Welcome back! It’s the start of a very important term in school as we journey through Lent towards Easter. This term we’ve got loads going on, Lenten Fundraising, The Easter Production, The Day of Mercy, The Year 9 retreat day to name but a few! It’s all happening because this season is the most important time in the church – even bigger than Christmas.

What makes this season extra special is that we are bang in the middle of the Jubilee Year of Mercy which means we are focussing more than ever on how we can put our faith into Action. We’ve now all got our Wristbands that remind us the of corporal acts of mercy and on the 4th of March we’re going to have a special day to connect with the whole world as we live and experience Mercy in our communities.

This week however we focus on something which underpins all of these good works, and in fact underpins all of our faith as well – Prayer. Prayer is something really important to the life of our community and it’s something we are called to focus on during Lent. To help us with that we’re starting something called ‘1000Hours’ It’s a challenge for us a school to reach 1000 hours of prayer and we’re going to do that by giving over just 2 minutes of each day. One minute before lunch and one minute at the end of the day. In this time it’s an opportunity to pray – however you want for anything you want. If everybody in our community does 2 minutes between now an Easter – it’ll add up to…. 1000 Hours! That’s pretty awesome! If you need some ideas for prayers you can click here!


The ‘Word of the Week’

Put a reminder in your planner about the 1000 Hours project and don’t forget to start today at Lunch and Hometime! 

Big Question

Prayer makes a difference – Discuss!

Express your thoughts in the comments box below.

Each day you’ll be able to see what other people are thinking in the other forms and have a chance to respond with your thoughts/comments. Come back to the discussion each morning if you can!

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Prayer is a powerful thing. It’s even more powerful when it’s for someone else.

Before the song ends try and list all the people you want to pray for at the moment.

Make a big list as a class and add it to the comments section below.

We’ll print these lists out and add them to our prayer wall in the Chapel this Lent!

Lord, help us to say a little prayer for the ones we love. Amen.

imagesForm time AoW should always start and end with the Sign of the Cross.

Each day when you’ve finished your discussion/activities spend a few moments in silence to think about the day ahead.

If anybody has anything or anyone they would like to pray for then don’t be afraid to share this with everyone before your end your form time AoW.

You might even want to create a prayer box that you can put intentions into each week if you don’t feel like saying it out loud. 

PSHCE

david-cameron-598776We begin with the Sign of the Cross

This whole term is about People’s rights and responsibilities. It’s going to look at issues around law and order and politics. It’s also going to explore what we are expected to do as part of a country and community.

This week use the Key Process of “Breaking News” to explore what the EU is. It’s been a massive issue as we start the debate as to whether we should leave or stay and a lot of it has to do with the rights and responsibilities of others – especially migrants to this country.

Lord, help us to understand our rights and responsibilities to others in our world. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Word Association

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

As 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.

This year we want to bring the Word of God to life on a Friday morning to help us reflect and understand scripture a little bit better, so with the help of our school community a different person each week will read our Gospel and share what it means to them. Use your planners to help you discuss and explore the story further.

Lord, help us to listen to and follow your word. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

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