From January to March Miss Myrtle set off to South Africa volunteering for a programme called International Citizenship Service (ICS). During her time there she stayed in the province of Limpopo (one of the hottest provinces in South Africa), in Tzaneen, in a small village called Mogapene.
Whilst in South Africa Miss Myrtle was teaching in schools, working in Orphanages and running afterschool clubs. In the schools classes were made up of around seventy children. Sometimes five children would share a desk made for two children. There were no computers or interactive whiteboards, just a chalkboard and chalk. However, even though the children might not have had computers or interactive whiteboards, they made up for this with their sense of joy and love for the community they lived in. Miss Myrtle explained how lovely it was to be involved in such a community where everyone felt involved and welcomed, even though they did not have much they would share all that they had.
Miss Myrtle told the children that her experience taught her how lucky we are to have a lovely school and wonderful teachers and parents. We do not all have to travel to Africa to make a difference, what you see as a small random act of kindness might be a grand lovely gesture to someone else. As Mother Teresa said, ‘if you want to change the world start at home…. Do small things with GREAT love.’
Reception learned all about how we can show our love for each other during our recent Social Justice topic. Inspired by the book ‘Guess How Much I Love you?’ by Sam McBratney, the children retold the story and also talked … Continue reading →
Pupils in Class 11 have being learning about how they can praise God – even in French! Thanks to Madame Birtwistle for teaching the pupils this fantastic song. It means: ‘Jesus is the rock of my life’.
This week the whole school are learning about the theme of ‘Social Justice’. Class 11 have spent the morning working on a dance based around the classic poem No Man is and Island. They have learnt how unity is essential in our society…
Last week, pupils and parents alike were treated to an excellent re-telling of The Christmas Story through our Nativity Play. Children from our Nursery and Reception classes led a superb performance which included many wonderful songs, clear confident speaking and (of course!) lots of ‘wriggling’. See if you can watch the highlights below without wriggling yourself!
Today is the day that our wonderful Y6 pupils leave us. Over the past few weeks they have celebrated with trips, discos, masses, dances and many more events. We hope that the video below serves as a reminder of their brilliance!
On Friday, Reception led a fantastic assembly in front of the rest of the school. After reading the book ‘God’s Dream’, the children wanted to share the very special message with others.
“But what are God’s dreams? If you close your eyes and look with your heart, I’m sure, dear child that you will find out. God dreams about people sharing. God dreams about people caring. God dreams that we reach out and hold one another’s hands. And play one another’s games. And laugh with one another hearts.”
Today, Class 6 led an assembly which focussed upon how Jesus was a real superhero. The first video below shows children interviewing people around school to find out which superpower they would like to have. The second, demonstrates how acts of kindness make our school a happy place to be.