. Jesus wanted us to understand that with the help of one another we can grow when we give and receive from each other.
'May the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you.'
1 Thessalonians 3:12
22.04.2022 -Eastertime is a time of reflection, joy and ultimately love. Jesus’ resurrection was a new beginning - a new life. The tomb was found empty - Jesus had indeed risen just as he had said. Sadness had turned into joy – darkness had disappeared - light grew. Let us share with one another the joy and love of Jesus’ resurrection.
‘He is not here; he has risen just as he had said.’ Matthew 28:6
01.04.2022 - As we approach the final two weeks of the season of Lent, we enter the Easter celebrations and the joy this brings. God sent his Son to earth to show his love, compassion, and friendship with everyone he met.
His ultimate gift was the sacrifice of his Son on Good Friday. Darkness had filled the sky. The power of this story is the light overcoming the darkness three days later. May the joy, peace and love of this story be in your hearts this Easter time.
"I am the resurrection and the life' John 11:25
25.03.2022 - Our value justice has allowed us this term to reflect on equality, fairness, and action for others. God wanted us to understand that his love and teachings would guide us all. Jesus led this mission by showing that we should care for one other in every way that we can. Jesus in his teaching showed his love, friendship, and compassion to everyone he met and taught. Let us use his examples with one another.
'Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.' Ephesians 4:32
18.03.2022 - Justice - our value this term has allowed us to reflect on many aspects including equality, understanding and a willingness to identify what is needed to support others. This week we have reflected on times when we hear only one side of a story and it is important that we listen to both sides - this will ensure that justice for all is done.
'Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike.' Deuteronomy 1:17
04.03.2022 - Our reflection this week has been focussed on our value this term - justice. Jesus throughout his life had to make informed and wise decisions often teaching his followers about God's love, peace, and compassion. He wanted us to care and love one another by seeking to do what is good. It is this message of learning to do good things and to share this with others that is at the heart of God's hope for the world. Let us share the goodness of his words with everyone.
'Learn to do good.' Isaiah 1-17
25.02.2022 - This term our value is Justice. Our first reflection this week has been focussed on understanding justice and fairness. Often it can be tricky to differentiate between the two, but for us to judge what is right we must understand what is fair. We should care enough to act and show equal opportunities for all.
'But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.' Amos 5:24
11.02.2022 - Our final reflection this term on perseverance has been focussed on ‘give me strength’. When faced with challenges, we must persevere and often seek strength to do these things. Jesus in his own life needed strength when he faced his most difficult challenges in his life – he asked for God’s strength to guide him. Let God's love guide and strengthen you. ‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you’ Isaiah 41:10
04.02.2022 - Our reflection this week has been focussed on understanding that all things are possible through God. It is through our faith we can draw on strength to persevere with difficult challenges - sometimes in the most difficult of circumstances. Year 6 have been learning about a woman whose faith, she believed led her to do incredible things. Harriet Tubman helped to free 1000’s of slaves and risked her life each time, she said that it was God that guided her. Jesus in many of his teachings shared this message: ‘With God all things are possible.’ Matthew 19:26
28.01.2022 - Our reflection this week has been focused on doing the right thing. God helps us and guides us to do the right thing. Jesus used his teachings to teach others about doing the right thing and to make the right choices. Jesus visited Zaccheaus - Zaccheaus the tax collector was not doing the right thing. You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, Deuteronomy 6:18
21.01.2022 - Our reflection this week has focussed on our value perseverance. We thought about having the strength to persevere during difficult times - being able to persevere during hard times is often a challenge and one that we take strength from our faith. God wanted us to understand that he will lead the way through difficult times. Draw on your faith this week with God's strength to persevere in all that you do. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
14.01.2022 - Our value this term in our reflection is perseverance. Persevering when faced with a challenge is tricky and often requires us to push ourselves. Jesus faced many challenges throughout his life, but he wanted everyone to know that God will be always with you. Remember when faced with a challenge this week - remember God is with you.
‘For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 1-9
07.01.2022 - 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 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.
17.12.2021 - As we approach the end of term, the final candle will be lit on the Advent wreath. The candle represents Jesus the light of the world. God sent his Son to earth to bring love, peace, and joy. His birth was a gift to the world for us all to share. As a school family, we hope that this Christmastime you feel the love, joy, and peace of Jesus.
Jesus said: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life"
10.12.2021 - The second candle has been lit in Advent. This reminds people of the Old Testament prophets who foretold the of the Messiah. This is the candle of peace.
A child will be born to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His name will be wonderful Counsellor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives for Ever, Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6
03.12.2021 - The season of Advent within the Church calendar is upon on. 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
26.11.2021 - This week our reflection has been on focussed on being trustworthy. What does it mean to be trustworthy? Jesus shared through his teachings to his followers the importance of trust; the followers trusted Jesus enough to drop their nets and follow him. He wanted everyone to show this with one another by sharing love, compassion, and peace. ‘The Lord is trustworthy in all the promises and faithful in all he does’ Psalm 145: 13
19.11.2021 - This week has been kindness and friendship week and has been a focus of our reflection. We have no greater example of kindness and the true meaning of friendship through Jesus. Jesus in his teachings shared his message of love, kindness, and compassion with one another. Let us all this week try to share his gifts with each other - one small act of kindness could change a life.
"Do to others what you would have them do to you" Matthew 7:12
12.11.2021 - This week our reflection has been focussed on remembrance. A time when we remember the sacrifices that others made for the freedoms we have today. Classes this week have taken time to pause and reflect to think about those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and for men and women still serving today. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ John 15:13
05.11.2021 - Our value this term is trust. In reflection this week Rev. Rebecca shared a Bible story about trust – Jesus had asked his disciples to come out onto the boat. The wind and the waves got bigger and the disciples called Jesus. They were worried and frightened. Jesus calmed the storm and asked them, “Where was your faith?” Jesus asked this because he wanted his disciples to have faith that he would protect them and trust him. To trust in someone is to have faith that they will be there for you. We can trust that God will be there for us each day. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart”
22.10.2021 - Our final reflection of this half term has been focussed on counting our blessings. What does this truly mean? We have each thought about the blessings we have in our lives - no matter how big or small. The blessing of family, friends, friendship, and love are gifts from God to be thankful for. Let us always be thankful for our blessings. “From the fullness of this grace we have received one blessing after another” John 1:16
15.10.2021 - Our reflection this week has been to think about fruitful lives. How did Jesus want us to live our lives in the right way? Jesus used his teachings to share God's word. He used the story of the Sower and the Seed to explore this. A seed that grows in bad soil cannot grow, but seed that grows in good soil will grow and bear its fruits. Jesus said this is like a seed in our hearts - a seed that listens to God's teachings will grow - sharing God's love, compassion, respect, and friendship with one another. Jesus wanted us to share our fruits with one another. What will you share this week? "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field." Matthew 13
08.10.21 - Our reflection this week has been focussed on Harvest. It is a special time of year when the crops have grown, and we gather in the harvest for the year. It is here that we are thankful for all that we have been blessed with and we seek to share with others. The incredible harvest gifts provided will be shared with those in need and is a shining example of how as a school family we live our faith in action. “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest”
01.10.2021 - Our value of thankfulness has been our focus in our reflection. We have this week given thanks for Miss Brown at her commissioning service. Let us give thanks for the talents we all have and let us share these with one another. “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” Psalm 126:3
24.09.2021 - Our value of thankfulness continues and this week we have thought about being thankful for the food we eat and the water we have so readily. These gifts of food and water each day are precious and for many around the world they do not have access to enough food or clean water. As we start our harvest preparations, let us all take time to thank God for the gifts we have and pray for those in need.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus"
17.09.2021 - In our reflection this week, we have continued to focus on our value of thankfulness. We have looked at the wonders of God’s creation and thought about the things we love about it. With this in our hearts and minds, let us give thanks and praise to God and may his love surround you always. ‘Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever.’ Psalm 106:1
10.09.2021 - We have started this academic year reflecting on our value of thankfulness. We have thought about the things we have and the people we are thankful for. We are thankful that we have been able to return to school and are ready for the challenges of a new academic year. We want you this year to continue to: ‘Let Your Light Shine’ Matthew 5:16
09.07.2021 - Jesus dedicated his life to serving others and without wanting anything in return. We seek to follow Jesus’ example and live his greatest commandment.
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another."
02.07.2021 - We have thought in our reflection this week about valuing others like we would like to be valued. Sometimes we need to make difficult choices between what would please ourselves and a choice of serving and respecting others. It can be difficult, but God wanted us to do things for others and treat others as we would like to be treated. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
Matthew 7: 12
25.06.2021 - In our reflection this week, we have been thinking about God's never-ending love. God is love and we should rejoice in his love. He loves and cares for us. God so loved the world that he sent his only Son to help us here on earth. It is his never- ending love that we should share with one another each new day.
'The LORD’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning.'
18.06.2021 - In our reflection this week, we have considered the importance of respecting and valuing difference. Jesus through his teachings shared his love for everyone and especially people that others had ignored. He saw past the differences and wanted us to see that despite all our differences we are all one in God’s eyes.
‘For you are all one in Christ Jesus’
11.06.2021 - In our reflection this week we have been thinking about prayer and the importance of praying for others. Prayer is a time everyone can spend time talking to God. It is through prayer that we can ask God for help and guidance not just for ourselves but for others too.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16
28.05.2021 - Last Sunday marked the celebration of Pentecost. It was here that the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit.
‘When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.’Acts 2
The Holy Spirt was sent to help us in many ways, to comfort, to teach and help us grow in our relationship with God. Everyone can grow, learn, and change to be more like God with the Holy Spirit within us.
21.05.2021 - Forty days have passed since Easter, and this is marked with the ascension of Jesus into heaven. Jesus appeared to his disciples after rising from the dead. Jesus encourages his disciples and tells them that they will receive the Holy Spirit. It is through this that the disciples would go on to tell people about Jesus's teachings and to share the message of God. And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:22
14.05.21 - Jesus said: ‘Love one another as I have loved you’. John 13: 34
Jesus shared his love with his friends. What does it mean to share love with friends? We can use Jesus’ example to help us understand his teachings on friendship. Love is... L is for leaning on one another, O is for opening our hearts to not just our friends, but everyone, V is for being victorious - Jesus’ love for us conquered death, E is for everyone - sharing love with everyone – Jesus wanted us to share his love with everyone. Jesus wanted to us to do everything in love. Whatever you do this week do it in love!
07.05.2021 - In our reflection this week, we have thought about friendship and making time for one another. As restrictions start to ease, we are going to be able to make time for one another in different ways – even through meeting up once again. Jesus taught through his teachings that it was important to show kindness and friendship. He visited Lazarus and his two sisters Martha and Mary, and he recalled the kindness shown to him. Jesus was shown kindness and friendship and it is through this we should follow his example.
‘Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.’ Colossians 3:12-14
30.04.2021 -This week in reflection we have thought about friendship and how friends can be relied upon and will do anything to help each other. Jesus through his teachings taught his followers about the love of friendship and the importance of loving others. ‘Love one another as I have loved you’ John 13:34
23.04.2021 - This week in our reflection we have been thinking about friendship – encouraging one another. The words of wisdom from the Bible for our value Friendship were written over 2000 years ago by St Paul.
“Encourage one another and build each other up.”
1 Thessalonians 5.11
St Paul wanted to teach people that the best way to live in friendship is to encourage one another rather than be critical and negative.
How will you encourage your friend this week?
16.04.2021 - Spring is here and we have celebrated the joys of Eastertime! We have over this period of Easter reflected on Jesus’ sacrifice and ultimate resurrection. Jesus had conquered death and his resurrection was the promise of new life for all. May this spring bring you joy, hope and love! He is not here; he has risen! Luke 24: 6 – 7
26.03.2021 - As we reflected last week, Lent is a time of fasting, prayer and sharing kindness with others. Despite the temptations Jesus faced, he remained strong and faithful as he knew God was watching over him.
God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
Corinthians 1: 13
19.03.2021- Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and sharing our kindness with others. Jesus leads us in his example of this shown to us in his time in the wilderness; he faced challenges and needed to hold his faith close to him.
‘Be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; wait patiently for the Lord.’ Psalm 27
05.03.2021 - We have returned together as one family this week and it is through these coming days and weeks ahead that we seek to strengthen friendships and relationships through the life and work in our school. Working together with love, compassion, and peace to live out the word of God.
'Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.' 1Thessalonians 5:11
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
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.
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
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.’
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.
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?