who-am-iIt’s week three already! It’s been an amazing start to our year and to our House System too. Every house has now met together for the first time this year and the competition is already under way! We’ve also got our first House Mass – for Teresa House – taking place in a couple of weeks too!

With that in mind the prayer resources this week are all about taking pride in who you are. God does not make mistakes. God made us they way we are for a reason and we’re happiest when we’re being ourselves not trying to be someone we’re not. This week were going to think about how we can celebrate not just our person identity, but also our collective identity too.

By doing this we are also celebrating the incredible nature of God’s creation and his greatest achievement – US!

We are also still filming this week for our latest video project. Check out the videos below if you don’t know what it’s all about!

Watch Videos

httpv://youtu.be/iajERNmJunc

httpv://youtu.be/CFvwZeh_YEs

You can also now find prayers for the end of the day on a new section of the website. The idea is to give a bit more variety and allow a bit more input into what and how we pray at the end of the day. You can find it using the menu above by clicking on Daily Prayer / End of day prayers.

Living Stones

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

You may have heard about the new living stones project going on in school – today it’s your job to help lay down the first bricks!

Your job is to personalise your brick to celebrate your form – you can draw each other, get everyone to sign it or do anything you like – just make it personal and make it awesome!

Your first job is to collect your blank “brick” from the Chapel. They are in the letter holder by the entrance to the chapel, so go grab one, and while someone has gone to collect it, think about what you want your form’s brick to look like!

You don’t have to finish today – you might just want to talk about ideas but when it’s done bring it down to Tom or Marsha in the Chapel!

If you get chance, have a read of the scripture around the outside and see if it gives you any ideas!

*Also if you’ve not had chance to do your living stone last week you can have a go instead for one of the AoW’s this week! We’ve had some great bricks so far and they should start appearing this week!

Monday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Taking pride if what you’ve accomplished in your life is important. Let’s not be confused however, this is not showing off. This is about recognising what we’re thankful for and what we’ve achieved. It say’s in St Paul’s letter to the Galatians that we should not compare ourselves with others, but rather take a look at our own work and take pride in that.

Watch the video below and then re-enact what you’ve just seen with the person next to you (or swap places and sit with someone new!) Remember you’re asking each other what you’re proud of achieving. It can be anything that makes your proud of who you are.

If you’re feeling really brave get a couple of volunteers out to the front and re-enact it with each other!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JrIuHVAn70

Lord, help us to be proud of the person you have created. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Tuesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

BELogo2The House System is something truly special about our school. It’s a way of showing who are, not just by a badge that we wear on our blazers but by the values that we aspire to and the patrons that inspire us.

Your job today is to make something for your form room door that says “This is a (INSERT HOUSE HERE) form.” Something that let’s every body who uses that room today – and every day – just who the room belongs too. Make it as awesome and colourful as your can. The only limit is your imagination and the size of your door!

Lord, help us to be proud of our house identity. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Wednesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

top-secretToday you’ve got a secret mission. Everybody in school is being given the same mission and you’re job is to accomplish it without being caught!

Spend a few minutes with the person next to you figuring out someone in school who deserves to feel good about themselves. This could be anybody in school not just someone you know. It could be a member of staff, a member of the site team or office staff, or anybody you see around school today.

Decide on a different person each and figure out a way you can help them feel good about who they are today. It might simply mean giving them a compliment, it might be by writing them a message and leaving it in their bag or on their desk – it’s up to you!

Take a few minutes in silence to pray for that person.

Lord, help us to inspire self confidence in others this week. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

Saltire and union flagOur focus on Thursday is always our current PSHCE topic. This term it’s all about “Being yourself.” Today we’re going to use the “Key Process” of Expert Groups to explore one of the biggest events in our countries history for hundreds of years.

Today is the vote on Scottish independence. Today Scottish people 16 an older will decide if they want Scotland to be an independent country or stay part of the UK.

Web link to the story – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29108287

Downloadable Word Document – 4 Referendum Profiles

Have a look at 4 profiles of young people voting for the first time.

Form 4 groups and  take a profile each, then teach each other about the different view points and arguments for and against independence.

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Lord, be with all those making important decisions today. 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.

Matthew 20:1-16

‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.” So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, “Why are you standing here idle all day?” They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.” When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.”When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, “These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.” But he replied to one of them, “Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?” So the last will be first, and the first will be last.’

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.

Think about the story in the scripture. Do you think it’s fair that the workers who arrived last got the same as those who worked all day? Does this mean it doesn’t’ matter about how you live you life as long as you follow God at the end?!

Lord help us to show the unconditional love that you showed to others.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

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