Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

I hope everyone has had a good weekend – it was certainly very active with all the walking, running and cycling!  I will be posting a separate update for Archie’s Kenyan Safari Challenge – as at the time of writing (Sunday!) we do not have the final mileage!

We are in the last week of the academic year – and what a year this has been!  When we began in September last year, we would never have thought that we would be ending the year like this!  We didn’t know about words such as ‘remote learning’, ‘bubbles’,and  ‘social distancing’, we didn’t have yellow circles painted around our infant playground and we didn’t all have to do the ‘2m dance’ when moving around school – a quieter school than normal, as the majority of our children aren’t in it!

So as we reflect on this rather bizarre year, with it’s many challenges, we should also think about the many positives too.

Can you think about things that you have found challenging?

And now think about what you have enjoyed, succeeded at or surprisingly enjoyed?

For me, one of the biggest positives, is that despite the challenges and difficulties that coronoavirus and lockdown gave us, the awesome sense of team-spirit that is “Brown Clee” shone brightly – the children, staff, parents, governors – have all pulled together just brilliantly, to make this strange situation a success.  I can’t thank everyone enough – as without everyone’s support with the remote learning, and your understanding and patience with all the new procedures, we would not have been able to operate as effectively as we have done – so I do want to say a massive thank you to everyone!!

The year isn’t over yet though – we have 5 more days – and in those 5 days I think our assembly theme should be an extension of the half term’s theme, which was Courage.  I think we should be focusing on Hope.  The end of year is a time of change: new schools, new classes, new teachers, and there will be new procedures and routines to learn too – and in times of ‘newness’ there can be worries – but there should also be lots to look forwards to!

Here is a story about a young boy’s coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the first time that his Father and Grandpa are taking him to work. They row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. It is all so new – he has no idea how to behave, or what to do – should he follow the example of his Father or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way amidst their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?

Enjoy and have a think about any messages you can pick from it….it’s called La Luna…

What a lovely story!  What did it make you think about?  It made me think about our Year 6s – who leave us at the end of this week,  with lots of unknowns ahead..just like this young boy on his first boat trip!  I am sure that some of the Year 6s may have some worries and doubts about what September will bring – but everyone of you (Callum, George Be, Maisie, Chloe, George Ba, Lewis, Ellowyne, Bebe, Alex, Anna and Henry) are ready for secondary school – and each of you is more than capable of finding your own way, and being your own person – just like the young boy in La Luna!

Our focus this week is also on ensuring that we make it as special as possible for our Year 6 pupils, and also for everyone!

 

We also have a birthday today – Flynn is 6 years old!!!  Happy Birthday!

 

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
When things go wrong, help us to keep hoping.
When we are sad, help us to remember that happiness will come.
When we are lonely, help us to remember that people care for us.
When we are worried, help us to trust that you will never leave us.
Please help us to live in hope.
Amen.