Christmas 2020 didn’t allow the typical celebrations within school and at St. Michael’s... We filmed and shared online instead:
Catbells’ Nursery Rhyme Nativity 2020
Blencathra’s ‘Stille Nacht’
Helvellyn’s ‘Something Special...’
Kidsty Pike’s Away in a Manger
Carol Singing in Kidsty Pike
Christingle Worship 2020
We worked with the local history society to learn about people from Shap who had lost their lives at war. In class we continued our learning through our written and creative work, and decorated our outdoors with the product of our work. On 11.11.20, some of our children went to St. Michael’s. We had remembrance worship in our classrooms, and were very fortunate to have Terence’s mum, Katie play The Last Post on her trumpet to mark our silence.
The fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23 Introduced to us by pastor Graham and Jari, useful at Harvest time, and throughout the year!
A ‘ Hello Film’ from our Open the Book TeamSadly during lockdown we have been unable to ‘meet’ with our Open the Book team. As our academic year draws to a close, the team sent a message to our school wishing us well going forward.
Our children enjoyed this bible story... a tale with a twist and a happy ending!
We concluded this Worship Time by singing Kumbayah ... a lullaby for Moses!
Thank you to Lucy for coming in to talk to the whole school about her volunteering work in Ankoma, Ghana. Lucy volunteered in Ghana last summer for three weeks by running a summer school for the children in the village. She will be returning this summer to continue her work.
We are looking to be one of the host schools to be welcoming some of the Ankoma Dreamers in September. These are a group of 7 children that will be travelling to the UK from Ankoma to see what life is like in England.
On Friday 14th February, we are having a ‘come to school in your PJs day’ to raise some funds for this charity. If you would like anymore information or have any fund raising suggestions please speak to a member of staff or the School Council.
EYFS: Chinese New Year
As part of their ‘Bingo Lingo’ topic, Catbells children were learning about the celebrations that happen at Chinese New Year! The children sampled their food and other traditions associated with these festivities. They performed a wonderful Dragon Dance and song that illustrated all of the customs associated with Chinese New Year!
Open the Book: Joseph
Our Open the Book team required many of our children to volunteer this week for Joseph and his brethren!
In the story of Joseph and his brothers, we learned about the themes of forgiveness, the father-son bond, sibling rivalry, brotherly love, God’s sovereignty, and God’s greater good in times of suffering. Just like Joseph, we are called to forgive those who have offended us and see life’s experiences as part of God’s plan to help us serve others.
Reverend Fran: Church as a Body of People
Reverend Fran likened the church to her ‘body of plates’... The church is not the bricks and mortar, rather the people that join together.
Fran created an acrostic with the initial of church:
The children were learning about Advent!
They made a wreath together, and then we had a quiz to see who could recall the ‘Advent’ facts!
Worship Council Badge Design
Our Worship Council decided that they wanted badges, so that they would be easily recognisable, allowing everyone to know who they are!
The councillors designed their badge on a blank template, and Ruth Evans (NISCU) came to judge the designs!
There wasn’t one design that was the outright winner, as Ruth liked elements of them all! Ruth liked, for example, the candle on Emily’s design, as that symbolises ‘the light of God’s presence’ from our school prayer! Ruth liked the cross symbols, included in many of the designs, and she liked the inclusion of ‘Love, hope and peace’ within Sophie’s design!
Ruth has taken the designs and she is going to see if she can develop a design that incorporates the best from each of the Worship Councillors designs!
So.... watch this space!
Reviewing our School Prayer and defining ‘Praising’
We reviewed our school Prayer, adding in playing and learning! We explored what ‘the light of God’s presence’ means by exemplifying it in a darkened hall with torches! To help us to understand ‘Praising’, Ruth Evans from NISCU encouraged us to write ‘paper aeroplane prayers’ that we launched up to the ceiling, to demonstrate praising God.
Music within Worship Time
Our Worship Council wanted to have more music within Worship Times! They now coordinate a rota of volunteer musicians who play us in and out of our Worship! It allows us time to be still, and listen, and admire the talents of others, such as these two talented young ladies:
Partnership with NISCU
Ruth from NISCU (Northern Inter-Schools Christian Union) helped us to establish our Worhip Council. She helped us to prioritise our actions and identify what we want to improve about our Worship within school. We prioritised developing the use of music into our Worship Time, and reviewing our school prayer!
Remembrance Service 10.11.19 at St. Michael’s
Our mini-police represented our school with PCSO Karen Dakin at St. Michael’s Church for our Remembrance Service.
Our children laid a wreath at the cenotaph.
11.11.19 within School
Back at school, we showed our respect for the people and animals affected by war, by creating poppies to display in our school grounds!
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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