equalWelcome back! It’s the start of our second term and there are so many exciting things for the whole school community in the next few weeks. The most obvious event in the next few weeks is probably going to be the start of advent – in 4 weeks time, however November brings 2 really important celebrations – All Saints day and National Youth Sunday. These events bring the churches year to an end, as it officially beings again with the start of Advent.

This week we will celebrate our All Saints Day masses and some of you may have noticed that it’s a could of days late (as we were still on holiday!) The reason that we are coming together as a school any way is because this special feast reminds us that all different kinds of people are called to follow God. The saints were not all perfect, or all the same, they were unique individuals who followed God in their own way. This is not only a really important thing to remember as we make our way through school, but it’s also a great intro into our new PSHCE topic this term – Equality and Understanding.

We’re going to spend the next few weeks looking at how we can celebrate difference and respect individuality. We’re also going to look at how we can be more tolerant of others and work for peace in our world, in our school and in our lives.

Tuesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

httpv://youtu.be/SlQIw-g3cP0

Have a watch of the video about and think about why we are celebrating mass this afternoon.

If you’ve not had chance to yet, try and find a saint for your form that you can bring up during mass. Fr Joe may well be asking you about your Saint so have an explanation ready for why you chose them as a form!

Lord, help us to be like the Saints. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Wednesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

This week we’re thinking all about equality. God created everybody equal, but not the same. The hope that one day the world will be a place where people are free from oppression, violence, and inequality is a prayer we prayer every day. When we say “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” we are talking about creating a place where we are all equal and at peace.

Watch the video, listen to the lyrics and pray for all those who are not treated equally. Pray that one day it will be different.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52KmT1fN_ak

Lord, help us to bring equality to our world. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

_78495948_prize-money-collageTo explore our topic of Equality and Understanding we are going to use the key process of “Breaking News” to explore the following news article:

Weblink to the story http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/29798541

Word Doc Resource download : Click Here

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Lord, help us to remember that everyone deserves the same respect and love. 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 2:13-22

It was almost time for the Passover Festival, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. There in the Temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons, and also the moneychangers sitting at their tables. So he made a whip from cords and drove all the animals out of the Temple, both the sheep and the cattle; he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins; and he ordered those who sold the pigeons, “Take them out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that the scripture says, “My devotion to your house, O God, burns in me like a fire.”

The Jewish authorities came back at him with a question, “What miracle can you perform to show us that you have the right to do this?”

Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple, and in three days I will build it again.”

“Are you going to build it again in three days?” they asked him. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple!”

But the temple Jesus was speaking about was his body. So when he was raised from death, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and what Jesus had said.

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.

This passage is quite famous for showing a very different side of Jesus – one where he is angry and forceful.

Is it ever right to use force to right a wrong? Is it ever a good thing to get angry?!

Lord help be faithful to you. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

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