Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Over the coming weeks we are thinking about the Bible verse “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind” and how it links to our school mission statement which is “Brown Clee is a learning community that nurtures and empowers everyone to be the best we can be” – and we are learning the many different ways that we can demonstrate we are being the best version of us.

Today I want us to think about how important it is to be kind – to others and ourselves. Kindness is a massively important value – it can make a big difference to how people can feel – as can unkindness!  Have a watch of this short video and as you watch think about what kindness means to you…

Kindness does matter – hugely!  And kindness can come in many forms – we can be kind to other people, we can be kind to ourselves and we can be kind to the world around us.  Today I want us to think about the importance of being kind to others.

Every day we meet people – some we know, some we don’t know.  We meet people at school, in shops, on walks, at the park – everywhere!  Everytime we meet people we have the chance to be kind – sometimes just a smile or a hello can make a big difference – it can brighten someone’s day up!  I know each morning when I meet children arriving at school – your big, bright smiles make me smile and instantly feel uplifted – even if I am feeling tired or under pressure.  Imagine how I would feel if you all arrived looking grumpy and sad??

I wonder if you can think of a time when someone has been kind to you – has someone asked you to join in and play?  Has someone helped you with your school work?  Has someone just smiled at you or said something positive and encouraging?  How did this make you feel?

Now think about a time when someone has said something unkind or thoughtless – maybe someone said you couldn’t play with them, or someone has criticised your work in class, maybe someone has been distracting you and stopping you learning – all these things can happen, often without the person actually intending to be unkind.

We all have a responsibility when working in a team, to work together and be team-spirited – and one aspect of this is that we should be building each other up with kind words and encouragement, compassion and support – so as you go through today try to at least once say something kind to someone – and then try and do this at least once each day!  Kindness matters and by being kind to everyone it helps us to be the best person we can be!

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Please help us to be kind to those around us.
Please help us to think about the needs of other people.
Please help us to seek to live in peace.
Amen.

 

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

This week we have started to think about our school Bible verse “Love your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind” from the Book of Matthew in the New Testament.  Yesterday we reflected on what this might mean for us – and considered how it could mean we should be living our lives in the way that God has taught us – to be the best person that we can be.

We are going to start focusing on what ‘being the best person we can be’ might mean and how it might mean lots of different things.  Today I want us to think about why it is important to always put our best effort into everything that we do – whether we like what we are doing or not.

Watch this version of Aesop’s fable – the Hare and the Tortoise.  Who do you think finds running the easiest – tortoise or the hare? – as you watch have a think about who is putting effort in and trying their best…and who isn’t…..

Some people find some things easy to do, while others find them difficult.  In this story the Hare finds running very easy – he is naturally fast with long legs and small bodies – whilst Tortoise finds running much more difficult – he has a heavy shell to carry and very short legs.

It should have been really easy for Hare to win the race – but he just doesn’t put any effort in at all – and even stops for a rest!  He really doesn’t try his best – whilst Tortoise just keeps on going, he is determined to try his best – despite being slower and heavier, and as a result it is Tortoise that succeeds and wins the race.

As we go through our lives we are all going to find that we are better at somethings than others, and there are going to be other people who find somethings easier than we do.  It is also very easy when things get difficult to want to try to avoid them, to want to give up, perhaps not even bother, and pretend we don’t even care about them.   But if we take this attitude, we won’t do the best we can – we won’t achieve our potential, and we won’t be following God’s most important rule – about trying to be the best version of ourselves.

So as you go through this week, when you are asked to do something that you find challenging or difficult – it might be running, writing or maths, it might be finding a friend to play with at playtimes or doing jobs at home – try and be more like Tortoise and put all your effort into it – try your best – you might be surprised at the outcome!

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Please be with us in times of weakness.
Give us the strength to overcome our difficulties.
Teach us to keep going when things are hard for us.
Help us not to take our gifts and talents for granted.

Help us, we pray,
To try our hardest every day.
Whatever we say, whatever we do
Please help us to let our light shine through.
Amen.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

I hope you enjoyed the long bank holiday weekend.  Having an extra day at the weekend is a real treat and hopefully means that we are all well rested for another busy week of learning!

Today I would like us to think a bit more about the Bible verse “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind”. This verse comes from the Book of Matthew in the New Testament:

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Matthew also states that this is the most important commandment.  We have discussed commandments before – can you remember what they are?…..

Yes, they are the rules that God gave us to follow to live life, just as we have rules in school to ensure that we can work together safely and happily. So if the most important rule from God is to love Him with all our heart, soul and mind – how can we do this?  Have a think and discuss in your class.

I’m sure you have come up with many different answers – it is not a simple question with a simple answer – and we will all have different interpretations.

One of my interpretations (I think there are lots of ways that we can love God!) is that to love God, we should listen to him and follow his guidance – to live our lives following the Christian values we are taught in The Bible – to be respectful, compassionate, courageous, thankful, friendly, forgiving – in simple terms – to be the best person we can be!

It isn’t always easy – and we all make mistakes – and as we go through this week I would like us to think about how we can be the best person we can be – the very best version of us!  As you go through today – maybe take a moment every now and again and ask yourself – am I being the best I can be – am I trying hard, working together with everyone, being respectful….it isn’t always easy and takes time and effort.  Here are some examples to help you to reflect…

Are you listening to your teacher’s instructions carefully so you know what to do in lesson?

Are you being helpful to your classmates by not distracting them?

Are you being kind and helpful – could you have held a door open or said please more?

Are you putting the maximum effort into your learning; really trying your best?

Prayer of the Day

Dear God, 
Help us to see that rules are there to keep us safe and happy. 
Help us to love other people and to act in a way that shows care for them. 
Help us to follow the best ways and be near to us when we find it difficult. 
Guide us to live together in peace and harmony.. 
Please help us to work at growing the qualities of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 
Please show us and guide us so that we can be the very best version of us.
Amen. 

 

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Yesterday we thought about how by having hope and trust in God, this can help us to be brave and courageous.  Today I want to explore the concept of Trust – what it means and how it can help us to be brave.

Have a look at your hand – hold it up in front of you and study it?  What do you see?  Have a look at everyone’s hands in the class – are they all the same size and shape?

different age,color and texture of hands

Do you think the size of your hands determines what you can do with them?  For example do you think we can all hold the same number of apples or coins in our hands?  Hands are really important as we use them in so many ways….

What is happening in this picture?

….2 people are holding hands – but can you describe who these 2 people might be? Why might a child hold an adult’s hand? How might this make us feel? ……………

…………….safe, loved, cared for, warm?

Listen to this poem called “Father’s Hands” and have a think what message the poet is trying to convey about how they feel….

What did the father do with his hands?  How do you think this make the poet feel?
I think the poet felt safe and secure and had total trust in his father because he knew that his father loved him and could always keep him safe – his father had strong, capable hands that he could use to protect him.
Christians believe that God keeps us safe in his hands – as God’s hands hold everything in them – the entire world! They believe that through having trust in God they will be safe and so we should “Love the Lord Our God, with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind”.

Prayer of the Day

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the abilities that you have given us.
Thank you, too, for the adults in our lives who love us and keep us safe.
Thank you that you hold the world in your hands.
Thank you that we can always trust you.
Amen.

 

 

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

We have been thinking about Courage and how we can be brave is so many different ways – both big and small!  Today I want to link Courage to the value of Hope – as having Hope can make it much easier to be bold and brave!

In the Bible, there is a story about a young girl called Esther who found herself in some very difficult situations. The story of Esther was considered so important that it appears in the Old Testament part of the Bible. The seventeenth book of the Old Testament is called Esther!

Esther didn’t have an easy start in life. Her parents had both died when she was young and she was brought up by her uncle, Mordecai. However, Esther didn’t lose hope because Mordecai was a kind man and he looked after her well.

Esther may have had many hopes and dreams for her future, but she probably never dreamt that one day, she would become the wife of the king of Persia! However, this is exactly what happened. Esther was beautiful and the king loved her very much, but Esther didn’t tell him that she was Jewish.  Watch the story and listen and see if you can spot why Esther was so courageous!

Esther, the young queen, didn’t always have an easy life, but she always had hope. She wanted what was best for the people around her and she made good, brave decisions…she trusted in God and stayed true to her faith.  In fact Esther is so important to the Jews, that they celebrate Esther’s bravery in a festival called Purim.

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Thank you for Esther’s story of hope.
Thank you that you are always with us in every situation.
Please help us to share our worries with someone when we are finding things difficult.
Please help us to realize the importance of talking.
Please help us to be good listeners.
Amen.

 

 

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Yesterday we continued thinking about our Christian value of the half term – Courage – and we thought about how important it is to show courage when faced with a challenge.  This often involves showing determination, perseverance along with a healthy dose of resilience when things maybe don’t go quite to plan, or when the challenge is particularly tough!  I also shared how my current physical challenge is requiring me to demonstrate lots of determination and ‘grit’ as I work towards my aim of running 5km by following the Couch to 5k challenge.

We know that courage can come in may forms – whether it is facing our fears, pushing ourselves to over-come a challenge, or choosing to do the right thing. Today, have a watch of this video clip from The Pace Trust charity – about courage and a girl in the Bible who was brave enough to lead by doing the right thing when no-one else wanted to.

In the story of Deborah from The Bible, we learn that bravery wasn’t about being the strongest or having the biggest army, bravery was about doing the right thing – even when other people are against you – courage is about having faith in what is right.  Deborah must have been scared – but she knew that she was doing the right thing.

 

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
We face lots of challenges and difficulties each day.
We trust that you know the struggles and the problems that we face, and that you care about us.
Help us to develop our sense of resilience when we face problems.
Help us to be a good friend and to have good friends around us who support us.
Help us to make the right choices and to do the right thing,
We ask for your strength, support and guidance when we find ourselves facing difficulty today.
Amen.

Aston Botterell Transport Route

We have been advised by Shropshire Council that with effect from tomorrow morning, Longmynd Travel will be temporarily covering this route until O’Grady’s can resume.  Pick up and drop off points and times remain as they were.  If you need to contact Longmynd Travel their telephone number is 01743 861999.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Yesterday we enjoyed listening to Reverend Terry as he led our virtual ‘live’ assembly, and we enjoyed interacting with a version of the Bible story about Daniel and the Lion’s Den.  I am going to ask you to watch and listen to another version of this Bible story, and whilst watching think about how it links with our value of the half term – Courage.

So what do you think?  Is there a link between Daniel’s story and Courage?

I’m sure that lots of you have thought how brave and courageous Daniel was when faced with the lions.  He didn’t cry or try to run away – and yet imagine how terrifying that must have been – to be thrown into a pit to be eaten by lions! As we know, he wasn’t eaten because God saved Daniel.

I wonder if anyone had any other ideas about when Daniel showed courage?  Do you think he was brave to carry on praying to God when King Darius had decreed that everyone should only pray to him?  I think he was very brave to do so – as he knew the punishment for doing so would be to be thrown to the lions to die!  So I wonder why he continued praying to God? …….

Daniel knew that it was wrong to pray to false Gods or Kings, and his faith and belief in God meant that he had what we call ‘the courage of his convictions’, to carry on doing the right thing….which was to pray to God – the true God.

I wonder what we can learn from Daniel?  Do we always have the ‘courage of our convictions’ to make the right choices?  Can you think of any examples when you didn’t choose the right thing  – you weren’t brave enough to stick to what you knew was right?

Here are a few possible examples…

  • Have you ever been told to do something that you knew was wrong; such as say or do something mean to someone?
  • Have you ever been asked to keep a secret that you know you shouldn’t?
  • Have you ever done something wrong and not owned up?
  • Have you ever been told to lie about something?

Sometimes it can be difficult to be courageous and do the right thing – your friends might put pressure on you, or it might be easier to take the coward’s way out and lie rather than own up.  However, it takes real courage to do the right thing or make the right choice.

In the Bible story, God saves Daniel – I wonder if this was because he was brave and continued to do what he knew was right?

So as we go through this term, let’s try and be like Daniel and be brave enough to make the right choices – to stick to the courage of our convictions.

Prayer of the Day

Lord, help us to have courage.

Help us to know that courage is not about how strong we are

Help us to know that courage is about doing the right thing –

Even when others don’t, even when we would rather not!

Help us to trust that you are with us, just as you were with Daniel.

Help us to be brave like him.

Help us to know that you are strong when we feel weak;

Thank you that you are always with me.

Amen.

 

 

 

Job Vacancy: Cleaner

We have a vacancy for a cleaner at school.  The position is for 10 hours a week, working 2 hours after school (times to be confirmed) 5 days a week. Rate of pay is £8.91 per hour.

Start Date: 7th June 2021

Closing Date: 30th April 2021

An Enhanced DBS will be required for this role.

If you are interested please contact the School Office for further details.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Yesterday we began our new term thinking about our new Christian value – Courage.  We thought about how courage is so important in so many different ways – as we all have worries, fears or challenges that we need to overcome – some are big and some are small, but they all need us to find the courage to overcome them.

We are now in the summer term, and the world around us is really starting to brighten up – with longer, lighter days, more sunshine (hopefully!) and lots of flowers and blossom coming to life in the fields and garden. I wonder if you can guess what my favourite flower might be if I give you a few clues?  They are small flowers and they don’t grow very tall.  These flowers have yellow centres with a halo of delicate white petals.  They like the sun and you find them in the summer. Sometimes people pick them to make chains from them. Can you work it out?

Yes – one of my favourite flowers is the tiny daisy!

Are you surprised that this flower is a favourite?  After all, a daisy is a small, very common flower and it doesn’t have much of a perfume. You wouldn’t expect to find common daisies in a bouquet of flowers – in fact, daisies are often called weeds!  You can find daisies all over the place – in the grass, in cracks in the ground, between paving stones and on waste sites.  In fact, daisies can be found everywhere on earth except Antarctica because they are so good at conquering new habitats.

Have you ever seen one daisy growing alone? Probably not often as daisies usually grow together in clumps and can even cover whole fields making a lovely white-and-yellow display.  Something that you might not know about daisies, is that they are the bravest and most resilient of flowers – they just keep coming back even when they are trodden on, picked or cut down by a lawnmower.

I wish I could cut my lawn as quickly as that!!  But what about those amazing daisies!  They got cut down and then, like magic, the plants grew new flowers!  How amazing is that!?  They didn’t stay flowerless, with flowerless stalks – they showed resilience and courage and grew back!  That’s just what daisies do – they keep bouncing back. It is as if they refuse to be defeated, and are determined to keep smiling and enjoying life.

I think we could all do with learning from the little common daisy – and try and be bold and courageous when we come up against a challenge, worry or problem!  We need to learn to bounce back!  Now can you work out why such a little, common flower is one of my favourites?

There are many circumstances in life that hit us hard and could defeat us. Perhaps we have been badly treated, have lost someone we love or have been wrongly blamed for something. Perhaps others have laughed at us, perhaps schoolwork seems impossible or perhaps we have simply had enough of Covid-19 getting in the way of our enjoyment of everyday life.

The daisies teach us an important lesson. It is not circumstances that determine our mood, but our reaction to them. The daisies could simply say, ‘Oh, what’s the point? I’ll just lie down and give up.’ But they don’t!

Take a quiet moment and reflect on these words:-

‘We don’t grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges.’ – just like the daisy!

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Thank you for all the beautiful things that you have put around us.
Thank you for daisies, and for all that they can teach us about being brave and joyful.
Thank you that they grow together.
Please help us to grow together.
Please help us to be there to care for and support one another.
Amen.

 

 

 

Whittles Bus delayed!

The Whittles bus has been delayed as there is a tractor broken down by the water tower.  He will get to the school as soon as he possibly can but it is very likely that the children who catch this bus will be late.  Whittles phone goes over to emergency calls after 3.30pm but you can still contact them as calls will be diverted to a mobile number.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Yesterday we enjoyed Reverend Terry leading our assembly on Microsoft Teams, where we learned more about the Easter Story, and thought about how Jesus died to save us all, and to give us hope – which linked to our theme on Monday, of trying to focus on the positives and be hopeful when facing challenges.

Today I would like us to think about this wonderful world that we live on!  Can you think of something that make it so wonderful?  I wonder if any of your ideas are depicted on our new school mural?

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There are so many wonderful places, animals and sights on this fantastic planet – we need to take care of it. Our planet is a living planet; it is not simply a place where humans live, but where animals live, too. Earth itself appears to have a life and a spirit, as expressed in volcanoes, earthquakes and the awesome power of nature.

Yesterday Mollie shared her thoughts about how we can look after this wonderful world…(you need to listen really carefully as the volume is low!)

So as we go forwards, can we try and think about what we can do in school to ensure we do our bit in looking after the world – every single small action can make a big difference if everyone did it!  Enjoy again the words of David Attenborough as he introduces his new series – “A Perfect Planet” – and marvel at the wonders of this beautiful world and reflect on what we can do to care for it.

Earth is indeed a perfect planet – and we have a responsibility to keep it that way for generations to come.

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Thank you for the beauty of the world.
Thank you that you made it for us to enjoy.
Please help us to take our responsibilities seriously.
Please help us to protect the world for future generations.

Help us to take care of, and appreciate,
the wonderful world you created for us.
Amen.