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This week we’re going to focus on what it means to belong and how attitudes and understanding of mental health issues can affect that.

Our Year 7s will have their welcome Mass this week and it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the fact that we are all part of one community.

On Wednesday 10th October it’s World Mental Health Day and all of our Acts of Worship this week will be helping us to think about how we can recognise mental health issues and how we can support those who are experiencing them. St Paul’s letter to the Philippians will give us the strength and courage to know that God is with us, no matter how we may be feeling.

Think this week about what belonging to The Becket means to you and how you can help those who are experiencing mental health issues to know that they belong too.

Notices

Wednesday 10th October World Mental Health Day

On Wednesday 10th October we as a school will be celebrating World Mental Health day and as a way of supporting this event students and staff are being encouraged to accessorise their normal school uniform/ workwear with yellow items.

Normal school uniform should be worn but students will be allowed to replace small items of clothing such as socks, ties, hairbands and badges with yellow alternatives.

More information on this will be shared through form time and Acts of Worship the week leading up to the event. Show other young people that they are not alone with their mental health by going bananas with yellow accessories!

  • Every Monday in October there will be the opportunity to pray the rosary at lunchtimes in the Chapel so bring in your rosary beads or pop down and create some!
  • Y11s have until Thursday 25th October to complete their House board in the Chapel so get started soon!
  • The Geography House Competition deadline is Monday 8th October so make sure you submit your entries to the Geography department as soon as possible to be in with a chance of being published in The Becket School calendar!
  • We have Mass on Friday lunchtime as usual so pop to the Chapel to reserve your lunch for afterwards and to collect a Mass Pass.

    Faith in Action Award!

    Every year all students across the school have the opportunity to take part in the Faith in Action Award.

    Just like the Duke of Edinburgh Award there are Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and there are various tasks to complete for the Award. The Faith in Action Award celebrates the many ways that you as young people live out your faith and are an inspirational example to others. This year, those who have completed the Award will be invited to attend a large Awards ceremony with other schools in the Diocese where their efforts will be celebrated with friends and family.

    For those who wish to complete the Award between now and Easter it will involve:

    • 20 hours of service in school (anything from fundraisers to helping with Acts of Worship to volunteering to help younger years with their Literacy)
    • Hours of service outside of school
    • Theological Reflection Points which take place after school and help you to explore your Faith further
    • A journal which is completed as you go through the Award
    • A Final Project which brings everything together at the end of the Award

    If you would like to be involved in the Award then see Marsha or Joe in the Chapel to sign up – it really is a fantastic experience and we hope that as many people as possible will take this opportunity to explore their faith!

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    See how many different groups and communities you belong to in your form and check out the notices section (including the Faith in Action post!) at the top of the page!

    We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    Your Form tutor will have received a link to complete the quiz online.

    Don’t forget, the quiz is a House Competition so make your House patrons proud and do your best!

    Help us Lord to be understanding of others and their experiences. Give us the wisdom to know how to support them in their times of need.

    Amen.

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    Belonging to God’s family means we always have someone to help us when times are hard.

    Reflect on these words from St Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and think about how they could help you in your times of need:

    Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes! He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God. Just as we have a share in Christ’s many sufferings, so also through Christ we share in God’s great help. If we suffer, it is for your help and salvation; if we are helped, then you too are helped and given the strength to endure with patience the same sufferings that we also endure. So our hope in you is never shaken; we know that just as you share in our sufferings, you also share in the help we receive.

    2 Corinthians 1: 3-7

    In our times of need we can turn to God, in prayer, and ask for help.

    It might surprise you to learn that mental health affects everyone, take a look at the Presentation below to find out more about some of the celebrities that have suffered with Mental Health issues and how you can get help.

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    Health isn’t limited to our physical health, it’s about our mental and spiritual health too and we are encouraged to take care of ourselves at all times:

    Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is valuable in every way, because it promises life both for the present and for the future.

    1 Timothy 4: 8

    Have a think about the ways that you take care of your mental health on a daily basis:

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    As always we take time in our week to listen to the Gospel.

    So, how will you support others and find out if they’re really feeling ok?

    Could you share your Mind Apple ideas with them to support them in their time of need?

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.