Archie’s Kenyan Safari Challenge for Karibuni Children

Wow – we have had lots more miles since the end of the school day –

The Clarke cousins! – 25miles

Gill S – 13 miles

Lexi, Jayden and Mum – 6 miles

So we are now up to 99 miles!!  We have gone past Malindi and are almost half the way up the coast – amazing!!  I wonder where we will be by the morning!?!

Don’t forget to send some photos of your walks, runs, cycles too!!

Letter about Opening School to All in September

We have emailled out a letter to all parents, providing lots of information and detail regarding September 2020 and opening to all pupils.
There is lots of content – so please read carefully.  The letter is also available on the school website – school news and also ‘About Us’ – ‘Safeguarding’.
Please take particular note of the Start and End of Day Procedures and diagrams.
I appreciate that there is a lot of information, but we believe in keeping our parents fully informed so that we can work together.  Please bear in mind that this is a ‘plan’ and that things may change between now and September, and also after opening in September.
If you have any questions, concerns or worries please do contact us – we are always open and transparent, and will do our very best to answer any questions or reassure any worries.

Archie’s Kenyan Safari Challenge for Karibuni Children!

Today is the Start of Archie’s Kenyan Safari Challenge to raise money for the Karibuni Children- so get your training shoes on and start travelling!!  We are starting from Mombasa and heading up the coast!

These are some of the things that you might see if you were travelling the coast for real…

Please email me your miles as soon as you have done them to head@brownclee.shropshire.sch.uk and I will keep a running total and let everyone know how far we get each day.  Let’s see how far up the coast we can get today!

Don’t forget to send your photos too – here is Archie and his brother William, dressed in African animal costume ready for their first leg of the journey!

Here is the link to the online Giving Page – https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BrownCleeSchool

And if you’d rather not use online giving to support the Karibuni Children, then you could send cheques to school payable to Karibuni Children.  All sponsorship and donations needs to be in by Friday 17th July (end of term).

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Today is the first day of Archie’s Kenyan Safari Challenge!  So we need you to get travelling, and get sponsoring at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BrownCleeSchool

We have 7 days to travel the distance of the Kenyan border – a total of 2141 miles!  We need EVERYONE to join in – children, parents, staff and governors!  Each time you go for a walk, run, cycle, horse ride or swim – clock up the miles and email me (head@brownclee.shropshire.sch.uk)  the total distance.  So if a family of 4 went for a 10 mile cycle – that is 40 miles!!  Please also send photographs and we will map the journeys each day on the website!

Today we are starting from Mombasa and heading North up the coast – how far can we get in one day do you think?  It is just over 209 miles to the Somalian border – can we make it?

As we go through the week I thought it would be good to learn more about Kenya, Karibuni Children, and what it is like being a child in Kenya. Here is a video about an 8 year old girl called Naresiah, who lives in a village called Kimana near the Tanzanian border.

So far we have raised over £500 – we are 20% of the way to our target of £2,141 – a pound for every mile travelled!  So please, please share – as not only are we helping communities in Kenya that need our support, but we are also giving Archie and all the children at Brown Clee an important message – that we can all make a difference, no matter how small we are!

We have had another message from the communities that Karibuni help and support – this one if from Oliver who is the Programme Director for the Community Centre in Maua, Kenya…

It’s very inspiring what Archie is doing at just 7 years old.  I wish to encourage him with this Tanzania Proverb:

“Little by Little, A Little becomes A Lot!!”

All the best to the young one.

With love Oliver.

Let’s see how much happiness we can bring to the children in Kenya, with our kindness…

 

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
May we look for ways to help those in need.
May we be generous in all situations.
May we learn to consider the needs of all those we meet.
May we all realise the power of kindness.
Amen.

 

Planning for September – School Transport

We are in the process of planning for September, and it would be really helpful to know if any parents absolutely do need school transport.
Our main control measure is keeping children in their class groups, or ‘bubble’ as the government refers to it – and therefore the use of school transport could compromise these bubbles.
We would appreciate if where possibly, children are driven or walk to school, but also understand that for some parents, school transport might be an absolute necessity.
Once we have these numbers we can then inform Shropshire Transport, who we are hoping can do their best to maintain the security of class groups.
If you could let us know by next Friday (10th July) at the latest, that would be really helpful!

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Another busy week in school – and we are all getting ready for Archie’s Kenyan Safari Challenge where we are going to travel 2141 miles in 7 days to raise money to support the Karibuni Children charity that provide food, clothing, education and support to children in poverty in Kenya.  So start making your masks and preparing your costumes and get ready to clock up the miles – we need everyone to do so, children, parents, staff and governors! uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BrownCleeSchool

Today it is our ‘virtual’ Well Done Assembly to celebrate the achievements of our children. This week’s recipients are:-

Rabbits: Matilda Walker

Foxes: Poppy Devonport

Mice:Joshua Watton

Year 6: George Barnsley

Well done everyone and have a lovely weekend!

We thought we’d end the week with a song about exercise, as a warm-up to next week’s physical challenge!

 

 

Prayer of the Day – Our School Prayer

Dear God

Thank you for our wonderful school.

Help us to be good learners.

Help us to look after each other.

Help us be respectful and kind and to make everyone welcome.

May our school be a happy, safe place where learning is fun.

Where we all work together to be the best we can be.

Amen

Full School Opening in September

Good afternoon,

We have had the official guidance today on the measures needed to open the school in September, and we will be publishing all our Safe Operating Procedures and Action Plan on Monday, so that parents can be fully aware of all the measures we will be taking to ensure the safety of all children, families and staff in the current situation.

Having received the guidance, we are pleased to say that we will be able to offer wrap around care to parents who absolutely need it.  We will be encouraging parents to try and make other arrangements wherever possible, as with all the children back in school, children will be unable to socially distance and the key control measure will be the non-mixing of the class groups (the ‘bubble’ concept).

The wrap around care will take place in the hall, and in-line with the guidance we will have to ‘segment’ the hall to keep children in different classes apart – the ‘bubble’ concept.  This will limit the number of children that we can cater for.

Therefore, in order to allow us to plan effectively, and to enable us to provide this service for the families that absolutely do need it, we kindly ask that if at all possible, those parents who will need child care on a regular basis, to let us know by the end of next week what your wrap around care needs in September are likely to be. We appreciate that things may change, but this will allow us to work out the class Child Care segment size, which in turn will allow us to help parents out as much as possible.

Once we have this information, we can then work out maximum numbers for each Child Care Class segment, and this should help parents to plan in September.

The booking system will also need to change, due to the limits of numbers, and we will let parents know what this is later.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

We have been thinking of courage and self belief, and reflecting on our own uniqueness and how we should be proud of who we are!  Today I want to take you back in time to 1838, September the 7th to be precise, to the Farne Islands just off the coast of Northumberland,  where a young girl called Grace Darling lived with her family in a lighthouse.

Grace and her father saved 9 lives that night, and Grace received many awards for her bravery, as well as becoming famous.  But she didn’t do it for an award of fame and fortune – why do you think she did it?   She wasn’t worried for herself, she was just determined to save the shipwrecked sailors.

Grace was only 22 years old – she didn’t think she was anyone special, she was just the lighthouse keeper’s daughter – but one stormy night she did something exceptionally brave and heroic, something that she has been remembered for ever since…

I think this story just shows what you can achieve if you are brave and determined.  It doesn’t have to be saving lives, it could be as simple as over coming a fear of snakes, or riding a bicycle without stabilisers.  Being brave and courageous comes in many forms – and we are all have the potential to be as heroic as Grace Darling.

 

Prayer of the Day

As we remember Grace Darling and her father,
we think of those today who brave frightening seas to help and rescue others.
May they be given the courage and wisdom they need in facing danger.
Lord, hear our prayer.
Amen.

 

Archie’s Kenyan Safari Challenge…Next Week!

We are getting closer to the 6th July, when we start Archie’s Kenyan Safari challenge, and travel the entire border of Kenya, a massive 2,141 miles in just 7 days!

We need everyone to take part….children, parents, brothers and sisters, staff and governors! We need everyone to do some walking, running, cycling, horse riding, swimming, and clock up the miles to raise money to support our school charity, the Karibuni Children.

We have already raised £492.50 but we want to get to £2141….a pound for every mile….so please help support us too…https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BrownCleeSchool

News of the challenge has even reached the communities that we are supporting in Kenya, as we have received this message from George, a social worker at the project in Tharaka….

“I appreciate the efforts of Archie. Miss Sue Relph thank you very much for raising this boy and supporting his ambitions of touching lives. Both you and the boy is an enough lesson for the world to learn. That touching lives require a willing heart and not material wealth. I have liked your organisational strategy as an administrator. The contribution of Brown Clee C.E. Primary school will make a huge impact to the vulnerable children in Kenya. They feel excited on the mention of your names. Plan through Joy and pay a visit to see things for yourself if an opportunity comes. You will confirm that your contribution touched needy children and made a recommendable change. Congratulations Archie, Miss Sue and the entire Brown Clee C.E. Primary School. Looking forward to meeting at God’s appointed time.”

So come on everyone in the Brown Clee Team, get yourselves warmed up for next week’s challenge….I know we can do it!

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

This week we have started to think about self-belief, and having the courage to be proud of who we are – no matter what our differences are!  We are all unique, even if you are twins – there will still be things that make you different.

There is a lovely picture by Charlie Macksey, that might make you think about yourself – and what being you means….

If you were to discover you, can you think of 3 things that would you different from everyone else? …  It could be physical (what you look like!), or your favourite things, or hobbies, or family structure, your dream and hope – absolutely anything – as differences come in so many different forms!

For me – if I had to pick 3 things that make me, ME…….I’d choose

  1. Having a wonderful daughter who is as much a friend as a daughter
  2. Having a secret aspiration that I would love to travel into space and be able to look down on the earth.
  3. Being tall!

What would your 3 things be?

…..there are 96 children at Brown Clee School, and if you all answered I am fairly sure that you would all have given very different answers!  And you should all be proud of those differences!

Prayer of the Day

Dear Lord,
Thank you that we are all unique and different, and thank you that we are precious to you.
Please help us to show other people that we value them and their uniqueness, too.
Thank you for the variety of gifts, abilities and personalities in this school.
Please help us to be people who always look for the best in each other.
Amen.

 

 

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Yesterday we learnt about the inpirational Ezra Frech, a young boy born with physical disabilities, but as a result of his outstanding courage and self-belief is an inspiration to us all.

What is Self Belief?  We might all have a different idea or definition.  In the Oxford dictionary it says that ‘Self Belief is having confidence in oneself”.  It can be difficult to have ‘confidence in oneself’ all the time – especially if you are trying something new and for the first time, or if you go somewhere new, like starting a new school, or visiting new people.  Can you think of any other examples when it might be difficult to believe in yourself?  I know I found it hard to believe that I would be able to swim in the deep end when I was young, as I was so scared about being out of my depth.  I didn’t believe that I could swim without armbands – but guess what – I could!

Here is a short film called ‘Piper’ about a hungry, young sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.  Enjoy and have a think about how much self-belief does Piper have at the beginning – what is she scared of?  What changes and why?

Poor Piper – she was so hungry, yet so scared of the sea and didn’t really believe in herself, didn’t believe that she could catch food herself – until she watched the hermit crabs, and learnt from them.  She then discovered the wonderful underwater world – and after practice and trial and error, suddenly she was an amazing shell catcher!

What message have you learn from this?  Is there anything that you are finding difficult or challenging today, that with a little more self-belief, you might be able to overcome?

Enjoy this cheerful song, that reminds us that it doesn’t matter what the weather, sing along and smile!

We also need to sing happy birthday to Millie and Poppy in Class 1, as today they are celebrating their 5th Birthday! Happy Birthday girls!

Prayer of the Day

Thank you, Lord,
that you promise to be with us always.
Thank you for the new beginnings
you give to us in our lives.
Help us to make the most of them,
to learn from them
and grow through them.
Help us to trust you as we step out into the future.
Amen.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

This half term our Christian value is Courage, and we have talked and thought about what courage is and how it can take many forms.  Today I’d like to think about how sometimes it can take courage to just be you!

We have talked about how we are all different, and how we should be proud of who we are, and that our differences make the world a much brighter and more interesting place.  But sometimes our differences can attract negative attention, and this can cause us to feel sad and lonely, and it might make us want to not try or give up – which is why it is so important to learn to be brave and be proud of who we all are – and always strive to be the best person we can be.

Here is the story of one 9 year old boy called Ezra – who is different because he only has one leg, but he has the most amazing outlook on life and immense courage….have a watch and see what you think (his story finishes at 3 minutes 47 seconds, but I don’t know (yet!) how to edit it to stop it there – sorry!)

Why is Ezra brave? How would you feel if you only had one leg or arm?   Could you be as brave as Ezra?  Ezra is rightly ok and happy with who he is and is an inspiration to us all……to be happy in who we are, to be confident and courageous about our differences and to appreciate our own individual lives….

We have another song to sing as well today as it is Rueben’s birthday today – so Happy Birthday Rueben!!

 

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Thank you that you have given us different things to be good at in our lives.
Please help each one of us to find something we are good at
and to get even better at it this week.
Help us to be brave and confident, and to keep going even when it’s hard.
Amen.

 

Message from Joy, Karibuni Children

We have received an email from Joy Murphy, a founding trustee of Karibuni Children, who visited us at school last year and took our pencils out to Kenya in the Spring.  Here it is….

Dear Children at Brown Clee School

I’ve just looked at your fund raising page, and you are doing BRILLIANTLY! I know you will complete the miles and even break your fund raising target.

Don’t forget to send lots of photos as you run, walk, skip and swim, especially in your animal costumes – although that will be difficult when you’re swimming – perhaps snakes and dolphins could do that!

I will let the nurseries and schools in Kenya know about your challenge, although all the schools are closed just now. The social workers and teachers will be excited to hear about what you are doing and will tell the children when they come to collect food for the families.

I think you are amazing and I’m really looking forward to seeing you all again – maybe next year?

God bless you all and with love from all the children Karibuni supports in Kenya – and from me!

Joy

……..Thank you Joy, we are certainly hoping to share lots of photos on the website in the week 6-12th July, and we are hoping to reach our target of raising £2,141 – we are already up to nearly £300!

Possible Attempted Break-In at School

We thought it important to share amongst our community that we had a possible attempted break-in on Tuesday evening.  The school alarm was activated at 9.45pm which alerted our security company who immediately send out an officer to the school site to investigate.  They arrived on site within 15 minutes and carried out an external and interval patrol.  There were no obvious signs of a breach or damage, but on further investigation in daylight on Wednesday, we found some suspicious damage to a number of door frames.

We have notified the West Mercia police and the local Police Community Support Officers will be increasing their patrols in the area.  We felt it important to share this information to make our neighbours aware and to help us all be vigilant, and we have been advised to inform you that if you do see anything suspicious then please report to the Police on 101.

We thought we would also let you know about Smartwater.  It is a forensic tracing liquid which can be used on all valuables, allowing them to be traced if stolen.  We use it in school to protect all our valuable equipment.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

What a beautiful day it is!  We have been thinking of courage and challenges this week, starting with Archie’s Kenyan Safari Challenge to travel around the Kenyan border in 7 days.

I wonder what your definition of courage is?  Who would you describe as brave?  And why?

Today I am going to share the story of Rosa Parks…

Rosa Parks tells the story of her life, showing how her refusal to give up her seat to a white person on a segregated bus changed the rules of American society, and led towards equality and justice for everyone, whatever the colour of their skin.

The story is told in the first person, and brought to life with a mix of drama, movement, and music.

Growing up in Alabama, Rosa struggled to understand why black and white people were treated differently. One day Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white person just because she was black. This small act changed American society forever.  Click on the picture of Rosa Parkes and listen to ‘her’ story….

Rosa didnt shout loud, she didnt use muscle power – but she has shown that you can be brave by being quiet and standing true to what you know is right…something that this beautiful picture by Charlie Mackesey also demonstrates…

I think Archie is being quite spectacular with his physical challenge to travel 2141 miles in 7 days, and I know that we can all be spectacular in our own ways – how can you be spectacular today?

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Help us to work hard to achieve our ambitions and to become what we want to be.
Help us, whatever we do or however we live our life, to remember the needs of others.
Help us to care about other people, to be fair and just, to be kind and merciful
and to make peace, wherever we are.
Amen.

 

School Update

Good Morning!  I hope those of you at home are enjoying the fantastic weather – our ‘bubbles’ in school are continuing to enjoy themselves – here are some photos from today so far!

Foxes                                      Keyworker Care                       Mice

Rabbits                                     Year 6s

The Mice and Keyworker Care children are outside at socially distanced play, the Rabbits are doing an active outdoor counting session, the Foxes are just about to go out to play when the Mice come in, and the Year 6s are enjoying using an APP called Seesaw, which allows Mr Harley to set work, see what the children are doing, offer feedback and share, all whilst socially distancing at the front of the class!

We are continuing to follow government guidance for schools, and therefore are unable to open up to other year groups, but we do have space for a small number of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils – so if you are interested and would like to take one of these spaces, please contact us.

We were also delighted with the announcement by the Prime Minister that all children will be back in school in September – excellent news!  We are awaiting the guidance that the Education Minister promised during Friday’s announcement, as to what the format of September will be, and as soon as we know we will be letting everyone know!  He announced that the guidance would be out in 2 weeks – so hopefully not too long!

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

This week we have been setting up Archie’s big idea to raise money to support Karibuni Children by having a Kenyan Safari Challenge and travelling 2141 miles in 7 days as a school team!  His awesome idea has already raised £278.75 and it has only been up and running for 2 days!!

Today I have a short video where ‘Kid President’ shares his thoughts about “How to change the world?”  Before you watch it have a think about how would you change the world and why?   What would you need to change the world?  What sort of things could you do to change the world?

Here’s the video – watch it and have a think if any of your ideas are in it….

What did you learn?

I picked out these key phrases:

“The World is changed by you!”

“The World is changed by ordinary people”

“Little people living out big love”

So how can we change the world? Archie wants to make a difference to the world by helping the children living in poverty in Kenya – and I think that is a brilliant idea – an awesome idea!

What could you do to change the world?  Sometimes it doesn’t have to be big  – it can be as small as a smile and making someone feel better.  You don’t have to be a King or rich, you don’t have to be powerful, you just have to be YOU!

 

Prayer of the Day

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the world that you have created, which we share with other people.
Please help us to appreciate and celebrate the gifts of others.
Thank you for the people who help us every day.
Please help each of us to play our parts in the community and wider world.
Amen.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Yesterday I introduced you to Archie’s Kenyan Safari Challenge – where he has set a challenge for us all to travel the distance of the Kenyan border to raise money for Karibuni Children.  This is going to be a mammoth team effort and will need everyone to join in and work together to see if we can cover 2141 miles in 7 days between us!

So I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to think about teamwork, and why it’s “teamwork that can make a dream work” –

So take a moment and have a think – how can you help to make Archie’s dream of helping those children in poverty in Kenya – what could you do to help his Kenyan Safari Challenge?  Could you run or walk a mile a day?  Could you persuade your family to all join you in cycling 10 miles? Could you share the challenge with all your family and friends?  We know that Archie can’t do this alone – but he is part of our team, so let’s support him and see if we can all help to make a difference!

 

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Help us to work together as a team.
Help us to remember that sometimes we need our friends to help us to do things better.
May we not be afraid to ask for help.
Please help each of us to play our parts in the community and wider world.
Amen.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

I hope you had a good weekend – and it looks like the good weather is back so for those children in school don’t forget your sun hats and sun screen!

This time last year we had a visit from Joy Murphy, a trustee of our school charity, Karibuni Children.  She talked to the whole school about the work that Karibuni does for the children and communities in Kenya and we set up a project in the Autumn to collect pencils and coloured pencils for Joy and her team to take out to Kenya this Spring – which they did and we were hoping to see Joy again this summer to hear all about her trip!  Sadly this couldn’t happen due to the coronavirus.

You can hear about the good work that Karibuni Children carries out here:

Last week, Archie B in Class 2, came to me with an absolutely brilliant idea!  He has remembered Joy and the Karibuni project and wants to help them again.  His idea is for the whole school (staff, parents and governors included!) to carry out a ‘virtual’ Kenyan Safari around the border of Kenya in a week and ask for sponsorship or donations to help Karibuni.  The distance we are aiming for is 2,141 miles – and you can travel it in any way you want to – walk, run, cycle, skip or swim (if you have a pool at home!) and we are going to do the challenge in the week beginning 6th July.  Do you think we can do this – travel 2,141 miles in 7 days????

Click on Archie to hear what he has to say about his challenge!

Archie

We are going to start on the coast near Mombasa, as Karibuni have a project nearby, the Hunajeza Project in a small town called Nyalani, and then head north to the border with Ethiopia before heading West.  Can we get back to Mombasa in a week??

Archie has asked if you could send in your mileage and photos of you doing them to me head@brownclee.shropshire.sch.uk and I will keep a running tally on the website throughout the week of 6th – 12th July.  I will also keep everyone informed of where we are on the journey as we travel around Kenya together!

We would really love to help make a difference to the children and families in Kenya – and we have set up an online Virgin Money Giving page to allow parents, friends and families to make donations.as we felt this would be the easiest way for people to support this good cause.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-portal/fundraiserPage?pageId=1188552

So we have got 2 weeks until we start Archie’s Kenyan Safari Challenge – can we travel 2,141 miles in 7 days as a school team??  Have a think of how you are going to do it, and what African animal you could be?  Maybe you could make a mask, or wear a costume and we can post these photos!

Let’s see if we can help Archie to make a difference to the lives of the children in Kenya…

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Thank you for all the food that we enjoy.
Thank you for our homes and our clothes.
Thank you that, when we are sick, we are given medicine.
Thank you for our schools.
Please help us to be generous people.
Please help us to realise that we can make a difference to the lives of others.
Amen.

Reflection Time and Prayer Time

Good Morning Brown Clee!

We have been thinking about Respect, Diversity and Kindness the past few weeks, and today I would like to share a story that Jesus taught his followers, about The Good Samaritan.  You can find it in the Bible in the book of Luke in the New Testament.  Jesus was asked “what is the most important commandment?” He responded saying that the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” and the second to “love your neighbour as yourself”. He was then asked who counts as a neighbour and he told this story that is an example for everyday life.

What do you think Jesus was trying to tell people through this parable?  Could it be to love others as you love yourself – be kind to others as you are kind to yourself?  We are all equal and equally deserve to be respected?  What are your thoughts?

Here is a song to share about being ‘Together’…

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Thank you that you made us all differently.
Thank you that you love every one of us.
Help us to show care for all people.
Help us to learn to appreciate differences.
Help us to be inclusive and always to make others feel welcome.
Amen.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good morning Brown Clee!

I’d like to carry on with our theme of Respect, Diversity and Kindness with a funny cartoon fo you to watch. As you watch it think about what words you would use to describe the small birds and the big bird. Also, see if you can pick a message from the story….there are lots of different ones…

 

Can you describe the small birds’ behaviour? What about big bird?

What messages did you pick up from the film? It made me think about how important it is to be kind and friendly to everyone, even if they are different, and that we should never make fun of people just because they look different.  I also think that there is a message about ourselves…imagine being big bird. The smaller birds laughed and made fun of him because he was taller, and had lots of feathers sticking up in different directions. But he didn’t get cross or upset, he just wanted to be friends. So I think it is teaching us that being different does not matter and we should all be like big bird and be happy and proud of who we are….

Today is a special day for Ollie – HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLLIE!

Also, we missed Isabel’s birthday on the 12th – we do apologise! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISABEL!!

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Thank you that you made us all differently.
Thank you that you love every one of us.
Help us to show care for all people.
Help us to learn to appreciate differences.
Help us to be inclusive and always to make others feel welcome.
Amen.

 

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

We have been thinking a lot about Respect, and how important it is to treat everybody equally – no matter what the differences, and that being kind is often the easiest way to show respect.

Kindness is very powerful – because often by simply doing something kind to someone else, it can have the magical affect of making you feel better about yourself too!  Watch this short video and see what it makes you think about…

Can you create a spark of kindness today?  If you do, have a think about how it makes you feel?

It is amazing how often, one little act of kindness can really make a difference – YOU can make a difference!

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
You have made us all different
And given us to each other for friendship and support,
To share with and enjoy each other’s company.
May we always value each other
And always look for opportunities to improve the lives of those around us.
Amen.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

I hope you have all had a good weekend!

Last week we thought about Respect and Diversity – and how we are all different but all the same – we are all human.  We enjoyed the story called “Mixed” where we learnt about how the world is a brighter and better place because of the rich, variety of colours.

One of the differences humans have, is that we all have different coloured skin, and that difference can sometimes be the source of a particular type of bullying, called racism.  This has been in the news a lot recently, as people over the world are protesting to ensure that “Black Lives Matter” – as historically people with black skin have not always been treated equally.

These are a couple of videos from CBeebies and Blue Peter, and I think they make for interesting listening…

“Be Kind” is such a simple but such an important message – can you imagine what sort of world this would be if everyone was kind to each other??

So today, why don’t you do at least one kind thing for someone else, or say one kind thing to someone else. Let’s start small but aim big to try and make our future world a better place for everyone.

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Help me to know that we are wonderful in all our differences.
Help me to say kind words to others.
Help me to think about other people and to remember that my words make a big difference to them.
Please help me to help those who are sad.
Thank you that your words to me are always kind.
Amen.