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new-year-2015-hdWelcome back! It’s the first week of 2015 and a brand new year awaits us!

Whilst we sometimes dread the end of the holidays there are some brilliant things about coming back to school. Probably top of the list is seeing our friends again, and that helps us think about the new PHSCE topic this term – Networks. We’re going to look at how we can form positive relationships with those around us and how we can be a better friend to the people in our lives.

This week we also remember a very special feast in the church, one celebrated last Sunday – the feast of the Epiphany. Jesus was visited by many after his birth, but few are more famous than the wise men (they’re never referred to as kings and it never tells us how many of them there were in the bible!)

What we do know is that they brought 3 gifts and those 3 gifts tell us lot about the person Jesus was going to become. They were all very symbolic of the life ahead of Jesus and at a time of year when we traditionally look forward to what our life is going to hold, it seems like the perfect time to reflect on how this special feast can inspire us to live more like Jesus.

Monday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

2011-year-resolution-400x400January is traditionally a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.

It’s a chance to decide on those things we want to do differently and those things we want to change about ourselves and the world around us.

Many people choose to make a resolution at this time of year, maybe you or someone at home has made on this year?!

Ask the person next to you what you would like to change/do differently this year.

Send someone down to the chapel and collect a ‘Living Stone’ and cover it in your new years hopes, dreams and resolutions.

Don’t worry if you take a bit of time to get it finished and drop it down to the Chapel when you’e done!

Lord, help us to make a good and positive start to the year. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Tuesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Today is the 6th of January – the day we remember the Epiphany. We often think that the wise men visited Jesus on the same night he was born but scripture tells us that is was actually some time later. The three gifts they brought would not only be known to millions as part of the Christmas story, but they would also tell a story of their own. The gift of gold foretold that he would be a king, frankincense that he would be chosen for a special life and myrrh – traditionally used in burial rituals, that Jesus came to the world to die for our sins.

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Watch the video above – it tells us a bit about why we celebrate today.

Ask each other the following question:

What gift would you take if you had to go and see the new born baby Jesus?

Lord, help all those doing exams to do the best they can and help us to realise the gifts we can give to others this Christmas. Amen.

(And yes it says ‘Christmas’ as today is the last day of the season! so enjoy it!)

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Wednesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

This week is also a big week for a lot of our older students – mock exam time! It these kind of things that really focus our eyes forward on the kind of people we want to be in the future and what we want to achieve. It also focus our mind on what it means to be successful.

Check this out:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulShj4keKNw

Ask each other – How would you define success?

Share your answers with each other.

Lord, help us to be successful in what we try and do. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

maxresdefault-810x455For out PSHCE this term we are looking at “Networks”. We are going to explore how we connect with the world around us and with each other. The New Year’s honours list recognised some people that had used Social Media to connect with the world around them.

Use the Key Process of “Breaking News” to explore the following story:

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Lord, help us to connect to the world around us in a positive way. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Friday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Lourdes-5As you know, we are going to use the Scripture from this Sunday’s Gospel to reflect on every Friday. If you are in KS 3/4 You can use your planners to to help you understand the scripture.

John 1

A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
as a witness to speak for the light,
so that everyone might believe through him.
He was not the light,
only a witness to speak for the light.
This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, ‘I am not the Christ.’ ‘Well then,’ they asked ‘are you Elijah?’ ‘I am not’ he said. ‘Are you the Prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ So they said to him, ‘Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?’ So John said, ‘I am, as Isaiah prophesied:
a voice that cries in the wilderness:
Make a straight way for the Lord.’
Now these men had been sent by the Pharisees, and they put this further question to him, ‘Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the prophet?’ John replied, ‘I baptise with water; but there stands among you – unknown to you – the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap.’ This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.
KS 3 /4 – Have a read of the explanation in your planner and answer the questions with your friends.

Finish the morning by praying the prayer you find at the bottom of the page.

KS 5 – Have a read of the piece of scripture above.

What do you this this scripture is calling us to do?

Lord, help us be ready for you in our lives. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

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