Our St.Michael's School Rules
You can demonstrate humility by:
being respectful to others;
saying, “You first” to people;
doing the right thing without worrying what people think;
accepting that someone might be better than you;
not boasting about your talents or achievements.
By looking at the actions of others, it can inspire us to be more humble.
We have been focusing upon the value of justice.
We have explored justice as:
Judging what is right
Understanding what is fair
Standing up for those who need help
Trying to listen to both sides
Informed and wise decisions
Caring enough to take action
Equal opportunities for all
For some, injustice can bring pain and a loss of hope. It is not until justice is served that hope is restored.
For others who are facing injustice, hope is extremely valuable to them, and allows them to believe that change will happen.
As part of this work, we explored the concept of homelessness and found out about how in South Africa, changes are being made to bring justice to those without a home. We had a homeless shelter in our reflective area which demonstrated what life might be like sleeping on the streets. We were encouraged to spend time inside to reflect on the injustices within the world and how we could help to start making differences.
Making a difference/Thankfulness
This Autumn Term we are building on our value of 'service' and thinking about how we can use our talents to serve others and ultimately make a difference to each other and those around us. We have also paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and the many years of service she gave and the difference she made across the globe. As part of our Summer service we wrote on hands and how we can help others and have created our own thankfulness 'gratitude' tree.
Our current value, which we have been beginning to explore in our collective worship sessions, is ‘Koinonia’. It is a very appropriate value for now as this is the first chance we have had to come back together as a whole school community and begin to rebuild relationships and routines. We have been thinking about teamwork, not only as a class but working together as a whole school. We have linked this to our school vision of ‘lifelong learning’ and the kind of people we want our pupils to be when they leave St. Michaels and the skills we want them to have. With the children, we have explored the concept of leadership and the importance of compassion when leading people along with the concept that each and every person can make a difference around them and that in coming together then we can spread that difference even further. Please do talk to your children to find out more about our collective worship and values education.
GOOD TO BE ME
Some Year 4 pupils created these posters for their reflective area in their classroom to reflect our value for this term.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows."
"I can do all things through him who strengthens me."
WISDOM Autumn 2020
This term, we are exploring the joy of knowing God. We are learning to recognise the joy that he brings into our lives and how we can make others’ lives more joyful. Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
We are thinking about respect for ourselves, each other and the world around us in lots of different ways this term. We begin focusing on 'The Golden Rule' from Matthew 7.12 - 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'
Justice and Humility
This term we are thinking about justice and fairness and have created a prayer space in the school entrance.
The prayer space is entitled 'Cardboard Home'. We are encouraging the children to think and pray about children around the world who have no home.
Our focus on Humility ties in which our thoughts around Holy Week and Easter
Love and Compassion
For the first part of the Summer Term, we looked at Love and Compassion in collective worship. We talked about 'costly caring' and giving or ourselves to others in a variety of ways. Our main Bible reference was:
"Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." (Colossians 3.12).
Linked to our bi-centenary, we are looking at Service to end the school year.
Peace and Hope
Our values for the Spring Term 2018 are Peace and Hope.
We have challenged the children to think of and design a symbol of 'Peace' which will accompany our new school prayer.
Friendship and Cooperation
Our main value for the second half of the autumn term, follows on from Koinonia and asks the children to consider; what a true friend is, how they can be a better friend, that if you want to have good friends you also have to be one, anti-bullying, kindness and working together as a school family.
We enjoyed exploring Koinonia in school recently. We thought about how:
· Everyone feels included, valued and important
· People support one another
· Everyone makes a contribution and gives of themselves
· School values have a positive impact on the local community and beyond
The YouTube video below is a lovely example of what we have been talking about in collective worship...
Summer 2017 - Good to be me
Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
- Leo Buscaglia
Spring 2017 - Truth, Trust, Honesty, and Forgiveness
So trust the Lord always. Trust the Lord because He is our rock for ever.
- Isaiah 26 v4
Spring 2017 - Light
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts…
- 2 Corinthians 4:6