135184135Week 2 sees the official end of the Christmas Season. On Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord and this week “Ordinary time” in the church begins. You’ll notice that the site is back to green, the colour for ordinary time and if you ever wondered why it changes from time to time – it’s all to do with the liturgical season. Next colour will be purple during lent so watch out for that!

This week is all about Friendship. As you know, this terms PSHCE Topic is all about “Networks” and how we connect with other people – with that in mind we’re going to look at what it means to really be a friend to other people. Is it as simple as accepting a friend request and clicking “like” every now and again or does sit mean more to really be someone’s friend?

Monday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

friendship-grey-childrenWe all have a different idea of what friendship really means, but in a recent survey, conducted by a well known national newspaper, a “top 10” golden rules of friendship were decided upon…

Your Task

As a form think about what your top 10 rules for friendship are then see how they compare to the list below!

Don’t reveal the list until you’ve got a class set of rules! Put how many matched your answers in the comments box below

Rules of friendship

THE TOP 10 GOLDEN RULES OF FRIENDSHIP

1. Be a good listener

2. Give you an honest opinion

3. Silences are never awkward with them

4. They provide a shoulder to cry on

5. They have shared interests with them

6. You have the ability to not see each other for long periods but nothing changes

7. They trust your opinion/listens to you

8. They keep your secrets/business private

9. They would change their plans to help you out

10. They can tell when you are feeling down in the dumps, even when you haven’t said anything

Lord, help us to follow your rule to love one another as we would like to be loved. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Tuesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Seeing things differently is one thing that our friends really help us with. On our own we can often only see things one way, a true friend gives us a new angle, a new perspective.

Watch this awesome video:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ1SDXbij8Y

If we don’t connect with the people around us we will never be able to see things differently.

You challenge this morning is to change the way you see things as a form and find a new place to sit for the rest of form time. Try and sit next to someone you don’t know as well. Talk to them, connect with them, ask them what they thought about the video and how they see things differently.

If you want to be really brave try sitting with your new, potential friends, for the rest of the form times this week.

Try and see things from a different perspective.

Lord, help us to see through the eyes of others and help us to be good friends to those around us. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Wednesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

‘We are going to be friends’, by The White Stripes, is a song you may have heard before. Yr 7 listened to it on their first day and it’s a good message for any of us at any time of year.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az8UDe6UQGQ

As the song plays spend a few moments to think about how you can be a better friend today.

Share your thoughts with each other.

Lord, help us to be good friends to each other. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

Common-Social-Media-Mistakes-Businessses-MakeFor out PSHCE this term we are looking at “Networks”. We are going to look at some of the mistakes made by high profile figures on Social Media last year.

For many of us, our on-line image is a big part of the way we interact with the world around us.

Use the Key Process of “Expert Groups” to explore the following story:

When reporting back, start first with the stats from a few months ago about just how many people have access to your on-line profile. Then talk about why the use of social media might have got that person into trouble.

What can we learn about how we use Social Media?

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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