In addition to Collective Worship, children have the opportunity to participate in Reflective Time. This is time set aside for silent personal reflection and takes place in the hall with two classes at a time sharing the space. There are candles, relaxing music, soft mats and the lights are low – providing a calm and peaceful atmosphere to help nurture children’s spiritual development and to promote mindfulness.
The responses from these sessions has been extremely positive, both from the children and the staff. Here are some of the things the children have said:
“I thought about my family and how lucky I am.”
“I said The Lord’s Prayer and thought about the words in it.”
“It was good to take a breath and be quiet with my class.”
We also asked children how we could improve Reflective Time and had some thoughtful responses that we have put into place. For example, soft mats for the floor for comfort and being able to take their shoes off so that they could feel more relaxed.
What are you thankful for in your life? In what ways do you feel blessed? We will be posting our blessings in our special school blessings box throughout Lent. You can also post them below in the comments section.
As Lent is a time for reflecting on our blessings, we started the day by thinking about our wonderful world. In Collective Worship we discussed the sights that make us thankful. We read The Creation Story from The Bible and watched a video clip from the BBC’s Planet Earth. What sights around the world make you feel blessed?
This Tuesday was Safer Internet Day, a day that is very important to our school and pupils. Safer Internet Day is celebrated across Europe and is a partnership between Childnet, Internet Watch Foundation, Insafe-INHOPE network and SWGfL.
In the UK, Safer Internet Day is organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre (www.saferinternet.org.uk). The aim is to celebrate the many positives of the internet,and to raise awareness of the issues that children and young people face online today.
During Internet Safety Day each class spent a lesson looking at an aspect of internet safety relevant to their year group, including a Year 6 LCLC workshop on fake news. Year 3 made posters reminding their friends about how to stay safe online.
This morning Class 3 led our Candlemas worship at Southwark Cathedral. They read a passage from the Bible which describes Simeon’s role in the presentation of Jesus at the temple. Next they reflected thoughtfully on the importance of light in our lives and how Jesus is the light of the world.
The congregation all felt that the class were so poised, confident and reflective.
Here are Class 3′s reflections on Luke 2: 22-36:
When I think of Candlemas, I think of a candle lit to guide me through the darkness. God also appears with his glowing light, bright like the sun and guides me through. Danielle
Light will keep us safe. Jesus is like light because he will keep us safe too. Jesus is our saviour that protects us from danger. Anton
Jesus is the light of the world. A candle light guides us in the dark, God guides us in bad times with his everlasting light. God’s holy spirit spreads love, kindness and most of all light which offers us hope. Rocco
Light is warm and even in the dark you can feel light inside of you. A candle leads you in the dark, just like God. When you are near a candle, it is like you are near a spirit. It leads the way out of the darkness. Saskia
As time goes by, I noticed that there is light with me everywhere. When I go to the park, when I’m at a funfair or even when I’m in bed, there is always some light. I think that light is God shining on us. When light shines on me I think of God. God looking at me and guiding me. Rocco
As time goes by, I noticed that there is light with me everywhere. When I go to the park, when I’m at a funfair or even when I’m in bed, there is always some light. I think that light is God shining on us. When light shines on me I think of God. God looking at me and guiding me. Zachary
Light helps me think about Jesus who guides us through our lives step by step. Jesus is the light of the world, he keeps us warm. Chidubem
Everyday there are lots of different types of lights around us. Light glows trustingly in the dark, so we can see. Light is always there for you, like God. Theo
When I look at a candle I remember God and how he is protecting us no matter how much peril we are in. Jesus showed himself to the people in the temple. Anna was patient and when she saw Jesus she felt overjoyed. This shows me that we all have to be patient in life, as what we want in life does not always happen immediately. Josh
Light makes me feel happy and warm. To me, light shows God’s love for us and shows Jesus as the light of the world. Light leads me down the right path and helps me feel safe after being in the darkness. Bethany
Jesus is the candle that guides us through life. He isn’t like a torch that can shine long distances. Jesus stays with us every step that we take, he is the light of the world. We share this service with you to spread the good news, like Anna, that Jesus is with us. Beatrix
In the story of Simeon, he was given the path of light. Jesus is a miracle who helps us to understand life when things get tricky. He shows us that a mistake is just an obstacle in life that we need to get past and that we can get past it with the help of his guiding light. Elliot
Light helps us overcome fears. Light across our city is wonderful, we can see so far around us. Beauty and joy is in light. Jesus the saviour, shows us the way to God’s heaven through his light. The light that Jesus gives us is a gift from God. Lola
I feel lucky to live in a world of light. You can see light shining and sparkling on the Thames, it is a glorious sight. I know that God will keep his promises like he kept his promise to Simeon. God will show the way, even when there seems to be no way. Swithun
Jesus is the guardian of light and makes the world a better place. Even when we are feeling sad or frustrated at the problems we face, I think it is important to remember that God desires the best for us and that he will guide us out of the darkness. Aldara
The strength of light helps us to do anything we want to do. It keeps us safe and guides us. Light also provides us with peace, and helps to fill a cold empty room with warmth. Dawud
Finally Class 3 shared the prayers that they had written.
Bless your son since he is the light of the world. Now with any light source, I can see in the dark. Thank you for Anna and Simeon’s patience, and that they were kind enough to spread the news that the world had been blessed with the Messiah.
Thank you for candles, fire and all forms of light that guide us like Jesus does in our darkest times.
Please help others in dark countries to receive your light, give them hope and happiness.
Thank you for providing us with light, warmth and love.
Thank you for the patient Simeon that waited for Jesus, the Messiah, to be born.
Thank you for Anna who also welcomed Jesus and spread the word.
Thank you for the light that Jesus brought to the world. Please help us to recognise Jesus as our guiding light and to hold his love in our hearts. Help us to spread the word and light that Jesus blessed us all with.
Thank you for sending your only son to make the world a better place. He makes us feel safe, and he guides us with his light. Please help those people who seek guidance from you, help them to see the way, show them your light.
Glorious Father of all lights,
We thank you for the light that we celebrate from our lord Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world. As we share this Candlemas service, in honour of Jesus our Messiah, we ask that you guide us down the right path.
We are grateful that you shine on us. Thank you for sending us a saviour, we will always remember the day you sent Jesus to Earth. As a result, you made the whole world light up.
Thank you Class 3 and Father Michael for a beautiful service.
This morning children from Years 4, 5 and 6 (who are communicant in their own church) took part in our school Eucharist service in the John Harvard Chapel. Father Michael led the service and explained each element of the worship as the service progressed.
If you took part in our worship this morning, please share your thoughts and reflections as a comment.
Arts Week took place between 8th– 12th January at Cathedral School. This year the theme was ‘Seascapes’. Children used a range of skills and techniques throughout the week; these are reflected in the wonderful displays showcased in the Key Stage 1 corridor. Classes produced some stunning work, from creative underwater pictures in Nursery to collage pieces of Plymouth Hoe by Class 6.
Nursery worked with a variety of materials to paint and print, focusing on ‘Under the Sea’. They produced some fantastic pieces of work. Children used bubble wrap to create an underwater texture for their backgrounds then printed and stamped the rest of their scenery onto it.
Reception’s chosen seascape was ‘Waterfalls’ and children worked on the skill of using materials to create different textures. Reception’s waterfalls were based on Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and they used water colours, poster paints and tissue paper to produce some great pieces of art!
Class 1’s theme was ‘By the Beach’; children created sunset beach scenes. Throughout the week they explored different qualities of materials and used water colours to paint the background of their work, then carefully added sand to the bottom of their pictures to form contrasting textures. Finally the children drew small boats onto black card and cut them out to produce the silhouettes in their art work.
Class 2 were inspired by Hokusai’s ‘36 Views of Mount Fuji’, creating their own prints of London landmarks for Arts Week. Children designed their own prints then completed their work using printing blocks. Class 2 also had a trip to the National Gallery for some Art inspiration!
Class 3 produced some excellent pieces of work for their theme, ‘Rivers’. Pupils used a range of techniques such as printing for their backgrounds and collage for their rivers to create representations of river movement.
Class 4 created a beautiful boat display for Arts Week, with work focusing on Brixham Harbour. Children used collage, painting, layering and sanding skills to produce creative pieces of work, bringing the harbour to London Bridge.
In Class 5, pupils displayed their skills in using oil pastels during Arts Week. Children carefully studied the different shapes of waves. They then created their own versions using water paints and oil pastels. Class 5 produced some very skilful pieces of art work.
Class 6 chose the Seascape of Plymouth Hoe for inspiration during Arts Week. Children created detailed collages and looked at ways to manipulate their paper in order to produce texture and add detail to their work. This display can be found in the Key Stage 2 corridor.
Well done to everyone for all the hard work. We are so proud of the children and the work they have produced.
Cathedral Tots, the playgroup for siblings and children whose parents have accepted a nursery place at the school, is now in its third year. The playgroup is a chance for children to socialise, make new friends, do craft activities, dress up and play in a safe, warm environment. Numbers have fluctuated but we’re delighted that this year, twelve families are making regular use of the playgroup. Parent feedback has been excellent. The children really do seem very happy to have their group and are getting to know the routine. They even help to tidy up! It’s been a lovely space for parents to get know each other and find out more about the school from members of staff including Ms Jinks,our SENCO, Mrs Leighton, Assistant Head and Debbie from Nursery, who pop in from time to time.
We are really pleased to see how well children who have attended the playgroup have settled into nursery in the last couple of years. It’s lovely to see the classes of 2018 and 2019 developing friendships already. It’s also heart-warming to see the Year 6 children engage with the little children when they come along at the end of the session to help with the clearing up. We’d like to thank our regular helpers!
This week we had our end of term Christmas celebration. The children made crowns and Christmas trees and enjoyed some little Christmas treats, finishing off by singing Happy Birthday to one of the children. We hope you enjoy the photographs.
If you have a child under the age of 4 and would like to find out more, please come along or contact Jo McEwan, Home School Liaison Officer, via the school office. Cathedral Tots runs every Wednesday in term time, hall-space permitting, from 9.30 to 10.15, resuming on 17th January 2018