Faith in Everyone to Shine Brightly
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Welcome to Mrs Clarke and Mr Payne's area of the St Mary's virtual school.
We hope that you are all well and continuing to work hard at home with your home learning. We know that there will be days when it is easier than others and we also know that for parents and carers some days are easier than others! The ideas on the website are there to help you. If you don't manage to get everything done some days then please don't worry. Your children's teachers know your children well. When we return to school they will set about ensuring that children continue to develop all the skills and knowledge they need. Children, you should try to do some work everyday. Teachers are ready and waiting to support and all you need to do is send an email and they will contact you as soon as they can.
Some children have started to return to school now in the year groups identified by the government. They have settled into the new normal well but as I explained last week in a letter to parents we currently don't have space or enough staff for the rest of the year groups. We are all very disappointed about this - we can't wait for everyone to be back in school together.
Stay safe, be kind and #shinebrightly!
Paul Stokes, our excellent caretaker, took this wonderful picture of the church from the school.
Hi Kaicee. We are very proud of our teachers and very proud of all our wonderful children too! We love knowing you are enjoying the work set by your teachers. We know you particularly enjoy listening to The Enchanted Wood episodes every day! Keep smiling! #shinebrightly
Hi Christopher (and family)! We miss you too and hope the Website and Home Learning Hub helps you feel in touch with your teachers and classes a little bit. Very best wishes to you all. #shinebrightly
Hi Thomas. Don't worry - we won't forget the stars! #shinebrightly
Hi Sharleen. Thank you! We're pleased your enjoying the assemblies. Mr Payne has just got next week's assembly ready which will appear on Monday for you. It's a special one about VE day. #shinebrightly
Hey! Just wondering how are year 6 going to get their stars at the end of the year! Thats all thank you bye.
Thank you for the assemblies and planing the school hubs out as well as the teachers From Sharleen Year 4 class 10 curiosity
Christopher really enjoyed this weeks story, he misses his friends and classmates very much. From all our family we wish you all, stay safe and are well!
Hi . You should be proud of your school teachers because they give us the best work. You should be proud being head and deputy head teachers.
Lovely to hear from you, Preston and Mollie!
Hi we will be starting at st Mary's very soon. Just wanted to say hi.
St Mary's Virtual School Assembly - Sand and Rock (Week beginning 6th July 2020)
Hello everyone. Mr Payne here. Let's begin with our usual greeting: peace be with you.
Now, when we think about this term's theme of 'wisdom', I'm sure there is one story - and song! - that comes to mind. Yes! The one about the wise man who built his house on solid rock and the foolish man who built his on soft sand! What you build on is called the building's 'foundations'. The word 'foundation' means the base of something or where something starts.
The story of the wise man and the foolish man is one of the stories that Jesus told to make us think about our own lives. We call these stories 'parables'.
Whilst you watch the animation of the 'Parable of the Two Builders', think about what Jesus was trying to teach us by telling this story.
I love the style of that animation, don't you? But what was the parable teaching us?
Well, just as it is important for buildings to have firm and secure foundations, so that they can withstand storms, earthquakes and floods without falling down or being washed away, people also need a strong 'foundation' for their lives: how we live and the way we treat people is built on a foundation of making the right choices for the best reasons. Christians believe Jesus’ words and teachings help them to do this.
Building on firm foundations helps us through different stages in our lives. You can see this happening at school. For example, we have firm foundations such as learning to use numbers for counting before we build up to adding and subtracting, and then multiplying and dividing. We need the solid foundation of learning our phonics, before we go on to read a book. We learn basic foundation skills in football, before we go on to play a match.
But, most importantly, we have to have firm foundations of what is right and wrong so we can build our lives to act fairly, be kind and get on with people.
Let's finish with a prayer, and then sing a favourite song, which retells this very same parable in a different way!
Thank you for Jesus’ words.
Help us to use them as we build firm foundations for our lives.
St Mary's Virtual School Assembly - Wisdom - A fish of the World (Week beginning 29th June 2020)
St Mary's Virtual School Assembly - Kindness (Week beginning 22nd June 2020)
Hello everyone! This week we have a special guest for our assembly - Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge!
The Duchess of Cambridge hosted this special assembly with some primary school children from Blackpool. The Duchess speaks about how important it is to be kind to one another, particularly when we are going through a difficult time.
Princess Kate is keen to promote kindness as a way to help people's mental health, and she works with the mental health charity Place2Be. At St Mary's, we often talk about kindness - it can make the whole world a better place!
I hope you enjoy this special assembly. There is a hymn afterwards, 'Father I Place Into Your Hands', and then a prayer you can join in with.
(You can find out more about this special assembly on the NewsRound website here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/53084537)
Please help us to look each day for opportunities to be kind to others.
Help us never to be so busy looking after ourselves, that we forget about other people.
St Mary's Virtual School Assembly - Courage (Week beginning 15th June 2020)
This week we are thinking about our value of Courage.
It can take courage to do something new or challenging. We call it “stepping out of your comfort zone”. Sometimes just small steps are needed, but they can take us to new and exciting places! Sometimes we need courage to do something that we know is right but that might not be popular with everyone.
Today’s story tells of a time in the life of Moses when his courage was really tested. There is a video here that you can watch.
Moses was scared because God had asked him to set the Israelites free. He had an incredible job to do and it wasn’t easy. Moses showed courage to follow God’s instructions.
Think of a time when you have shown courage to do something that you found difficult or scary. There are many people in the world at the moment who are doing things that are scary and they have shown real courage to help others. Those who are working as doctors, nurses and carers in hospitals and care homes are showing real courage helping people who are ill.
Listen to this poem about courage and think about which line you think best describes courage.
Carrying on when things are difficult
Understanding and facing a challenge
Risking being out of your comfort zone
Always believing in God’s promises
Going for a goal
Empowered by encouragement
Let us pray
Give us your strength to face challenges
Help us to remember that sometimes we need to take small steps to begin with, but it’s starting the journey that matters.
Thank you that just as you promised to be with Moses,
You have also promised to be with us wherever the journey leads us.
St Mary's Virtual School Assembly - NSPCC Speak Out, Stay Safe (Week beginning 8th June 2020)
Every year at St Mary's we have a visit in summer term from the NSPCC for the ‘Speak out, Stay Safe’ assembly! This year we can't do that, so instead the NSPCC have made a virtual assembly, led by the wonderful Sally from our Schools Service, and featuring special guest appearances from Ant & Dec, David Walliams & Children and Families Minister, Vicky Ford MP.
St Mary's Virtual School Assembly - Generosity (Week beginning 18th May 2020)
St Mary's Virtual School Assembly - Our Wonderful Earth
(Week beginning 11th May 2020)
St Mary's Virtual School Assembly - Victory in Europe Day - Friday 8th May
(for week beginning Monday 4th May 2020)
Click the image below to hear Mr Payne's assembly all about VE Day.
St Mary's Virtual School Assembly
(for week beginning Monday 27th April 2020)
Today, I would like you to reflect on the value of friendship. At the moment we can’t meet up with our friends and play like we used to, but this gives us time to think about our friends and how special they are to us.
Having friends is important to us all.
Think about your friends this week. Why you like them and why do you get on well together? Think about the things you have in common and also think about how any differences don’t matter when you are friends.
What is it about your friends that makes you happy?
What is your favourite memory of a time you’ve been together?
What do you really miss?
When things go wrong with friendships it’s important to think about what you both did to make it go wrong and what you could both do to make things better again?
It’s a brilliant feeling to know that this week we are all going to be thinking positively about each other. If you would like to you could also say a prayer for your friends. This week’s assembly story is from the bible and it is about a group of friends who did an amazing thing for each other.
Watch the video of the story.
How did the friends feel when one of them fell ill?
How would you feel?
Think of a time when one of your friends needed help. What did you do to help?
Let our Friendships be strong, O Lord,
That they may become a blessing to others.
Let our friendships be open, O Lord,
That they may be a haven for others.
Let our friendships be gentle, O Lord,
That they may bring peace to others.
For Jesus’ sake
There are lots of interesting things to do on this term's FRIENDSHIP and GENEROSITY activity sheets. Click the images below to download your copy.
St Mary's Virtual School Assembly
(for week beginning Monday 20th April 2020)
This Thursday is St George’s Day: let’s see who he might have been and what we can learn from England’s patron saint.
Look at this flag and the silhouette.
The flag represents England and St George is England's patron saint: this means he is a special person who reminds us what we want our country to be like.
Who was St George?
There are many different legends or stories about St George from various parts of the world. He is certainly not just a special person in England! He is also the patron saint of Aragon, Canada, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Montenegro, Palestine, Portugal, Russia and Serbia! Perhaps that’s one reason why he became the patron saint of England, a country with a long tradition of welcoming people from other places. St George is an important figure with a message for Jewish and Muslim people too.
George was in fact was born 2000 miles away from England in Turkey, he wasn’t a English knight in armour (even though pictures show him like this) and he never came to England! But, his story travelled here…
St George the Roman Soldier
One story has it that St George was an officer in the Roman army. It was dangerous to be a Christian in the years after Jesus died. The Roman government killed Christians for being faithful to Jesus and saying that their belief in God was more important than their following of the law of Rome.
It is said that George saw 40 Christians being killed – maybe he was even part of the group of soldiers who had to kill them. The story goes that when they died George saw a miraculous vision: 40 crowns came down from heaven and landed on the heads of the Christian martyrs. This made such an impression on him that he decided to become a Christian too, even though it would probably mean he would also be put to death.
This has impressed people ever since and the cross of St. George has become his sign as well as our English national flag.
St George the dragon-slayer
There is a well-known story about St George fighting a dragon. We don’t believe in real dragons but in another way we do all have things we sometimes have to struggle with or fight against – they are the dragons we have to fight. Perhaps George's dragon represented how he stood up to the people who tried to kill Christians.
What can we learn from St George?
Look at this shield and sword.
St George brings people together because everyone of us has things we’re afraid of: these are our dragons! Some of us might worry about not understanding some of our learning, or about being stuck at home when we want to go out, or about people being unkind to each other. George showed us that we can come together, not to fight each other, but to fight our fears - to stand up against things we’re afraid of. We need to face those fears, those dragons, and get rid of them.
So, what do we need when we’re afraid of a dragon? Shield or sword? Which one first?
Well, the shield can remind us of good things – like the people who love us and care for us, like our families and our school. For Christians and other believers, we can remember that God loves us and cares for us.
With our sword we can face down our dragons: do what we can, work hard, ask for help, try to stand up for what’s right…
Now look at this tree.
The Arabic name for St George actually means ‘the green one’ and he is known as a protector of trees, and also the ‘healer’. So, in this version of the legend, St George reminds us how important it is to care for the environment because God made it.
Think of St George. He is someone who people of all faiths can respect, someone who cared about the world. Think about how we can look after the world.
Think of the shield, which reminds us of those who love us and want to help and protect us. We can remember them when we feel afraid.
Think of the sword and the things we can do: work hard, stick up for other people, work together to tackle problems.
Thank you for the many legends and stories about St George.
Thank you that he is an important person with an important message for so many different people around the world.
This is a wonderful hymn which mentions knights, swords and dragons! If you don’t know it, try and learn it this week: ‘When a knight won his spurs’.
Find out more
Easter Virtual Assembly
(for weeks beginning Monday 6th April and Monday 13th April, 2020)
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies." John 11.25
What can you remember about the events in the Bible at Easter? Talk about it at home, and then watch the video. Click the image below:
To Think About:
1: Why do think the things Jesus said made some people angry?
2: What does it mean to ‘forgive’ someone?
3: How do you think Mary felt as she watched the stone being rolled across Jesus' tomb?
4: Why do you think Mary was so sad when she saw that Jesus’ body had gone? Do you think she understood what the angel had told them?
5: Imagine that you are Mary telling all Jesus’ friends what you have seen. What would you say to them?
6: What was the ‘good news’ that Jesus wanted his friends to tell others about?
7: What do you think Jesus’ friends thought when they saw him go up to heaven?
8: These stories often make people ask puzzling questions. What questions of your own do you have?
Easter is when we remember the most glorious thing of all - that Jesus rose from the dead and showed the world that anyone who believes in you has everlasting life.
Thank you, God, for sending us your Son and showing us such love.
An Easter song:
St Mary's Virtual School Assembly
(for week beginning Monday 23rd March 2020)
Just because we're not able to all be together in person doesn't mean our assemblies need to stop! This term we have been learning about 'Trust and Truthfulness'. Today's assembly is a well-known story from Aesop which has a very important 'moral'. A moral is a message about how we live our lives and especially how we treat other people.
I wonder how many of you already know the story of 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf'? Tell someone at home what you can remember before watching this lovely version of it by wonderful American author, B. G. Hennessy. His illustrations are bound to bring a smile to your faces too!
This story is about a boy who was trusted by the villagers at first, but who soon got into difficulty when people realised that they could not trust him.
Have you ever made a promise that you couldn’t keep, or had a promise made to you that wasn’t kept? How did it make you feel?
We all want to be able to trust people to tell the truth and to keep their promises. We particularly expect our families, friends and those who care for us to tell the truth. However, we are all let down at some point and we all let other people down sometimes. We are all guilty of breaking promises.
A broken promise can lead to feelings like:
- I can’t trust you
- I am disappointed in you
- I feel unimportant to you
- I don’t respect you any more
It is good to remember that the person who breaks a promise never usually means to hurt another. Perhaps the promise was made in a rush without really thinking about the consequences. Perhaps something came up that made it impossible for the person to carry out what they had promised. If we can, tell the promise-breaker how we feel and give them a chance to apologise. Sometimes, though, we just have to accept that people will let us down, even those closest to us. Then, we can choose to forgive them.
Remember, we all break promises sometimes. However, when we do, it is important to admit that we are wrong, say sorry and ask to be forgiven.
Of course, if anyone ever hurts us, we should always tell someone we trust, no matter whether someone makes us promise not to say anything. There are some things that we should never keep secret.
Please help us to keep our promises.
Please help us to be people who tell the truth.
Please help us to be people whom others can trust.
Help us to forgive people who let us down.
Be bold! (be bold!)
Be strong! (be strong!)
For the Lord, your God, is with you;
Be bold! (be bold!)
Be strong! (be strong!)
For the Lord, your God, is with you.
I am not afraid, I am not dismayed,
‘Cause I’m walkin’ in faith and victory
Come on and walk in faith and victory,
For the Lord, your God, is with you.
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