respectThis week is all about respect. It seems only fitting as this week is the week of prayer for Christian Unity and last Sunday was “Peace Sunday” in the Church.

It’s also an important theme because Europe has seen terrible events over the last week, events that have affected us all, where the need for respect has become clearer than ever. The terrible loss of life and the protests and publications show us just how important respect is. Not just respect for free speech, but respect for peoples religion, beliefs and for human life.

In our school and in our world, respect is at the heart of peace and if we can respect ourselves and the people around us we can bring peace not just to our school but to our world as well. We all have a part to play.

Monday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

What is your definition of respect?

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Watch the video above and then discuss what your definition of respect is.

Put your suggestion in the comments box below.

Lord, help us to respect the people around us. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Tuesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross
imagesEveryone deserves respect, but do we always give and receive it?

We hear the word nearly every day and yet often we don’t understand what it means to really live it out.

Find a small piece of paper for each person.

Play the song below and think about 1 simple action you could do for 1 person today to show you respect them. It could be as simple as holding a door, or saying thank you for your lunch!

Write that on the small piece of paper and before the song finishes make sure its in your blazer pocket, or your planner, or somewhere you’ll find it again today.

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Lord, help remember the importance of respect today. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Wednesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

6We often think about respect being for a person or people, but it can also be for a place – or a building. We all need to respect our school the same way that we respect the people in it.

We are so lucky to have the amazing school that we do and this morning we are going to do something to show our respect for it.

Have a look around your classroom and see if you can see any rubbish on the floor or around the room.

Start the music below and use the 30 seconds to make your classroom look as tidy and beautiful as possible!

Don’t forget to put things you can recycle in the right bins!

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

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

downloadFor out PSHCE this term we are looking at “Networks”. This means exploring the way we interact with each other.

Use the Key Process of “Numb3rs” to explore the following statistic for a recent Ofcom report:

What percentage of mobile phone communication between young people aged 12-15 are voice calls?

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Lord, help us to communicate your love to the world. 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.

Mark 1:14-20

After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the Good News from God. “The right time has come,” he said, “and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!”

As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew, catching fish with a net. Jesus said to them, “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.” At once they left their nets and went with him.

He went a little farther on and saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat getting their nets ready. As soon as Jesus saw them, he called them; they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went with Jesus.

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 think it means by “The Good News?”

Do people always have the right to express thier religious belief?

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

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Numb3rs Answer

Children aged 12-15 are turning away from talking on the telephone. Just 3% of their communications time is spent making voice calls, while the vast majority (94%) is text based – such as instant messaging and social networking.

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